Tea Party Group Wants Michele Bachamnn Out Of Race, “Michele Bachmann Is About Michele Bachmann”

Oh, Snap!

A tea party group has a surprising and harsh urging for long-time tea party favorite Michele Bachmann: Quit the presidential race.

“It’s time for Michele Bachmann to go,” reads the first line of a statement from American Majority President Ned Ryun.  His group operates in seven states, trains thousands of tea party supporters and is “liked” by over 371,000 people on Facebook.

The group explained its reasons why it’s grown incensed with Bachmann.

“I think it’s pretty obvious that Michele Bachmann is about Michele Bachmann,” American Majority Executive Director Matt Robbins said.

Sherry Schultz Pleads Guilty To Misconduct In Office

News to squeak out.

Before we get to the news today I want to remind readers about my thoughts on Sherry Schultz.  In September I wrote the following.

In a nutshell Schultz  was on the public payroll to work full-time raising money for GOP candidates.  She was paid with taxpayer money to serve a purely partisan purpose.  By all accounts she did a cracker-jack job, and if she had been employed outside the statehouse no one would be chastising her, but wanting her skills for this or that campaign.

But Schultz knew, as did those who employed her, that what she was doing on state time was illegal.  That it was done covertly and not done in eyesight of journalists makes the point.

Some will argue that the lowest person always is the one to get tagged while the real power players walk away.  I think it can be argued that all those who made truly bad decisions regarding the political caucus scandal under the dome paid a price.

The voters place responsibility, and entrust their faith to those who work at the statehouse.   Be they elected officials or staff  it is a bond that then requires those who receive a state paycheck to act with honor. 

When that trust is broken, as with Schultz, not only is the law violated, but the trust of the voter is shattered. When that faith from the voters is replaced with doubt and cynicism our political institutions suffer.

Today Schultz pleaded guilty.  I only wish she had done so about nine years ago as the people of Wisconsin deserved better from one they were paying taxes for so she could have a salary.

A legislative aide accused of raising campaign funds for Republican candidates
while on the state payroll has pleaded guilty in a Capitol corruption case that
began nine years ago.

Sherry Schultz, 59, was placed in a deferred prosecution program this
week in Dane County and became the last defendant to settle a case linked to the
scandal that rocked Wisconsin politics. Five top lawmakers were charged in the
case, including Schultz’s boss, former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen.

Will Shotguns, Hunting Rifles Or Semiautomatic Assault Rifles Be Allowed In Wisconsin State Buildings?

There is no way to defend the deplorable state of affairs in Wisconsin.  The words from the Wisconsin Department of Administration and the Justice Department literally made my jaw drop today.

Schoenherr said he couldn’t immediately say whether the public would be able to openly carry rifles or other weapons into state buildings.

I am appalled!

I am utterly disgusted by the brain-dead and immoral Republican leadership that is now running this state.

Governor Walker and the Fitzgerald brothers have demonstrated the most craven behavior while allowing the NRA to run rough-shod over this state.  Drop a bar of soap and see which one of these Wisconsin Republicans bends over the fastest!

I understand that too much of the top portion of  Walker and Company failed to attend college and get a diploma.  (That includes the Governor.)  But even the fourth grader down the street knows that a semiautomatic assault rifle should not be allowed into a state building.

It is as if the genealogy lines of the Republicans who make the laws in Wisconsin are more wreath-like then a tree.  How else does one explain what is happening to Wisconsin?

Here is the way the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported what Chris Schoenherr, deputy secretary of the Department of Administration, and Dana Brueck, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice had to say about all sorts of weapons that might be allowed into the Capitol or other state buildings.

The governor’s office in the state Capitol and the governor’s mansion in the nearby village of Maple bluff will also allow concealed carry, said Chris Schoenherr, deputy secretary of the Department of Administration. The state is putting together a website that will lay out where the public can and cannot carry concealed weapons in state buildings, Schoenherr said.

Schoenherr said he couldn’t immediately say whether the public would be able to openly carry rifles or other weapons into state buildings.

But Dana Brueck, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice, made clear Friday that under the law visitors with concealed carry permits can carry their weapons openly or hidden in public buildings in Wisconsin unless it’s posted to prohibit the weapons. The guns could include a handgun as well as a shotgun, hunting rifle or semiautomatic assault rifle as long as the firearm is legal to possess.

“They can carry concealed or openly as the law does not limit to only concealed carry. And they can carry a long gun or handgun,” Brueck said.

Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison), a gun owner and lifelong hunter, said that was “craziness” and would make the public less safe. Hulsey noted that visitors to the Assembly gallery have been removed by police and cited for quietly holding signs or videotaping but by next month visitors will likely be able to carry guns.

“They were taking out people displaying the constitution but they’re going to allow people with guns,” Hulsey said.

Democratic lawmakers and a few Republicans like Senate President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) have questioned the idea that allowing concealed guns in the state Capitol would make the building more safe.

President Obama Has No Scandal To Deal With, An Honest President In The Oval Office

This article from Johnathan Alter deserves a read.

President Barack Obama goes into the 2012 with a weak economy that may doom his reelection. But he has one asset that hasn’t received much attention: He’s honest.

The sight of Texas Governor Rick Perry tumbling out of the clown car recently as a “birther” (or at least a birther-enabler) is a sign of weakness, not just for the Perry campaign but for the whole Republican effort to tarnish the president’s character.

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According to a metric created by political scientist Brendan Nyhan, Obama set a recordearlier this month for most days without a scandal of any president since 1977. The streak probably won’t last, especially if he gets a second term, where scandals are more common. But the impression of rectitude will be part of the voters’assessment of him next year. He’ll need it.

 

The Economist Sour On Europe’s Rescue Plan

World stocks are running wild, but what does the future hold for investors and the world economy?  The rise in stocks included a 339 point increase of the Dow on Thursday, but there is plenty of doubt about the Euro package that was designed to cut Greek debt and bring some stability to the eurozone.

One of the primary sources I turn to when trying  to better understand these matter  has a sour perspective on the latest ‘solution’.

The summit’s most notable achievement was to forge an agreement to write down the Greek debt held by the private sector by 50%. This newspaper has long argued for such a move. Yet an essential counterpart to the Greek writedown is a credible firewall around heavily indebted yet solvent borrowers such as Italy. That is the only way of restoring confidence and protecting European banks’ balance-sheets, thus ensuring that they can get on with the business of lending.

Unfortunately the euro zone’s firewall is the weakest part of the deal (see article). Europe’s main rescue fund, the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), does not have enough money to withstand a run on Italy and Spain. Germany and the European Central Bank (ECB) have ruled out the only source of unlimited support: the central bank itself. The euro zone’s northern creditor governments have refused to put more of their own money into the pot.