28 September 2009

Glenn Grothman: wrong for opposing cleaner schools.


The Badger Herald: News: Green cleaning act could improve students’ health:

"Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, however, said he thinks Mason’s bill is an unnecessary solution to a nonexistent problem.

“Nobody wants to vote against clean air in schools, but I don’t think we have a problem; no problem was shown in committee,” Grothman said.

Furthermore, Grothman said it would be a waste of time for school districts to comply with the bill if it becomes a law."

Here's another example of typical knee-jerk conservatism mistaking gross for net -- you'd think that you could at least count on conservatives to be good with the money, but no. Smartly applied green-thinking generally always begins by eliminating waste and thus, while making a place, process, or business more environmentally friendly, saves everyone money. Sam Johnson at Johnson Wax saved his company millions of dollars by being green.

But out there on the 9/12 fringe, anything environmental always looks more expensive -- even when it's not.


Glenn Grothman: wrong on TABOR, again.

Glenn was wrong about TABOR last time -- witness the slaughter of Mary Panzer in the primary and then, despite what should have been a tsunami of mojo on this issue, simply vanished into the mist as if nothing had happened.

Article: WI state Senator Glenn Grothman drafting amendment to limit spending. | AccessMyLibrary - Promoting library advocacy:

In a shift from the rules Colorado adopted, Grothman's amendment would select the spending levels from one year and use those numbers as the baseline for all future years. Colorado's TABOR based spending levels on the previous year. Grothman said this caused an irreversible downward cycle after economic conditions caused government spending to decrease.

"It creates a situation where the fact that you have one down year permanently effects what government can spend," he said.

And the fact that eventually nearly every local municipality in Colorado had to opt out in just to keep the lights on.

Plus, it's a questionable practice to "starve the beast" when the beast is The People.


23 September 2009

Glenn Grothman: still opposed to kindergarten.

I have to start wondering if Glenn had a really bad time in Kindergarten.

Senate to hear kindergarten bill

“Kindergarten is the foundation for everything a child learns,” Jauch said. “It assures good social interaction and helps cement learning tools children will rely upon as they go through school.”

However, not all senators agree with the bill’s purpose. Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, said school districts are seeing many parents enroll their kids in kindergarten, but the kids do not show up at an acceptable rate, something he said parents should not be punished for.

Furthermore, Grothman said he opposes the bill because he believes parents should have a choice in their child’s education and this bill restricts that choice.

“Some parents like to take care of their own children. There is no reason why they shouldn’t be able to do that,” Grothman said.
Because making kindergarten available is really just communism in disguise. Like all public education.


02 September 2009

Glenn Grothman: wrong on German Fest.

And from the Daily News

By night, the crowds really come out for the food and fun

Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) says you can't go wrong with Germanfest.

“There's nothing better,” he said. “You can sit here drink good beer, play sheepshead and eat the best burgers and brats and Hungarian food all night long.”

Maybe Glenn is thinking back to the good old days when Hungary was part of Germany?


01 September 2009

Glenn Grothman: wrong on campaign finance reform.

Hi everyone,

Long time between Glenn entries, but I was at a conference and then getting the semester ready... all for 5% less than last year. Hm..

Ah, Glenn. He doesn't think there's a problem with how we elect judges. He does, of course, whenever a judge he doesn't like gets elected... but lately, it's mainly been happy time for Glenn.

In the meantime, from the Superior Telegram: Campaign finance reform needed, but will it happen?

Then there was Sen. Glen Grothman, R-West Bend, who claimed none of his constituents thought the high court was corrupt and asked for examples. It was like he was calling Kreitlow’s concerns blasphemy, even treason!

That was the first moment I realized Grothman has such high self-regard that he actually thinks we will believe the nonsense he spouts. I was wondering who paid Grothman to speak in favor of the status quo.

Kreitlow’s response was sublime: He evenly mentioned that in many cases justices have been asked to recuse themselves because of campaign contributions from parties involved in a case coming before the court.

I know of more than a few of his constituents who believe there's a problem.... but apparently none of them are constituents who matter to him.