Governor Scott Walker Getting Millions From Out Of State Sources For Recall Election

Recall the cold snowy months when hundreds of thousands of protesters converged on the Wisconsin State Capitol to make a statement about collective bargaining?  Recall how the conservatives railed against those Wisconsinites for being active participants in the political process?  Recall how it was reported by the GOP that unions were sending members in from other states, and dollars were being sent to Wisconsin from around the nation to build a firewall around the power grab by Walker and Company?

Recall how the GOP was going almost blue in the face due to lack of oxygen as they kept repeating ‘they are coming in from others states’?

Well–One Wisconsin Now is reporting some stunning and rather hypocritical news about the Republicans and their outside interests who are sending truckloads of cash to Scott Walker.

Hmmmm……Why are so many GOPers not able to understand the meaning of ‘political consistency’?

Gov. Scott Walker grabbed half of the $5 million he raised in unlimited funds from outside of Wisconsin, including $250,000 from Texan Bob Perry, the architect of the infamous “Swift Boat” smear ads.

“Gov. Walker is trying save his skin by taking money from whomever and wherever in the country he can,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. “In all our years of analysis, we have never seen a politician try and win a Wisconsin race with so much non-Wisconsin money.”
According to One Wisconsin Now’s analysis, Walker’s just filed report shows he raised $2.48 million from Wisconsin and another jaw-dropping $2.39 million from out of state. This includes $463,800 from Texas and $439,700 from Illinois alone.

“Walker is criss-crossing the country and taking unprecedented outside money,” said Ross. “Walker’s already sold out Wisconsin’s workers, students and seniors and who knows what he’s promising in return for these millions of dollars.”

Establishment Republican Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad Thumps Newt Gingrich

Another establishment Republican sneers at  Newt Gingrich.

The uproar about Gingrich from establishment Republicans has been growing this past week.

Republican Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he’s unsure presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has the discipline and focus to be president.

In an Associated Press interview Thursday, Branstad was asked if the former House speaker, who is leading in Iowa polls, had the discipline to be president.

Branstad said of Gingrich, “Whether he has the discipline and the focus, I don’t know.”

Republican Establishment Targets Newt Gingrich, Knows He Must Not Be Nominee

There is a chance that the Republicans can win back the White House in 2012 with an appropriate candidate.  Not a bomb-thrower, or red-meat partisan.  But instead with a seasoned moderate.

Like Mitt Romney.

There is so much eagerness to win back the White House that establishment Republicans, the ones that know how to govern and understand (for the most part) why government matters, are not in the mood to throw away the chance with Newt Gingrich as the party nominee.

Over the past week there has been a growing vocal outcry from within the Republican Party, from the establishment wing of the party, to undermine and stop the forward movement of Newt Gingrich.

Perhaps no better example of the growing efforts from the GOP to stop Newt can be demonstrated than from the pages of the ever-conservative National Review.

Gingrich’s colleagues were, however, right to bring his tenure to an end. His character flaws — his impulsiveness, his grandiosity, his weakness for half-baked (and not especially conservative) ideas — made him a poor Speaker of the House. Again and again he combined incendiary rhetoric with irresolute action, bringing Republicans all the political costs of a hardline position without actually taking one. Again and again he put his own interests above those of the causes he championed in public.

He says, and his defenders say, that time, reflection, and religious conversion have conquered his dark side. If he is the nominee, a campaign that should be about whether the country will continue on the path to social democracy would inevitably become to a large extent a referendum on Gingrich instead. And there is reason to doubt that he has changed. Each week we see the same traits that weakened Republicans from 1995 through 1998: I’d vote for Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform; Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform is radical right-wing social engineering; I apologize for saying that, and no one should quote what I said because I was wrong; actually, what I said was right all along but nobody understood me. I helped defeat Communism; anyone who made money in the ’80s and ’90s owes me; I’m like Reagan and Thatcher. Local community boards should decide what to do with illegal immigrants. Freddie Mac paid me all that money to tell them how stupid they were. Enough. Gingrich has always said he wants to transform the country. He appears unable to transform, or even govern, himself. He should be an adviser to the Republican party, but not again its head.

Can’t Pass Background Check For Gun Purchase in Wisconsin?

Do not worry!

Really.

This is not news for those who follow the slimy dealings of gun merchants, gun slingers, and their patron saint the NRA, but that this report comes in an official way makes it truly nauseating.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns on Thursday announced results of an investigation into online gun sales in 14 states, and found 4 of 6 web retailers in Wisconsin were willing to sell to undercover buyers who said they couldn’t pass a background check.

“These four sellers were offering both handguns and assault weapons, with asking prices that ranged from $400 to $800 per gun,” the organization reported. “According to their internet posts, the sellers were located in Cedar Creek, Kenosha, Madison and Milwaukee.”

Delete Online Outlaws is a response to the national undercover investigation conducted by the City of New York. Investigators uncovered a vast, unregulated online market for illegal guns, where 62% of sellers on classified ad websites were willing to sell to individuals who admitted they couldn’t pass a criminal background check.

Sting: Undercover investigators contacted 125 private sellers from 14 different states advertising guns on 10 websites, including Craigslist and KSL.com. These represent a fraction of the more than 25,000 guns for sale on the websites investigated.

Scope of Problem: Currently, licensed gun dealers are required to conduct criminal background checks on prospective buyers, but because of a gap in the law, so-called “private sellers” do not need to. It’s estimated that more than 40% of gun sales are private sales. These sales are increasingly made on the internet, a haven for illegal guns according to the investigation. It is a federal felony to sell a gun to someone believed to be prohibited from purchasing a gun, such as a minor, a criminal or anyone declared mentally unstable by a court.

Recall Scott Walker Movement Blazes Across Wisconsin

This is one of those moments in Wisconsin politics when many years from now grandparents will tell young ones perched on their knee about the time a power-hungry politician won office and then attempted to over-reach with spite-filled legislation.  It will be a story about what average voters from Superior to Milwaukee, from Ellison Bay to Cuba City did when they felt they had been taken advantage of by someone who ran for public office without detailing his true intentions.

There will be stories of citizens bracing brisk November winds and cold December rains to stand up for the values that folks in the Badger State have long felt were as much a foundation of their community as the local church and barbershop.   There will be tales of long lines of faces at the local market where a clipboard was held by a gloved neighbor gathering signatures on petitions to force a recall of a sitting governor.

The stories that will result from the time we now live will not soon be forgotten. Nor should they be forgotten.

This is after all the real civics lesson that creates the spine in our democracy, and the needed bleach in the body politic that helps usher in more thoughtful leaders.

Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Lost 11,700 Private-Sector Jobs In November From October

This is not the direction that Governor Scott Walker promised Wisconsin would head if he and his merry band of Republicans were given the reins of power.  They have had complete control of the levers of power in the state legislature, and the results are growing more grim every month that passes.  For all the bashing of workers that conservatives seem to relish in dishing out since Walker was sworn into office, there are now more unemployed people to show as their only accomplishment.

Who could have predicted a disaster of this type following a Scott Walker election victory?  Oh, that’s right…almost everyone.

On to the recall!

Wisconsin lost private-sector jobs for the fifth consecutive month in November in the same months that the nation has been adding private-sector jobs, according to a report Thursday from the state Department of Workforce Development.

The state lost an estimated 11,700 private-sector jobs in November from October, according to the agency. The figures are based on a monthly government survey of employers and adjusted to smooth out recurring seasonal factors, such as winter-related slowdowns in construction or holiday hiring by retailers.

The government sector, meanwhile, continued to lose jobs at the city and county level, which meant the state lost an estimated total of 14,600 non-farm jobs when the losses in the private sector are combined with the losses in the public sector.

Herman Cain Wants To Be Defense Secretary

I want to be singing on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

One of us has  a better chance of attaining the goal.

It is not Herman.

Said Cain: “Because if I could influence rebuilding our military as it should be, that would be a task I would consider undertaking.”

Barabra Walters reminded Cain that “it would be important to be familiar with the various countries around the world. And you have had some difficulty with that, Mr. Cain.

 

Marines Gin-Up Story For Medal Of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer

For Pete’s Sake!

This is another one of those times when I am most proud to mention the role of newspapers in this country, and the importance of news operations in ferreting out the truth.  It takes time and resources to allow for a story like this to be investigated and told.

An exhaustive assessment by a McClatchy correspondent who was embedded with Dakota Meyer’s unit and survived the ambush found that the Marines’ official accounts of Meyer’s deeds which were retold in a book, countless news reports and on U.S. military websites were embellished.

Another reason so many feel as they do about the military. It is also another reason to shake our head and wonder what is wrong in the jar-neck world.

Crucial parts that the Marine Corps publicized and Obama described are untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated, according to dozens of military documents McClatchy Newspapers examined.

Sworn statements by Meyer and others who participated in the battle indicate that he didn’t save the lives of 13 U.S. service members, leave his vehicle to scoop up 24 Afghans on his first two rescue runs or lead the final push to retrieve the four dead Americans. Moreover, it’s unclear from the documents whether Meyer disobeyed orders when he entered the Ganjgal Valley on Sept. 8, 2009.

The statements also offer no proof that the 23-year-old Kentucky native “personally killed at least eight Taliban insurgents,” as the account on the Marine Corps website says. The driver of Meyer’s vehicle attested to seeing “a single enemy go down.”