26 March 2011
25 March 2011
“With the government already subsidizing private education by up to $6,500 per year for Milwaukee residents, the proposal would offer assistance, albeit a lesser amount, for outstate parents who want an alternative to the public school for their children,” Grothman said.
Grothman said the proposal would save money because every time a person goes to a private school instead of a public school it saves the state around $10,000 a person.
He also said the bill would allow parents upset with their current school system another option.
“Whether their concerns are Wisconsin’s declining test scores, a radical new sex education program pushed through the Legislature last year or public school teachers proselytizing a liberal political agenda in their schools, it is unfair not to provide a little assistance to independent-minded parents,” Grothman said.
Apparently the Republicans believe it's okay to use taxpayer dollars to subsidize private, religious education.... although not public education.
Does Glenn think most of his constituents are rich enough to send their kids to private schools? And that the rest of us should pay for them?
Yes, on all counts.
21 March 2011
17 March 2011
Glenn Grothman: sticks it to his own constituents.West Bend would shoulder one of the biggest state cuts
West Bend - The largest cut in state shared revenue payments to municipalities in Ozaukee and Washington counties, and the 16th largest statewide, under Gov. Scott Walker's proposed 2011-13 budget will be borne by West Bend.
The city will receive $535,421 less in shared revenue payments in 2012 than it did this year, under the proposed state budget. Shared revenue payments generally are used to help communities reduce property tax levies.
Savings that will come from city employees contributing more to pensions amount to $498,000 in 2012, or $37,421 less than the shared revenue cut, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
But the city will not reap the full amount of those savings in its general fund budget financed by property taxes, City Administrator Dennis Melvin said. Some of the employees work for the city's water and sewer utilities so any savings will impact customer rates paying for those separate utility budgets, not the property tax rate.
A few weeks ago, Melvin thought shared revenue cuts might be manageable when state officials were discussing reductions in the range of 8.8% to 15%, he said.
The 40.7% cut handed to West Bend surprised him and he is preparing a memo for the City Council and city department heads informing them that cuts in all state aid categories "have become much less manageable," he said. "This will be much more challenging to us."
The rest of the Grothman story - First Draft The video is great.
Oh, and there's this one too.
Grothman gets more than he can handle
Crazy loves crazy.
Participating in the $1,000-a-head gala-that-we-hope-wasn't-much-fun were Wisconsin Senate President Scott Fitzgerald; his brother, Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, and two senators eligible for recall, Alberta Darling and Glenn Grothmann.
Here's the story from the Journal Sentinel
State Republicans are holding the fundraiser at the offices of the lobbying firm BGR Group in D.C. It cost $1,000 to attend the event, which starts at 5:30 p.m.
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson's one-time top aide, Bob Wood, is president of government affairs for BGR, the firm co-founded by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. he is no longer with the firm. Public Campaign noted that BGR has worked for such Wisconsin companies as WE Engergies.
Those featured at the Wisconsin fundraiser will be: Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau; Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald of Horicon; Rep. Scott Suder of Abbotsford; Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend; and Joint Finance Committee co-chairmen, Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills and Rep. Robin Vos of Burlington.
16 March 2011
13 March 2011
It took the courage of 19 state senators who did not flee, even when cornered by an angry mob, as was Sen. Glenn Grothman. It took the courage of Assembly members, especially Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, who endured death threats.
Death threats always bad, but I'm trying to parse the ideas "Wisconsin state senator" and "angry mob". Take a moment to imagine making Wisconsinites angry. Seriously.
When they do get mad, there are usually good reasons... some of which do not involve Brett Favre.
First, when your livelihood is threatened unjustly, anger is justified. When the quality of life in your state is threatened, anger is justified. When you discover that the governor you elected feels the need to lie about the platform he campaigned on, calls out the national guard in case there's any 'trouble,' and adds that Jesus tells him what to do anger is justified.
The classical definition of courage is quite fascinating (check Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics 3.6). It's the mean between cowardice and recklessness... but it contains the idea of "knowing when to be afraid." If you're not afraid, it doesn't really count as courageous.
By any such measure, it's difficult to imagine Glenn Grothman as courageous -- or the 19 lapdogs who dutifully barked, possibly in violation of the law, to start the process of dismantling state services. Reckless, yes. Courage? The courage of a pack of entitled poodles who've been promised a bone.
08 March 2011
Glenn Grothman Recall
We have started to take names to force Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman to face the voters in a recall election.
Come Join Us.
Glenn Grothman Recall Locations
We will have three locations in West Bend on both Saturday, 3/12 and Sunday, 3/13 to jump start our recall effort.
The following locations will be open and staffed from 9-11 am and 2-4 pm on Saturday and 10am-12 p.m. and 2-4 pm on Sunday.
Keberle and Patrykus
2100 Gateway Court (near HY 45 & Paradise Dr.)
Bob and Barbara Deters
1402 W. Decorah Rd. (between 18th and Silverbrook)
258 N. Main St. Lower Level
(Downtown and downstairs from Jeanne's Collectables)
Come sign recall petitions, pick up petitions and instructions so you can collect signatures and/or make phone calls to supporters on your cell phone (except at the Collective).
For further info or to volunteer to help out contact:
Waring Fincke (262) 629-1567 firstname.lastname@example.org
But the Isthmus does a nice job on our local plutocrat and demagogue.
The wit and wisdom of Glenn Grothman
On the good old days: "Homosexuality was not on anybody's radar. And that's a good thing." (As quoted in The Capital Times, Feb. 11, 2010)
On government waste: "I've interviewed over a dozen people who check out people who pay with food stamps and all felt people on food stamps ate better — or at least more costly — than they did." (Grothman opinion column, April 14, 2004)
On holidays: "Hallmark sells Kwanzaa cards. The Post Office sells Kwanzaa stamps. The rest of us should treat Kwanzaa with the contempt it deserves before it becomes a permanent part of our culture." (Opinion column, Dec. 9, 2003)
On the threat to America: "In this country, can we continue to exist if we have a government that is actively discouraging businesses from hiring men? Our country is not going to survive if we continue this war on men." (Tea Party speech, Aug. 7, 2010)
On the UW-Madison: "There are all sorts of people who are conservatives who want to be history professors or journalism professors and they're scared to death they won't get tenure because people on the other end of State Street don't want to hear the truth." (Remarks at "Rally for Marriage" rally, July 28, 2010)
On the UW's diversity mandates: "Does the university hate white men?" (Press release, March 5, 2009)
On stem-cell research: "Some people enjoy creating babies to experiment on, but I don't." (As quoted in Isthmus, Jan. 21, 2011)
If protesters gathering across Wisconsin are simply “college students having a fun party,” as Republican State Sen. Glenn Grothman suggested on MSNBC’s “Last Word” on Tuesday, then UW-Milwaukee certainly threw a party Wednesday afternoon.
02 March 2011
Grothman says confrontation with protesters didn't scare him: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"
It did scare them, of course.
Sen. Grothman said they are trying to shut people out because the place is "becoming a pigsty." He also called protesters staying overnight in the Wisconsin Capitol "slobs." When pressed to clarify he remarks, he insisted all those people were just a bunch of "college students having a fun party."
It also finally occurred to me that maybe Glenn is simply jealous because he never had any fun while he was in college... or afterwards.