Scott Walker, God’s Gift to the Democratic Party

Scott Walker, God’s Gift to the Democratic Party

Matt Taibbi has been slam dunking it lately.  Here he takes on Scott Walker, which those of you that have been reading along know I can’t stand.  A sample:

Beltway Democrats may not deserve good luck, but it looks like they could have plenty in the next presidential race. Heading into the weekend, Scott Walker, a man born to be slaughtered in a general election, is suddenly leading the pack in the Iowa polls.  

Walker is surging thanks to his performance at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, where the union-busting governor inspired raucous applause with his “I was a dick in Wisconsin, and I can be one in Washington, too!” stump speech.

Walker’s address was a broadside against a litany of conservative bugbears, from Planned Parenthood to the media to tax day to the subversive act of voting without a photo ID, etc.

But the money line came during a Q&A session. Asked how he would take on radical Islamist terrorists, Walker referred to his experience taking on pro-union protesters in his home state:

“If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”

Walker’s seeming comparison of peaceful union activists to head-chopping Islamic terrorists drew a predictable response, with progressive groups like American Bridge sending out alerts denouncing his comments, along with outrage from the Democratic National Committee.

But the National Review also called it an “unforced error,” with writer Jim Geraghty taking special offense at the fact that Walker had forced him into a place where he had to defend, of all people, union activists. Even Rick Perry, not exactly a kumbaya-chanting paragon of tolerance, chided Walker for crossing a line:

“These are Americans… You are talking about, in the case of ISIS, people who are beheading individuals and committing heinous crimes, who are the face of evil. To try to make the relationship between them and the unions is inappropriate.”

The Fear of Education

The Right’s Fear of Education

The above article is by a former military man and right winger on why there is a dislike of education by some on the right.  (Most recently put in the news by Scott Walker and his people in Wisconsin.)  I don’t think that all on the right dislike education.  However, there does seem to be a strain of modern conservatism that is doing its best to strip it of anything but the ability to provide people with the skills to be a worker bee.  I think this writer has a plausible theory at least.  Discuss…

Majority of Worst States Republican Controlled

Majority of Worst States Republican Controlled

I almost didn’t post this.  Even though I am clearly liberal,  and I occasionally can’t help but go on a diatribe against someone like Scott Walker, I try to keep the percentage of partisan articles to a minimum.   But the more I thought about it, the more I thought maybe there is someone out there that doesn’t have the information in the above article.  Maybe they will stumble here to read a music post and somehow end up reading about how the majority of states that have poor life quality are controlled by Republicans.  Then I felt like maybe it was worth it. 

My main goal in writing is always to make YOU think.  It is not to get you to agree with everything I say.  But assuming that lots of different people are going to read this, one has to realize that different things are going to make different people think.  Eventually you just learn to trust your own gut, to write what you believe, and that unless you know, without all certainty, your own audience, that that’s the best compass you have. 

But yes, these states are sociological experiments for the ages…

It’s not that all Republicans are bad.  It is that the modern strain of Republican that is often in power, as moderate Republicans rarely are anymore, are almost always bad.  This is due to gerrymandering.   This is also due to certain political decisions like the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, that allow the wealthy to pollute the process more so than in years past. 

So much to say, so little time…

Scott Walker: F@&* Puppet of Industry

Scott_Walker_by_Gage_Skidmore

Wisconsin Right-to-Work Bill

Scott Walker, trying hard to prove that looks do indeed provide a window into the soul, is expected to sign a right-to-work bill that his republican cohorts approved in the Wisconsin Senate.  (If there was a picture next to the definition of douchebag it would have to be either Walker or Texas Senator Ted Cruz.  Look at their pictures and then tell me that I’m lying!)  Right-to-Work laws make it harder for unions to be effective.

What makes this particularly ominous is that this bill is based on model legislation by ALEC.  ALEC stands for the American Legislative Exchange Council.  Here is an article on that:

Introduces Word-for-Word ALEC Right-to-Work Bill

When it comes to ALEC, I actually do know what I’m talking about as I have have coauthored a book chapter that deals with ALEC with Abby Sandy.  I’m going to try to put this in the simplest terms possible.  What ALEC does is hold conferences that puts business leaders and lawmakers together.  During these conferences there is model legislation written.  Keep in mind that this model legislation is written with the heads of industry exorcising a huge influence over the proceedings.  The lawmakers then go back to their respective statehouses and pass real legislation with the same language as the model legislation that they wrote previously alongside those in industry.  This does away with the need for lobbying, because the legislators already know from the model legislation what needs to be put into the legislation to make industry happy.  This is not against the law, but it is highly undemocratic as those in industry have a much larger voice than the average voter.

Scott Walker is a fuck puppet of industry.  I’d like to put it in a more civilized manner, but when you pay attention to what him and his kind are doing to the American worker, certain synapses fire beyond one’s control.

Taibbi On Rudy “The Soviet” Giuliani

Matt Taibbi On Rudy Giuliani

The always great Matt Taibbi On Rudy Giuliani and American Exceptionalism’s likeness to Soviet Russia. 

I am moving a bit slow today.  With the wind chill it feels like 15 degrees down here in Texas.  Yes, I know many people in the country have been dealing with that or worse on a regular basis,  but we do not have the clothing or insulation for it here.  There will be more posts later, but that is the cause of my turtle-like posting start to Monday. 

10 Dumbest Things Right Wingers Said in 2014

10 Dumbest Things Right Wingers Said In 2014

I don’t know how I missed this Rolling Stone article.  It is a hilarious/scary collection of insane things that right wingers said last year.  I know that to some degree it is like shooting fish in a barrel, however, I think it is important to constantly remind people how far the right wing is right now from being a responsible governing party.  These people, and this does not mean all Republicans, don’t just have different opinions about how things should be done, they are tuning into radio frequencies that aren’t even there…

Republican Led States Try to Increase Taxes On the Poor, Decrease On the Rich

Increase Taxes On Poor, Cut Them On Affluent

The above New York Times article seems to me to pretty much be the endgame of the modern corporate/religious right.  (Though make no mistake who is charge.  As soon as the religious stop serving the purpose of those with money, they will be cast aside.)  Several Republican led states are looking at options that will essentially tax the poor and cut taxes for the rich.  These people do not care about you.  The sooner one realizes that the better.