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WISGOP Attacks Feingold For Teaching at Reagan's Favorite University

It is well known that Ronald Reagan's favorite place to stock his adminstration came from Stanford University's Hoover Institute.  In fact, Reagan's guru, Milton Friedman, was a long time teacher at the school.

So, I was a bit amused when the "shoot anything" Republican Party of Wisconsin attacked former Senator Feingold for teaching at "elite" Stanford.

Yes, so "elite" that it was Reagan's favorite university.   

In addition, Reagan also elevated Wisconsin native William Rehnquist to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  And guess what?  He went to Stanford.  And so did Wisconsin's Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner. 

Iowa is Proof Repealing Prevailing Wage Does NOT Reduce Costs

A lot has been made about the "nonpartisan" Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance's recent and very timely "study" saying that taking away mandatory minimum wages for the workers who build our roadways and other public projects will result in savings of $200-300 million. 

Why?   Because the owners of the companies that build these projects will pass along all their savings in lower  wages right to the  taxpayer in the form of lower bids!  It's trickle-down government!

Walker's "Say Anything" Campaign Tanking at Home: Job Approval at Only 43%

PPP polling just released a poll for Wisconsin and... well, you better sit down, Scott:

  • Walker's approval rating down to 43%, while a whopping 52% disapprove. 
  • In a presidential match-up, Walker would lose to Hillary Clinton by a 52% to 43% margin in his home state.  (Hmmm... those numbers are familiar.) 
  • Rand Paul would actually do better in Wisconsin if he was the GOP nominee, only losing to Clinton by a 48% to 42% margin.

WI Company That Claimed Unions Hurting Earnings Had Record Earnings Last Year

Today Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will sign the Orwellian-named "Right-to-Work" legislation at a company whose CEO recently threatened to move the company's few remaining Wisconsin jobs to Mexico if the union-busting bill did not come to fruition. 

The clear point that Badger Meter's CEO Rich Meuusen is making is that the unions are hurting the company's earnings so much that they would have to send jobs to Mexico to keep the shareholders from going to bed hungry.  

Belling Brings "Bimbo" Back Home

Conservative radio talk show host Mark Belling, who has previously referred to teachers as "lunatics" and "not good people"; Hispanics as "wetbacks"; and the Milwaukee County Chairwoman as a "bitch," has a new line on his sterling resume:  He referred to a WTMJ female reporter as a "bimbo" for getting the definition of the so-called "right-to-work" legislation wrong.  

Walker Says Wisconsin's Growing Trade Deficit is "Great News"

Wisconsin was once the flagship manufacturing state of a United States that exported far more than it imported. Milwaukee, in fact, was once known as the "Machine Shop of the World" because, you name it, it was made there.

Today, not so much: Milwaukee and the rest of Wisconsin's manufacturing is a shell of its former self. Wisconsin now actually imports more products from foreign countries than it exports. In 2014, Wisconsin imported $22.2 billion in manufactured products and exported only $20.2 billion worth. That's an imbalance of two billion dollars in a state that that should be leading the nation in trade surplus.

Overall, non-manufactured commodities (mostly agriculture) do help out Wisconsin's trade balance, but this category of exports offer a fraction of the jobs that manufactured commodities bring to the table. And even if you look at Wisconsin's total trade balance (manufactured commodities plus non manufactured commodities), Wisconsin still imports more than it exports, bringing its total trade deficit to about 100 million.

Scott Walker dodges evolution question: 'That's a question a politician shouldn't be involved in'

Ron Johnson Quotes Lincoln to Convey Exact Opposite of What Lincoln was Saying

In July of 1858, Abraham Lincoln was giving a lengthy, anti-slavery speech in Chicago and one of the arguments he presented was that the actions of the framers of the Constitution demonstrated their intentions to phase-out slavery:

The adoption of the Constitution and its attendant history led the people to believe so; and that such was the belief of the framers of the Constitution itself. Why did those old men, about the time of the adoption of the Constitution, decree that Slavery should not go into the new territory, where it had not already gone? Why declare that within twenty years the African Slave Trade, by which slaves are supplied, might be cut off by Congress? Why were all these acts? I might enumerate more of these acts—but enough. What were they but a clear indication that the framers of the Constitution intended and expected the ultimate extinction of that institution. [Cheers.] And now, when I say, as I said in my speech that Judge Douglas has quoted from, when I say that I think the opponents of slavery will resist the farther spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest with the belief that it is in course of ultimate extinction, I only mean to say, that they will place it where the founders of this Government originally placed it.

Another "Drafting Error"? Walker Also Deleted "Fair and Peaceful" From Labor Relations Statutes

Long before Scott Walker dusted off the statutes and tried to put "search for truth" and the rest of the Wisconsin Idea in the 'ol wood chipper, he successfully obliterated something almost as big: he deleted "fair and peaceful" and the rest of the Declaration of Policy for labor peace from the State Employment Labor Relations Act (SELRA), which was a general mission statement for how Wisconsin should deal with its public servants.

I know this going to shock you, but Wisconsin hasn't always had peaceful labor relations. Strikes and other labor unrest were common and a huge inconvenience to the public. Historically speaking, Wisconsin was home to the Bayview Massacre, where seven unarmed workers were shot and killed by the Wisconsin National Guard during protests for a little bitty thing called the eight hour workday.

To ensure that labor conflicts were resolved peacefully, Wisconsin passed a wide variety of laws and developed "suitable machinery for fair and peaceful adjustment of whatever controversies may arise."

Breaking: Drafting Docs Clearly Verify Walker Camp Intended to Kill WI Idea

Just got these from the Legislative Reference Bureau.  

The first set of documents from the Walker administration, clearly requesting that the language for the Wisconsin Idea be removed.  The second set of documents is from the Walker administration, confirming, that they intended to delete the Wisconsin Idea from Wisconsin statutes.

Stay tuned:  More to follow. 

Letter from Walker Admin to Legislative Drafting by lounsburyjud

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