Scott Walker, tax delinquent

This is fitting….

Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign was hit with a tax warrant last month by a state agency for failing to pay unemployment compensation taxes, records show.

In the Jan. 20 filing by the state Department of Workforce Development – which is run by gubernatorial appointee Reggie Newson – Walker’s campaign was listed as delinquent on $253.69 in taxes, plus fees and interest. Online records say the debt is outstanding.

So the next time a conservative wants to talk about one of President Obama’s nominees not paying their taxes, just remind them of Scott Walker’s tax warrant.

An open letter to President Barack Obama

Dear President Obama:

Earlier today you visited Wisconsin, and during your visit here you gave a rousing speech at the Master Lock production facility located in Milwaukee’s central city. While I’m appreciative that you chose to visit Milwaukee to highlight American companies like Master Lock “in-sourcing” jobs back to our country, I would like to express my sincere disappointment that you’ve chosen to avoid visiting Wisconsin before today.

As you may or may not heard, the past year has been rather historic here in Wisconsin. Early last year, Republican Gov. Scott Walker “dropped the bomb” when he unveiled Wisconsin Act 10, the so-called “budget repair bill” that rescinded virtually all collective bargaining rights for virtually all public employees in the State of Wisconsin. As a result of Gov. Walker’s actions, tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of my fellow Wisconsinites from all walks of life took to the streets of Madison to voice their outrage over Gov. Walker’s attack on public employees. No matter our gender, age, ethnicity, religion, economic background, or whether we were public employees or not, we all came together to voice our outrage and make our voices heard – and our voices were most definitely heard.

However, one place where our collective voice seemed to fall on deaf ears was 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Despite your 2007 promise as a candidate for president that you’d “put on a comfortable pair of shoes” yourself and walk on a picket line with workers if their rights to organize and collectively bargain came under attack, you were nowhere to be found in our fair state when Wisconsin’s public employees saw their rights to organize and collectively bargain come under attack. Despite your 2007 promise, you most definitely did not “put on a comfortable pair of shoes” and walk with Wisconsinites as we voiced our outrage at our state capitol.

Mr. President, I’m not so naive as to believe that every elected official – or candidate for elected office, for that matter – will fulfill every promise they make during their campaigns, but your 2007 promise to stand with union workers when their rights to collectively bargain and organize came under attack was one promise I had hoped you’d keep. I’ve long been a believer in the adage that actions speak louder than words, and in choosing not to stand with Wisconsin’s public employees when their rights to organize and collectively bargain came under attack, you’ve demonstrated very unambiguously that you’re not a man of your word when it comes to standing with organized labor.

As I draw this letter to a close, I want you to please keep one thing in mind: actions speak louder than words, and no amount of campaign rhetoric and political posturing can change the fact that when Wisconsin’s public employees needed the president they helped elect to stand behind them, you weren’t there for them.

The Consequences of Over-Denial

There’s a scene in what should be every Democrat’s favorite movie, All The President’s Men where Woodward and Bernstein are meeting with their editor, Howard Simons to talk about a conversation Woodward had with a PR guy from the White House press office.   Woodward found something funny in the way the guy responded.

This unnamed guy at the White House apparently denied more than was probably good for him.

Washington Post Managing Editor Howard Simons: Did you call the White House press office?
Bob Woodward: I went over there; I talked to them. They said Hunt hadn’t worked there for three months. Then a PR guy said this weird thing to me. He said, “I am convinced that neither Mr. Colson nor anyone else at the White House had any knowledge of, or participation in, this deplorable incident at the Democratic National Committee.”
Howard Simons: Isn’t that what you expect them to say?
Bob Woodward: Absolutely.
Howard Simons: So?
Bob Woodward: I never asked about Watergate. I simply asked what were Hunt’s duties at the White House.

This is why attorneys coach defendants and witnesses to listen to the question carefully and answer only the question that was asked.  This PR guy answered a question he had assumed had been asked.  Well, lighting does strike the GOP twice.  Apparently, Walker has stepped in the same stinky pile as that nameless White House press guy so many years ago.  This time, it’s an e-mail that may be his undoing.

Isn’t Walker exonerated by the email he sent to Tim Russell saying that no campaign work should be done by county staffers?

Instead of exonerating Walker, the email pretty much damns him.

Here’s what Walker wrote after it was revealed that his staffer Darlene Wink was posting pro-Walker Internet comments while working for the county: “No one can give them [the media] any reason to do another story. That means no laptops, no websites, no time away during the work day, etc.”

Remember: It was reported that Darlene Wink was blogging while working for the county. There was no mention of laptops and other things. So why would Walker mention them?

And why would Walker send the email from his campaign account to Russell? At the time, Russell was working as the county’s director of housing. Why would Walker use his campaign email to deal with a county personnel matter? And why would he send it to his housing director?

When that e-mail was released, I had a sneaking suspicion that it would prove to be Walker’s undoing.  Don’t get me wrong, we’re still a long way from an indictment here, but based on that one e-mail, it’s clear that Walker was over-denying what was going on.

And that can only be a good thing for Democrats.

No One Listens to Scott Walker Anymore

Not even the Republican Senators:

“As governor, I will sign legislation to prohibit the members of the State Legislature from voting after 10:00 at night or before 9:00 in the morning. This commonsense reform ensures the public has the opportunity to contact elected representatives about their votes on any pending legislation important to them. I have two teenagers and I tell them that nothing good happens after midnight. That’s even more true in politics. The people of Wisconsin deserve to know what their elected leaders are voting on.”
–Scott Walker

Senate passes mining deregulation in earlymorning session.

Senate Republicans approved a bill that would loosen restrictions on wetland development in an ugly early morning session Wednesday that underscored the animosity that has permeated the state Capitol in the year since Gov. Scott Walker stripped public workers of nearly all their union rights.

In what has become Modis Operandi in the legislature this year:

Lawmakers on both sides looked exhausted as they took their seats. Mike Ellis called for a vote after only about 20 minutes on the floor and the measure passed 17-15 along party lines. Republicans hurried out of the chamber as the protesters chanted “Shame!”

Late night session, little debate, quick vote, bill passes along party lines, republicans run out of the chamber and disappear to(well deserved) chants of shame. And people pretend that we do not need recalls! We desperately need to change control of this senate with successful recalls.

I Endorse

Kathleen Falk for Governor!

One year ago today was my first day at the protests. I know that the official anniversary is February 14th, I missed the first day. In the past year we have had many successes and many failures but every day has been a battle. The State is divided like never before and probably like no other state in the Union.

This all started when Governor Walker decided to “drop the bomb” on the people of Wi with his extremist and divisive ACT 10. This bill is what brought people to the Capitol to protest and what made the legislature do crazy things like meet throughout the night, hold 17 second votes, intimidate women, shut out one side of the debate, illegally shut down our Capitol, sign secrecy agreements with unethical lawyers, etc…

Never once has Scott Walker ever spoke up against any of the craziness that has happened in our state under his watch. As a matter of fact he has used it as a badge of honor by going to fund raise when he talks to extremist fringe groups like he did last weekend at CPAC.

As bad as Scott Walker has been, and as extremist has his unprecedented power grab been, the one thing that he took away, that he did not have to, was collective bargaining rights of public employees. He could have taken most everything else he did , he could have cut the $1.6 billion out of education devastating our public education system. ended local control in any issue they could get their hands on, partisan redistrict the state unlike anyone here has veer seen before, well you get my drift….

How do we remedy this? We started with the recall but the real test will be the recall election(which will happen). The question that the democratic party has to ask themselves is who is the best person to beat Scott Walker in November. I choose Kathleen Falk.

Kathleen Falk is a lawyer, an environmentalist, brilliant, approachable, intelligent, has a very good track record, and she did something that Thomas Paine would have been proud of. She pledged to restore Collective Bargaining rights. Unlike Scott Walker who campaigned one way and immediately governed another, Kathleen Falk is telling you EXACTLY what she plans on doing. There will be no calling your staff together, telling them she is just like ronald reagan, then “dropping the bomb” on Wi and passing draconian legislation in less than a week. Kathleen Falk is telling us ahead of time what she wants to do and how she wants to govern.

It is time to start uniting our state, it is time we had a Governor who wants to work with everyone, and NOT spend their time running around the country fundraising. It is time we have a Governor who is honest with the people of Wisconsin. It is time we have a Governor who has a successful track record and a transparent excellent education. It is time we had a Governor who understands how important it is to continue to lead in public education. It is time we had a Governor we can be proud of.

Therefore, I endorse Kathleen Falk for Governor of Wisconsin. Please join me and Kathleen Falk in bringing Wisconson together again and back to being a leader in our great nation.

*** This endorsement comes from myself only, not intended to mean endorsed by all of Blogging Blue.

Scott Walker’s failure on jobs and Wisconsin’s economy

Over at Playground Politics, the Recess Supervisor has an excellent entry outlining why he believes the policies of Republican Gov. Scott Walker have done more harm than good to Wisconsin’s economy and job creation.

Walker’s proposals are failing for the same reason that Obama’s Making Work Pay tax credit bombed. The theory behind Making Work Pay was that people would be more inclined to spend their additional money if they got it a little bit at a time instead of in one lump sum. But what behavioral economists found is that if the money received on an incremental basis is relatively insignificant, it doesn’t get spent at all.

So while some conservatives are wildly rejoicing at a $20 or $30 savings on their property tax bills courtesy of Governor Walker, the reality is that their $20-30 came at the expense of many public employees losing their jobs, or the tens of thousands of public employees who are now taking home thousands of dollars less each year as the result of higher health insurance and pension costs.

In other words, less economic activity is generated in Wisconsin by 200 people with 20 extra dollars than is generated by one person in Wisconsin with 4,000 extra dollars. Not really rocket science, but we should note that the Obama administration got this one wrong as well.

As noted by the Recess Supervisor, according to 6-month economic forecasts released by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, Wisconsin is one of only four states on the mainland 48 projected for economic contraction in the next six months.

Wisconsin has already suffered through 6 consecutive months of job losses thanks to the failed policies of Scott Walker, and if the Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s projections for the next 6 months are any indication, the worst may not be behind us.