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An Open Letter To Wisconsinites

Category: Scott Walker
Posted: 09/08/15 23:06, Edited: 09/09/15 05:07

by Dave Mindeman

An open letter to all the Badgers out there...

Dear Bucky Badger supporters. I know you have had a kind of superiority complex about Big 10 (or 11, or 12, etc) sports involving Minnesota and Wisconsin. Yes, you have had the upper hand on the football field and the basketball court....and maybe a few other venues, but this letter is not about sports.

I'm talking about what affects the lives of the residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin....jobs, economy, income...those types of things. And frankly, Badgerites, we are kicking your butts.

Maybe since your governor is off galavanting around the country, chasing after Donald Trump, etc...well, maybe, Wisconsinites, maybe you should sit down and think about getting a new "coach".

I know many of you have seen this image floating around....


I noticed a conservative website piece trying to do a fact check on those numbers, and you know what their reasoning was?

1. Wisconsin has ALWAYS had traditionally lower median income.

2. Supply side economics always takes more time - 5, 10, or 20 years.

That was it. Wisconsin is just a poorer state and you can't judge supply side policies unless a generation has passed. Really? That's the defense?

But, hey, Wisconsin there is more to the comparison, much more.

At the start of the recession, Wisconin (which has a higher population) had 108,000 more private sector jobs than Minnesota. Now it is less than 40,000.

In 2008, MN GDP was $17.4 billion more than Wisconsin. In 2013, MN had over $25 billion more.

The Forbes 2014 economic ranking for Wisconsin was 32. Minnesota was ranked #9.

Ten years ago MN and WI had nearly an equal number of health and education jobs. Now MN has 74,000 more than WI.

I could go on, but I think Bucky should be getting the picture.

Maybe the Golden Gophers of Minnesota haven't (yet) bested the Badger collegiate sports machine - but in just about every other way, its better to be a Minnesotan than a Wisconsinite.

And watch out...in 2016, the Gophers may extend that dominance onto the field as well.
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Scott Walker And Another Unforced Error

Category: Scott Walker
Posted: 08/18/15 16:07

by Dave Mindeman

Scott Walker is proving to be a pretty lightweight Presidential candidate. In Wisconsin, legislating the way he wants is a little easier because he has majorities in both the Wisconsin House and Senate.

And even with that kind of majority dominance, he still makes dumb mistakes, like offering a budget that cuts education by $250 million while at the same time offering a $250 million state gift to his friends that own the Milwaukee Bucks basketball franchise.

But at the Iowa fair, he offered up another unforced error. Trying to keep up with the Trump information highway, Walker was asked about birthright citizenship. Knowing that Trump is getting his usual attention on this issue, he tried to piggyback on the answer that Trump gave ....

After a reporter asked if birthright citizenship should be ended, Walker said: "I think that's something we should -- yeah, absolutely, going forward."

Alright, so he mimicked Trump. But he made the mistake of following up:

But -- in a sign of how quickly Trump has changed the terms of this race -- Walker had difficulty clearly articulating where exactly he stands on the issue, wanting to steal some of Trump's momentum but not quite sure to what extent. He went on to say that if the United States enforces the laws it already has, that alone might take care of the problem.

If the problem is supposed to be "birthright citizenship", then enforcing the laws already on the books would only mean that birthright citizenship would be guaranteed.

A baby born in the United States is granted automatic citizenship by the 14th amendment to the Constitution. The only way that right can be taken away is to amend the Constitution. It is not about enforcing existing laws, it is about changing the Constitution.

Walker obviously has not given this matter a lot of thought in the past and is also obviously caught off guard by Trump rhetoric.

If Walker was truly presidential material, he would take the lead on this issue and call out Trump for such a ridiculous notion.

Walker can't do that because he is not a leader - he's a grandstander and a lemming.
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Speaker Daudt Bets On Scott Walker :Its A Bad Bet

Category: Scott Walker
Posted: 08/08/15 01:16

by Dave Mindeman

Kurt Daudt is said to be a rising Republican star in Minnesota. And so, I have to seriously wonder about his judgment as he chooses to become the state chair of the Walker for President campaign....

"In Minnesota, we've seen how our neighbor, Wisconsin, has been able to turn around under the strong leadership of Gov. Walker," Daudt said.

Seriously, Daudt? You want to go there?

Here's what Daudt will be explaining to Republicans in Minnesota.

Wisconsin leads the nation in African-American unemployment. Currently 19.5%.

Scott Walker is cutting $300 million from Wisconsin universities but spending $500 million for the Bucks' basketball arena.

From Sept 2013 to Sept 2014, Wisconsin ranked 40th in the nation in private sector job growth.

Wisconsin is 50th in the nation for new business start-ups.

I'm sorry, Kurt Daudt, do you really want to point out that record ....especially speaking from Minnesota where the contrast between the two is not the kind of comparison that makes a conservative look good.

While it's tricky to attribute the well-being of a state's economy solely to its political leadership, Minnesota is experiencing much stronger growth than its neighbor. Dayton has also proved responsive to the business community, easing early fears that his liberalism might go unchecked.
Walker, on the other hand, has doubled down to the detriment of his state on policies that are backfiring. And if voters in his home state aren't buying what he's selling anymore, that doesn't bode well for his presidential campaign.

Yes, if Kurt Daudt is looking at the policies of Scott Walker as worthy of his admiration, then Daudt is betting on the wrong horse.

And maybe, it also means that we need a different Speaker of the House.
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