One Quick Question about Innovation Park and the Eschweiler Buildings?

I am an architecture nut and love the work of Alexander Eschweiler. And it’s a sin that the county allowed the buildings on the county grounds to deteriorate to the point that it is economically unfeasible to restore them to contemporary use.

But that’s not where I am going with this. If Innovation Park is supposedly UWM’s premier research and engineering center why the flock is Mandel trying to build housing there?

Mike Huckabee Supports a Vengeful god

This absolute nonsense is beyond the pale. From Friday, December 14th, 2012 (YES THAT VERY FRIDAY) TPMLivewire:

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee attributed the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in part to restrictions on school prayer and religious materials in the classroom.

“We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools,” Huckabee said on Fox News, discussing the murder spree that took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults in Newtown, CT that morning. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”

So Mr. Huckabee…your god isn’t a god of peace and comfort and forgiveness at all…he is in fact a god of vengeance and spite and retribution?

Beware the evangelical christian who quotes the Old Testament to support their belief structure instead of the words of Christ. I call them Old Testament christians…who still believe in an eye for an eye and stoning and denouncing sinners. They smell more like 21st Century Sadducees than Christians.

And he also seems to be a little confused about the rights enumerated in the US Constitution, a document he swore to uphold while Arkansas governor…

“…but Huckabee suggested that the separation of church and state may have spurred his rampage.’

But I bet he’ll be head of the line to protect the second amendment should this nation actually find the balls to have a discussion about appropriate restrictions on gun ownership!

We don’t need no stinkin’ EPA…

Despite never actually providing a plan to create jobs, several of the leading Republican candidates for President point to federal regulations as a reason we aren’t growing jobs in the United States. We are in fact just a few tax breaks and deregulation away from renewed prosperity. And of course competition and the free market will take care of the rest…

Well, we know of a robust economy with very few environmental regulations…China!

But if we follow their lead, yesterday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel headline might have a ‘Milwaukee’ or ‘Glendale’ dateline next time: “Johnson Controls plant in China under investigation”.

Johnson Controls says it believes its lead-acid battery plant in Shanghai is not the source of lead poisoning among children in a village near the sprawling Chinese city.

The Glendale-based company issued a statement Friday after The Associated Press reported that a Shanghai environmental agency had ordered two factories, including the Johnson Controls plant, to halt production pending an investigation into the source of the lead poisoning.

The Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau reported on its website Friday that it was studying lead emissions from the two factories. At the same time, the Pudong district government, where the cases were found, issued a statement saying it believed the Johnson Controls factory was the main source of lead emissions in the area, the AP reported.

In a statement sent to the Journal Sentinel, Johnson Controls said the Pudong government had requested that it suspend lead-related production in the Shanghai plant because the plant had reached its lead quota for the year.

“As a responsible corporate citizen, we have complied with this request,” the statement says.

The company said it was aware that local citizens had questions about possible potential exposure to lead. With that in mind, Johnson Controls said it would cooperate with the government in any investigation.

“However, we have no reason to believe we are the source of the issue,” the company said.

The AP reported that the source of the lead contamination has not been confirmed.

There are some very real reasons that the EPA was created and there are some very real reasons that they impose environmental regulations on American businesses. The Republicans continually voice concerns about leaving the debts of the deficit and bankcrupting our children and grandchildren…but they show no concern about leaving them clean air, clean water, or a clean environment to enjoy.

Social Security Works…

I have a couple of longer posts in the works on Social Security and Republicans and Taxes…but they aren’t ready for tonight!

But I thought I’d leave us all with this quick little tidbit: by now everyone has read the census news from any of a number of different outlets…more Americans are living in poverty now than in many recent years…that 2010 was worse than 2009 for far too many Americans…that poverty has continued to rise for four consecutive years. There needs to be more discussion on this…but for tonight I am leaving you with this:

Two lines from the actual U.S. Census Bureau press release:

•The poverty rate increased for children younger than 18 (from 20.7 percent in 2009 to 22.0 percent in 2010) and people 18 to 64 (from 12.9 percent in 2009 to 13.7 percent in 2010), while it was not statistically different for people 65 and older (9.0 percent).

•Similar to the patterns observed for the poverty rate in 2010, the number of people in poverty increased for children younger than 18 (15.5 million in 2009 to 16.4 million in 2010) and people 18 to 64 (24.7 million in 2009 to 26.3 million in 2010) and was not statistically different for people 65 and older (3.5 million).

Let me emphasize this statement as it applies to 2009 and 2010: “…was not statistically different for people 65 and older.” Despite a lack of cost of living raises recently, SOCIAL SECURITY WORKS!

Tax Breaks create jobs…horse hockey

We have continually been harangued that we need to continue to cut taxes for the wealthy and for corporations so that they have the extra wherewithal to create more jobs. We’ve just had the tenth anniversary of the original Bush tax cuts. We have a myriad of state tax cuts and credits. But unemployment is creeping back up again.

Today’s paper had another letter to the editor extolling Gov. Walker’s tax cuts that will spur the economy and create jobs.

Well the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s business page talks about companies having record cash reserves. But are they creating new jobs? Hell no they are buying back their own stock to push its value up.

When are the idiots out there going to realize that demand for products and services are what create jobs…companies hire when the demand in the marketplace requires a larger workforce. Until then they are going to bank their cash, pay CEO’s huge salaries and bonuses for creating the cash hoard, and buy back their stock to increase share holder value. None of these activities create jobs.

btw: In the print version the headline today says Cash Hordes…shouldn’t it be Cash Hoards?

Instead of shareholders someone needs to be reminded that STAKEHOLDERS are the key to business success.

added 6/13/2011 9:00 CDT: Just a few more words on the subject from the liberal media demons themselves, the New York Times on the fantasia that is repeated tax cutting for job creation:

High unemployment numbers may be good for Republicans in the next election, which makes it disturbing that Republican leaders have blocked any discussion of stimulus policies that might succeed in putting people back to work.

In fact, all job-creating proposals that involve spending money are considered verboten among both parties, because Republicans have cowed Democrats with the argument that the 2009 stimulus bill was an irredeemable failure and the deficit is causing unemployment.

If Republicans are as deeply concerned about the 13.9 million out-of-work people as they claim to be, they might have offered ideas of their own that have some possibility of creating jobs. Instead, they have been chanting the same tired and discredited mantras the party has offered since the 1980s: huge tax cuts, huge cuts in safety-net spending, the clear-cutting of regulations, and the inevitable balanced-budget amendment.

Read the piece, it has something to say about former Gov. Pawlenty’s ideas on taxes and job creation as well…archaic ideas. And this last bit on Mr. Pawlenty stolen from cartoonist Tom Toles: Pawlenty of Nothing!

So…about Ronald Reagan and the national debt

Referencing the fact that the federal debt didn’t decrease under both Presidents Bush, here’s what far-right conservative blogger Randy Hollenbeck said:

P.S. -You on the left, I know you don’t and cannot understand this, but both President Bushes were not Conservatives, but they were Republicans.

Interestingly, Hollenbeck didn’t include Ronald Reagan in his list of Republicans who weren’t conservatives, leaving one to assume Hollenbeck considers Reagan to be a true conservative. However, as the chart below shows, Ronald Reagan wasn’t exactly “conservative” when it came to running up the national debt.

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As you can see, under President Reagan the national debt increased as a percentage of GDP from under 40% to well over 50%, and in real dollars Reagan increased the national debt from roughly $900 billion to over $3.2 trillion. What’s more, during Reagan’s time in office, federal government employment rose from 2,143,000 employees to 2,238,000 employees, so if there’s one thing that’s pretty clear about Ronald Reagan, it’s that he was no small government conservative, despite the mythologizing today about Reagan as the “patron saint” of small government conservatism.

Palin to speak at fundraiser for “socialist” Canadian hospital

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who’s made no secret of her feelings for the”socialist” health care system in Canada, is scheduled to speak at a fundraiser for a hospital and cancer center in Canada. The hospital in question, St. Peter’s Hospital, is a public hospital, and in addition to offering “socialized medicine,” it also offers end-of-life decision support (death panels, anyone?).

Considering Sarah Palin was so vocal in her opposition to the end-of-life planning, or as she called them, “death panels,” that are a part of health care reform legislation here in the U.S., it seems like a strange decision on the part of Sarah Palin to offer her support to St. Peter’s Hospital.