27 February 2011

Glenn Grothman: wrong for writing off veteran.

Sgt. Chet Millard deserves better.

Iraq/Afghanistan Vet Chet Millard Fighting for Freedom in the Workplace | FDL News Desk

MADISON, WI (FDL) – Sen. Glenn Grothman (R) appeared this morning on MSNBC, and was asked about the protests in the Capitol. He dismissed them. “Most of them are college students who are always up for a demonstration,” he sniffed. It’s a common refrain from supporters of Walker, marginalizing their opponents by calling them hippie college students.

First of all, 100,000 Wisconsinites are expected in Madison today. I don’t think that many students matriculate at UW. Second, and Grotham wouldn’t know this because he and his Republican colleagues wouldn’t set foot in the common areas of the Rotunda, but there are families sleeping over. There are cops. There are firefighters. There are teachers. There are public union and private union and non-union workers. There are single moms and sheet metal workers and janitors and truck drivers and office workers. And there are students. Last I checked they all have a vote and a voice in our democracy.

But maybe the best example disarming this dirty hippie meme is Sgt. First Class Chet Millard, who I spoke with a couple days ago. Millard served in Iraq in 2003-04 and in Afghanistan in 2009, as a platoon sergeant from the Wisconsin National Guard. While on tour in Afghanistan on a mission disarming roadside bombs, his vehicle was hit. He suffered multiple injuries, including traumatic brain injury, and was taken on a Medi-vac to the hospital. A Time Magazine photojournalist snapped his picture, and itappeared on the magazine’s cover.

26 February 2011

Glenn Grothman: favors cutting public employees out of the middle class.

A bit of a Glenn round up -- now that he's the face of Wisconsin 'conservatism.'

RealClearPolitics - Politics - Feb 26, 2011 - Interview With Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman

GROTHMAN: Right. All -- we need one. It`s tough in this job. We are human beings. You do not like to be all alone. So my guess is it`s not one that will come back. It will be three or four that will come back, but there are a variety of things that will push them.

First of all, the threat of layoffs. I mean, the whole purpose of Governor Walker`s proposal is to make sure nobody gets laid off. Everybody takes an 8 percent to 10 percent cut in take-home pay. Few people get laid off. The alternate would be have lots of people being laid off. And I don`t think the Democrats want that on their conscience.

So, extortion will do the job that reason can't. Makes sense.

He also made a tweet in the Huffington Post

“Start recall or impeach Glenn Grothman wisconsin”

Obviously written by someone who doesn't know about Glenn's base here in Washington County.... although, after he pushes through the *real* cuts, and we won't be able to plow and have to cut teachers and police and fire departments and the roads don't get fixed and local property taxes will be forced through the ceiling, then... who knows? Maybe people will be grateful to him for forcing up their property taxes and driving them into foreclosure rather than simply bumping the state sales tax by 1% for a few years. Maybe.

And something from all the way down in North Carolina...

One of the little known provisions in the pending Wisconsin legislation would allow the Governor to sell off certain state owned energy assets in a no bid process. Koch Industries, (yes that Koch), owns among many other things, energy businesses. Remember I have always said that Republicans view campaign donations as investments. Could the Koch brother be looking for a return on their investment?

Tea Party/Republican Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman, who has become Walker’s de facto press secretary with many news outlets, has repeatedly stated that the non-financial provisions are needed for efficient deployment of labor. That translates to we don’t want the union interfering with transferring workers as a punishment. Let’s say you are a prison guard who takes an anti-Walker stand. Without union protection retaliation wouldn’t have to take the form of termination, you just get transferred to another prison hours from where you live. I could go on with other examples but you get the idea. The plantation mentality is alive and well with the haves that back this movement – listen to the master who lives in the big house.
It's suddenly easy to recognize Walker... and Glenn. Maybe Glenn is hoping for crumbs of some kind from this experience -- but it's almost too psychically masochistic to really understand properly.

That's about it for now... until Fox puts him back on to represent... well, remember, he does represent his district. But again, I wonder if they'll thank him when the property taxes soar... we'll see.


18 February 2011

Glenn Grothman: wrong on MSNBC.

How great is this... even more famous now than he was when he tried to legislate garter snakes off the state's Threatened Species list...

msnbc video: Workers rally in Wisconsin

16 February 2011

Glenn Grothman: wrong for pushing Walker's Budget Crisis Trojan Horse

The snow outside is melting, and Glenn isn't any smarter.

Walker budget plan would limit state unions to negotiating only on salaries - JSOnline

Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) said he would have liked to see an even bolder plan. "It's about time. It's not as far I'd go, but it's about time," he said.

Too bad it's all just a Trojan Horse, faked Crisis:

Wisconsin needs to be fiscally responsible.

There is no question that these are tough times, and they may require tough choices.
But Gov. Scott Walker is not making tough choices. He is making political choices, and they are designed not to balance budgets but to improve his political position and that of his party.
It is for this reason that the governor claims Wisconsin is in such deep financial trouble that Wisconsinites should view this as a crisis moment.

In fact, like just about every other state in the country, Wisconsin is managing in a weak economy. The difference is that Wisconsin is managing better -- or at least it had been managing better until Walker took over. Despite shortfalls in revenue following the economic downturn that hit its peak with the Bush-era stock market collapse, the state has balanced budgets, maintained basic services and high-quality schools, and kept employment and business development steadier than the rest of the country. It has managed so well, in fact, that the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau recently released a memo detailing how the state will end the 2009-2011 budget biennium with a budget surplus.

In its Jan. 31 memo to legislators on the condition of the state’s budget, the Fiscal Bureau determined that the state will end the year with a balance of $121.4 million.

To the extent that there is an imbalance -- Walker claims there is a $137 million deficit -- it is not because of a drop in revenues or increases in the cost of state employee contracts, benefits or pensions. It is because Walker and his allies pushed through $140 million in new spending for special-interest groups in January. If the Legislature were simply to rescind Walker’s new spending schemes -- or delay their implementation until they are offset by fresh revenues -- the “crisis” would not exist.

The Fiscal Bureau memo -- which readers can access at http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/Misc/2011_01_31Vos&Darling.pdf -- makes it clear that Walker did not inherit a budget that required a repair bill.
The facts are not debatable.

Huh. So why would anyone lie like this... unless Glenn doesn't know it's a lie -- in which case, he obviously hasn't checked. Either way, he continues to serve us well. Not.