Friday, May 01, 2015

WWWalker's Morally Bankrupt Budget LTE

Wrong Way Walker's Morally Bankrupt Budget puts insurance profiteers before the Badgered State's seniors and disabled. The best discussion I've seen regarding this is the Wessel’s Elder Law March 17th entry: This shameless man wants to sell out our most vulnerable neighbors. It’s just one bad budget item of so very many!

I urge our legislators to start fresh, throw out this garbage budget. Budgets are moral documents reflecting the priorities and values of those who craft them. WWWalker's budget was crafted with one priority, WWWalker and his tilting at presidential windmills. It wasn’t crafted with Wisconsinites in mind or even the Republican “Representatives” who Walker handed the impossible task of defending this disaster at home while he flits around the country flip-flopping, hiding the complete failure of his economic policies and pretending he’s presidential. WWWalker wants to abandon Wisconsin, leaving us here to hold the bag.

WWWalker created his $2.2B deficit with tax breaks for the wealthy that naturally failed to spur the economy as advertised and now he's whacking Wisconsin's seniors, students, scientists, disabled, workers, parks, citizen boards, healthcare and environment, to fix the problem he intentionally created while borrowing billions to hand to the road builders.

WWWalker is putting Wisconsin's heritage and values on his chopping block because he's not a bold leader, he's the Great Divider, he's not a good governor, he's a bad butcher! WWWalker is a microcosm of every disease that afflicts our “republic”, cronyism, pay-to-play corruption, scapegoating, my way or the highway and fealty to moneyed rulers from far beyond our borders and the imposition of their self-interested laws.

And I don’t feel likeI’m from here anymore.

I believed we lived in a special state with a great heritage, forged by a people with vision and a shared sense of fair play and goodwill. Those illusions have been shattered in the last four years as I’ve realized that so many of my neighbors can't tell a "Rascal" from a hole in the ground. People of goodwill do not shove their radical agenda down their neighbor's throats. In the Wisconsin in which I grew up that would have been considered impolite. But there’s nothing civil about how WWWalker, his co-conspirators and sponsors have behaved or their divide & conquer tactics!

The very Wisconsin Idea has been attacked, intentionally, along with our UW System, our K12 schools and so many of the other shared attributes that made our state the cream of the Midwest. It’s a crying shame. WWWalker and his entire budget are “Drafting Errors”. This is NOT who we were or who we should be now. Throw it out!

Monday, April 27, 2015

It's NOT Working Wrong Way Walker!

There is a reason why we built a system of seniority and worker protections for public employees, to prevent the spoils system of employment, the hiring of incompetent cronies. But Wrong Way Walker has dismantled that system and like everything else this complete  "Rascal" done, it's NOT Working!

EXCERPT: ‘A Cesspool’
The MilES office allegations didn’t surprise Marty Beil, executive director of AFSCME District Council 24. He said there’s been a huge change in workplace culture at state worksites since Act 10’s implementation.

“Every state work site is a cesspool,” Beil told the Shepherd. “I’m not being facetious here. Workers are concerned with money and benefits but what has been happening at the worksites, the culture that has been established, has been more disruptive than these workers not receiving adequate pay increases.”
Beil said bullying and intimidation are rampant throughout state agencies. He said supervisors try to bully and harass outspoken workers so that they’ll quit or ultimately be fired. Worksites are short staffed, leading to high amounts of overtime and threats to privatize operations, he said.
“It’s like somebody switched a switch in 2011 and these supervisors and administrators all became ogres,” Beil said.
Also common is the lowering of qualifications for professional jobs, Beil said. For example, the Milwaukee Bureau of Child Welfare, run by the state since 2002, [Correction: the state took over this program in 1998.] has faced complaints about its handling of suspected cases of child abuse and high staff turnover. In response, it’s changed its hiring requirements for those who take initial assessments of child abuse. Previously, access and initial assessment specialists were required to be social workers. Now, those with a high school diploma can be considered for the job.
“What message does that send to the rest of the workers who have master’s degrees there?” Beil said. “And who’s going to get blamed when a person who has a high school diploma makes a wrong decision about suspected child abuse?”

AndI don’t feel like I’m from here anymore. 

Cesspool, Exactly!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Progressive Golfing?

Who amongst you is interested in some Disc Golf?
The weather is getting nice and we have one of the best, most beautiful courses anywhere around at Fox River Park right between Wilmot and Silver Lake! I've been thinking that it might be fun to get some folks together and play a round on a Saturday or Sunday morning. It's FREE, it's low impact, it's fun, it's a nice walk in the woods, good exercise, I can show you the ropes and I have enough extra discs to loan out to anyonewho doesn't have one.
All you need to be able to do is throw a frisbee and walk 2 miles.
Round trip from B-town would be about 2.5 - 3 hours. Perhaps we could stop afterward for a drink, shoot the shit and get to know each other better.
It's totally progressive, who's in!prop

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

OneWeVoBeeGone OneWeVoBeeBack!

A year ago the BAP Blog pulled the curtains back on the local Tea Party and their school board candidates and asked the question; "Do you want your local community’s schools to be used as a practice squad to raise up a “farm team” of extremist politicians marching to advance a nutty hidden political agenda that is national in scope, plutocratic in nature and fundamentally anti-public education?"

For the second year in a row the answer has been a resounding "NO!"

Congratulations Burlington, there are no more WeVoBees on the Board!

We WILL miss the entertainment value though.

CORRECTION: On election night, the news media neglected to include BASD Board vote counts from Walworth County when declaring Bird and Schmaling the winners. That's what you get when you "Trust" TMJ4. However, after those votes were included and canvassed, Ketterhagen prevailed by about 15 votes over Schmaling who then conceeded. But don't feel like you got hit in forehead by a 2x4, EMBRACE THE ENTERTAINMENT VALUE!

Roger Koldeway's (the other TP on the the board) last minute write-in campaign attempt failed, however after his initial decision not to run again. But he was never anywhere near as entertaining as Phil.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Menards now accepting all your Household Hazardous Waste!

Reporter Michael Isikoff broke the story Monday related the Wrong Way Walker John Doe II probe that Wisconsin's No. 1 Plutocrat John Menard Jr. gave the Wisconsin Club for Growths $1.5 million at the same time the WWWalker campaign was apparently coordinating with the WCFGs to run pro-WWWalker ads during the recall campaign in violation of Badgered State law. By the way that is more than TWICE as much as Gogebic Tachonite gave ($700K) two the Growths in return for the priviledge of rewriting Wisconsin's mining law.

So what did Menards get for their investment in The Great Divider? Up to $1.8 million in special tax credits from the WEDC - WWWalker's Economic Distristribution Corruptication - Gave Big Money at Menards! The richest man in Wisconsin also seems to have gotten a get out of jail free card from the DNR. Scooter don't want nobody to Stepp on his Sugardaddy!

Menards is the most environmentally fined company in Wisconsin. In fact, when John Menard was personnally caught illegally dumping hazardous waste he told then DNR Secretary George Meyer that he didn't believe in environmental regulation and didn't see any need to have the laws on the books. He ultimately paid a $1.7 million dollar fine. You and I would have gone to prison!

Hear Michael Isikoff discuss the story on one of the crown jewels of the Badgered State, Wisconsin Public Radio:

So if we shouldn't have environmental laws according Menard, then it stands to reason that John should have no objection to having us all drop off our unwanted household hazardous wastes in his parking lot! Those old spray cans, used oil, old cans of paint, used thinner, pesticides, computer monitors, give'm all to John Menard! After all, he has no problem polluting our political environment for fun and profit.

Friday, March 20, 2015

WWWalker's Profiteers over Seniors & Disabled Wisconsinites Policy

She Looks Scared, She SHOULD BE!
Wrong Way Walker's Morally Bankrupt Budget puts insurance Profiteers before the Badgered State's seniors and disabled citizens and this is the best and most concise discussion I've seen yet of this ONE budget issue out MANY! This man has no conscience and no shame.

EXCERPT: The Redesign Committee worked for several years, formed subcommittees focused on certain issues, and held many stakeholder meetings. Family Care was born as a result. It was in Governor Thompson’s 1999-2001 budget proposal, the product of several years of study and the development of consensus among stakeholders.

But when you are Scott Walker, who needs consensus?

Walker’s redesign proposal would eliminate some important aspects of the program. First, it would eliminate the IRIS ( I Respect, I Self-direct) program, which allows participants to self-manage their own budget for their care, providing the widest latitude to create an individual program within a budget. Second, it would replace the Managed Care Organizations that operate in various districts to run the program. It would restrict participation in Family Care only to those MCOS that can operate on a statewide basis. This is NONE of the current MCOs. To operate statewide, an MCO would have to have significant capital, the kind that only large insurance programs have.Third, it transfers oversight of the MCOs to the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance instead of the Division of Health Services. Fourth, it provides a means to eliminate the current Aging and Disability Resource Centers that provide help on a local basis to seniors and disabled individuals, by allowing this service to be contracted out. There are numerous other changes proposed that are too many to go into here.

You might ask, why the changes? Well, when you are Scott Walker, why not? He must have a good reason. Like, providing big business for out of state insurance companies and putting Wisconsin MCOs out of business. Reducing the size of government by eliminating the ADRCs. Or something like that. But definitely not improving services for elderly and disabled people. That is nowhere in this equation, or else he would have had them at the table in making the decision.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wrong Way Walker Budget Hearing Tomorrow

The joint finance committee has scheduled a hearing (part of a series) on The Badgered State's 2015-2017 tomorrow March 20th at Alverno College, 3400 South 43rd Street in Milwaukee from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 

If you can be there, BE THERE!
If you can call your Representatives, CALL!

Budgets are moral documents since they reflect the priorities and values of those who draft and impose them. Yes, regrettably I must now use the word "impose" in the Wisconsin under the Great Divider and Gerrymandered Republicon Rule. But Scott Walker's budget proposal was crafted with one person in mind, Scott Walker with his fantasy tilting at presidential windmills.

WWWalker has placed even the radical Republicon Middlemen in our state legislature in a very difficult position with his selfish budget priorities which have NOTHING to do with the priorities of the people of Wisconsin who he hopes to abandon next year. I believe many of our so-called "Representatives" are quietly angry with the Gubnah for not consulting them and putting them in the position of defending this deeply selfish and immoral budget, but they barely dare speak of it for they are the party of Lock-Step Fealty. However, if they get enough push back from the people who will be here long after Walker, they may start to fear for their futures as career politicians and modify the dastardliness of this budget mess!

Budget Bottom Line: Wrong Way Walker created this $2.2B deficit with tax breaks in previous budgets for the wealthy that failed (as always) to spur the economy as advertised and now he's Whacking Wisconsin's Seniors, Students, Scientists, the Disabled, Workers, Parks, Citizen Boards, Healthcare and Our Environment to fix the problem he conveniently and intentionally created.

WWWalker is putting Wisconsin's Heritage and Values on his Chopping Block because he's not a bold leader, he's the Great Divider, he's not a Good Governor, he's a Bad Butcher!