January 31, 2012
When you think it can't get worse
It can get worse but not much. Congress is about to pass a bill into law that instructs members of Congress to avoid using insider information not available to the public in purchasing or selling stocks. Yikes! We need a law for that? Whoa Nelly!This gives weight to a call by one pol to say throw them all out!
Of course, as one Wisconsin congressman noted (hint: he defeated Julie Lassa) it is a hardship to live on a congressional salary. Oh yeah? A salary of $174,000 plus a very generous package of benefits is a hardship? I guess it would be like forcing Mitt to live in one home. But, hey! Cut them some slack. How can a member become a millionaire without cheating? And keep in mind--living on a couple hundred thousand a year ain't no picnic.
Marty Beil was quoted in today's MJS. Beil had AFSCME write a speech for Tommy delivered in Puerto Rico bragging about how well negotiations with public sector unions worked in Wisconsin. So pleased was Beil that his union endorsed Thompson in 1998. Now, as the Walker Blitz wiped out public sector unions and AFSCME is in trouble thanks to Scott, Tommy is cheerleading for Walker! Beil said he cannot understand how Tommy could do such a thing. There is an old saying about dogs and fleas and pols.
Want another Lake Winnebago albeit polluted? As the mining thievs push for a revised mining bill to give them carte blanch to Wisconsin's air and water an argument has broken out.
How big would the new lake, created by the iron ore mine, be? Well, some say it was an exaggeration to say it will be two-thirds the size of Lake Winnebago unless you include depth as well as length and width. In that case, says PolitiFact, it will have the same volume of water as Lake Winnebago. Holy cow. Now you know why the mining companies wrote the bill; now you know why they don't want open debate; now you know why this thing must be stopped. The size of Lake Winnebago my foot!
MARQUETTTE POLL: Once again, MJS quotes the Marquette law school poll without question. Suddenly there is a Marquette law school poll that is funded by____?
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If a congressional salary with benefits is a hardship, what do you say about those earning $10 an hour? The more people earn, the less they understand the concept of hardship.
I would be most happy to earn half what a person in congress makes. This won't happen, of course, because I'm an older American that has been put out to pasture in favor of inexperienced, know-it-all young bucks.
Most Americans do not make half what congress pays its own.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | January 31, 2012