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LOL Of The Week: Scott Walker Keeps Blaming Workers

March 31, 2013 2:19 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 169 Comments A+ / A-
LOL Of The Week: Scott Walker Keeps Blaming Workers

If you want to know how much worse our economic recovery could be, check out Scott Walker’s austerity-rocked Wisconsin — which has gone from 11th in job creation to 44th in just two years.

Walker stormed into office in 2011 on the crest of a Tea Party wave and immediately added $117.2 million to the budget deficit with a series of tax cuts that did nothing to spur job creation. He “paid” for these cuts in part with an attack on public workers that he failed to mention in his campaign that he was going to pursue.

The governor and his Republican majorities cut workers’ salaries by about eight percent across the board, eliminated collective-bargaining rights and essentially tied any future wage increases to the rate of inflation.

The growing budget deficit Walker inherited was mostly the result of the financial crisis. Investors enabled by conservative politicians had collaborated to create the worst economic crash since the last time investors and conservative politicians had crashed the economy.

But who was Walker going to make pay for this downturn? Teachers — and other state and local workers — because they still had decent jobs, unlike the millions who lost their livelihoods thanks to Wall Street.

Where did Walker get the idea to go after workers? It was a well-concealed fact in the run-up to the 2010 election — as Republicans were still trying to pretend their goal was to “protect” Medicare — that the Tea Party was a sleeper cell for some of the nation’s most powerful anti-tax, pro-corporate billionaires who had been trying to trigger a “non-partisan” populist movement for decades to destroy the one thing standing in the way of completely privatizing the American government — unions.

Walker saw himself as a new Ronald Reagan — who had led the assault on public workers when he fired all of America’s air traffic controllers during his first year in office. We know this because Walker made the comparison himself when he was crank-called by someone posing as billionaire David Koch.

The state erupted, triggering recalls, including one of Walker himself. Walker won — thanks to voters rejecting the idea of a recall and Walker’s right-wing allies outspending Democrats and labor by an 8-1 margin.

So Wisconsin still has Scott Walker and Wisconsin has fallen to 44th in job creation.

Why? Let’s ask the governor.

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  • howdidisraelget200nukes

    I tend to not listen to those with lazy eyes. As a matter of fact, walker looks like a half wit which would explain why he connected so well with voters from that state.

    • plc97477

      ditto

    • tobyspeeks

      HALF the voters from that state.

      • CPAinNewYork

        The recall failed, didn’t it? So the majority must have voted against recall. Everyone in Wisconsin who voted against recall or who didn’t vote is getting what they deserve.

        • 4sanity4all

          sadly, that is true. But I was in Wisconsin before the election, and the big money boys flooded the airwaves with manipulative, half true garbage that confused the voters. They muddied the water so much, and sadly, people fell for it. The opposition did not have the finances to counter the constant stream of baloney.

          • howdidisraelget200nukes

            So in other words, the stupid were confused.

          • Victoria Lamb

            That is your interpretation?

        • BDC_57

          I thought they were smart in Wisconsin but it doesn’t look like it.

        • tobyspeeks

          I hope you don’t give financial advice like you give out nonsensical comments here. Both the election and the recall were approximately 50/50, hence HALF the voters. I don’t know the exact numbers off hand, but to be more precise maybe I should have said 46.7% of the voters? I agree about who’s getting what they deserve but, so are the rest of us 46.7%. Since Scooter has already admitted if he wins reelection he won’t serve out the entire term (2016 presidential bid), I hope that tells some of the other 53.3% he is not the guy they thought he was.

          • CPAinNewYork

            Toby:

            What portion of the Wisconsin voters will be hurt by the ultra conservative agenda? Is it more than half? If it is, then those who will be hurt by the ultra conservative agenda constitute a plurality, which appears to be enough to recall the governor. Am I correct in assuming that more than a simple plurality is enough to get the governor recalled?

            The conclusion seems to be clear to me: If most of the Wisconsin voters will be hurt by the ultra conservative agenda, then they’re foolish for not voting for recall. If the truth is the other way round, then the majority is willing to accept the cost to them of having the rich run their state and those in the minority who aren’t willing to be hurt need to leave.

    • http://twitter.com/crittersndirt Nancy

      I noticed his eyes also. I call them lying eyes.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=677156606 Katherine Boyd

        He has cold, reptilian eyes…like a serial killer.

        • lana ward

          Obama is the reptilian. He is Lord of the flies–Beelzebub, Satan. Obamas’ eyes are wicked as hell!!!

          • Victoria Lamb

            Lana is a troll. Check out her profile.

          • lana ward

            Victoria Lamb is a crybaby. You don’t like my posts–ignore them witch!!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1285428141 Marge Cullen

            This is obviously a progressive site so why don’t you leave because no one here cares what you think. I do agree that Washington is one big group of rich thieves but some are better that others. You can interpret that 2 ways.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

            “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”
            You should be careful of what you write. In the end, it will cost you dearly.

        • lana ward

          Yes Obama has cold reptilian eyes and he is a killer

      • BDC_57

        Him and lying Ryan are cut from the same cloth.

      • lana ward

        Obama has a lazy eye, his left eye

    • lana ward

      Obama has a lazy eye, his left eye

      • Victoria Lamb

        Yes, we heard you the first time, thanks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Mack/100000169083820 Daniel Mack

      I hate to suggest inbreeding but…

  • Michael Kollmorgen

    Monkey See – The Voters. Monkey does – Scott Walker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Frank.Willkie.55458 Frank Willkie

    This mean baster canceled funds to imporve Amtrak Speed. in additonal is a true baster, because, he is too freeked lazy to raise the Speed Limit t0 70. therefore, Minnesota and Iowa is 70, why not Wisconsion? I-94, I-90 and I-39 is safe enough to permit the coopers to enforece aboive 70 vs, above 65.

  • adler56

    Walker will flame out like Palin- the sooner the better- he doesn’t seem to know he’s just a gofer to the big boys.

    • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.vanmeter.94 Patrick van Meter

      Even after the phoney phone call from one of the koch bros., the people are still behind him. I hope the whole state suffers. Where unions originated. I thought the people were smarter.

      • idamag

        I have visited Wisconsin many times as I have relatives there. There are a lot of rural villages where people can be made to believe anything. A man, in Cecil, told me that Obama was going to take their guns away.

        • neeceoooo

          I have heard that from a lot of uninformed people.

        • midway54

          Yes, and the most concetrated of the mentally vulnerable being regularly duped by the plutocrats are found in the rural Dupedom South, Limbaugh and the clowns at Fox “News” must be smiling constantly at the thought of their wealth created by the yahoos in their audience who keep them on the air.

          • idamag

            Because of our attitudes toward education, ignorance has become a virtue. These people think people who say, “Ya betcha.” is smart.

        • lana ward

          Until he takes our guns, his DHS is buying all of the ammo

        • plc97477

          The worse the Walker regime
          treats people, the worse they believe and expect from Obama. Paranoia apparently loves company

      • Ayla_Fire

        Thanks for hoping we suffer. That’s kind of a**holish of you. We worked really damned hard to get rid of him. Citizens United and the Kochs gave him a huge leg up over the People.

        • GrannyKits

          I Feel truly sorry for those of you in Wisconsin who tried to get rid of Walker. There were just not enough Wisconsinites smart enough to see what was really going on.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1285428141 Marge Cullen

          Good point Ayla. I live in MN and felt awful watching him mess Wisconsin up. You are right a lot of good folks tried but the money won. Koch and him are connected at the hip. But a lot of MN union members did come over and protest with your union folks. I think the next round will go better for the Dem’s there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    Walker is an opportunist trying to cash in on the ignorance and desperation of people who have been left behind and who for a variety of reasons cannot get out of the malaise they are in. The most effective and quickest way to achieve economic growth and prosperity is to invest and restore consumer confidence. You can’t achieve either by demonizing and cutting the salaries of those who are working, or by reducing spending. Insisting on austerity to prosper defies logic and denies evidence pointing to the contrary. One thing is to eliminate wasteful spending, fraud, and programs that are not working; laying off government workers, destroying organized labor, and reducing spending instead of investing is a recipe for disaster. Sadly, that is exactly what other red states are doing with identical results.

  • charleo1

    As we know, the 2010, mid term elections, added injury to an already injured,
    labor force. As dozens of corporate backed candidates, many of them plucked
    from obscurity, to run under a phony T-Party brand. That the Right Wing, media
    was pushing like there was no tomorrow. In fact, a lot of them said, exactly that.
    That there would be no tomorrow, if they weren’t elected. And, elected they were.
    After the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, extremely wealthy donors
    living anywhere in the world, could contribute unlimited funds to any, or all S-Pacs.
    With some Pacs, organized to elect hate filled know nothings, to Washington.
    While others were dedicated to electing Governors, and State Legislators. All
    of which were, like Scott Walker, cookie cutter caricatures of themselves, all

    singing from the same songbook. All with the same goals. All using the same
    tactics to achieve them. First. If there is no deficit, create one, by reimbursing
    your corporate sponsors with tax cuts, and hundreds of millions of tax dollars,
    “to create jobs.” Then, declare a financial emergency, and war on the public
    schools. Lay off teachers, and close schools. And use the money to finance
    private schools. Then, exempt the private schools, while placing impossible
    standards on the public ones. Then tying the teachers pay to those standards.
    Of course, immediately cut programs designed to help the poor, and disabled.
    Withhold State Medicaid payments to public hospitals. (They are unionized too.)
    Then, put the public hospital up for sale to a corporation. So they may at their
    discretion, refuse to offer the uninsured, or Medicaid recipient, all but emergency
    care. Then, voted to limit the emergency visits of the indigent, to 3 per year.
    After 2 years of total Republican, and corporate domination in Florida, I could
    literally write a book on the many ways they have hurt the poor, disadvantaged
    the worker, put the Fox in charge of hen house security, and even went after
    the vote, to discourage many of the persons these policies hurt from voicing
    their objections at the ballot box. So, I’m begging. That’s right! The kind of
    begging that simply murders one’s self esteem. I don’t care! If you don’t do
    another thing in this next mid-term, election, in 2016. Vote!

    • 4sanity4all

      that is an excellent analysis, my friend.

      • charleo1

        We know our T-Bags down here in Fl. Can empathize with
        Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia. All States
        that went to essentially, unstoppably, Red in 2010. And they
        have been a terror!

    • sigrid28

      Keep up these great posts, but think about writing that book at the same time.

      • charleo1

        Thanks! And, likewise. Big fan of your posts, as well!

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    When you overindulged those in Big Business and their cronies in Congress, you get what you asked for….greed. The door was wide open and they took the shot. And will keep taking the shot. CITI bank and several major banks stole a couple of trillion in profits during that mortgaging debacle. Then, to add salt to your wounds used that profit to insert as many of their cronies and lobbyists as they could into government …Like an infestation of hungry roaches, the country tries to stop the infestation but keeps putting the food out there in their hungry paths. Men like Walker know no sense of shame…He’d have to have a soul to actually feel shame. It’s how the greedy roaches at the top can ignore the damage they’ve done to the US. They sit back like roache royale and enjoy the feeding frenzy we supply..Throw their greedy butt ends in jail.

    • latebloomingrandma

      They love him because he has followed ALEC’s agenda to the letter. Wisconsin was to be the “test case” for getting rid of unions.

  • Lovefacts

    If we don’t stand together and fight the Ryan budget and other austerity attemps on Capital Hill, this will be the outcome for our country at large.

    • howdidisraelget200nukes

      That may be so but which party is worse?

      Both are the same so face it, the ryan budget will be approved in one form or another by the gutless dems like shumer, durbin, levin and the rest of the bush supporters that are still in office.

      • Lovefacts

        Then it’s time we progressives wrote to these gutless wonders and reminded them that the T-party isn’t the only one who can run candidates against and incumbant.

      • Sand_Cat

        I know what you mean, but the Dems haven’t quite reached the depths to which the Republicans cheerfully dove – not yet, anyway. Saying they’re the same guarantees that what little chance we have for improvement will be snuffed out.

      • Victoria Lamb

        Anyone who believes both parties are the same hasn’t much to contribute to the discussion.

      • idamag

        Right now, you pick the party that is going to do the least damage. Which one wants their hands on Social Security? Which party has rigid rules and signs pledges as a body?

  • David Turrentine

    Scott Walker needs to get a job and stop being a leech on the taxpayers of Wisconsin

    • idamag

      I think he has a job. Doesn’t he work for the Koch Brothers?

  • tobyspeeks

    Last week Walker admitted to some radio show if he wins reelection he doesn’t plan on serving out the entire term. We all know that means he will be trying for the 2016 ticket. God forbid! But it should also tell the people of Wisconsin, especially the half who voted for him that he’s going to bail on you, he going to pull a Palin.

    • plc97477

      I find it really hard to believe that he has a chance of being reelected

      • Sand_Cat

        NEVER, NEVER underestimate the stupidity of the voting public, especially when they have Republican voter suppression laws and poll-watching to help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.ward.73345048 Sam Tours

    job creation…how is that statistic checked? Is government over spending and employing a worthless person a created job even though its at the expense of a private company turning a profit? This article is fucking retarded as shit.

    • 4sanity4all

      again, Sam, let me remind you, as english-teacher did, that insulting people and swearing at them will not convince us that your position has any merit.

      • charleo1

        it’s all they know. Having been spoon fed this Right Wing claptrap,
        that is passed off as, conservative, Reagan Republicanism. When in
        actuality, it’s the same trash the Birchers, or the militia types, like
        Tim McVey, and the Klan, have been spouting some version of,
        since The Civil War, and reconstruction. You’d think they would
        learn a new tune! Not these guys. With them, it’s always,
        “I wish I was in Dixie,” “Away, Away!” Black President? Sing louder!

        • tz

          Come to think of it, I cannot recall a Right Winger making any sort of logical reasoned arguments or explanantions for their positions, they only offer slogans, name calling, and denigration.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.ward.73345048 Sam Tours

    If you are a government employee, or union member funding a socialist dem politician….go F yourself. Take a fucking lesson in economics and finance before you make everyone else around you more stupid and believe you know half of anything. Government runs off privately generated income in the first place. DEAL WITH IT AND BALANCE A GODDAMN CHECKBOOK!

    • english_teacher

      Go away, bully. Your screed will play better on the like-minded right-wing sites. If you’re interested in having a discussion, then don’t be insulting. Be civil and present facts, not opinions. You will now run true to type and insult me to prove how superior you are to the rest of us, rather than attempt to have a rational discourse.

    • midway54

      So saith still another warped dupe, himself displaying his own brand or pure stupidity learned from rightwing propagandists on behalf of the plutocracy. The feeble efforts at posting with a very limited vocabulary riddled with obscenities likely derive from just plain ignorance.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.h.sadler1 Thomas H Sadler

      Don’t want to be stuffy, but I believe it is A GODDAMNED CHECKBOOK.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dave.margolis.16 Dave Margolis

      Don’t know who taught your finance and economics classes, but what is clear is that austerity does not work, if that is what you are suggesting, Sam. Why don’t you enlighten us all by spelling out your ideas, and skip the self-righteous, sanctimony. We’re all in a heap of trouble because big business has taken over our government, and they are making the middle class pay, big time.

  • elw

    Why would anyone ask how someone like Walker, a failure, could be a hero? The Republican Party today is the Party of Ronald Reagan. Actor turned politician who left behind a trail of disaster in all the offices he served. And that folks is the hero they are reaching for a fictional hero who speaks pretty little words with little substance.

    • JDavidS

      Yup… In the flick “Bedtime for Bonzo” the chimp was the smart one.

      • plc97477

        Cuter too.

    • idamag

      Actually, the actor turned politician, was smarter than what we have today. He knew when we had to raise taxes to save the economy.

      • elw

        You make a good point. Who would have ever expected that?

  • JDavidS

    Is it the water in Wisconsin that makes that state produce pieces of shit like Walker and the American Idiot Paul Ryan?

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      Yep, probably is the Water. We in Ohio have pretty bad water too. Getting so bad, ya can’t filter out the crap anymore.

    • tz

      It is my understanding he was born in Colorado Springs. I am embarrassed for my state.

    • lana ward

      It’s places like Kenya that produce communist muslims like Obama

      • JDavidS

        lana, lay down the crack pipe and slowly back away. With luck, your family is planning the intervention as we speak…

    • wally12

      No. It is the water you drink.

    • exdemo55

      Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) says welfare dependence is no measure of success when it comes to helping the poor.

      “Sadly, there are some in our nation’s capital who measure success in government by how many are dependent on the government,” said the governor. “Our mindset in Wisconsin is a sharp contrast.… We measure true compassion by helping people no longer require the assistance of the government.”

      That’s why Wisconsin will reform the food stamps program to require work for able-bodied recipients.

      Food stamp rolls have swelled nationally, with spending doubling in the past four years. Part of the reason for the growth is connected to President Obama waiving the (small) work requirement in food stamps, which requires able-bodied adults to work or prepare for work in exchange for receiving benefits.

      According to the governor’s plan, able-bodied adult recipients without young children would be required to work or participate in job training for 20 hours a week in order to receive food stamp benefits:

      Previously, Wisconsin was one of 46 states receiving a waiver from a federal requirement for food stamp recipients to get job skills. However, we think it is an important investment in the futures of these individuals and our state.

      Work requirements for able-bodied individuals should be at the foundation of welfare. This policy establishes the principle of work and promotes personal responsibility and self-sufficiency.

      Tragically, the vast majority of the federal government’s 80-plus welfare programs include no work requirement at all, and the Obama Administration has been diligently toiling to remove work requirements from those programs that do include them. In 2009, Obama suspended food stamp work requirements as part of his stimulus package. That suspension was supposed to end in September 2010, but his next two budgets requested that the suspension continue. Rather than waiting for Congress to act, however, the Administration simply began allowing states to waive the work requirement.

      To make matters worse, last summer the Administration issued another policy to waive the work requirements from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which was created by the1996 welfare reform law.

      Self-sufficiency for those who are able should be the goal of welfare assistance. “It is important to give temporary hand up to those in need, but for those who are able, we should not provide a permanent hand out. Our goal is simple: transition people from government dependence to true independence,” said Walker.

  • docb

    The self-deluded are invariably attached to their self lies and convoluted ‘blame others ‘ game.

    Walleyed walker is just a pipsqueak tea bagger liar! Nothing more!…

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.murphy.167189 Daniel Murphy

    Scott Walker ran an “I’m just an every day working stiff” campaign. If he had run for governor during a ‘presidential campaign season’, we wouldn’t be dealing with this disgusting parasite. Not thinking this ‘moral cripple’ was a serious threat, Wisconsin Democrats failed to see the sinister Tea Party movement for what it is, primarily due to our long running progressive history, and wasn’t prepared to beat back Walker when it became clear he could win. Walker was made to leave Marquette University after being caught ‘red handed’ stuffing the ballot boxes when he ran for student body president. He spent 4 years there without attaining a degree. His time as Milwaukee County executive is rife with dubious activities – leading to the prosecution of several people he had hired. He isn’t too smart but: he is very wiley and thinks in a continual “underhanded” mode. Walker won the recall for a couple reasons. An enormous amount of money to push his lies with, the overwhelming amount of this cash came from out of state sources. At one time he had an 8:1 cash advantage over Tom Barrett. He was able to convey a “why are they picking on me?”, ‘poor me’ narrative and convinced enough people, whom he is determined to oppress, – that he was the victim.
    Folks : money and lies beat the ‘truth’ of the people of Wisconsin. And dammitt: how dare some of you chastise the “real” victims here, when this is being played out everywhere! I tell you the truth people: this heavy handed corporate designed state government is on it’s way to your state, if it hasn’t arrived already. Walker won on a strategy of “Divide and Conquer”, and I hear too much divisiveness out here when we should be standing as “ONE”. Playing right into the corrupt and corrosive hands of these evil bastards.

    • 4sanity4all

      Dan, you are on the side of the angels. I hope that people who know the truth about Scott Walker can get it out to everyone, and I hope that what has been going on in Wisconsin will motivate EVERY working person, union worker, and progressive thinker to come out and VOTE Scott Walker out. I hope they remember that in order for evil to flourish, it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.People think, oh, Walker is so awful, of course everyone will go vote- so I don’t have to. That happened in my town, and we are suffering with a terrible local government because of it. And I worked hard during that election, going door to door, handing out leaflets, and after the election, so many people said ‘but I thought (good guy) would certainly win, so I didn’t vote!’, it was enough to make my head explode.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ann.crownover Ann Crownover

      Here, Here!

  • OakenTruncheon

    Wait for it. You really can’t the party of both the Hamptons and the hillbillies.

  • Dan Davis

    In the private sector if the balance sheet is a mess, people get laid off, pay gets cut, companies innovate and/or retrench and make unpopular decisions. In the private sector unprofitable businesses fail. Why should the fiscal policy of Wisconsin be so fundamentally different than any other household or business?

    • english_teacher

      Because it’s not a business or a household.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jan.rivers.35 Jan Rivers

      If the private sector actually paid for their mistakes and irresponsibilities
      we would have a jail just for bankers and hedge fund investors from how many are responsible for the downfall of our economy, instead they are taking home severance pay of up to 17 million. The private sector is only occupied with profits, thats not what governments intentions are which is what people need. Government is the only thing all americans have in common. We have to get rid of all the red tape that is suffocating the system and giving it a bad name. And by the way the republican party is known for its racism does that mean I should stereotype every republican and if not then why do you feel free to lump all the poor (which is 75% of this country ) with the few people that take advantage of the system?

    • johninPCFL

      Yes, and in the private sector if a business needs a new building to expand, they BORROW THE MONEY to buy it. If they’ve shipped out an order they BORROW THE MONEY to buy more raw materials to build the next order. If you want a bigger house, you BORROW THE MONEY to buy it. For most to buy a new car, they BORROW THE MONEY.
      See the common theme here? Borrowing is common in the private sector, probably more common than in the government. By the way, as Donald Trump has proven during his four trips through bankruptcy, when revenues are down you BORROW THE MONEY to keep the operation running.

    • plc97477

      Because the state of wisconsin is not a household or a business.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1369587969 Dan Wulfing

      I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my government ran like a business. Continually cutting cost and quality just to turn a profit. No regard for people’s well being other than stockholders. Outsourcing. Only doing what’s right when they’re forced to. No thanks. I like my government to think above just the bottom line.

      • wally12

        Wow! You sure have a bad taste for business and industry. Where do you buy your products and services from. The government, the farmer, the food store, the barber. the doctor, China, Germany, Apple, Ford, Chevy, Verizon or do you buy or desire to buy from the government. Competition is want makes companies better and the ones who provide the best product and service for a reasonable price are the ones that succeeds and grows. The ones who deliver substandard products and services fail. I have been around the block for many years and you may not remember what the quality of US cars were prior to the Japanese and other countries competing with Ford, Chevy and Chrysler. Remember the US auto industry had a monopoly after WWII and you didn’t have a choice but to buy one of the US cars. The foreign makers started to beat the US in price and quality. Because of competition, the US auto industry wised up and started and succeeded to give equal quality and price to the consumer. If you only had the government supplying your needs, it would be substandard. Don’t believe me? That is exactly why Russia and their system of socialism failed.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Mack/100000169083820 Daniel Mack

          Uhhh, American cars are still crap.

          • wally12

            So does that mean competition doesn’t result in an improvement to the US auto maker?

        • idamag

          Like a lot of people, you can throw out words like socialism. However Russia was a communist country, not a socialist country. I visited several communist countries while they were under communist rule. I have also visited countries that are social democrat. There is a world of difference. For some reason the countries that are more socialistic are richer and have a higher standard of living.

          • wally12

            I recently talked to a German who moved to this country. Germany is one of those that has a socialist government. He stated that the tax rates in Germany are so high that after a citizen pays all the different taxes that are imposed, there isn’t any thing left to do but to stay at home. So you are correct that Germany isn’t a communist country and the existing standard of living is higher than that of Russian communism. However, the problem with socialism with their expensive and too many social programs eventually become too costly to maintain and the system collapses. That is what is happening in Greece, Spain, Italy and Cyprus. We in the US are on the road to the same type failure.

          • idamag

            I have some close friends, in Germany, I have visited them and they have visited me. You are right that their taxes are higher than ours. They never pay a dime on medical care. No one dies because he can’t afford care. The government owns the rail system and the utilities. The cost for these services is very low. Education is free from kindergarten to Phd. Spain, Greece and Cyprus went on an austerity program and cut social services. Germany has loaned money to Greece. Germany focused on jobs.
            BTW, my friends take vacations every year and come to this country every two years. She is a beautician and he works for the telephone company. We go out a lot when we are visiting there.
            Norway has the most social programs of any country. Norway also has the highest standard of living and no unemployment.

          • wally12

            Germany feels that they are footing too much of the bill for the failing Euro countries. They are considering going back to their own currency and getting out of the Euro. Education is not free. It is paid by all working people of the country and not by the government. The government doesn’t have money except the money they extract from the workers. The US government is the least efficient in the handling of money. Also, Germany and other European countries rely on the US to provide the defense for them. We spend 20% of the Fed budget versus 3% to 4% in Germany and Norway. The US spends 30% more on education than Finland and many other nations. Yet, the US is ranked 17th in the world in education versus number 1 for Finland. I used Finland since it is number 1. Also, Finland cost of living is higher than the US so their number 1 rating is even more impressive. A few of the things that the Finns do in their education system consist of. Children do not start school until the age of 7. Students are not tested until about age 16. The government stays out of the education business by providing general guidelines only and leave the educating up to the teachers etc. Yet, our government says we need to spend more money. By the way, Norway has an unemployment rate of around 3% and not zero. Norway has a very oil business that improves their economy greatly. The US could be there also by unlimited drilling. The US had an unemployment rate that was approx. 5% prior to the recession. Now it is somewhere between 10% and 15% since the government doesn’t count people after a certain period of time. Obama’s policies of creating jobs has failed and it appears that this will continue since he believes that government creates jobs. we have experienced that it doesn’t.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1285428141 Marge Cullen

            I disagree things have improved in the US as far as jobs. Our government has never counted all the unemployed folks completely. This is nothing new the folks that have given up job hunting and the underemployed have never been counted. But again jobs are getting better, houses are selling. The housing bubble was a huge part of our money problem a long with Wars and Wall Street.

          • wally12

            I beg to differ. There are 90 million people who do not have jobs. That is not a test of things getting better. The number of jobs created each month do not even come close to the number of people who are entering the work place. There are over 47 million on food stamps. The number of people who have gotten disability is at an all time high.Sure housing is getting better. It should since loan costs are at all time low with interest rates to match. Yes, the stock market is improving. However, if you have money to invest it should be invested in companies that are making a profit. I don’t think you would just put it in a bank when the savings rates is at a all time low of ? 1% or less? The reason that the companies are making money is that they are operating with as few workers as possible and are holding onto their cash since they do not have any confidence that the economy will improve.. Small businesses are afraid to grow with more employees since Obama care appears to be too costly and all the regulations have not been completed. Yet, the Obama care bill was over 2000 pages and nobody read or knew what is contained. Now, more than 20,000 more pages have been written with more to come and for sure no one person knows what is it the regulations. Everyone should be afraid. This bill is a monstrosity and will destroy the nation. I don’t know if you noticed but the government is again pushing banks to loan to people who are risky and that was the big reason that we had a housing bubble in the first place. Do you get why they are doing that because I sure do not?

      • idamag

        Like turning a profit on the backs of their low-paid workers.

    • charleo1

      The reason Wisconsin’s government, or any government is fundamentally,
      different than a private enterprise, comes down to responsibility. The facts
      are, without a functioning government, carrying out it’s various responsibilities,
      private business grinds to a halt very quickly. And, some our most vulnerable,
      and those that do the endless jobs of seeing to those, who are, the least among
      us, are often harmed the most severely. But others who depend on licensing
      employees, for insurance, or bonding purposes, or verifying the qualifications,
      of potential providers, or sub contractors. Or, as a homeowner, that simply
      needs their plumbing, or air conditioner fixed. The government is who you
      call, before they come into home. And the inspector that checks the work,
      is the government, doing it’s job of protecting the property, and safety of citizens.
      About the time of the great sacking of the U.S. Treasury, by Wall Street, bankers.
      There arose this anti-government movement, probably to take the attention of
      an angry Nation, away from the thievery of the large financial institutions,
      Why, the government does nothing for the people, they charged.
      It creates nothing of value, can’t create jobs, It’s just this big old bloated, freedom stealer, and tax gobbler! So, let’s fill up the bathtub, and cut until it fits. Then,
      drown the whole shebang, And celebrate the Liberty our Forefathers envisioned!
      That said, the governments at all levels, have a lot of room to improve. And,
      we are a democracy. So, not only do we have a Right to complain, gripe,
      bellyache, and rage aganist the State, it’s practically mandatory. But we
      should know the things that government must do, because it’s mission is
      not merely, profit. But, to work for the common good. And with all due respect
      toward our natural, and traditional mistrust of government. There is a lot of
      things it does do well. So well, in fact, that some us never stop to think,
      just how all those things, that just seem to happen, get done in the first place.
      And that is how it’s supposed be, if it’s done right.

  • adriancrutch

    Is Scott Walker,John Dillinger’s retarded great grandson? LOL!

  • wally12

    Looks like the number of posts on National Memo are democrat and far left. Some of these posts hate Wisconsin’s governor. They have a right to do that. If they are from Wisconsin or wherever and they hate their republican leadership, why don’t they move to New York, California of Illinois. Now there are the states that with democratic leadership have the worst leadership and the worst financial situation of any of the remaining states. California has cities that have declared bankruptcy. The only solutions that California, NY and Illinois have to solve their problem is to raise taxes. Guess what? It isn’t doing the job. The biggest reason that states are not creating jobs is because the democrats and specifically Obama also believe that higher taxes is the way out of a recession. It isn’t working. Take a look at Greece, Italy, Spain and now Cyprus. They are all socialistic and think that taxes are the answer. In fact,Cyprus is so bad off that they have raided the bank savings of Cyprus citizens and approximately 40%. Do you realize that the US is on the verge of doing something similar? However, the Fed has alternate way to do this by printing more money. You and many others are not upset since you do not recognize the problem of inflation that is caused by printing money. It is a form of hidden taxation and it affects the poor and middle class the most. I hope you are happy with your vote for Obama and the democrats that go along with this form of taxation.

    • charleo1

      What is this Country going to do, if you guys don’t get off the taxes are
      killing the jobs, baloney. Where were the taxes when Wall Street ran the
      economy into the ground, and needed a trillion dollar, get by loan? What
      did having the lowest tax rates on the highest incomes, in 80 years, do to
      avert an economic catastrophe? The correct answer is nothing. How much
      money could have been collected, without the Bush tax cuts? After 4 trillion
      in war debt, could we use the money? I’m not going to answer all the easy
      questions for you. Greece as a Country, is like the United States, how?
      I’ll give you a hint. The U.S. is like Greece, in much the same way, I’m like
      Beyonce. And I am a 58 year old White guy. Get it? Inflation is where

      demand is so strong, and money so plentiful, people will pay almost anything
      for that widget, that is in such short supply, they can’t make enough of them
      quickly enough quench the burning, desire for widgets. Does that sound
      like the economy we have right now? What it does sound like, is you’ve
      been over there with O’Reiley, and Hannity too long.

      • wally12

        First of all, the economy failed because the government demanded loans be made to people who couldn’t afford to make the payments. Yes the banks were also responsible in that they knew the loans were risky. Like smart banks do, they attempted to spread the risk to other financial institutions. It didn’t work so the entire system collapsed. The government bailed out these banks since they feared that if they didn’t the entire country would fail. Remember that Bush attempted to get some changes made before the banks failed but the democrats had control of congress and stated that the banks were in good shape. Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac are still in a money problem even after the government bailed them out. Yet, the democrats want to keep giving loans to people who are not good risks. Greece is like the US. They owe more than they can pay off and the US debt is at 16 trillion which when inflation hits every thing will sky rocket in cost. Obama has been responsible for the debt increasing more in 4 years than all other presidents. There is inflation right now. Have you been watching how much food and other products have gone up during Obama’s term? By the way,I don’t listen to O’Reilly for my information on the economy. He really is not good at economics. I prefer to follow Cavuto, Dobbs and Stossel. Who do follow? MSNBC? Also, you are correct that prices rise on items that are in short supply. However, that is not inflation I was referring to. I stated that inflation will occur on all items even those that are plentiful when the affects of too much money in the economy results in the dollar’s value dropping and interest rates go up. Right now the feds are buying the country’s debt at the rate of 85 billion per month. That equates to over a trillion dollars per year. So don’t say that you were not warned when your interest rates hit all times highs.

        • Sand_Cat

          Yeah, it was all Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, and Edward Kennedy and Barney Frank. What, are you watching old Fox reruns as current “news”? But then the current programs there are reruns of the same old BS.

          • http://www.facebook.com/bob.mittelstadt Bob Mittelstadt

            The world started down the road to perdition when money was invented. Really, it is as simple as that. Measuring the health of a nation in terms of goods and services sold (GDP) cannot ever be a true measure of the well being of its citizens.

          • idamag

            Money was invented for one purpose. To exchange for goods. Somebody got greedy. The Bible mentioned greed in several places. It also tells us what money is for. The lady who had a talent, which is a coin, lost it. She cleaned the house from top to bottom until she found the talent. Jesus’ description of sin used that parable. As long as the talent was not being used for what it was designed, it was sinning.

          • Sand_Cat

            True enough, I suppose, but not very useful. Money does provide a common means of exchange, necessary if you plan to keep our “civilization.” GDP – if properly adjusted to subtract goods and services which actually reflect losses – is not perfect, but far better than the stock market or most of the other semi-fictional “indicators” of the well-being of citizens. Virtually everything in our culture – and here I think the U.S. is the indisputable world leader (at least we’re #1 at something?) is so twisted and distorted as to be useless in measuring the real well-being of people, but in that culture, very few people who lack sufficient money for decent housing and food are likely to be well-off or respected, no matter how much we may pay lip-service to self-discipline and asceticism.

        • charleo1

          It has always amazed me, this story, that somehow, the
          Democrats, “demanded,” the banks make risky loans. They
          don’t say how the Democrats supposedly made the banks
          do it. I mean, did they pass a law? Or, threaten to pass a law,
          over the veto of a Republican President? Didn’t happen. But,
          it sure makes for a good story! The economy nearly collapsed,
          because of the two things the Right Wingers, love to hate,
          the most. Democrats, and poor people. I’ll let you in on a
          secret, that’s really not all that secret. The economy is always
          going to be bad, and just awful, and even worse, tomorrow.
          According to Stossel, Cavuto, and Dobbs, until a Republican
          resides in the White House.

          • wally12

            Not just any republican but a conservative republican. It is too bad that the MSM doesn’t report all the news. They have a love affair with Obama and only report news that is favorable to Obama. Sorry but that is the truth.I don’t know who passed the law on the establishment of Fanny and Freddy. I suspect it was passed with approval from both parties. However, Barny Frank had control of the financial banking committee and controlled much of the governments involvement.

          • charleo1

            Well Wally, It wasn’t just Fanny, and Freddy. They had been
            around a long time. And, there was this implicit, notion
            associated with them, that if they ever got into trouble, the
            Federal Govt. would help them out. That association, and
            relationship with the Gov. made money borrowing a little
            cheaper. Security wise. But, I never thought it was an
            especially good idea. But, they were not the cause of the
            trouble, that had world financial markets on the brink of
            collapse.

          • idamag

            The loans were made during a Republican administration. The bad loans and actually illegal loans were a result of deregulation.

          • charleo1

            Of course. When I first heard this story, about how it was
            The Democrats, “making,” the banks loan to poor people.
            I thought, what a hoot! Congress doesn’t make the banks
            do anything. It’s the other way around. But, I do know this,
            if the Earth gets hit by a giant meteor, and wipes out half

            of mankind. The Republicans would find a way to blame
            it on the Democrats, and poor people!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Mack/100000169083820 Daniel Mack

          Those 3 can’t even hold the Three Stooges ball sack.

      • idamag

        The present tax program is bush’s baby. He lowered taxes for the “job creators.” It was put in place in 2001. Is it working?

        • charleo1

          Is it working? If you ask me, it seems the Republicans, with
          Bush, managed to install most every part of the Reagan, so
          called, pro growth formula. Which included very aggressive
          tax cuts on capital gains. Which is how most of the wealthy
          derive their incomes. And, just as important as taxes, was the
          deregulation component. So it became almost a religion with
          Conservatives. That one, if we cut taxes deeply enough, and
          two, get the government out of the way, by deregulation,
          the increased growth in the economy, will more than make
          up for the revenues not collected, because of the lower tax
          rate. This position on taxes, and regulation, also came in very
          handy, when it came around to election time. And they needed
          a big check from the top one-per centers. And granted, the
          politics of this, played out very nicely for the GOP. But as an
          economic policy? I think the evidence speaks for itself.
          Wouldn’t you agree?

    • tobyspeeks

      Since you and your ilk are the minority, why don’t all of you pack up and leave the country? Sounds stupid doesn’t it. Get off your “if you don’t like it move” soap box. That’s what cowards like you would choose to do. Also tear everyone else around you down to your level rather than use your energy to build yourself back up. No thanks, we’ll stay and fight another day like real Americans! Something you and your ilk no nothing about!

      • wally12

        Why didn’t you answer the point I made that states that are run by democrats are the worst off in terms of financial soundness. Don’t you have an answer to that? Instead you call me a coward. Now you know that isn’t a nice thing to do. Tell me how states like California are going to become solvent. Are they going to tax the rich some more? It appears the rich and people who want to start a business in California are moving to Texas and other states that have a more friendly business climate. The tax rate in California is around 18%. Texas is zero. Go figure. So you are a real American but conservatives are not? And you are going to stay and fight? For what? More taxes? good luck with that because I believe you will find many people who do not want taxes raised but instead want smaller government with less taxes.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Mack/100000169083820 Daniel Mack

          California is not losing jobs to Texas. And Texas has created low paying walmart type jobs.

          • angelsinca

            California now has historic debt. The most populated city in America to declare bankruptcy, Stockton, did so yesterday. It was run into the ground from democratic bed partnering with labor and lucrative pensions. Feel free to follow its practices to crash the rest of the country…oh wait.

          • Sand_Cat

            Yeah, Mr. holy religious man. We have to starve all those poor people and otherwise abuse them so they’ll completely change and become like you wealthy (if you’re not wealthy, you’re pretty stupid to support the Republicans), except that you’ve put so many additional hurdles for them to overcome that even if they did completely change, most of them wouldn’t make it.

          • angelsinca

            Please take the whining elsewhere. I don’t give a shit what you don’t like.

          • Sand_Cat

            So the holy mask comes off, revealing the selfish creep underneath.

            You’re the one doing the whining. Nobody asked you to come here. If you don’t like what we have to say, there are sites for hypocrites such as you. Why don’t you try them?

          • idamag

            That person was supposed to be holy?

        • idamag

          Better check again. Your canned rhetoric is not true. The states taking the most in welfare are red states.

          • wally12

            That may be. We all know that when you get something that appears free, we take it and actually look for more. The point is do you agree to bailing out these bankrupt cities with tax payer funds at the expense of the states that are fiscally sound? I do not.

        • Sand_Cat

          Why should he answer your completely unsupported claim?

          • wally12

            Which claim?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1285428141 Marge Cullen

          Sorry Minnesota is run by Dem’s now and doing much better with out Tim PaWlenty. We were happy to see him go and try and be Palin. Haaaaaaaa

          • wally12

            Sorry, I can’t keep up to all politicians. Try again.

    • Sand_Cat

      Sorry, there is no “far left,” in America other than in your fevered fantasies.

      Some may look far to the left from where you are, but that’s only an indication of how far to the right (and from reality) you and your friends are.

      Let’s see the statistics and your source for the claim that states run by Democrats are worse off; I suspect if you looked at actual facts, the picture might change a bit. Not that most Democrats have anything to do with the “left,” far or otherwise.

      • wally12

        I am sorry but there is far left in the democratic party and more than one. Look it up because you will not believe me if I tell you. I agree that many democrats look to be far left but that is just me. As to cities that are going bankrupt, I’ll give you one but you need to look up the rest for yourself. Stockton California has declared bankrupt. It is the largest city in the US to do so. Take a look at Detroit. It is under a temporary manager because it is on the verge of bankruptcy. The gov. of Michigan installed a manager to attempt to correct the fiscal problems of Detroit. I hope it succeed because I am originally from Michigan and I’d like to see them make it. I don’t understand your last statement that democrats have anything to do with the left? I thought that it was common knowledge that democrats were considered left. It is just a relative thing on how far left some are.

        • english_teacher

          Let me address the issue of the emergency manager placed by the governor of Michigan.

          The initial law for imposing an emergency manager by the state government was rejected by referendum in the last election. However, the right-wing legislature pushed through legislation to re-instate the “emergency manager” law. The constitutionality of this law is now being challenged.

          I am not saying that Detroit and other towns in Michigan do not have serious economic problems that must be addressed. However, I fail to see how imposing what is essentially a civilian version of martial law and replacing duly elected representatives of the municipality is anything but another under-handed move to privatize government and “starve the beast”. City assets are removed from the public good and sold to a private bidder at a fraction of their market value. The voting public of an entire municipality is disenfranchised. It is a dictatorial policy that undermines the democratic aspects of our entire republic in favor of the profit motive.

          • wally12

            I do not know the legal aspect of a forced city manager. It may be unconstitutional. The existing leadership in Detroit hasn’t shown the progress necessary to become solvent so maybe a city manager could. Detroit is definitely in deep trouble and maybe it is best that the city declare bankruptcy. Stockton California is doing just that. One problem that seems to be happening is that bond holders are supposed to receive their rights to bankruptcy money first ahead of stock owners. However, for some reason that will not happen in Stockton. Time will tell the truth.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Mack/100000169083820 Daniel Mack

          Let’s see, Florida(R), S Carolina(R) ,Mississippi(R),Arizona(R), seeing the pattern yet? Colorado, Oregon, Washington,New England, are you seeing what I’m seeing? Iowa is (R) but a good state, Illinois(D) bad state so there are afew exceptions to the rule.

          • wally12

            Sure all states have some financial problems. However, California, Illinois and Michigan stand out.

        • idamag

          How could these cities get in such a shape? Well the source of income – manufacturing went overseas. Trickle down only made jobs overseas. Cities need money to operate. Their source of revenue is taxes. That man in India who is making 83 cents an hour (and they use slave labor) is not paying taxes in our country. He is not a consumer. We sent the taxpayers and consumers away and then blame the the opposite party.

          • wally12

            You are correct that foreign companies have taken jobs from the US. That is the price of having foreign trading. The US can’t be a country that doesn’t do any trading with the world and remain isolated from the rest of the world. China tried that years ago even though back then they were considered advanced by the then world standards. After being isolated for years and years, China became a poor country relative to the remaining world. Trade with other countries actually improves the living standard for each country. Both countries gain due to trade. If China or countries like India didn’t make many of the products that we use, we wouldn’t be able to afford them. That doesn’t mean that the US can’t compete. The US needs to concentrate on the products and things that we do better and cheaper than the foreign countries. One of those products is oil and gas. If the Obama and the democrats would recognize this fact, they would be supporting the existing energies. An all out push to make drilling for oil and gas so that the US becomes the dominate producer, then the cost of gas would result in a $2 per gallon reduction in the cost for US citizens and business and industry. $2 per gallon reduction in the price would result in a savings of $387 billion per years to both citizens and companies. That means the poor would have more dollars to spend on other necessities and thus less food stamps would be less. That also translates to more money left in the government for other needs like debt reduction etc. It means that food and other products would decrease plus companies would become more competitive with foreign products since energy cost is a significant cost for many companies. Obama’s policy on energy has been completely opposite of low cost energy. Instead, his policy is to drive the cost of existing energy higher and higher so that his favorite green energies can compete. His energy secretary admitted that the administration wants gas prices to go to $8 or more per gallon. Do you realize what that much of an increase would mean to the economy and to the poor and industry in this country? It would increase the cost of energy to the economy by $800 billion per year. These are big numbers and are equivalent to the stimulus packages only they are much better since it is done with private funds and allow the government to be much closer to a budget. He has attempted to drive the costs up by having the EPA issue more burdensome regulations on existing power plants and the suspension of drilling of oil offshore and federal lands and slowing down the process of approving the Keystone pipe line. Would the improvement in more jobs and lessor costs help cities who are struggling with bankruptcy? I think it could. However, that isn’t the main problem bankrupt cities have. It is more a problem of too high spending, management by politicians and too high benefit programs for public employees etc.

        • Sand_Cat

          By world standards (and in my opinion, sane standards, though of course god forbid we Americans admit anything in Europe or anywhere else is better than what we have: part of the reason for our steady decline in comparison to almost all of them), the U.S. Democratic Party is a center-right party. Yes, there are a few Democrats who may be leftist and haven’t become disgusted enough to leave the party, but they are all thoroughly marginalized by both the mainstream media and the Democratic Party leadership.

          And your two anecdotal cases prove nothing; Detroit was devastated by the departure of the auto industry, and further damaged by the Republican-led “city manager” movement and laws, which deny its citizens the rights guaranteed us all. I know nothing abiout Stockton, but YOU are the one who said all Democratically-led cities were worse than Republican ones, and the burden of proof is ON YOU. Don’t ask me to do your research!

          • wally12

            Wow! Are you saying you would prefer the democratic party to be more left than it is now? I can’t believe that is your wish. My examples were two cities that are going bankrupt and the statement is true. I said that the most problem cities were democratic. I didn’t say that all democratic cities are going bankrupt.. I am sure there are some which are not going bankrupt and who are fiscally sound. Just tell me who they are and whether they are far left or center right. You are correct that Detroit was hurt badly by the auto industry. Why is that? It takes two to tango. That means that the management of GM and the union management were to blame for the failure of GM and the problems of all the US auto industry. Detroit’s fiscal problems have nothing to do with the introduction of a city manager. The manager is an after the fact problem of being in fiscal problem and not the cause. If there wasn’t a manager install Detroit would definitely go bankrupt. In fact, there is a good possibility it with go bankrupt regardless. If Detroit goes bankrupt, the left will have an excuse that it was the manager’s fault and not the city’s. You see the manager gives the city an out.

      • idamag

        Far left is communism. We aren’t a communism. I have been to communist countries and know what they really are. Far right is fascism.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Mack/100000169083820 Daniel Mack

      Yeah, and look at Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, oh wait…they are successful.

      • wally12

        I wouldn’t be so sure that Germany is as successful as it may appear. I have heard from a German, that indicates Germany is getting ready to drop out of the Euro and go back to printing their old Mark. Germany does want to support all the failing nations in the Euro system. I agree that some of the countries are ok financially. They have a large advantage in that the US provides protection for many of these small countries so their social system is workable at this point in time.

    • idamag

      All of those countries went on an austerity program. Greece is borrowing money from a country that did not. Another reference for you: The country that has no unemployment and the highest standard of living is Norway. They also have the most social programs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1285428141 Marge Cullen

      The US has already raided our money via Wall St and the banks. WTF

      • wally12

        If you are saying that the US meaning the government has raided our money, you are correct. The government should never have bailed out the banks. The banks that were in trouble were the big banks and not the vast number of smaller banks. The US bailed them out using tax payer money. It was the fault of Bush and followed up with Obama. Plus the government is again pushing banks to make loans to risky people and that is what got the country in trouble in the first place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Ann-Hoogeveen/100001288045325 Mary Ann Hoogeveen

    This guy is a jackass,but what is worst is the idiots who voted for him and all his GOP cronies.

  • Budjob

    Hey Scott,go scrub your republican balls,you cross eyed fascist motherfucker!!!

    • lana ward

      Obama has a lazy communist eye, his left eye. And he sure is a dirty motherfucker!!!

      • Victoria Lamb

        And you, Lana Ward, have a hateful bias against our President. Folks, I suggest you all check out Lana’s profile and see what you think. In my opinion, her comments have no place in a civilized discussion.

        • lana ward

          You hypocrite!! Budjob called Scott a cross eyed fascist motherfucker, so where is your “outrage” against him, stupid witch!!!

        • Sand_Cat

          C’mon, lay off Lana! All those medications he/she really needs to stay rational probably taste bad and have unpleasant side effects. Besides, he/she provides both entertainment and a reminder of how batshit crazy many people who are “sane” by conventional standards really are.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1285428141 Marge Cullen

          I click on her name and don’t see any info.

  • Euphonious_Munk

    All those greedy teachers and their fancy used cars, sucking the government teat. Why I heard some of them don’t even work in the summer.

  • exdemo55

    Wisconsin’s budget picture brightened Thursday, with new estimates that show a surplus will grow to $484 million, giving Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker even more room to pursue their tax cutting agenda.

    The estimate from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau was nearly $137 million better than one Walker’s administration released in November. The numbers will be used by Walker as he puts the final touches on his two-year spending plan, which he’s set to unveil on Feb. 20.

    While the bottom line for the current fiscal year that ends June 30 showed improvement, the report projected that tax collections through June 30, 2015, will actually be $259 million less than what Walker’s administration predicted. The bulk of that, $219 million, is due primarily to the fact that Walker assumed in November that Congress would restore the estate tax, the Fiscal Bureau said in its report. That did not happen as part of the deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.

    Still, Walker and Republican legislative leaders touted the positive news in the report about the larger surplus for this fiscal year.

    In 2011, Walker took office facing a roughly $3 billion budget shortfall and attacked the problem with deep cuts to education, local governments and other programs. He also forced public workers to pay more for health insurance and pension benefits, and effectively ended workers’ collective bargaining rights, leading to an unsuccessful attempt to recall him last year.

    The surplus this time makes it easier for Walker and Republicans to follow through on their promises to cut income taxes while also increasing spending on K-12 schools.

    Walker said Tuesday that he thought state income taxes could be cut by about $340 million, and that it would amount to a roughly $200 savings per household over the next two fiscal years. Details were still being worked out, he said.

    Walker said in a statement Thursday that the larger surplus “will allow hardworking Wisconsin taxpayers to keep more of the money they earn because I plan to move forward with an income tax cut targeting the middle class.”

    Democrats have been generally supportive of an income tax cut, as long as it’s targeted at the middle class. Democratic state Rep. Jon Richards, a member of the Legislature’s budget committee, said the higher surplus provides an opportunity not only for the tax cut but also to bolster funding in a number of areas slashed in Walker’s previous budget, including job training and education.

    There are many other areas vying for the extra money. A task force created by Walker and the Republican Legislature in 2011 on Wednesday recommended $480 million in annual tax increases to pay for transportation needs across the state, including road construction and repair.

    Walker and Republican leaders have rejected outright the proposed gas tax and registration fee increases. Walker instead has said he would favor tapping the state’s general fund, which would be easier to do given Thursday’s sunnier revenue projections.

    Walker has also pledged to create a venture capital fund to spur job growth and help startup companies, and to put more money into education that is tied to how well school districts perform. The $484 million projected surplus is on top of another $125 million the state has set aside in its rainy day fund, which could also be tapped for one-time spending.

    The $136 million difference between the November report and Thursday is due to a $37 million increase in tax collections for the current fiscal year, a $35 million increase in departmental revenues and a $64 million drop in state expenses.

    The Fiscal Bureau projects a 2.1 percent increase in tax collections this year, followed by a 2.4 percent increase the first year of the new budget and 3.6 percent the year after that.

    Republican co-chairs of the Legislature’s budget committee issued a joint statement saying the numbers show the state’s economy is improving.

    “As we advance our work on the budget we will continue our aggressive pro-jobs agenda and focus on tax relief for our middle-class families,” said Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette.

  • http://twitter.com/DylanKunz Dylan Kunz

    Why would Wisconsin be in the top half of the country in terms of unemployment rate? Maybe because the jobs were already created dumbasses. 6.7% unemployment retards, which is less than Obama’s U.S. idiots. Eat my runny dump.

    • Sand_Cat

      Wow, maybe you should improve your diet. But no thanks. Your posting -that is what you were talking about, right – doesn’t sound very appetizing.

  • Sand_Cat

    I really don’t want to play “blame the victim,” but exactly what did the morons who voted for these clowns think they were going to get? And don’t tell me some of those who got screwed didn’t vote for this jerk!
    We have a string of others just like him, and yet we still hear Democrats and others who should have more sense saying that Chris Christie is someone they could vote for. “You have the government you deserve” is definitely not true. Even in the depths of the Bush Administration, we never made it to the government we really deserved!

    • exdemo55

      Scott Walker, a great governor.

      Wisconsin’s budget picture brightened Thursday, with new estimates that show a surplus will grow to $484 million, giving Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker even more room to pursue their tax cutting agenda.

      The estimate from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau was nearly $137 million better than one Walker’s administration released in November. The numbers will be used by Walker as he puts the final touches on his two-year spending plan, which he’s set to unveil on Feb. 20.

      While the bottom line for the current fiscal year that ends June 30 showed improvement, the report projected that tax collections through June 30, 2015, will actually be $259 million less than what Walker’s administration predicted. The bulk of that, $219 million, is due primarily to the fact that Walker assumed in November that Congress would restore the estate tax, the Fiscal Bureau said in its report. That did not happen as part of the deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.

      Still, Walker and Republican legislative leaders touted the positive news in the report about the larger surplus for this fiscal year.

      In 2011, Walker took office facing a roughly $3 billion budget shortfall and attacked the problem with deep cuts to education, local governments and other programs. He also forced public workers to pay more for health insurance and pension benefits, and effectively ended workers’ collective bargaining rights, leading to an unsuccessful attempt to recall him last year.

      The surplus this time makes it easier for Walker and Republicans to follow through on their promises to cut income taxes while also increasing spending on K-12 schools.

      Walker said Tuesday that he thought state income taxes could be cut by about $340 million, and that it would amount to a roughly $200 savings per household over the next two fiscal years. Details were still being worked out, he said.

      Walker said in a statement Thursday that the larger surplus “will allow hardworking Wisconsin taxpayers to keep more of the money they earn because I plan to move forward with an income tax cut targeting the middle class.”

      Democrats have been generally supportive of an income tax cut, as long as it’s targeted at the middle class. Democratic state Rep. Jon Richards, a member of the Legislature’s budget committee, said the higher surplus provides an opportunity not only for the tax cut but also to bolster funding in a number of areas slashed in Walker’s previous budget, including job training and education.

      There are many other areas vying for the extra money. A task force created by Walker and the Republican Legislature in 2011 on Wednesday recommended $480 million in annual tax increases to pay for transportation needs across the state, including road construction and repair.

      Walker and Republican leaders have rejected outright the proposed gas tax and registration fee increases. Walker instead has said he would favor tapping the state’s general fund, which would be easier to do given Thursday’s sunnier revenue projections.

      Walker has also pledged to create a venture capital fund to spur job growth and help startup companies, and to put more money into education that is tied to how well school districts perform. The $484 million projected surplus is on top of another $125 million the state has set aside in its rainy day fund, which could also be tapped for one-time spending.

      The $136 million difference between the November report and Thursday is due to a $37 million increase in tax collections for the current fiscal year, a $35 million increase in departmental revenues and a $64 million drop in state expenses.

      The Fiscal Bureau projects a 2.1 percent increase in tax collections this year, followed by a 2.4 percent increase the first year of the new budget and 3.6 percent the year after that.

      Republican co-chairs of the Legislature’s budget committee issued a joint statement saying the numbers show the state’s economy is improving.

      “As we advance our work on the budget we will continue our aggressive pro-jobs agenda and focus on tax relief for our middle-class families,” said Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette.

  • exdemo55

    Wisconsin’s budget picture brightened Thursday, with new estimates that show a surplus will grow to $484 million, giving Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker even more room to pursue their tax cutting agenda.

    The estimate from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau was nearly $137 million better than one Walker’s administration released in November. The numbers will be used by Walker as he puts the final touches on his two-year spending plan, which he’s set to unveil on Feb. 20.

    While the bottom line for the current fiscal year that ends June 30 showed improvement, the report projected that tax collections through June 30, 2015, will actually be $259 million less than what Walker’s administration predicted. The bulk of that, $219 million, is due primarily to the fact that Walker assumed in November that Congress would restore the estate tax, the Fiscal Bureau said in its report. That did not happen as part of the deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.

    Still, Walker and Republican legislative leaders touted the positive news in the report about the larger surplus for this fiscal year.

    In 2011, Walker took office facing a roughly $3 billion budget shortfall and attacked the problem with deep cuts to education, local governments and other programs. He also forced public workers to pay more for health insurance and pension benefits, and effectively ended workers’ collective bargaining rights, leading to an unsuccessful attempt to recall him last year.

    The surplus this time makes it easier for Walker and Republicans to follow through on their promises to cut income taxes while also increasing spending on K-12 schools.

    Walker said Tuesday that he thought state income taxes could be cut by about $340 million, and that it would amount to a roughly $200 savings per household over the next two fiscal years. Details were still being worked out, he said.

    Walker said in a statement Thursday that the larger surplus “will allow hardworking Wisconsin taxpayers to keep more of the money they earn because I plan to move forward with an income tax cut targeting the middle class.”

    Democrats have been generally supportive of an income tax cut, as long as it’s targeted at the middle class. Democratic state Rep. Jon Richards, a member of the Legislature’s budget committee, said the higher surplus provides an opportunity not only for the tax cut but also to bolster funding in a number of areas slashed in Walker’s previous budget, including job training and education.

    There are many other areas vying for the extra money. A task force created by Walker and the Republican Legislature in 2011 on Wednesday recommended $480 million in annual tax increases to pay for transportation needs across the state, including road construction and repair.

    Walker and Republican leaders have rejected outright the proposed gas tax and registration fee increases. Walker instead has said he would favor tapping the state’s general fund, which would be easier to do given Thursday’s sunnier revenue projections.

    Walker has also pledged to create a venture capital fund to spur job growth and help startup companies, and to put more money into education that is tied to how well school districts perform. The $484 million projected surplus is on top of another $125 million the state has set aside in its rainy day fund, which could also be tapped for one-time spending.

    The $136 million difference between the November report and Thursday is due to a $37 million increase in tax collections for the current fiscal year, a $35 million increase in departmental revenues and a $64 million drop in state expenses.

    The Fiscal Bureau projects a 2.1 percent increase in tax collections this year, followed by a 2.4 percent increase the first year of the new budget and 3.6 percent the year after that.

    Republican co-chairs of the Legislature’s budget committee issued a joint statement saying the numbers show the state’s economy is improving.

    “As we advance our work on the budget we will continue our aggressive pro-jobs agenda and focus on tax relief for our middle-class families,” said Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette.

    • angelsinca

      Very well presented, exdmo55. Sadly, the facts you present will go mostly ignored because they don’t fit the pro-labor democratic narrative.

  • lana ward

    All dems hate anyone good and decent

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

      And this, from such a loving person!!

    • Sand_Cat

      You mean you actually know anyone who is good and decent? Oh, wait. I forgot.

  • 1standlastword

    Boy!!!! I put personal effort into the recall of Walker and after his intentions were exposed and crystal clear to all he beat the recall: with Democratic support t boot!

    So too bad!

    They need to suck it up and find away to get on with it.

    I say the same to Minnesota with their beloved Michele Bachmann

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Mack/100000169083820 Daniel Mack

      I live in Iowa and we have Steve King!! Use to live in Illinois with Joe Walsh, sheesh!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1285428141 Marge Cullen

      Michelle is in only one district. All the rest know she is a loon (state bird no less). The good news is she barely one the last election which before she had a landslide. I live in Minneapolis she is nuts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mel-Haun-Sr/1749116655 Mel Haun Sr

    Walker was the test case for the new Reich

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Mack/100000169083820 Daniel Mack

    I always viewed Wisconsin as progressive state, guess I was wrong. But having lived in Illinois, Iowa, Texas(yuk), Oklahoma(yuk, yuk) and Oregon, it is usually the large urban areas or college towns that are liberal and educated. It’s when you visit the rural areas that you’ll find a more conservative presense, they are good people though, just very mistrusting. Iowa has done a good job at staying balanced even though we have a repub govenor and STEVE KING(loony). So I believe it’s up to the cities to mobilize the vote and stop these idiots from taking office. Let them rule the south and plains states.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alfred.sonnenstrahl Alfred Sonnenstrahl

    Lets call these fat cats money addicts and are part of money cartels. Those who protect these money cartels should be prosecuted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MikeRitchie1 Mike Ritchie

    I live in Wisconsin originally from Illinois the people here will listen to anything they here on television. People here do very little research. It’s sad

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