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.

The Real Reason that the International Affairs Experts at Chatham Hall laughed when Governor Walker "Punted"

Walker the Dunce

The Cambridge (UK, not Wisconsin) Dictionary of the English Language describes what a "punter" is in the UK.

punter noun (gambler)

 UK person who gambles (= risks money guessing the result of something):Bookmakers are offering punters odds of 6–1 on the horse Red Devil winning the race.

punter noun (customer)

 UK informal customer; a user of services or buyer of goods:Many hotels are offering discounts in an attempt to attract punters/pull in the punters. UK slang person who uses the services of a prostitute


It seems that Walker revealed more to his audiance than he intended.

Wisconsin Retail Outlet in London that Walker failed to Visit

Trek Bikes for Sale in London

This cycle shop is in London.  Even though Governor Walker visited a Harley Dealership while in London, he failed to visit this cycle shop that sells Treck bicycles just a short walk from number 10 Dowing Street.

 

Imagine what it would have been like if Governor Burke had been visiting London.  But, of course, she wouldn't have been visiting London because she would have been back in Wisconsin taking care of business and not running for president on the Wisconsin taxpayers dime.

Ask the Governor a Question before Noon February 11

Governor Walker will be giving a presentation at Chatham House in London on February 11 at 18 GMT which is noon in Wisconsin.  Chatham House has an email address where questions for the Governor can be sent in advance.  Well thought out insightful questions would be welcome.

Building Global Partnerships for Stronger Local Economies; Governor Scott Walker

Questions can be asked at:

questions@chathamhouse.org

Be respectful and intellecturlly honest and ask some hard questions related to the topic.  The choices are endless; education, unions, high speed rail, the university, healthcare etc.

State Budget: Take Time to Learn and Express Yourself

“What people need to understand is that we are seeing this budget for the first time,” the Republican staff member told me. “There are a lot of things that need to change.”
 
Recently the Governor made public his proposal for the state’s two-year budget. The day following his speech a Senate page brought around a hand-truck load of budget documents.
 
When I visited my Republican Senate colleague, the staff had budget papers spread out over a desk and were trying to make sense of it – even as phone calls and emails from constituents were coming in.
 
As we scramble to find buried details, some constituents already were expressing themselves to lawmakers. The back-and-forth between constituents and legislators is a vital aspect of the political process, and input from citizens is never more important than during the two-year budget process.
 
We all know the headlines: $300 million cut to the UW; cutting the UW  loose from state government; lower funding for K-12 schools; statewide subsidy for private schools; state money to make a small dent in rising property taxes.
 
But it will take months to identify all the specifics.
 
That’s where you come in. It’s one thing to see a number on a page. It is quite another to understand the effect of a budget action across the state.

Who's Paying for Walker's Most Recent Photo Op?

Walker

 — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is headed to London for a trade mission that comes on the heels of a similar trip last week by another potential Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Walker's trip runs Monday through Friday. It's his second oversees trade mission and comes as he's tries to bolster his foreign policy credentials.

Walker's spokeswoman, Laurel Patrick, says the trip is primarily focused on "private meetings and factory tours focused on attracting foreign direct investment to Wisconsin." She calls it a business trip, "not a photo op."

More details about Walker's itinerary are expected to be released later Monday.

Walker's only known public event so far is a speech Wednesday at the Chatham House entitled, "Building Global Partnerships for Stronger Local Economies."

 

 

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

Jeff Smith on his run for Democratic Party Chair

Dear Democrats,

I'm writing to let all of you know that I'm running to be the next chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. I made this decision because our party is in trouble and we need someone with the grit, determination, resolve and experience required to get us back on track. I strongly believe I'm that person and I'll tell you why.

I'm the only candidate for DPW Chair who has won a seat in the legislature against a long serving Republican in a republican leaning Assembly district. I did that in 2006 by running my own campaign, with my own local volunteers, raising my own money, developing my own messaging, and by talking with voters from dawn until dusk. I'll bring that kind of work ethic to my job as DPW Chair.

I've also served as a Regional Political Director for the DPW. I've seen firsthand what does and doesn’t work. There are changes we need to make in how the party functions and I know how to implement those changes.

The 2012 election results showed us that there are more democrats who vote in Wisconsin than there are republicans, but not all of those voters go to the polls in the mid-term elections. This has turned our state government to a deep red. How do we begin to turn that around?

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