The most convincing sign of where Walker stands is his silence
He stands in silence as 26,200 veterans in Wisconsin are faced with losing Foot Stamp (SNAP) benefits.
He is quick to comment on the fate of the Packer’s on face book, but not a word about the 150,000 people and 4,000 kids at risk of losing access to free/reduced meals.
Further, the cuts proposed in the House would trigger the loss of $170 million to the Wisconsin economy next year.
No comment from Walker. Not a word.
His failure to accept the Affordable Care Act as law will take 83,000 people off of Medicaid. Why? So he can show the most conservative base of the GOP that he is tough. Tough enough to let thousands of people suffer to prove a political point.
Yet all we hear from Walker is, “How bout those Packers.”
What about raising the minimum wage in Wisconsin?
The minimum wage in Wisconsin is exactly the same as dictated by federal law $7.25 per hour. A single person working full time at this wage would barely clear the poverty line and be eligible for food stamps.
But…oh. Food stamps for veterans, children, and most needy are being cut.
And…83,000 people are being denied health care.
What do we hear from Walker, “How about Wisconsin basketball?”
Meanwhile, the income of people like billionaire Diane Hendricks is off the charts. Diane Hendricks, who later gave $500,000 to Walker’s campaign, is the one who asked Walker if Wisconsin can “ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions and become a right-to-work [state]? What can we do to help you?”
Like all of those in in the top 1% she is making even more money than when she made the statement. In fact, if the $7.25 wage had risen at the same rate as her earnings over the past years, it would now stand at $25.18 per hour.
Here is what Walker has said about raising the minimum wage in Wisconsin:
Not only did Walker have nothing to say, he recently told the Huffington Post back in May the he didn’t recall the specifics of a January 2011 video in which he said he would employ a “divide and conquer” strategy against public employee unions.
What about same sex marriage in Wisconsin?
The governor’s whole plan for the state to come in line with the Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex marriage would fit on a elementary school flash card:
By David Edwards
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Scott Walker: Same sex marriage ban is part of a ‘healthy balance’ of LGBT rights
“We’re also a state that has a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as one man, one woman.”
“We’ve had no problems… limited problems with that,” Walker added. “At the same time, we have a constitutional amendment that defines marriage.”
Walker’s Wisconsin will not embrace the right of same sex couples to marry, but will continue to discriminate, penalize, and deny them the human right that is supported by the majority of people across the country and ruled as illegal by the Supreme Court. Instead, the Department of Revenue will require people, who have chosen to express their love in a way that GOP legislators find inappropriate, to fill out a “special form” to enable “special discrimination” – the Form S is for “special”, “scandalize”, “sanctimonious” or dare I say, “santorum”?
“We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose”
There comes a time to put aside the roller coaster of politics and look at the tracks. We’ve been through the arguments and analysis of the Affordable Health Care bill and law for years now. Is there anything left to be said, demonstrated, or understood? It is the last few minutes of the final quarter of the game and the ACA is winning over the GOP with a double digit lead. The game is lost. Like it or not, the Affordable Health Care bill is now a law. It will not be repealed.
So, what would a good sportsman do? Accept the loss, let the clock run out, and shower up. But not the red state governors. Not Wisconsin’s Walker. The choice is to bring shame and embarrassment to the spectators of both sides by blaming the refs by throwing a political temper tantrum in the final seconds of the game.
The problem is, of course, that healthcare is not a game. It is a life and death service. Denial of healthcare results in pain and suffering. What is worse, the pain and suffering is totally unnecessary – except to prove a point. The refs made a bad call. The federal government is wrong. Obama and the Democrats are wrong. The GOP is allowing thousands of people in Wisconsin and other states to suffer and die to prove the point.
Walker’s Healthcare shuffle nothing short of cruel
The last ditch, cruel and political decision from Walker is to allow some people to be covered while denying coverage for the poorest and most needy. Remember this is all to prove a point. This is all to delay establishing healthcare exchanges in the state. If he did so, all of the populations could be covered and the federal government would foot the bill. It is that simple.
Instead Walker’s choice is to feed upon the powerless and use the most vulnerable people as pawns in a game of political monopoly. His own stance in the base of the Republican party as a strong opponent of Obama, holds more value to his heart strings than the health and welfare of the people of Wisconsin. It is that cruel.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 Beloit Daily News
The bill would delay for three months removing an estimated 72,000 people above the poverty level from the state’s BadgerCare Plus Medicaid program.
But to pay for the extension, 83,000 childless adults below poverty won’t get Medicaid until April.
“We’re living in the world that was created by the federal government.”
All for a chance to blame Obama
Walker would not miss a chance to play out his power and prove how Obama administration’s health care failures now forced him to take quick action the “healthcare shuffle” bill, and called the Legislature into special session.
The Assembly passed the bill on Wednesday December 4. The Senate will vote on the measure on December 19 – just about a week before Christmas. Happy Holidays for 83,000 Wisconsinites who live below the federal poverty line in the land of Walker’s impersonal economy.
It is often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aiding or involved by such an endeavor.Wiki
Everybody Knows” is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and collaborator Sharon Robinson. It has often been covered and used in soundtracks.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Proctor & Gambol
Johnson & Johnson
Bank of America
Treason too strong a word?
The very act of having to ask the question suggests an autocracy is in power. Wisconsin has felt the laws protecting equality of basic human rights slip and slide from women, gay couples, people of color, public workers, and the elderly and ill people. Most of the legislative actions of GOP control were developed and promulgated outside the state. New laws affecting the drawing of vote districts, women’s health, voter ID, and the curtailment of collective bargaining rights for public workers – did not evolve for the good of the people of Wisconsin. They were discussed and written in the offices of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for the good of large corporations, some of which are listed in the column at the right.
When Scott Walker first took office ALEC was a secret. Today, the national lobbying group has written laws that effect each and every man, women, and child in the state. Here lies the treason. The state government has been overthrown. Laws are no longer being written for the benefit of the people within the state, but elected leaders have conspired to use their power to legislate solely for corporate interests. The reality of real people’s lives are not even part of the discussion for new legislation. The interests of the voters have been intentionally ignored in favor of pleasing the interests of the wealthy campaign donors. Look at the list.
Twisting the Tenth Amendment
Wealth can buy legislative action, thus all record money for lobbying firms surrounding government. Less obvious, but even more insidious is the power of wealth to buy the message. The little person – the nurse, the farmer, the small business owner cannot compete with the the ALEC/Corporate message. Language manipulation has become the most powerful tool in the hands of the new autocracy. Since the media is set up to grab attention in a few seconds, the autocracy takes full advantage of working words to embellish its qualities and hide its true diabolical nature in a tight knit of words that are often tested by polling for effectiveness.
An example of the “talking points” of ALEC regarding the 10th Amendment were discussed in a article in The Atlantic in 2011.
See how the shuffle of words as they might be heard in a news report, shifts the truth of the true meaning of language?
“…part of a new extremist movement that seeks to brand all major federal legislation — not only labor regulation, but environmental laws, gun control laws, and Social Security and Medicare — as violations of the “rights” of states as supposedly spelled out in the Tenth Amendment. Senator Jim DeMint last year phrased it this way: “the Tenth Amendment says powers not explicitly given to the federal government in the Constitution go to the states or to the people.”
Is he right? Let’s look at the text, which reads, in its entirety:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The ALEC Autocracy seeks survival by “rebranding”
Branding is the ultimate marketing tool designed to use words and images to create plastic surgery over the scared, disfigured face of the ALEC autocracy. Much like a black mold, the ALEC treason grew and thrived in the dark. Hardly anyone was aware of its birth or existence before 2010. Finally, it became obvious that many of the laws being passed by GOP dominated legislatures across the country seemed to share the same “brand”. New right to work, voter ID, and anti abortion laws passed by state legislators had little to do with the personality or demographics of the state, but seemed to share a source and to be promoting a common agenda that had little to do with the more prominent concerns of constituents. The source was ALEC. The agenda was that of the corporations that funded its existence. For the first time in history, state legislators where not looking within the borders of the districts they served for legislation to improve the lives of the people that voted for them. Instead, they traveled out of the states to meetings conducted by ALEC. They brought back model legislation to enact laws for the benefit of the interests of corporate sponsors.
Here is the tyranny. It is clearly stated in one of the documents leaked to The Guardian. On page 20 the legislators are expected to sign the “Draft Chair Agreement” which reads:
I will act with care and loyalty and put the interests of the organization first.
Legislators from across the country are meeting in the secret rooms of the ALEC Autocracy and are expected to swear allegiance to ALEC over their own constituents. This has been going on in for over 10 years.
Recently, in Wisconsin, a State Senator Leah Vukmir displayed her aggressive allegiance to “putting the interests of the organization first” when she ordered a reporter attempting to serve a FOIA request, out of her office. The leaked documents reveal that Senator Vukmir is not only a member of ALEC, but she is the “Finance Committee Chair”.
Finance Committee Chair Senator Leah Vukmir has reiewed the financial statments for the period ending June 30, 2013 They are now before the Board of Directors of acceptance.
Leaked ALEC Doc p. 20
Interests of the ALEC Autocracy
The majority of the people in America today are in favor of background checks for gun owners, comprehensive immigration reform, and a fresh look at “stand your ground” laws. Yet, none of these wishes of the majority are in the interests of the ALEC Autocracy, so you will notice all of legislation is at a complete stand still. Autocracy over Democracy.
The “stand your ground” laws were brought into focus with the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The light of attention that was shed on the ALEC Autocracy as the incubator of the “stand your ground” laws passed in Florida. Not good. It sent many of its corporate donors scurrying for cover. The branded mask of benevolence on which Coca Cola, Dell, Johnson & Johnson brands rest began to melt in the disinfectant of sunlight being shed on the ALEC Autocracy for which they were the major tax payers. But, ALEC was not about to give in. Like any good corporate automaton knows, all that is required when one brand is in trouble is to re-brand. The new brand they chose is almost as sacrilegious to Christianity as the ALEC Autocracy is to democracy.
Leaked Documents Reveal IRS Concerns, Funding Crisis At Corporate Lobbying Group ALEC
The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which shapes and promotes legislation at state level across the US, has identified more than 40 lapsed corporate members it wants to attract back into the fold under a scheme referred to in its documents as the “Prodigal Son Project”.
The Prodigal Son Project
Yes. The ALEC Autocracy uses the biblical story of the Prodigal Son. As though the corporate interests who left the home of ALEC to go out in live in the common world of democracy at large, could now return home to the safety of a forgiving father’s arms. Come home and continue to pursue your selfish interests in the home of the ALEC Autocracy. Democracy and working on a level playing field is not for you, my dear belated sons and daughters. We’ve hired a new plastic surgeon who will reshape your branded face along the formula of 501(c)(4) – where your ugly, selfish identity will be preserved in secrecy.
A letter included among the documents from Alec’s lawyer, Alan Dye, warns that “though we do not believe that any activity carried on by Alec is lobbying, the IRS could disagree”. It also makes clear that major potential donors are holding back because they are anxious about Alec’s tax status.
“Alec has been approached by donors who are willing to make sizable donations, but insist that the donations go to a section 501(c)(4) organization,” Dye writes.
Jenna first caught the eye of many in Wisconsin when she collected the most signatures on petitions to recall Scott Walker. She was out in that cold February Winter daily. She stood with groups on street corners, and gathered in parking lots. She was an inspiration, the very embodiment of the vibrancy of youth, speaking truth to power.
And, of course, there were always the pictures she posted of people and places, but with gift. Jenna’s eye through the lens captured the passion of protest. Even early on, when she was using a point and shoot camera, her pictures captured the conflict, irony, satire, and grace of human emotion in a way that struck the heart strings. I’ve never met Jenna, but I fell in love with her energy and work.
Would her energy and passion end with the loss of the Recall Election? Not Jenna. She was no one hit wonder. She went on and on. Soon she began shooting magical shots of the Overpass Light Brigade with trailers of neon spilling on to face book and twitter.
And, I remember a face book post when she announced that she was finally able to save the money to purchase her first “professional” camera, with all the bells and whistles.
She moved on to New York City and half way around the world, following her passionate fascination with peoples’ struggles for justice. Jenna tells her story in her own voice, in a much more moving and personal way than I ever could.
She is nearly at her goal of raising $15,000 for her collection of photographs, “Photo Book – An Activist Armed with a Camera”.
The widening John Doe investigation in Wisconsin erupts in an irony of time and politics. For the love of Wisconsin’s “Fighting Bob LaFollete” (1906-1924), the father of progressivism, the roots of his words and warnings regarding corporations and trusts one hundred years ago, are resounding in the state he served throughout his life. The investigation has spread to, a least, five Wisconsin counties. Subpenas have been issued to over a dozen conservative groups. John Doe promises to evolve into the “Gettysburg” of progressivism vs. corporate person hood as defined in the controversial Citizens United decision of the Supreme Court.
Legal armies are being assembled and strategies crafted and planned to engage in the battle of the century over big money vs. preservation of individual voting rights. The legal battle brewing in Wisconsin carries national implications as the over balance of power at the top is being investigated. The bulldozer of the conservative campaign money in the recall elections of Senators followed by the recall election of Scott Walker broke all records of any election in state history to the point where Walker spent $35 per vote.
Free Wisconsin July 28,2012
The June 5 Recall Election Plan
Then came the election of historic proportions with national implications for the political agendas of Republicans and Democrats in the November Presidential race, and with it came the money in truck loads bearing the insignia on door: “Citizens United”. The hype, and media buyout was “as advertized” and Walker began raising big money from big donors across the land until in the end, he would spend $35 per vote received.
Some major artery just south of the aorta had split and the money from conservative groups and donors poured into Wisconsin like never before. Yet, in many ways, this was just an experiment. This was a first transfusion of money into a major statewide elections since the birth of a corporation as “a person”, and in some documented cases, laws were broken. It remains to be seen how intentional and far reaching the illegal actions of the host of conservative groups may have gone astray of the rule of law. But, we do know that mailers were sent out by Americans for Prosperity that appeared designed to disenfranchise voters, false voter ID information was advertized on County Clerk web sites, and electronic voting tallies from the Walker recall were given up before the 10 days required by state statute.
Now a full front investigation is afoot in the state and major champions of Citizen United and the “money is speech” argument are uniting in force and poised on a legal battleground. All this in the very State of Wisconsin where the strongest voice against corporate overreach echoes through the halls and porticoes of the state capitol from a hundred years ago – from the strong voice of Fighting Bob La Follette.
From a speech of Robert M. La Follette delivered at the annual banquet of the Periodical Publishers Association in Philadelphia on February 22, 1912
The Third Period – The Combinations of Corporations
The evil hour was come upon us. Daring, unscrupulous men plotted in violation of the common law, the criminal statutes and against the public right to become masters of that market and take what toll they pleased. And thus we entered upon the third of our business and commercial life – the period of combination of corporations under a single control in each line of business. It was not an evolution; it was a revolution.
From “A Personal Narrative of Political Experiences” Appendix p. 767
La Follette vs. James Bopp Jr.
If we are indeed met on a great battlefield of war testing weather our nation as conceived and dedicated can long endure, we are met in in face of an opposing general, James Bobb Jr., from the conservative right who carries a string of victories and trail of burnt villages in his wake. Many on the far right who have been quick to remind us that our government is not a democracy but a republic, are now on the rampage to take the further step to use Citizens United as the final nail in the coffin to bury democracy in favor of a totalitarian oligarchy. The leader of the final tyranny is James Bopp Jr. who shows great favor for the word republic over democracy…
The New Price of American Politics
James Bennet Sep 19 2012, 8:56 PM ET – Atlantic
He believes, in fact, that there can be no such thing as an “outside” group in American democracy—he believes that’s the whole point of the republic.
By Stephanie Mencimer Mother Jones Thu Jan. 21, 2010
The Man Who Took Down Campaign Finance Reform
Bopp, the longtime counsel to the anti-abortion group National Right to Life, has now almost singlehandedly obliterated many of the nation’s relatively modest restrictions on corporate election spending, including the landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation. And he’s done it all in the name of the First Amendment. In 2007, Bopp persuaded the Supreme Court to eliminate limits on corporate funding of television ads in Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life, arguing that the rules were an unconstitutional infringement on free speech.
Bopp is out leading the charge with the argument that might be paraphrased, “How dare you investigate the wealthy job creators of this country?”, and that the subpenas and searches were unconstitutionally broad given they involve political speech.
As flimsy as the Bopp challenge may sound to the ear of progressives, the judges who dismissed a request to stop the investigation seem to be calling up reinforcements.
Doe judge seeks representation from Department of Justice
Madison — The judge overseeing a secret investigation of recall campaign fundraising and spending has asked the state Department of Justice to represent him in a court challenge to the probe.
Reserve Judge Gregory Peterson said Tuesday he made the request through Director of State Courts John Voelker. Peterson said it had been indicated to him that the department would represent him and that other judges involved in the case are seeking representation as well.
The Fourth Period – The Failure of Democracy with Capitalism?
The battle and the test of strategies for defending Citizens United, “corporations are people”, and “money is speech” against the last remnants of a Democracy of majority rule, may well play out in the state of Robert La Follette, who warned of the dangers of corporations in combination over a hundred years ago.
Why aren’t people out in the streets?
That was the question posed several times by Henry A. Giroux when he was a guest of Bill Moyers last Sunday as progressives fear the plague threatening the political landscape painted by Citizens United and special interest control of politics. The final death throws of capitalism present a desperate need for new rules for economic development. Mr. Giroux speaks of an approaching revolution into a new paradigm of community and government.
The Ghost of Authoritarianism in the Age of the Shutdown
Henry A. Giroux | Tuesday, 15 October 2013 11:45 By Henry A Giroux, Truthout | Op-Ed
During the past few decades, it has become clear that those who wield corporate, political and financial power in the United States thrive on the misery of others.
Moyers is correct, but his argument can be extended. What Americans are witnessing is a politics that celebrates a form of domestic terrorism, a kind of soft militarism and a hyper-masculine posturing in which communities are organized around resentment, racism and symbolic violence. With the partial government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling crisis engineered by the extremists driving the Republican Party, the amount of human suffering, violence and hardships that many individuals and families are experiencing border on catastrophic and open up a whole new act in the theater of cruelty, state violence, human misery and the exercise of raw and savage power.
Entrepreneurial identities replace all modes of solidarity invested in democratic principles, and self-interested actors supplant the discourse of the public good. The production of capital, services and material goods “are at the heart of the human experience.”
Perhaps, the new paradigm for community will grow from the John Doe investigation brewing in Wisconsin. The speech of Fight Bob La Follette delivered on the steps of the Captiol in Washington D.C. August 11, 1924 – seem to hold as much relevance today as they did nearly one hundred years ago.
Yes. The football rivalry between Minnesota and Wisconsin dates back to early 60′s and the days of Vince Lombardi and for the most part, Wisconsin’s Packers have dominated over tha past 50 years. But this post is not about a football game, but rather, the great game of real life.
One of those unplanned, spontaneous anomalies has erupted to create an interesting new rivalry between the two states on the great gridiron of life. Simply put, in the 2010 elections Minnesota went Progressive – really progressive. Wisconsin went conservative – Tea Party Conservative. So, what we got here is a Monday morning quarterbacking picture of two divergent strategies for real life things like education, job creation, tax policy, and all the fast breaks, and play action passes that allow for real people to thrive in the “pursuit of happiness”. So, what is going right or wrong? Who is winning and why?
Right vs. Left in the Midwest
N.Y. Times Editorial By LAWRENCE R. JACOBS Published: November 23, 2013
… a natural experiment that compares the agendas of modern progressivism and the new right. Wisconsin elected Republicans to majorities in the Legislature and selected a bold and vigorous Republican governor, Scott Walker. Minnesotans elected one of the most progressive candidates for governor in the country, Mark Dayton of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
The season is not over…but Wisconsin is getting trounced
In Minnesota, Mark Dayton’s plan was to raise taxes by $2.1 billion, the largest increase in recent state history. He ran around the middle to target the top 1 percent of earners to pay 62 percent of the new taxes.
It is late in the third quarter
Since a governor’s term is four years, and we are in the third year of the Walker vs. Dayton. We can extrapolate the success of the two plans of the two governors as they watch the clock tick down in the final minutes of the third quarter of their football game of life.
Job creation and economic growth Wisconsin losing
We are now three years into Mr. Walker’s term, and Wisconsin lags behind Minnesota in job creation and economic growth.
Minnesota is the fifth fastest growing state economy, with private-sector job growth exceeding pre-recession levels. Forbes rates Minnesota as the eighth best state for business.
Walker’s game plan of tax cuts for the wealthy carried the promise to win the game with 250,000 private sector jobs by the end of the game. In harsh reality, the result is that the plan has produced less than 90,000 of those promised jobs putting Wisconsin at 34th among all states in job growth. Forbes’s annual list of best states for business pits Wisconsin as a loser in the bottom half list.
Education Wisconsin losing
The Dayton game plan called for Minnesota’s new tax revenue to be invested in human capital with 71% of available funds invested in K-12 Education, higher education, and programs to create wider access to early childhood learning programs.
By contrast, Mr. Walker’s strategy of austerity called for cutting state funding of K-12 schools by more than 15 percent. A child attending public school in Wisconsin is struggling under the seventh sharpest decline of per student spending in the country.
Health Care Wisconsin is losing…big
Walker’s game plan for health care was formulated under under assistant coach Dennis Smith who came from the Koch Brothers supported, Heritage Foundation. So, Walker refused to establish a state health insurance exchange or to expand Medicaid, even though the federal government covered all costs for three years and most costs after that. This is like being offered a top talent wide receiver and keeping him on the sidelines.
The uninsured and the ill bear the burden. Many of the 10 percent of uninsured Wisconsinites were denied new Medicaid benefits and were shunted off to the federal exchange’s stumbling website without any help or coaching from the sidelines.
Meanwhile on the Minnesota sideline, Mr. Dayton was on course to improve Minnesota’s low uninsured rate. He expanded Medicaid to cover an additional 35,000 people and accepted Washington’s offer to pick up the cost. Mr. Dayton embraced the Affordable Health Care plan and created a state insurance exchange, which enrolled more than 90 percent of its first month’s target. Minnesota is winning big time. The state’s innovative medical care and nonprofit insurers produce premiums in its insurance exchange that are, on average, the lowest in the country, well below premiums in Wisconsin.
Analysis of the stats resulting from the game plans of the two governors present an obvious and glaring difference for the people of the two states. Minnesota working under the plan of raising taxes for the wealthy, is winning at providing for the pursuit of happiness for the people of Minnesota.
Walkers plan of cutting taxes fore the wealthiest in Wisconsin, cutting spending for education, and dismissing setting up insurance exchanges and expanding medicare for purely political reasons – leave the people at a loss when compared to their neighbors to the West.
The only hope for future victory in Wisconsin is to get a new coach.
“What’s past is prologue.”
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest
The subjects of the expanding John Doe investigation (see partial list at lower right) hired heavy duty lawyers to block the investigation that has spread to at least five counties in Wisconsin. Some have speculated, much to the delight of wounded progressives, how the current investigation carries the potential to explode the secret workings behind the recall campaigns like an over done baked potato in an oven of deceit.
The first time Milwaukee County prosecutors launched a secret criminal investigation of allies of Gov. Scott Walker, those on the right were largely silent.
There were no online attacks, no litigation and few talk-radio rants — until charges were filed. Conservatives took their lead from the governor, who said he would trust the process to clear him.
A new investigation has triggered a wholesale change in tactics.
The request for a halt was denied in short order by the three judges — Brian Blanchard, Joanne Kloppenburg and Paul Lundsten — rejected the final two arguments, saying they “plainly lack merit” but ordered the parties to submit additional arguments on the remaining claims.
John Doe may well be onto the trail of crumbs, consisting of the Koch Brothers money as it was shielded by the organizations on the list. Oh and what a list it is, implicating people who have risen into political fortune and fame as a result of the effort. The Koch coin rolled into a Scott Walker’s Campaign, which was lead by Senator Ron Johnson and into the coffers of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, which was lead by the current leader of the National GOP Party, Reince Priebus.
If the health care web site is Obama’s Katrina, John Doe holds the promise of becoming the Tea Party assassination.
Wisconsin Club for Growth
Republican Governors Association
Republican Party of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Wisconsin Family Action
The perfect storm of corruption
High pressured corruption has been swirling through the recent recall campaigns in Wisconsin and now, it is converging with an updraft with the most recent eruption of crony political scandal, to set the ship of the Walker campaign tossing in a tempest of just revenge.
A hint of the damaging winds contained with the subpenaed documents was portrayed in the Cognitive Dissonance blog. Just one snippet of the hundreds of pages of docs reveals the slippery sluice of money awash in the super storm atmosphere of hurricane Koch.
Son of Doe: Gunsmoke
But at the bottom of this page is a note which apparently is supposed to be a sort of name-dropping reference regarding the work he (Paul Behing who is an IT guy) did for the campaign of David “Chokehold” Prosser. Read it closely several times. It is simply jaw dropping in what he says:
Note: Justice Prosser sent a letter to me an I thought you may wish to forward if appropriate. I needed to get very creative with diverse State and National organizations to help his campaing due to being financially capped at $300,000 and it was a non-partisan race without the benefit of normal political party help which was very different than working with Governor Walker’s Team. Justice Prosser is an experienced Justice on our Supreme Court and a pleasure to work with.
If this one little shell of shame is an example of the trash now being uncovered in the sea of slime surrounding the GOP campaign activity…can you just imagine?
While the John Doe pressure rises new storms appear
The alphabet soup of storms centers around the investigation by Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups (CWAG). Ken Mosentine, former President of GWAAR files complaint against the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR) for the wrongful and the unethical conduct of its executives and Governor Walker’s political appointees at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
Walker’s Aging Agencies Breaks Ethics & Federal Laws
by Website on November 20, 2013
Through a year-long investigation by CWAG’s outside legal experts, CWAG discovered the misuse and mismanagement of federal funds by DHS, GWAAR and MCDA. In the case of Walker’s former political appointees at MCDA, Stephanie Sue Stein falsified her Economic Interest Statement over the last five years by lying and covering up the fact that she is the Corporate Vice President of a Wisconsin based privately-held, non-stock Corporation called the; “WI Assoc. of Area Agency on Aging Directors Inc. (Wis4A’s).”
Here is the CWAG’s website
While the Walker Campaign is bracing from the John Doe investigation swirling over Wisconsin more allegations of corruption and cover up are rising up from within the Capitol itself to create the perfect storm.
The Captain and crew of the vessel of doomed ship “Unintimidated” seem to be trying to stay out in front of the storm through the release of allegations that the storm is the workings of witchcraft. Heavy hitting lawyers are being summoned to the deck to pump out legal briefs, while public relations experts are below deck tightening up the leaks and fissures in the failing vessel.
All the Koch money in the world is but a damp life preserver in the eye of the perfect storm.
Lies, damn lies, statistics, and Time Magazine
I am forgiving of people on face book and in the comment trailers of news articles, who post hearsay, non-fact without a source or counterpoint. But Time Magazine? Shame on you. Really.
Zeke J. Miller published the piece in “Time” as though it were just another one of those face book comments, without bothering to research the accuracy of the statement or providing the full context or counterpoint. “La dee da.” and “Ho dee ho” said, “I am good, I am great” – and just leave it at that. Who expects journalism from a national publication these days anyway?
It is just that we in Wisconsin have been so buried in the avalanche of the slippery, sloppy, journalistic mud slide of sell and spin for so long, we have imposed a zero tolerance for crappy reporting from you or “Time” , Mr. Miller.
So you quote Scott Walker in your piece and even go on to give him an “ata’boy!” for hoping to get a college degree some day….
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: 2016 Contender But Not A College Graduate But Not A College Graduate
By Zeke J Miller @zekejmiller | TIME.com Nov. 19, 2013
“The reason I went to college, in large part, was not just to get an education for an education’s sake, but to get a job,” Walker said of his decision to drop out of school. At first he tried to be a part time student, but quickly the births of his children took that option off the table.
Problem is “NOT TRUE”
Lazy you Mr. Miller. Have you ever heard of Google search? It isn’t even like you had to make a lot of phone calls or drive a few miles to speak to a source – all you had to do is google “Scott Walker Marquette” and just read for a few minutes. Have you ever used a search engine? You might be surprised at what you find. If you bothered to search Walker’s years at Marquette against marriage and birth records, you would find that what you published was little more than a “pants on fire” lie.
But since you are so busy, doing whatever it is you do, here is a link to A journalist guide to vetting Scott Walker.
Maybe you would like to read what another highly credible source had to say?
While Scott Walker was a student at Marquette University he is alleged to have fathered and then abandoned a child. The story first broke in the days before the Walker (June 5, 2012) Recall election, when a friend of the abandoned mother of Scott Walker’s child, was moved to come forward after hearing a speech by the Governor in which he boasted of his impeccable values.
The allegation deflated as quickly as it had grown. Yet, like so many of the facts surrounding the seedy side of Scott Walker, questions were left unanswered.
What is it with Walker and all the unanswered questions regarding what he knew, and when he knew it – and I am thinking about a secret email network here.
Then last February I received a CD document in the mail from an anonymous source that purported to reveal the identity of Walker’s Marquette girl friend and the child born of the pregnancy described by Dr. Gillick.
The allegations were made public by a highly credible source, Dr. Bernadette Gillick, who is described as a college professor at a major Midwestern university in the article WCM Co Op that appeared in the WCM Co Op article in June of 2012 shortly before Walker’s recall election.
Dr. Gillick’s motivation and credibility are impeccable and demonstrate that her revelations relating to Scott Walker where not politically motivated, but rather, came from a sense of compassion she has demonstrated through her career of working with children who are stroke victims.
Two-Time Scholarship Recipient Bernadette Gillick, PT, MS, Studies Constraint-Induced
Movement Therapy. Not only has she worked as a clinician forover 17 years and as an instructor at a number of universities, but she has earned an Advanced Masters Degree in Neurologic Physical Therapy and is now making her mark in physical therapy research and pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Gillick’s motivation and credibility Dr. Gillick PDF
Through her attorney, Mike Fargione, she issued a statement: “It is rare that you will ever hear from me on issues of politics, as I am a firm believer that most politics are local and can be as local as our own kitchen tables. But I’m asking you to consider what I have to share …
The incidents described below all took place when Scott Walker was running for Student Body President at Marquette in the late 1980′s.
Dr. Gillick reveals:
-She was assigned a room in O’Donnell Hall (then a women’s dormitory at Marquette), which she shared with her new roommate, Ruth (not her real name). Ruth was dating Scott Walker, who was 20 at the time, and, according to Bernadette, Ruth was deeply in love with him.
-Ruth found out she was pregnant. She informed her boyfriend, Scott, and initially he was supportive. That support changed to callous indifference for his girlfriend’s predicament after Scott informed his parents of the pregnancy.
- He [Scott] went from encouraging her to get an abortion, to telling me [Dr. Gillick] it was in my best interest to keep my mouth shut, to denying that he was the father and having his own mother call her and tell her to stop erroneously accusing her son of paternity,”
- It was a “horrible time” for her friend. “Imagine her being 18 years old and pregnant, walking around Marquette’s Jesuit Catholic campus with her boyfriend denying he was the father,”
Dr. Gillick’s revelation was met with checks, support, and denial”
Daniel Bice Journal Sentinel “No Quarter”
The story broke and was reported across the blogosphere, but on the very next day, and before the account got its legs, it was dismissed by Journal Sentinel “No Quarter” reporter, Daniel Bice in a statement that was reported across the net:
“I am getting a lot of emails because of this post. Two things: (1) I tracked down and talked to Dr. Gillick’s freshman-year roommate at MU yesterday, and she adamantly denies that Walker is the father of her child. Yes, she got pregnant as a first-year student, but she believes Dr. Gillick is mixing up stories; and (2) I Can Read CCAP has taken a family court suit involving Scott Alan Walker and mixed it up with the governor, Scott Kevin Walker.
Rebuttal of Bice from Badger Democracy Blog
The Scott Walker referenced in the “Bice” comment of Family Court CCAP record was born in April, 1961. The woman in the record (mother of the child) was born in 1962. There is no possible way Dr. Gillick would confuse, or have even known this “other” Scott Walker, much less been roommates with the mother at Marquette. They are both 6 – 7 years older that any of the parties cited by Dr. Gillick. Badger Democracy
Scott Walker’s Birthday – November 2, 1967 (age 45 years)
Laura Ann Senft vs. Scott Alan Walker
Milwaukee County Case Number 2004FA003749
Petitioner Senft, Laura Ann
Respondent Walker, Scott Alan
Circuit Court Access Document
Sullivan, Michael P.
Branch Id 26
Filing Date 05-21-2004
Date of Birth 06-1962
Attorney Name Probst, Jane E
Walker, Scott Alan – Respondent Male
Date of Birth 04-1961
Address: 2108 Hwy 10, Appleton, WI
Dr. Gillick sticks to her story:
“Gillick has no plans to issue any modified statement or retraction. “It’s still accurate and contains everything she knows, so there’s no reason to rehash it,” he says. “What Bernadette knows is the experience that her roommate had. She doesn’t have anything to add to what she has said.” Not Wavering WCM Co Op Article
The other other Scott Walker case is clearly irrelevant to the allegations against Governor Scott Walker.
So the only fact that goes against Dr. Gillick’s account is that in a phone interview conducted by Bice, the voice of Ruth denied that Governor Scott Walker was the father of her child. That’s it.
The Walker administration made no comment on the allegations. Dr. Gillick was not subject to any libel or defamation suites as a result of her statements.
Dr. Gillick felt obligated to tell the story of “Ruth” as a reaction to hearing Scott Walker speak of his integrity. As he talked about his “lifelong integrity” her anger grew. This was a man who had abandoned his pregnant young girlfriend — completely turned his back on her at the most fragile point in her life. She notes his “now-convenient ‘pro-life’ proclamations” after burying his past “indiscretion.”
It is one thing to carry the unwanted child allegations on his record. It is quite another make a special proclamation, back in January, to set a day aside as Anti Choice Day, when credible allegations have surfaced that indicate that Gov. Walker may have taken the male advantage of making the very choice that is now proclaimed to be unworthy for women.
Last Summer on July 5 Scott Walker picked the day after the holiday to do a news dump. It was on that day he announced the signing of legislation destined to close all but two clinics in the state to provide women’s health services and abortion.
Walker’s book renamed
Only one day after the official release of Walker’s new book “Unintimidated”, a new title has been suggested:
I could tell you…but I would have to kill you.
The lid was blown off the John Doe investigation when specific information was leaked that may have been an intentional set up and part of a strategy to clear a path for legal proceedings to stop the investigation in its path.
You know. You go out in the street an yell, “Fire!”. When the fire trucks come I will say, “Not fair. They are all being driven by union loving public workers!”… or something like that. Anyway, the events, which are secret to begin with, are beginning to take on more twists and turns than a reverse roller coaster ride.
The “secret” John Doe investigation is now served five “sealed” motions by three “unnamed” people. The filings, called petitions for supervisory writs, are requests that higher courts review how the investigation is being conducted.
I think this is supposed to be all “hush, hush”?
Madison — Three unnamed people have asked the Wisconsin Court of Appeals to temporarily halt a secret investigation of campaign fundraising and spending during Wisconsin’s recent recall elections.
Meanwhile, the front man, Scott Walker, is out making the rounds on the curvy couch claiming to be “Unintimidated” by all such protests and commotion, which is the greatest set up for musical comedy since “The Emperors New Clothes”. Kingly Walker and his minions are so unintimidated by prosecutors sifting through emails and hard drives, that they are calling in the legal heavies.
Some come with poetic names like James “Bopp” Jr., who has a national reputation for representing conservative clients in free speech cases. He will not, can not, should not – say who he is representing in the proceedings. (Bopp? Do you get the image of him holding a stuffed prop?)
And then there is Muse & Cippollone (An Italian Deli for kids?)
Michael J. Bresnick — a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Stein Mitchell Muse & Cippollone — declined to say who his client was. Bresnick, a former federal prosecutor, recently spent two years as the executive director of President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. He will not, can not, should not – say who he is representing in the proceedings. Maybe he is the caterer?
Absurdity proceeds resolution
The complete breakdown of logical sense in the chain of events of the long and tedious John Doe investigation holds the promise that the final curtain is near. Other very serious and controversial chains of events have devolved into a similar side show attractions, only to reach final resolve shortly thereafter. Look at George Zimmerman and how any credibility of the man slowly took flight to la la land. What about Sarah Palin as a person who is one heartbeat away for the Presidency. How absurd is that in hindsight?
Now that the three year long John Doe Investigation is finally making its turn into “Bopp”, “Muse”, and “Cippollone” land, we may well be over the hump, and find that the final resolution is close at hand.
Some of us may be feeling rather “Unintimidated” by the whole thing.