Mark Belling And Charlie Sykes Agree That Tax-Dodging Terrence Wall Not Right For Wisconsin

Last week I was upset over the fact that conservative Republican Terrence Wall had not paid state income taxes four out of the last five years.  Wall hopes to replaces incumbant Senator Russ Feingold.  At that time I wrote the following.

And yet he wishes to convince voters that he should be the one representing our values and interests in Washington as a United States Senator.  I am quite certain than not even conservative Republicans in Wisconsin can endorse or support such behavior.  It is wrong, shameful, and shady.  (Or does Terrence Wall have one of those crafty lawyers that can find ‘legal’ ways not to pay taxes so the rest of us need to pay more?)  No matter which way Wall tries to spin this one we all know he is not the type of person who represents Wisconsin values.

This week conservative talk radio show host Marking Belling  took off on this theme with the following  concerning  the troubled tax-dodging candidate.

On Tuesday, Mark Belling, a right wing talk radio host on WISN 1130, said, “Very, very hard to run for the United States Senate when you haven’t paid income taxes in five years… How do you get to be a millionaire without paying any income taxes?”  (All of the working class knows the answer to that one!)

In a seperate interview Charlie Sykes also blistered candidate Wall.

Sykes asked Wall, “The reports that that you personally paid nothing in personal state income tax in four of the last five years. That’s going to be a problem, isn’t it?”

Wall responded, “I don’t think so.”

Sykes told Wagner, “Of course it’s going to be a problem,” and said, “You know, and the more you try to explain it, the more you’re essentially explaining that you live in a completely different fiscal environment than most of the working people of Wisconsin.”

Should National Enquirer Get Pulitzer Prize For John Edwards ‘Baby’ Reporting?

The executive editor of the National Enquirer says he plans to enter his paper’s work on the John Edwards scandal for a Pulitzer Prize.

Don’t laugh.

“It’s clear we should be a contender for this,” Barry Levine said by phone Thursday, hours after the former presidential candidate admitted what the newspaper had been reporting all along: that he is the father of Rielle Hunter’s baby. “The National Enquirer, a supermarket tabloid, was able to publish this reporting.”

Although the staff never doubted its reports that Edwards had fathered a baby girl with his former campaign videographer, Levine said, “there is vindication, finally. Mr. Edwards kept the story alive much longer than it needed to be kept alive with his denials. He has only himself to blame.”

Another Israeli Demand

Tail wags dog.   When will we learn?

There just is never an end to the ‘needs’ of Israel, and their relentless quest for more control. 

Washington’s Middle East envoy faced a new obstacle Thursday as he launched his latest attempt to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks: Israel wants to keep troops on the West Bank’s border with Jordan even if a deal is reached.

Palestinians rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand, made just before U.S. envoy George Mitchell arrived in Israel on Wednesday.

Mr. Mitchell has been laboring without success for a year to get both sides back to the negotiating table, and Mr. Netanyahu’s new demand made his mission even more formidable.  (Is anyone shocked that Israel would try to undermine any chance of real talks from taking place?)

Mr. Netanyahu said Israel must maintain a presence “on the eastern side of a prospective Palestinian state” to keep militants from using the territory to launch rockets at Israel’s heartland. The eastern side of such a state would be the part of the Jordan Valley that lies in the West Bank.

Saeb Erekat, a confidant of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, called the demand “absolutely unacceptable.”  (As it should be.)

America Gets Louder Megaphones From U.S. Supreme Court

This past Tuesday we were told by conservatives that they rejoiced in the Scott Brown victory in Massachusetts because now there would be more bi-partisanship brought to Washington.  But today there is proof that when bi-partisanship is formed, and sound legislation results from the unity, large forces will rip it apart.

There was not real shock today when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations could spend copious amounts of cash for campaign ads as the court reporters had predicted as much based on the tone of the justice’s questioning when the case was heard.  Still there is a thud to the public conscience as a result of the ruling that will be felt even more strongly as we ramp towards the mid-term elections.

The idea advanced by Republicans that this ruling bolsters the First Amendment is cock-eyed.  (Shocking!!)    Who will be the victor when large and uncontrolled corporate concerns start to thrash around the airwaves with ad after ad while the average voice of the citizen is muted?  Can you image what the intensity of election commercials will be with corporate money running amuck on the airwaves?  (Picture the Asian carp invading Lake Michigan and you see the parallel?) No one wins with this decison.  To ‘window-dress’ this dreadful ruling as a First Amendment win is a slap to those who first thought about the need for such an amendment at the forming of our nation.

Senator Russ Feingold and his Arizona partner Senator John McCain tried to make sense and fairness for the political system when they tirelessly worked on campaign finance reform.  Their work became law but the corporate interests through their mouth pieces in Congress (conservative Republicans) railed and ranted against reform.  We all know too much money in the process is bad, regardless of where it comes from.  But untold amounts of cash from the powerful corporate world is even more unwelcome. 

Clearly there will need to be a close look at the ruling and a determination by Congress to consider what remedies can be applied to the election process in light of this news.

1,000,000 Hits On Caffeinated Politics!

When this blog started on July 14, 2006 I could not have thought one million hits were possible.  I could not ever have envisioned that Porter Wagoner’s daughter, WSM announcer Keith Bilbrey, great grand-daughters of Madison’s Bascom Clarke (B.B. Clarke Beach), or Diana Nightingale (wife of Earl Nightingale) would find Caffeinated Politics, and be moved to the point of responding to something I had penned.    I could never have thought such kind words would come my way as they did when Belle Marie from Georgia wrote the following in March 2009.

I just want to say a deep thanks for the kind way you honor the singers on the Grand Ole Opry. They have meant so much to so many and you treat them as kindly as we all feel about them at these hard times. It has been many years since I have been able to go to the Opry since I am not able to travel. But the memories you bring back with the movies here are precious to me. I looked over your other writings on those who I heard so often and I cried a bit. But like you write they are on a bigger stage now with God.

Thank you and God Bless You.

Belle Marie
Gibson, Georgia

When Caffeinated Politics started the scope was intended to stay just on politics, but in time the blog expanded to cover just about every topic imaginable.   While the New York Times is limited to “all the news that’s fit to print”, I am glad the internet allows me space to post on every interest and thought that comes to my mind. 

I am also very pleased to have such a loyal, and it seems ever-growing readership. For that I am grateful.  Last year I was honored to be voted second place in Isthmus’ Annual Manual Poll for local blogger.  That meant a lot to me! 

Posts on Caffeinated Politics can veer from testy and barbed, to sentimental and fluffy.  I truly have as much fun posting on the thrill of throwing boiling water into frigid air as I do on the latest scandal in Washington.    Whatever the reason one finds their way to this blog I am humbled my readers seem to enjoy the efforts.

Thanks to you all!