December 28, 2010
Darn it! Obama rains on Walker's parade!
One could almost feel his pain. Scott Bradley-Foundation-sponsored Walker wanted to be sworn in just as our economy was nearing collapse. (Walker once threatened to file for bankruptcy for Milwaukee County--you know, the county he headed. Problem is his policies would have been blamed so bankruptcy was avoided.) Yesterday the feds, the bastards, gave Wisconsin a bonus of $23 million for BadgerCare! Darn them--why don't they get it? Walker sent $810 million back to help create an economic crisis, but wouldn't you know, now the Department of Revenue projects $57 million more in tax revenue than the preliminary figures.
Could Wisconsin file for bankruptcy? Nope. During the Depression Congress passed a law forbidding states from filing for bankruptcy protection. Darn! But Walker, who has made no appointments yet, might have been setting up a test case. Can't you hear Sykes whispering in his ear, "Hey, Scotty, just create the crisis and file for bankruptcy. Why not? What can they do about it? Send in troops?"
Bye-bye: Looks like the Wisconsin GOP Chair will head the National Republican Party taking right-wing nut Indianapolis attorney James Bopp with him. Get out the party hats.
Governor's salary: No one is certain what a "family supporting wage" would bring in. We know the feds say that a family of four can get by with $17,500 or so, hovering over the poverty line.
Governor Walker gave a solemn promise to the people of Wisconsin to create 250,000 permanent, family-supporting jobs. So, Gov, let's start by paying you a reasonable wage as a benchmark for judging the quarter million jobs you are going to create on the "family-supporting scale."
How about 18 dollars per hour? Assume you work 2,080 hours a year at $18 per hour. Your salary--$37,440 . But like all state workers you would lose all pay on furlough days. And your insurance? Pay it yourself. Cars? You pay market rates. Rent for office? We will pay. Got a deal? Good. Start the clock.
Roe v. Wade. Will RTL Walker challenge? You bet. Stem cell research using embryonic stem cells? You have ALS? Deal with it! Oh boy! This will be a challenging four years.
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A little off topic but I just read in MJS that German Auto makers Dalmier and BMW have not closed down their plants between Christmas and New Years because of demand. The demand is not in Germany but in China and the US for luxury cars. All that trickle down money going to create jobs...in Germany.
-Jeff Ehlers | Cedarburg, WI | December 28, 2010