If your radio dial never leaves 620 or 1130 and your flat screen TV is stuck on Fox "News" then you may not know that Wisconsin is STILL leading the nation in job losses, Catholics are pissed off at Paul Ryan, Scott Walker is handing out free money to his cronies and working women in Wisconsin are taking a brutal beating at the hands of the GOP...
Between March 2011 - March 2012 Wisconsin has LOST 23,900 jobs while during that same year long time frame, Illinois gained 31,700 job. Don't you find it strange that Walker keeps telling us we are lucky we don't have a Democrat in office or we might end up like Illinois, but the fact is that they are kicking our ass in job creation.
Wisconsin has now LOST 10,200 total jobs since Scott Walker took office, but a new yard sign has hit the turf that states "Walker Is Working". Scott Walker may be "Working" as Governor (for now), but since he has taken office, almost 24,000 Wisconsinites are no longer working.
At our current pace, Walker will NEVER create 250,000 jobs, but in fact WI will lose over 35,000 jobs before Walker's four years are up...hence, the recall!!!
Thirteen corporations have left ALEC, including big names such as Pepsi, Coke, McDonald's, Intuit, Kraft and Proctor & Gamble. Koch Industries and Walmart refuse to leave (no surprise there). ALEC recently stated they would no longer lobby for social agendas such as "Stand Your Ground" or restrictive Voter ID laws.
Common Cause filed a formal complaint with the IRS stating that ALEC is in violation of it's non-profit, tax-exempt status because it is a lobbyist group. ALEC then responded by stating it is not a lobbyist group. On their website, ALEX boasts having shepherded more than 1,000 bills through state houses last year
State Senator (28th District) Mary Lazich recently paid her ALEC dues with taxpayer $.
War On Women
Scott Walker quietly signed Senate Bill 202 that repeals the 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act. The Equal Pay Enforcement Act allowed individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than solely in federal court. Walker's reasoning for signing the bill, "In the past, lawyers could clog up the legal system," Walker said.
In reality, NO (not a single one) case has been brought to court under the old law. NO (none) complaints were issued under the old law. Senator Glenn Grothman who authored the law stated that, "Money is more important for men."
"That's bull!" said my wife, who works, spends money and doesn't know I am quoting her.
On average, women earn 77 cents for every dollar that men make nationwide. In Wisconsin, it's 75 cents, according to the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH), which also estimates that families in the state "lose more than $4,000 per year due to unequal pay."
Unofficially, my family could use that $4,000 so we could visit Grandma and Grandpa in Florida before, well you know...BP spills more oil in the Gulf swimming becomes a no, no again.
Nearly two dozen leading Catholic nuns filed an Amicus Brief in the Supreme Court stating: "(We) believe that a civilized society must ensure the provision of basic health care to its citizens regardless of their ability to pay for it. (We) further believe it is a moral imperative that all levels of government institute programs that ensure the poor receive such care. (We) believe Medicaid expansion under the Act is critical to the communities (we) serve."
In response, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents a majority of US nuns, is put on notice from the Vatican for promoting "radical feminist themes", like not speaking out against abortion, gay marriage and Obama-care.
Fifty nine Catholic leaders and theologians took issue with Paul Ryan’s budget, signing a scathing letter that claim Ryan's budget proposal "Fails the moral test of his own faith tradition and disregards our nation’s responsibility to care for the most vulnerable...The budget “acts like a schoolyard bully. It kicks those who are already down.”
Paul Ryan had previously said that the "social magisterium" of his Catholic church governed his own ideas.
Personally, I was born and raised Catholic and I don't remember any biblical stories in which Jesus denied or charged anyone for care, or left them to die because they had a pre-existing condition - like being a mortal.
An analysis of data The Associated Press obtained through an open records request showed Wisconsin agencies have handed out more than $765,000 in bonuses and merit raises this year to nearly 220 high-ranking government employees, most of whom work in appointed positions, some appointed by Walker, himself. The money was awarded under a program former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle suspended, but Walker reinstated with newly-found funds.
Where did these newly-founds come from? Teachers, of course . . .
After handing out $765,000 in bogus bonuses to cronies, Gov. Scott Walker reshaped a rule to lower inflation-based raises that public unions can negotiate for teachers in public schools and technical colleges. The new "rule" allows school districts to not use a teacher's actual salary, but instead allows a negotiation based only upon the barest "base" salary that is offered for that position.
For example, the base salary for a teacher may be $35,000, but if you have a Master's Degree in Education and have earned an extra 10 credits on top of that, you may earn $50,000. Under the new rule, the teacher with the master's degree would have his or her raise calculated off the $35,000 instead of his or her actual pay.
BTW, teachers are required to continue their college level education at their own out-of-pocket expense in order to maintain a current teaching license in the state of WI. And how do we reimburse or thank them? By taking away their rights and reducing salaries of course. It's the GOP (greedy one percenters) way.