23 November 2008

Glenn Grothman: sometimes hell does freeze over. Is MPS wasting money?

Hi everyone,

Glenn and I agree about, essentially, nothing but tavern licensing... and wasting money. Typically Glenn believes all tax money is wasted. I believe it's only wasted when it doesn't do what it's supposed to do.

Could we find ourselves on common ground? That's probably a scarier thought for Sen. Grothman than it is for me. Anyway, I'd sure like to know.

Is MPS spending too much on students:

“We’ve all heard for years rumors of rampant waste, excessive bureaucracy, and lack of concern for taxpayers’ money,” said Grothman. “Fortunately, Channel 4 News and CRG-Network has chosen to highlight some of the most outrageous excesses. It turns out Milwaukee Public Schools are spending more on consultants than on school books. In a district that always claims to be short of money, the excessive advertising budget and catering expenses are also an insult.”
The link to WTMJ is bad. Apparently news moves on.

But before rushing in to judgment, it'd be useful to know a few things:

1) why does MPS have to advertise?
2) why do they need consultants?
3) are Sen. Grothman's numbers right?

After the Garter Snake business, the prudent move would be to believe MPS first.

Let's find out. Anyone know?


16 November 2008

Glenn Grothman: new assistant leader for the (permanent) minority .

Hi everyone,

Yep, catching up on Glenn now that we've managed to get Mr. Obama elected (and increasing the Progressive/Democratic presence in Washington County to over a third of our registered voters).

Glenn gets a lot of coverage in The Badger Herald.

The state Senate also elected its new leadership this week. The Senate Republicans selected Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, as the minority leader, Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, as the assistant minority leader, and Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan, as the caucus chair.

With Republicans like these, Glenn's job is going to be a assistant leader of a permanent minority.


Glenn Grothman: wrong on more tax cuts.

Hi everyone,

Fresh from his huge victory, Glenn wants more supply side economics. Why not for Wisconsin? It's working so well on Wall Street.

From The Badger Herald

Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, said any increase in spending or taxation would be disastrous.

“I think the important thing to do is decrease taxes for business regulation to assist business,” said Grothman. “Anything that results in more debt or more government spending will dampen the business climate.”

He is right about trying not to sustain any more debt, of course, but the real question is HOW DO WE PAY FOR IT?

I say, let's do it in a way that's fair to all Wisconsinites rather than unfairly.


10 November 2008

Glenn Grothman: still wrong on early intervention for autism.

Hi everyone,

Glenn originally said early intervention was too expensive, despite easily Google-able sources from all over America suggesting that early intervention actually saves the taxpayer money in the long run.

Maybe Glenn's problem was simply that the wrong taxpayers were being serviced?

Long Fight Over Autism Care Could End

Republican State Senator Glenn Grothman of West Bend says he believes Democrats have the votes to pass a bill, if one is proposed. He says he hopes their plan covers only the most effective treatments and isn't unnecessarily expensive.
I suppose it could be that Glenn's values, based on money rather than human beings, are simply the wrong ones.