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Walker’s Wisconsin – John Doe Rising

Breaking Bald

Time to turn back and descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my hair–
(They will say: “How his hair is growing thin!”)
T. S. Elliot

John Doe rises again like bridge Leo Frigo2a bad penny that has been stuck in the vending machine of political flimflam only to be found in the coin-return slot still bearing the date of its mint. Kelly Rindfleisch was sentenced on November 19th, 2012 to six months in jail and three years of probation for her role in rising Walker to power.

Kelly keeled, Walker walked, and all the lawyers talked and talked. Now, here we go again to get to the bottom, to discover the undeniable truth, and at a most inopportune time for the “Walker who walked” as he is up for re-election next November, and his name is included in conversation as a presidential candidate in 2016.

Judge orders documents released in probe of Scott Walker aides
By Patrick Marley and Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel – Sept. 25, 2013

Madison — An appeals court judge ordered the release Wednesday of numerous documents in the closed secret investigation of aides to Gov. Scott Walker, including the personal emails of convicted aide Kelly Rindfleisch.

Of course, this is not the end. Of course, there are questions, for that is the way of the flimflam machine. The workings within hide sprockets and springs that push, pull, and pedal the simplest of truths through algorithmic tweaking and twining to scare the living hell right out of common sense – Did Scott Walker really, honestly, understand what was happening with the secret email network within thirty feet of his desk? Hmmmm…I wonder?

Flimflam Machine

The flimflam machine is an energy hole, and continues as the default application of all communication in the Walker Administration sending job creation and health care and just about any constituent concern down to some lower level of attention. Why, just today we hear 92,000 people will be cut from their current Badger Care Plus health care.

State notifying 92,000 that loss of BadgerCare imminent
By Jason Stein and Guy Boulton of the Journal Sentinel- Sept. 24, 2013

The notification letters are reigniting the debate over Walker’s decision to reject additional federal money under what’s commonly known as Obamacare to expand BadgerCare Plus. That decision is costing the state $119 million in its two-year budget.

Walker has boasted of his rejection of Obamacare, since he had a better idea. But as a result of the rejection of federal funds 90,000 families are being cut from Badger Care Plus – and here is the kicker of the bucket – it raises taxes!

The move would reject an expansion of Medicaid and the more than $600 million in federal funding that would have gone with it. State taxpayers would pay an extra $119 million compared to what they would have paid under the expansion. WPR News

Put all this in the flimflam machine and push the button and hear the whirring and wind of cogs, gears, along the obfuscation belt – and what comes out the other end are computerized voices of:

Scott Walker
I care too much about the people of this state not to empower them to control their own destiny.

Or Alberta Darling:
…those pushed off may not like the copays they might soon be paying, but that “health care is changing.”

The flimflam machine has proven its worth in supplying Scott Walker with $1,498 per hour for his expenses for housing, security and in-state and out-of-state travel because that is the default. Real Job creation shows up in the low end of priorities and remains in the low forties when compared to the 50 other states.

Flimflam job creation comes solely from allowing the wealthy to become more wealthy in some rehash of the old Raegan flimflam of trickle down economics which didn’t work in his life time and is not working now. Real job creation projects were rejected by the flimflam machine early on, with putting and end to the rapid rail system and the train sets ready for manufacturing and already on the table. The job creating potential of Talgo, was already in place in Milwaukee and looking ahead to years of production.

The failure of the Leo Frigo Bridge serves as the most recent symbol for projects and priorities rejected by the political opportunists flimflam machine.

Leo Frigo Bridge closed due to significant sagging

By Jaclyn Brandt CREATED Sep. 25, 2013 – UPDATED: Sep. 25, 2013
GREEN BAY – The Leo Frigo Bridge is currently closed for an inspection. According to Lt. Jody Buth with Green Bay Police, a 150-foot section of the bridge is sagging by at least three feet. The section crosses all four lanes.

The bridge takes I-43 NB and SB over the Fox River in Green Bay. The interstate remains closed between Atkinson Dr. and US 41, and will remain closed for a minimum of 24 hours.

Officials say they are inspecting the bridge after a driver reported a dip in the road.

- and what comes out of the flimflam machine:

“It’s a key transportation link in the area,” Walker said. “Our #1 priority is and will continue to be ensuring the absolute safety of the public.”

Investment in infrastructure repair has been pushed into the background along with failure to protect Wisconsin citizens health care, and failure to create jobs. Is he even anywhere in the State of Wisconsin today?

Walker’s Wisconsin – Death City

Welcome to Death City, Wisconsin. Population 261,000

Death City boasts a population very near to that of Madison (208,054). Signs at the border entrance reads: “We control our own destiny”. Death City is not a tourist stop since it has no water parks, or entertaining attractions, and the only large convention it hosts each year is that mortality2of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association. Driving past the parks and playgrounds the most marked discovery is that each space holds a cemetery of children’s graves, next to the playground structures on which they once played. Decorative wrought iron signs mark the entrance to the playground cemetery which read: “Little Destiny”, “Free at Last”, and some of the inscriptions on the head stones are even more poignant “Mom and me together and free”, or “Adam age seven went to heaven with my sister age eleven”. One of those little ceramic ovals bare the images of Adam and Celeste from happier times.

There is a woman in her mid thirties kneeling at one of the headstones, it is said that she comes to this place every day at 3:00 p.m. but soon she will be denied this ritual. New administrative rules will go into effect soon that will deny cemetery visitation without a permit, and the permit will be limited to one visitation per person, per week. The rules were passed to limit access, since the media coverage of parents weeping over their young children’s graves was not in the best interest of a legislature with an agenda to further limit access to health care, with one Senator quoted as saying, “These children did not die as takers and were not ever sucked into the ‘give me, give me’ culture of dependency. They lie as eternal heroes to conservative ideals of individual freedom”.

The fact of Death City

Death City does not exist in one Wisconsin geographical area – but it does exist! Yes, the scene above is a fictional account of the dismal scene that might be observable if the 87,000 families, who have been eliminated from Badger Care, were found living and dying in one area. 87 thousand is a number, a concept. Concepts are easily dismissed. Concepts do not get asthma, whooping cough, or leukemia. Death City exists in Wisconsin. It dwells in the sick rooms of thousands of bedrooms and deep seated fear of injury and illness in a million flashes of thought every hour of every day. It is a large, dismal, and hopeless place for mothers listening to children cough at night, fathers looking into the eyes of a listless child, and children learning of the death of yet another classmate. Death City is real and present.

By lifting an enrollment cap, Walker’s administration said the change would open up BadgerCare to 82,000 adults without kids. But it would push 87,000 other adults, mostly parents, off of BadgerCare, forcing them to get their coverage somewhere else.WPR News

The Death City Rag

The Death City Rag sounds much more like a dirge to those fallen in a war of conceptual, political, positioning. death gopA rag is a rhythm in which the accompaniment is strict two-four time and the melody, with improvised embellishments, is in steady syncopation.

The two-four time might be marked by the words of Scott Walker:

. I care too much about the people of this state not to empower them to control their own destiny.

Or Alberta Darling:
…those pushed off BadgerCare may not like the copays they might soon be paying, but that “health care is changing.”

The improvised embellishments in steady syncopation

the parent wailing at the bedside for a lost life, the coughing fit of a child, the wheezing asthma of eight year old.

An end to the Death City Rag

The end to the Rag is so available that its continuous refrain appears little more than cruel. In most cases a situation of obvious harm to thousands of people presents problems for solution that involve money. Not the case with the Death City Rag. The money is there. The funds are available and waiting to be taped to end this funereal dirge of pain and suffering. So what’s the hold up? Why not accept the money and save thousands of people countless hours of pain and suffering? The answer: a concept, a principle, a philosophy
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – Hamlet

In the landscape of Death City, the rejection of federal funds leave out coverage for 87,000 families – and here is the kicker of the bucket – it raises taxes!

The move would reject an expansion of Medicaid and the more than $600 million in federal funding that would have gone with it. State taxpayers would pay an extra $119 million compared to what they would have paid under the expansion. WPR News

People die and suffer for a political hold on a conceptual idea.

It would be funny, silly, and absurd if it were not true. All Walker has to offer, in face of Death City, is a political concept that he is, “empowering people to control their own destiny”. That’s it. The federal plan would cover more people, for less money BUT for a concept, a political ideal, a momentary blip on the screen for the eyes and ears of potential campaign donors. And, what word do these potential donors dislike, disdain, and will guarantee a move to throw 87,000 families out with the bathwater to hear besmirched? OBAMA!

Just weeks after Walker took office he was one of the first to abandon Obama’s plan for a interstate high speed rail system – for the very same reason.

We are now on a funereal slow moving train to Death City. Suffer the children for the sake of a concept.

Please visit my “other blog” for news of my new play “House of Monkeys” – a musical romp through the love, life, and work of Moliere!

Walker’s Wisconsin – Healthcare Shell Game

In the card game Skat the game is won (or lost) with 90 or more trick points taken by the winning side (Schneider). You decide.

On face book Saturday June 13 Scott Walker posts another self evalution: “Walker’s Obamacare decision looking better” with a link to an article by free lance writer Christian Schneider Walker’s Obamacare decision looks better

“Schneider is a free lance writer who employs the Walker surgeionpurple prose you will find within the “Purple Wisconsin Blog”, a resource of such journalistic reputation that the editorial page editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Purple Wisconsin columnists are not paid and are not edited or fact-checked by the paper.” “Did Journal Sentinel Censor Story?” So much for journalism. Does it surprise you that Scott Walker would point to this piece as an affirmation of his policy decisions?

After painting a purplish-red piece of hack writing with uncomely strokes of divisive splattering such as:

Similarly, at a legislative budget hearing, State Sen. Bob Wirch (D-Kenosha) intoned that “people are going to die” as a result of Walker’s decision

But while efforts abound to cast the governor as a chainsaw wielding madman (“Hide the kids! Scott Walker’s on the loose!”), Walker’s recently-passed budget actually expanded health coverage beyond his Democratic predecessor, Jim Doyle. (Which apparently would make Doyle one of history’s most dangerous psychopaths, along with Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, and the astronaut who drove halfway across the country wearing a diaper to attack her love rival.)

Schneider finally goes on to manage a sentence that reads as a statement of fact:

In the last two budgets, Walker has increased funding by more than $2 billion into the state’s Medicaid program, locking down expanded coverage for the state’s poorest residents. Even before Walker’s expansion, Medicaid in Wisconsin covered 1.1 million state residents, or over one-fifth of the state’s population, and three times the number of individuals covered as recently as 1998.

What Schneider is trying to say can be stated more clearly by a journalist from the Associated Press on February 14, 2013:

Walker is proposing tightening the threshold for Medicaid eligibility for adults to $11,490 for individuals and $15,510 for couples. That is 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Under the federal law, Medicaid coverage would be available for an individual earning up to $15,414 and $20,628 for a couple. Scott Walker rejects Medicaid expansion

So Walkers reform, his experimental “hyrbrid plan”, lowers Medicaid eligibility when compared to the federal plan. You notice how the facts were rendered without comparison to the Doyle Administration? How do those AP journalists manage to do that?

What Schneider and the Journal Sentinel DO NOT SAY

And, what Scott Walker Does Not point to on face book

(AP) “Had Walker accepted the expansion under the federal law, the state would have received $4.4 billion in federal money through 2020, according to Wisconsin’s nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau said. But over four years, starting in 2016, new costs to the state would have totaled about $133 million.”

Under the Walker, “reform” “hybrid” plan Walker states, “he would be spending $644 million more on state Medicaid programs over the next two years under his plan.”

Walker boasts how he is spending more state money ($322 million each year for two years) on his “hybrid” than the state would have spent ($133 million) after 2016 had he accepted federal money? That’s what I call a “reform”? Post it on face book. Call the Purple Wisconsin Blog. Wake Christian Schneider!

Wisconsin Democrats argued that Obamacare plan was too good of a deal for Walker to pass up.

Passage on the plan is not without consequence. The full federal funding for the expansion is only available for three years, 2014-2016, before gradually phasing down to a 90 percent match. Currently, the federal government pays 60 percent for Medicaid and states pick up the rest.

States, like Walker’s “reformed” Wisconsin, that put off deciding during those first three years will forego the full federal match if they later change course.

Rep. Jill Billings, D-La Crosse, derided Walker’s “hybrid” option as a “complicated shell game designed to draw attention away from the fact that he is playing politics with people’s ability to get access to health care.”

Will the WEDC “reform” be a model for administration of heath care “reform”?

A shell game, indeed.

Another major reform of Walker was to abolish and transform, and create another hybrid of a major department of government – the Wisconsin Department of Commerce:

1955 Wisconsin Department of Commerce is created

The Department of Commerce was administered by the Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce, who was appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Wisconsin State Senate.
The department traced its roots to the Division of Industrial Development within the Office of the Governor, as established by the Wisconsin Legislature in 1955.

The the entire Department of Commerce, that functioned without major problems for 35 years, was dismantled, “reformed”, and restructured by Gov. Scott Walker in February 2011. Commerce was replaced with the new and streamlined Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and branded as a public-private agency, to boost job growth. flagshipwedcThis was the flag ship of “Walker Reform” boasting an $83 million budget. The regulatory, big government, impediments of the Commerce Department would be striped to make room for the Neoconservative efficiency of WEDC – the flagship of the new Walker reform to allow for the lofty goal of creating jobs, jobs, jobs. Thus the Department of Commerce was “reformed” and WEDC was to be the engine that would drive the creation of 250,000 jobs by the end of his term, as Walker promised in his campaign. Read: Wisconsin Walker’s Reform School

Another “Walker reform” was afoot and speeches were made, ribbons were cut, and the new bigger and better, neoconservative job machine was primed and polished for jobs, jobs, jobs! And articles were written in Purple Wisconsin by such notable free lance writes as Christian Schneider, and the articles were pointed to on Scott Walkers face book page!

The administration of WEDC has proven to be a disastrous malfunction of government that continues to be mismanaged politically and financially, and has made the Walker campaign promise of job creation in Wisconsin a painful joke. That said, are we really ready for another Walker reform, another hybrid administrative nightmare, this time, with the promise of managing and sustaining the life and death needs of the people of Wisconsin?

A shell game, indeed, Representative Billings. A shell game, indeed!

Your place in Walker’s Wisconsin

When Walker (born November 2, 1967) became 45th Governor of Wisconsin on January 3, 2011 with 52% of the vote – what were your hopes for the future?

The question is a general one. A non-partisan one. Your honest answer is vital to the future of hopes for your children and grand children as they create their lives in all the villages, cities, and counties of Wisconsin.

We all know that our friends, our wealthpiccommunities, our school children are not soley identified as Republican or Democrat, Red or Blue, they are just people, they are Wisconsinites, who share the dream of creating a better, more equatable and kind world for children to learn and grow in safety as they reach for the realization of so many unique and individual dreams.

Here is the mistake

I got lost. Most of us got lost. We allowed a figure head position to hold our voice, our future, and act as the determinant path finder for our children’s lives. That mythical figure head may have been materialized by Walker, or Barrett, or Union rights, or Tea Party, or…or…or.

It is now closing in on two years since Walker’s oath of office and a full year since the Recall Election of June 5 2012 which Walker survived with 53% of the vote. The next Wisconsin gubernatorial election will take place on Novemeber 4, 2014. What have we all learned? What are your hopes for the future?

We don’t know, what we don’t know

Somewhere in the background of GOP vs Democrat, and Red vs Blue, and “Stand With” vs “Recall” Walker is a startling fact that we “the people” don’t know. The people have become active politiholics in a state of denial who fail to recognize the root of our problem. Like anything obvious, it will be seen first… or last.

It isn’t Walker, or unions, or Red or Blue. If the divisive storm that has overcome our perception can be compared to a marital divorce that is a battle of emotion when the root cause of the strife of relationship is addiction or alcoholism, then we can begin to understand the politiholic addiction that has afflicted all of the people over the past two years. In some ways, we have all been through an ugly divorce characterized by protests, recalls, court proceedings, all resulting in deep emotional, political scares. And, just as we can see the obvious when looking from the outside at the experience of our friends who have been through rough and tumble divorce proceedings, we have missed the point – the deeper, underlying and faceless problem that has lead us astray.

Perception of Reality…Now you can KNOW

One of the refreshing facts you are about to learn, is that the problem is not directly about Walker. It’s not about unions. The political icons we have supported, protested, or applauded are mere lumps on the body politic, and a biopsy of the cancer under the lump may well prove to unite the people in a manner not thought possible. The fear of what hides under the lumps, the unknown or undiscovered reality, has moved the people to create enemies of one for the other. According to the facts of the video, you are about to learn something you did not know – if you dare.

Wealth Distribution in America

The Reality of what we think the wealth distribution is in this country is not even close to what it actually is.

I hope you felt better after discovering something you falsely perceived or did not know. It seems we are all wrong to allow standard barriers and conceptual icons to hold the hope of our future. At first glance, the correction may seem to merely reinforce all of the divisive emotion of the past two years, yet it also suggests the possibility for unity around the deeper, more pervasive problem.

How will this obvious and dangerous imbalance be corrected? How does the need for correction fit into the larger question of, “What are your hopes for the future?”.

Is an Election Coming Up?

The Spring Election will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013

State offices to be elected include Superintendent of Public Instruction, Supreme Court Justice, Court of Appeals and Circuit Court.


The Supreme Court Election is Non-patisan – Ha ha!

Just like the sequester battle. Just like the mining bill. Just like the refusal to accept federal dollars for Badger Care. This is another non-partisan issue.

This is the first Supreme Court election since…

Kathy Nicholaus “found” the 14,000 votes and put choking Prosser back on the bench.

This is the first State election since

Walker refused federal health care funds.
The state John Doe probe announces it will not prosecute Walker.
The GOP legislature lines up to pass the mining bill.

Read more about candidate Roggensack at Roggensack cognidissidence

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Walker Mozaic



“Obamacare is now the law of the land”

– John Boehner Speaker of the House

The Governor just will not, can not, understand

He is taking the law into his own hands. He has made no plans to establish a state-based health insurance exchange. His choice was to keep his head in the sand and hope that the Romney/Ryan ticket would win. They did not win the national election. They did not even win Wisconsin. The Obamacare issue was front and center in the campaigns – it was debated, it was the subject of countless campaign ads, it was glorified and mortified in stump speeches, and the voters of Wisconsin made a choice – Obama and Obamacare. End of challenge. End of discussion. Even Speaker Boehner acknowledged as much! But not Walker.

The Clock is Ticking

Walker will make his own choice IN SECRET

So what if a majority of Wisconsin voters chose Obama and Obamacare. Just so much Democracy fiddle faddle. He has empowered himself to make the decision without negotiation or discussion.

However, the letter to governors from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also maintained the Friday, November 16 deadline for states to submit a declaration letter indicating their intent to establish a state-based health insurance exchange. The federal government will operate exchanges for those states which do not meet the Affordable Care Act’s statutory deadline.

So far Governor Walker, Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith, and Insurance Commissioner Ted Nickel have refused to indicate what course the administration will take. Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Three men plan to make a far reaching decision that will effect the health choices of every child, woman, and man in Wisconsin. This is a democracy? You know, that system where the majority rules and the minority bends? So, how is it that such a small cadre of self anointed men have seen fit to make this decision in secret? Here it is, just a few short days until a decision to set up exchanges for the federal law, and this secret band will not even reveal wether or not they will do so or not. They say nothing. Not a word.

Uncertainty is the cause of a deficit economy?

How many times have you heard Walker and his national counterparts echo the words that businessmen are stymied and will not invest because of the uncertainty caused by the Obama Administration. It seems it is a frightening slight on wealthy “job creators” to be stung with uncertainty – what about the elderly, single mother, the shrinking middle class? How is it rationalized in the minds of these three men that the threat of not knowing when, where, or how heath care will be administrated for the next years, is not the cause of deep concern or fear? The Governor, and State Secretary of Health Dennis Smith are endowed to make the decision about the health of millions of Wisconsinites in a closed office, in secret conference, with only days left until the deadline?

How much will it cost the taxpayers this time?

The last time Walker made an uninformed move without debate or discussion it was the cancellation of the Talgo train maker contract to build train sets in Milwaukee. His self-made decision cost manufacturing jobs, construction, and support jobs, just because he didn’t think it was a good idea. It was an Obama plan. Not only did his partisan decision cost jobs, he is now being sued by Talgo for $42 million.

Now Talgo is Suing Walker for 42 Million Dollars

A manufacturer has sued Gov. Scott Walker and is claiming it does not have to turn over two new train sets that have cost the state more than $42 million.

The state agreed in 2009 to buy two new train sets from Talgo Inc. for Amtrak’s Hiawatha line, which runs from Milwaukee to Chicago, but Walker’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature have repeatedly clashed with the firm since last year.Talgo Sues WSJ Online

Is it possible for a leader to be so blinded by political principles he would completely miss the obvious path to his own stated goals and reject a job creation deal because it was the idea of a political adversary?

Now he is pulling Wisconsin over its own cliff, without discussion, making secret decisions about the heath and welfare of millions of the people he was elected to serve.

Walker’s Weakest Moment – Time for a KNOCKOUT!

Politically Empowered Ethically Dead

Walker is on the defensive in the John Doe Investigation. He has no mandate. Walker’s major legislative achievements, curtailment of collective bargaining and the voter ID law, have been held unconstitutional, his Mining Bill failed, ALEC has been exposed. His line of credit, the Koch Bothers, have become the laughing stock of late night TV. His job creation record is the worst in the nation, and he is being sued for 45 million by the Talgo train maker. His stall of health care reorganization has come back to haunt with Romney’s loss. His right leaning ideas – tax breaks for the wealthy, government is the problem, the call for repeal of Obamacare – have been deflated in the national conversation with Obama’s win. All these hard-fought victories – all of these remarkable and empowering achievements have left Walker weak and on the ropes.

And progressives weep in consternation at their half-full glass. They have lost control of the senate.

Make the final blow. Take him down for the count.

Progressives are blindly fulfilling the preachings of Ann Coulter and Fox News pundits who claim that liberals will always whine and moan over the dark spots on the moon. The current focus is on the one dark spot on the full moon of accomplishment and victorious achievement.

Dems have the real power. Progressives have the grass roots message that harmonizes with the national conversation, but seem to be afraid to sing. So, how is it that Walker has been taken to the ropes? Why have the major legislative jewels in his crown turned out to be paste? Look very closely. The emperor has no clothes and is about to lose his fig leaf. Yet, the focus and fear on losing the senate seems to have legislators staring at their hands – they dare not speak while Walker is still wearing the crown.

Fired Up – Ready to go

If I were a Dem legislator I would be developing strategies to launch the final blow to the head of a weakened and wobbling opponent. This is not time for hand sitting and waiting for the stumbling contender to cross the ring, before the attack. The mistake would be to wait to react. Now is the time to get, “Fired up – Ready to go!”. Time to take action, make a move. Trust and use the progressive base on the offensive. The base is ready to be lead. Get creative. Take action. We have your back.

Union Busting, Malfeasance, how about INCOMPETENCE?

Wisconsin Chooses Chaos

The state houses in Pennsylvania, Oregon, New Hampshire Colorado, New York, Maine were all controlled by Republicans. After the Nov. 6 election all those states shifted. The voters spoke to end the GOP majority and the super majority in those state legislatures. They had enough of a one sided political avalanche of ALEC written bills to enact voter ID laws, limit a woman’s right to control her own body, and limit workers from organizing for work place safety and wages.

But not Wisconsin. After, a few sweet months of peaceful balance in the Wisconsin legislature while Democrats were allowed a voice in the state senate for the first time since Walker and the Fitzgerald Brothers took control of the executive and legislative branches of state government – Wisconsin voters spoke.

All of that will change on New Year’s Eve when the GOP will take control of two branches of government all over again.

Are Wisconsin voters are stupid?

Our fine senator from the State of Wisconsin, Ron Johnson, would argue this outcome is all about stupid voters. Well, in a way. He pointed his accusing finger at Wisconsin voters saying they were “uninformed”. Oh, not for the choice to return a GOP majority to the state house, but to keep Obama and send Tammy Baldwin to the senate.

Johnson attributed Obama’s win on the heels of those Republican gains in Wisconsin to an uninformed electorate who voted in this election but not in the [Scott] Walker recall.

“If you aren’t properly informed, if you don’t understand the problems facing this nation, you are that much more prone to falling prey to demagoguing solutions. And the problem with demagoguing solutions is they don’t work,” Johnson said. “I am concerned about people who don’t fully understand the very ugly math we are facing in this country.” Huffington

So Ron, in his masterful command of logic, posits that stupid voters only make there uninformed choice in national elections. Yep, he is our Senator. When you point a finger at the stupid voters there are three fingers pointing back at you – there is some “very ugly math” for you.

The Wrong Argument for Recall

Walker is one of the most ineffectual leaders in Wisconsin History

It’s been said that human beings discover the obvious either first or last. The target issue for the recall of Scott Walker was painted by the press as a bulls eye of union busting. The first circle out of the bulls eye was John Doe, and that “he was the only governor with a legal defense fund”. Malfeasance and union busting seemed so obvious at first.

Now, comes the latent discovery – the final obvious fact glares at us after the vote was cast: incompetence

I will develop strategies for creating 250,000 new jobs by 2015

That was the promise of Governor Scott Walker made when he took office and remains on line as a pdf brochure to sell his “Wisconsin is open for business” plan for job creation in Wisconsin. The bottom line of the graph shows Walker’s job creation performance compared to that of other states.See large image of Walker job performance graph HERE Walker Jobs

After two years in office – look at the graph. Wisconsin shows one of the lowest job growth rates in the country. Does it look like he is on track to fulfill his promise? This is not Republican or Democrat – it is math. The math equation is Promise Minus Performance = INCOMPETENCE


High Speed Rail Put Jobs in Walker’s Hands

The job creating deal was all signed, sealed, and delivered. The train maker Talgo had already invested in a plant to build train sets in Wisconsin. It was a “done” deal. One of the first moves Walker made was to abandon the plan and kill the thousands of jobs in Wisconsin.

The video below is dramatization of one of the most job destructive decisions ever made by a governor of Wisconsin.

Why did Walker reject high speed rail?

The job creating potential of Talgo, that was already in place in Milwaukee and looking ahead to years of production, was seen as such an obvious beacon in the dark tunnel of economic woe that Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois immediately laid out a red carpet for Talgo with a willingness of circus puppy.

Broken Contracts

Now Talgo is Suing Walker for 42 Million Dollars

A manufacturer has sued Gov. Scott Walker and is claiming it does not have to turn over two new train sets that have cost the state more than $42 million.

The state agreed in 2009 to buy two new train sets from Talgo Inc. for Amtrak’s Hiawatha line, which runs from Milwaukee to Chicago, but Walker’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature have repeatedly clashed with the firm since last year.Talgo Sues WSJ Online

Is it possible for a leader to be so blinded by political principles he would completely miss the obvious path to his own stated goals and reject a job creation deal because it was the idea of a political adversary?

The equation might be: Jobs minus Non-partisanship=INCOMPETENCE

Health Care

“Obamacare is now the law of the land” – John Boehner Speaker of the House

Walker’s myopic vision of his personal and party agenda is stuck inside a box. It is a caged animal clawing for escape shredding the institutions and traditions of government. He has rejected Obama Care at every turn. He has delayed and denied any preparation for the Health Care Law enactment. Just because you don’t like or agree with the plans to build a dam downstream, it would be foolish not to raise the height of your boat dock. Not Walker. It’s not the way he works. He is not a leader who takes into consideration the welfare of the family of people he serves. He knows better. If he determines an idea like Obamacare is the dam that will cause a rise in the deficit, he will prove it by letting the people drown.

Madison — Barack Obama’s re-election win poses a political conundrum for Gov. Scott Walker over how to handle the president’s signature health-care law.

The victory for the president and the return of the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate means Obamacare will remain the law of the country. But Walker decided late last year to stop planning to implement the health-care law in Wisconsin, preferring instead to hold out for an Obama defeat and a repeal of the law.

Now the state will have to scramble if it wants to put in place a virtual marketplace, or exchange, required by the law to allow consumers and small businesses to purchase health coverage.

By Nov. 16, states need to inform the federal government whether they’ll implement their exchanges themselves or leave it up to federal officials to decide how to do that, said Bobby Peterson, head of the Madison nonprofit ABC for Health. The exchange would need to be in place by the beginning of 2014.

“If they (have to) put something in, it’ll be rushed. They admit it doesn’t have stakeholder input and it’d be a half-hearted effort and that’s too bad,” Peterson said of the Walker administration. Walker Health Care Dilemma

The math might be: Reality minus Preparation=INCOMPETENCE

How do you deal with incompetence?

It isn’t like the people haven’t tried. The people of Wisconsin have been offered three separate opportunities, two recall elections followed by a general election, to correct the pattern of incompetence. It is said that politics changes like the weather, which gives us hope for the development of a high-road pressure system that might give the much needed rain on the dry dessert of poor decisions and partisan power grabbing on the fractured soil of Wisconsin.

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