Almost enough said.
30 October 2010
26 October 2010
There are few words that are appropriate for this, other than “TOTALLY UNACCETABLE,” which must be written in huge capital letters.
Rand Paul has yet to condemn this—which is exactly what he must do.
Update 1: Mr. Paul has condemned the attack. How about you, Mr. Halbert?
And the men who did this—you just committed assault. Better get yourselves a lawyer.
Update 2: The assailant has come forward. He is Tim Profitt, the now-former Paul campaign Bourbon County coordinator. And he has been served with a criminal summons. Justice may yet occur.
26 October 2010
In a sense, you know you’ve arrived when The Onion is making fun of you.
OBTW: Hopefully this won’t get him too many votes.
25 October 2010
I have to say, it’s true. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson has glossed over huge swaths of major issues, from the economy to veterans benefits. As he said at the UW-Milwaukee candidate forum on October 21, “I don’t believe this election really is about details, it just isn’t.”
Too bad they don’t matter to you. The devil’s in the details, Mr. Johnson.
Perhaps that’s why Senator Feingold has received an endorsement from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the first time the conservative paper has ever endorsed him. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has joined the Press-Gazette in endorsing Feingold, as has the Oshkosh Northwestern.
It’s also the focus of this new Feingold ad that shows how despite his millions of dollars in expenditure, Ron Johnson has not told us how he will help workers or veterans. Much like Richard Nixon, Johnson’s “secret plan” would be revealed after the election—assuming he wins.
Let’s hope Johnson doesn’t plan to bomb them out of existence, as did Nixon and North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
I think it’s much safer to presume that he doesn’t have one.
Either way, here’s the new Feingold campaign ad, “Whiteboard.” Enjoy.
20 October 2010
The Green Bay Press-Gazette (a Gannett newspaper) has given its endorsement to Russ Feingold, the first time it has ever done so. Their reasoning: while there was agreement with Johnson on some principles, “Johnson seemed unable to further articulate his plan for job creation — especially for the middle class — during a recent meeting with the Green Bay Press-Gazette editorial board. Basic principles of restraint are one thing; a detailed proposal to spur job creation and get our economy moving is another.”
Indeed, Johnson has become well-known for his inability to specify anything that would create middle-class jobs. Lord knows that he doesn’t need to worry about his own job security, though IllyT rightly argues that that is what Johnson is after.
It’s no wonder people are coming back to Russ Feingold. They know he’ll do us right.
19 October 2010
For a guy who claims to loath everything that Gubmint is and stands for, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson has gotten more than his share of very substantial government assistance—some of it running to this very day.
I will use the text of a poll over on DailyKos to summarize it for you:
- His wife’s family’s plastic plant (that Johnson now owns) was built on TIF land
- Wife’s family’s plant (that Johnson now owns) used gov jobs grant to hire Johnson
- Wife’s family used gov-subsidized loans to build plastic plant that Johnson now owns
- Johnson served on the board of, and got help from, Chamco– the industrial development arm of the City of Oshkosh that specializes in handing out gov grants/loans
- Johnson is a part-owner in the show “Hometime,” which airs on a gov-subsizized network
- Johnson uses gov-subsidized prison labor at his plastic plant
- Some of Johnson’s employees are on gov-subsidized BadgerCare
- Johnson fought for, and got, $500,000 in state funding for renovations to the Oshkosh Opera House
Of course today Lisa Kaiser broke the story that five of Ron Johnson’s employees and their ten children are on BadgerCare. Which, if you listen to Johnson, is some kind of evil “socialist” parasitic drain of all individual freedom. Or something like that.
Just unbelievable. So it’s okay if he gets it, but not the rest of us? Or government assistance is bad now, but wasn’t for the past thirty years? Obviously it’s not if he’s been using prisoners and state-provided health insurance. Great way to save on your bottom line!
At least he paid his income taxes… which we can’t say about his company.
19 October 2010
Isn’t this always how it goes for Feingold? At least what we are told is that the good Senator somehow pulls ahead at the end of the race, squeaking by his latest millionaire opponent.
That is how it looks to be once again. Despite spending millions of his wealthy family’s money, and having millions more come in from out of state, Ron Johnson appears to be in a statistical tie with Senator Feingold. That trend has been emerging in recent days, with a new poll from the St. Norbert College Survey Center has Johnson barely ahead, 49 percent to 47 percent. The margin of error is 5 percentage points.
It’s coming apparent that Feingold may once again be saved by a superior ground game. But we are also seeing (or not seeing) Johnson as an invisible candidate who won’t reveal himself or his true feelings and opinions until after he wins election. That is a dangerous quality for someone who wants to be a representative of the people in one of our nation’s most respected chambers.
8 October 2010
A sad fact of America’s sprawling prison-industrial complex is that upon release, many former prisoners do not have work skills, to say nothing of the stigma that comes with a criminal record.
And by now–the news has been out for at least fifteen minutes now–it’s old news that, quoting the AP story, ”Pacur Inc. and Dynamic Drinkware LLC, two companies run by Johnson, employ up to nine inmates at a time through a state Corrections Department jobs program.”
I’m fine with that. They get to let the state of Wisconsin pay for their healthcare. How can Johnson not like not having to pay for healthcare? Must save his company a lot of money.
While a company spokesperson called this the company’s “public service,” my question is this: Does either company hire former inmates upon their release from prison? Or do they just use them while they are inmates?
8 October 2010
“Donate to Ron Johnson’s money bomb TODAY and watch the scales tip back to the people!” declares Real Debate Wisconsin. I find that statement rather ironic, not just that it comes from that site, but that there’s the impression that electing Johnson in lieu of Senator Feingold will in any way return the seat to “the people.”
To review, Ron Johnson is hardly a man of the people. He’s not a self-made man, unless you call marrying into money a way to remake yourself in such a way.
Moreover, because he married into money, he could use the power and influence that gave him to see that the company he was handed repeatedly received government assistance. It’s that sort of assistance that now Johnson condemns that he’s a Republican candidate in the tea party era. (Isn’t that one thing the government exists to help with? Just sayin’…)
Now, someone in the hubristic wing of the Cheddarsphere, a.k.a. the “Wisconsin Political Bloggers Mafia,” has called for a money bomb for Johnson.
Thing is, he doesn’t need it. The man’s got his own money; why don’t you let him spend it as we damn well pleases?
Look at how the size of the checks Johnson has written to his own campaign:
just over $5 million:
- 5/1/2010: $200,000
- 6/9/2010: $1,274,184
- 7/19/2010: $925,000
- 8/10/2010: $500,000
- 8/19/2010: $1,500,000
- 9/8/2010: $865,00020000
That is over five million dollars—$5,264,184, according to FEC reports.
And this man would be a representative of ”the people”?
But back to my original point. If the money bomb was so successful, why is it that the only traces of it that we can now find are in Google search results? Why has the graphic showing the live total disappeared?
1 October 2010
During successful career in the Wisconsin State Assembly, Rep. Christine Sinicki has made it her business to be in touch with voters. Be they in Cudahy, St. Francis, or Milwaukee, Sinicki has proven time and time again that she brings their issues to the government, and gets them put into action.
In the Assembly, Sinicki is responsible for the creation of accountability standards for voucher schools, a law to end puppy mills in Wisconsin. and the continued funding of SeniorCare, the prescription drug assistance program for senior citizens. And she was the co-founder of the Save the Hoan Coalition. Let no one say she’s not in touch with her constituents. The Hoan Bridge is the south side’s connection to Milwaukee and the region. When the DOT made noises abut taking it down, Sinicki stepped up to help make it clear that we need it.
Rep. Sinicki wrote a terrific overview of the things she worked on in the 2010 legislative session for the Bay View Compass. In it, you get a sense of what can be done by our state legislators when they make a consistent effort, as has Rep. Sinicki. She has served the people of Bay View, St. Francis and Cudahy very well, and deserves our vote on November 2.