By Kevin Bryant •
August 12, 2015 @ 3:53 pm
THESE are the best “Special Guest” speakers that you could come up with ?
Why not invite the REAL Republican candidates that actually have a chance at WINNING the presidential election – who’s political track record shows REAL LEADERSHIP, and at the same time is free of any legal scandals, corruption, and does NOT have a LONG history of taking HUGE donations form BIG business/Corporate America &/or WallStreet &/or the Banking/Credit Industry &/or the Health Industry &/or Pharmaceutical Industry &/or the Health Insurance Industry – NONE of whom cares if hard working Americans earn enough that they can pay off their mortgages before they die prematurely of easily preventable diseases without adequate health insurance coverage ?
Ted Cruz == A Joe Mc Carthy wannabe… And, a media-hungry pain in the butt for his fellow Republican members of congress – who pulls publicity stunts to get another 15-minutes of fame – even if his doing so sabotages the plans of his own party’s efforts to pass legislation in congress.
And, who as one of the few Latino member of congress hasn’t put forth ONE piece of legislation that address this nation’s need for a NEW comprehensive immigration policy to address:
1) America’s MASSIVE need for migrant Latino workers each year, or
2) legal &/or illegal migrant worker’s desire to become LEGAL citizens of the USA – despite the fact that those same illegal &/or legal migrant workers pay TAXES on their incomes, that are earned working jobs here in the USA that no one else wants to perform because it is back-breaking, HARD LABOR, performed in the HOT summer sun – despite the fact that the TAXES those migrant workers & illegal immigrants pay on each paycheck are the ONLY way that the USA can fund the entire Social Security Administration’s budget to PAY for the Social Security checks to America’s disabled, and its elderly retirees, or
3) Allowing a pathway to citizenship for immigrants with no criminal record of violence, or theft, or property damage, or rape, or drug dealing charges on their criminal record – who serve in the United States Armed Services, and who earn an honorable discharge after putting their very lives at risk to serve the country that they love and want to become a legal citizen of.
Scott Walker == A COLLEGE DROP OUT – who after getting bad grades in college – got his revenge on the professors who’s classes he couldn’t pass by cutting 6 MILLION DOLLARS out of the State of Wisconsin’s Public University System’s budget – which until he took his revenge on University of Wisconsin system – was considered one of the BEST public college systems in the nation – that other states modeled their public college system after.
And, who illegally used his offices as the Executive of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors – to run for Governor (which is banned by WI State Law) which came to light during a “John Doe” indictment (1 of 2 so far) against Scott Walker &/or his administration while he was still Milwaukee County Executive and was running to become the future Governor of Wisconsin:
John Doe I Investigation Closed
On March 1, 2013, Milwaukee Country prosecutors shut down the long running “John Doe” probe into corruption in Scott Walker’s office during the time he served as Milwaukee County Executive. Six people were charged and convicted, including three former Walker staff, but no charges were brought against Walker. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm issued a brief, telling statement: “After a review of the John Doe evidence, I am satisfied that all charges that are supported by proof beyond a reasonable doubt have now been brought and concluded.”
Final Legal Tab Totals $650,000 in John Doe I
Upon the conclusion of the investigation, Walker shut down his legal defense fund. A Government Accountability Board (GAB) rule allows public officials who are under investigation for ethics violations to set up a legal defense fund. The rule allowed him to transfer funds from his campaign donations to the legal defense fund with the consent of the contributors. The final legal bill came to $650,000 that was paid out to two high-powered criminal defense lawyers, the law firm Michael Best & Friedrich for help with compliance issues, one public relations firm, and a small amount was paid to a Madison law firm for record-keeping related to the defense fund.
Secret Email System Revealed in John Doe I
The John Doe investigation has uncovered that Walker’s former staffers set up a secret wireless network in his County Executive office, during the time Walker served as Milwaukee County Executive but was running for governor. The scandal broke into the open when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Darlene Wink, a low-level constituent services coordinator, was caught Facebooking nasty comments about Walker’s democratic campaign opponents while working at her county job. Journal Sentinel reporter Dan Bice, who was tipped off about the on-line activity, interviewed Wink, but wasn’t sure how big of a deal it was until he was called by the Walker team a few hours later and was told she had RESIGNED.
Now we know from the indictments that the activity went far beyond Facebook. Investigators found boxes for two wireless routers in an armoire in Walker’s County Executive office. Packaging labels found with the boxes bore the name “Timothy Russell,” Walker’s deputy chief of staff. The allegation is that Russell set up an unofficial networking system so that staffers could conduct campaign business on their personal laptops while at work and their salaries were being paid by the taxpayers. The secret email system was available for use by certain staff for both official and unofficial business. Its existence was “never disclosed to county employees outside a closely held group within the Walker administration,” says the indictments. On county time, the staffers allegedly communicated extensively with Walker campaign staff, organized fundraisers, made invitations, exchanged fundraising lists and sent out campaign press releases.
Walker Email “No Laptops, No Websites”
The indictments include dozens of telling emails and chat sessions with county and campaign staff about political activities. In a chat session with Russell, Wink explicitly inquired about how to delete and destroy documents. She asked Russell: “How do I get rid of the PDF from my IM?” “I don’t want to go to jail for this, ha ha.”
After the story about Wink’s activities was printed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the morning of May 14, 2010. Walker sent an email to Russell at 8:46 a.m. telling him simply “we cannot afford another story like this one. No one can give them any reason to do another story. That means no laptops, no websites, no time away during the work day, etc.”
Walker was elected to Milwaukee County Executive in 2002 in a special election and served in that position until his gubernatorial election in 2010. As County Executive, Walker “enacted emergency budget powers” by laying off 76 employees in an attempt to fix a budget deficit. Walker also started trying to restrict union bargaining rights before his Governor days. “Walker believes that if the unionized employees take the wage and benefit reform, the budget gap would be closed. ‘We’re optimistic that if they came forward and accepted those changes that all the other employees have, we wouldn’t have a gap.'”
A court ruling in January 2011 reversed the outsourcing of the county’s security guards citing an overreach of authority by Walker. The move to do so by Walker ended up costing the county money instead of saving money as originally planned as the county was ordered to pay back pay for the county guards, minus any unemployment or retirement benefits or earnings from another job so, the county essentially ended up paying its security guards DOUBLE for the same service.
Walker also tried to cheat Milwaukee County employees out of their full time wages & benefits by implementing a 35 hour workweek for county employees, “which was recently declared an overstep of his authority by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, have actually cost the county and state money in legal fees and corrective actions.”
Walker was courted by Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the Koch Brothers-funded tea party organization, during his time as County Executive, and the Koch brothers liked him soo much that he was asked to “emcee” their annual Defending the American Dream Summit. He also spoke at a 2009 AFP rally in Milwaukee.
In 2009, the state striped Milwaukee County of its role in administering food aid, child care and medical assistance programs that state Health Services Secretary Karen Timberlake said “was prompted by years of county mismanagement.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that state managers were installed to fix the following problems:
1) The county’s poor performance in the programs includes answering only 5 percent of the hundreds of thousands of phone calls to the county’s public assistance call center every month.
2) The county fails to process 30 percent of its benefit applications within the required seven days, with some families waiting weeks or months for food or health care.
3) In 2007, 60 percent of county decisions to deny food or health care benefits were overturned within two months. That resulted in benefit delays and forced families to go through time-consuming appeals or a second round of applications.
4) The county’s high food assistance error rate means nearly one in five deserving applicants were cut off from the food-stamps program in fiscal 2008.
Milwaukee County’s Economic and Community Development Division was also eliminated under Walker. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin also reported that more than 30,000 jobs were lost in 2009 under Walker’s watch in Milwaukee County according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The WI Democratic Party released a statement stating: “After eight years of Walker’s reckless money mismanagement, Milwaukee County is on the verge of bankruptcy, according to a report by the Greater Milwaukee Committee with the structural deficit expected to climb to nearly $100 million by 2014.
Then a Governor, one of the first changes Walker made after taking office was replacing the Wisconsin Department of Commerce with the privatized Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) in 2011 – which spent more than $ 200 MILLION tax-payer’s dollars – while creating only 5,840 actual jobs in 2yrs.
From a report by Mary Bottari of the Center for Media and Democracy.
In October 2011 the WEDC governing board chaired by Walker approved an operations plan that set the agency a goal of creating or retaining 50,000 jobs in Fiscal Year 2012. WEDC’s board is required to set performance goals for each of its many economic development programs and to report to the Legislature “expected” vs. “actual” results. At the end of 2012, when WEDC was required to issue its first report documenting how many of the 50,000 jobs it had created, WEDC reported 23,759 jobs “impacted” in FY 2012. This new term combines “expected” jobs and “retained” jobs. It allows WEDC to avoid reporting “actual” jobs.
Asked about the term, subsidy expert Greg LeRoy at the national nonprofit research group Good Jobs First said, “I am not aware of any other state that uses the term impacted in this way. It is a vague and not very meaningful measure.”
Nowhere in its 2012 annual report does WEDC say how many jobs were actually created that year, but its official database documents only 1,044 “actual” jobs reported by companies that year. (Note: For 2012 and 2013, CMD excluded jobs that were reported to be created before financial aid was received from WEDC.)
At the end of 2013, WEDC told the Legislature and the public it had “impacted” 37,313 jobs. No actual jobs were included in the report to the Legislature, but its official database includes documentation for 4,796 “actual” jobs. In sum, Walker’s official jobs database can document only 5,840 “actual” jobs reported to be created by firms for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 and FY 2013. Note that these are jobs created through the efforts of WEDC, and the numbers are separate from the state’s job numbers reported monthly and quarterly by the federal government.
To create those jobs over a two-year period, some $203 million in taxpayer money was spent in grants, loans and bonding authority.
While WEDC was busy handing out grants, many Wisconsin companies were cutting back or going under. In order to prepare workers and communities for mass layoffs, Wisconsin law requires that businesses with over 50 employees give 60-day advance warning of mass layoffs or closures. In the same two-year period in which the WEDC database indicates 5,840 jobs were created, the state’s WARN data set indicates that 13,616 jobs were lost in the state due to layoffs or closures, meaning that throughout this period, more than two jobs were lost in the state for every job gained through WEDC’s efforts. (Note: CMD excluded notices that had been rescinded or reported earlier.)
Ashley Furniture Owners Gave $20,000 to Walker Campaign after Getting $6 Million Tax Credit – In a January 30, 2014 meeting, the WEDC board approved a $6 million enterprise zone tax credit for Ashley Furniture to help it expand its headquarters in Arcadia, Wisconsin. Far from creating jobs, the agreement allowed Ashley to lay off half of its Wisconsin workforce by 2018, an estimated job loss of 1,924 workers, according to memos obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal. Campaign finance records from February 2014 showed that about two weeks after the tax credit deal was approved, four of the owners of Ashley Furniture — Ronald and Joyce Wanek and Todd and Karen Wanek — each contributed $5,000 to Friends of Scott Walker, Walker’s campaign committee.
WI REPUBLICAN Lawmakers Remove Walker as Chairman of WEDC
Walker was removed as Chairman of WEDC by republican Wisconsin lawmakers in a proposal presented in budget hearings on May 21, 2015. The move follows a damning 2015 audit of WEDC that uncovered corruption in how taxpayer funded loans were distributed and resulted in Walker rescinding his proposal to merge WEDC with WHEDA. Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Falls), stated in response to the removal that “the governor asked to be removed from the board … so the climate on the board would be more in line with making decisions that are in the best interest of the economy, jobs and the future of Wisconsin.” Democratic lawmakers, like Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) argue that Walker was fired,
“This is flagship thing thing for his administration when it comes to job creation and getting the economy rolling. Obviously, WEDC hasn’t been working. The Republicans know it, and they are removing the governor from the board and saying to him, essentially, ‘Your services are no longer needed.'”
Unpaid Taxpayer-Funded $500,000 WEDC Loan Driven by Top Walker Aides
The Wisconsin State Journal uncovered in a recent investigation that an unsecured WEDC loan for $500,000 to Building Committee Inc. [BCI] that has not been repaid was pushed by top Walker aides, including second in command Mike Huebsch and chief of staff Keith Gilkes, and lobbyist Eric Petersen. Matthew DeFour and Dee J. Hall, the authors of the investigation, found that “[Paul]Jadin, WEDC’s first chief executive, said [Wiiliam]Minahan and [Mike]Huebsch initially sought a $4.3 million forgivable loan for BCI, which specialized in building bank and credit union buildings. The company said its project to retrofit financial buildings for energy efficiency would generate 155 jobs in Wisconsin.” The unsecured loan was granted following a $10,000 contribution to Walker’s 2010 campaign for Governor by Minahan, owner of BCI. The deal not only lost the state of Wisconsin $500,000 but also provided “no jobs and raised questions about where the money went.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that Walker, who serves as chairman of the WEDC, received a letter detailing the deal but he now denies receiving it. When asked to comment on the bad loan deal, Walker called the report “a partisan witch hunt.” Democratic lawmakers in the State Assembly have called for a federal investigation into the WEDC and its loan to BCI. Yet Walker continues to defend WEDC in public. The Wisconsin State Journal article follows a damning 2015 audit of the WEDC.
Immunity Deals granted in the wake of Scott Walker scandals:
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on September 23, 2011 that former Appeals Court Judge Neal Nettesheim, who is overseeing the investigation, acknowledged that he had granted immunity to Walker’s Press Secretary, Cullen Werwie, and a number of other individuals. Werwie joined Walker’s campaign after the September 2010 primary and stayed on when Walker was sworn in as governor. Werwie had no comment when the story broke. Walker denied any knowledge of the investigation telling a Wisconsin news channel, “We don’t know what exactly is involved there until we know any more.” The 13th person to be granted immunity, Fran McLaughlin, was announced May 31, 2012. She served as Walker’s spokeswoman while he was Milwaukee County executive, and as his communications director from 2007 to 2010.
Full List of People Granted Immunity From Court Records
1) Cullen Werwie: Scott Walker’s Current Press Secretary
2) Fran McLaughlin: Scott Walker’s Former Press Secretary
3) David Halbrooks: Milwaukee attorney with Democratic ties who specializes in procurement
4) Rose Ann Dieck: retired teacher and Milwaukee County Republican party activist
5) Suzanne Immel: donor to Scott Walker: $500
6) Timothy Karp: Vice President of finance for Wisconsin and Southern Railroad
7) Dale Thomas: donor to Scott Walker: $4,900 (Wisconsin and Southern Railroad Employee)
8) David Hackbarth: donor to Scott Walker: $4,900 (Wisconsin and Southern railroad employee)
9) James Lombard: donor to Scott Walker: $5,000 (Wisconsin and Southern Railroad Employee)
10) Bernard Meighan: donor to Scott Walker: $5,000. (Railroad Superintendent for Maintenance)
11) Steven Beske: donor to Scott Walker: $5,000 (Railroad Employee)
12) Gilbert Loberg:donor to Scott Walker: $5,000 ( Railroad Accountant)
13) Kenneth Lucht: donor to Scott Walker: $5,000 (Government Relations specialist for the Railroad)
And THIS is the kind of man republicans are considering running as the President ???
Ben Carson == who has NEVER successfully ran for – let alone have ANY track record to look upon while he held any public office – that the voters can make an informed decision about what kind of elected official he might be… and who while he might be popular on the Web, and on FOX News – but whom even vehement conservatives agree that could not, and should not, ever be elected as President of the United States of America:
Ben Carson Doesn’t Belong On The Main Debate Stage – August 6, 2015 By Philip Wegmann (excerpt):
“It’s not brain surgery. It’s politics. And Dr. Ben Carson doesn’t belong in tonight’s debate. More than just a botched campaign, his bid is a serious case of malpractice against the Republican Party and the American people.
Though an accomplished surgeon and an engaging speaker, Carson lacks the qualifications and experience necessary for the presidency. By whimsically throwing his hat in the ring, he’s pushing more qualified candidates — many with long histories of successfully winning elections and managing government — off the stage and out of contention.
If he’s serious about healing and reviving the nation, Ben Carson should leave the limelight and return to the hospital’s operating room…”
Come on Folks – This isnt a game – One of these idiots might actually become President of the United States if you dont start taking the election of your public official SERIOUSLY… and what does it say about Jeff Duncan if THESE men are being invited to this fundraiser ?
THINK before you give your money to a candidate – Look up his or her track record online and READ up on their history – Then, ask yourself is THIS the kind of person that I want in office representing MY family or deciding MY fate when I get old ?