22 March 2012

Glenn Grothman: Get married, or else.

Even Jim Hightower's noticed little ol' us.

The Hightower Report: Let's Get Married - News - The Austin Chronicle

Attention, ladies: Big news on the state legislative front. Republican lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin want to help you improve your lives. Or else.
Wisconsin Sen. Glenn Grothman wants to give single moms an incentive to get married. Actually, it's a rather negative incentive; his bill declares that being an unmarried mother constitutes "child abuse and neglect." Interestingly, Glenn has never been married nor raised any children. But he says his bill is necessary to counter those diabolical liberals who "want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government." Thanks for that insight, Glenn.

14 March 2012

Glenn Grothman: turning America into an Idiocracy one new law at a time.

It's been a noisy week of Grothman-powered news this week, largely because as soon as things start to swing back to simple accounting procedures, Senator Grothman decides to say something crazy.  Again.

People always wonder whether Glenn actually means any of this wicked nonsense.  I think this is the wrong question.  I'm coming around to the working hypothesis that it doesn't matter -- that he doesn't say any of it because he believes or doesn't believe it.  I'm starting to suspect the sole intent is to be inflammatory, without any particular end except confusion and disbelief, and to eat up news cycles.

So, a round up from the past week or so.

Hello mother? It's me Norman I mean Glenn. I've just come home from the State Capitol mother. I did just what you told me to do...

Remember when satire was funny because it merely exaggerated people and events?  Nowadays it's funny because it doesn't.

State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), is receiving a well-deserved chanclaso for sponsoring legislation that paints single moms as child abusers. Grothman argues that single women are intentionally getting pregnant so they can receive welfare to support their poor choices, despite research that shows most of these pregnancies are unplanned. And far from keeping his ridiculous views to himself, he wants to legislatively stigmatize these women by citing their predicament as a contributing factor to child abuse. There's actually a reasonable solution to decreasing the number of unwanted pregnancies in Wisconsin.  Instead of trying to slander single mothers as child abusers, the state legislature can make birth control more readily available. Or better yet, the Wisconsin state legislature can require public schools to offer a comprehensive sex education class based on facts and science focusing on the importance of using protection and the effectiveness of birth control. So Sen. Grothman, fuera with your antiquated views on single mothers. They have no place in the state legislature.  

  • Here's a comment from Divided We Stand which noted that an environmentally responsible mining bill might have been just the thing for the economy Up Nort'.  Instead of hammering out something useful, however, our single, Family Oriented, Senator decided that inflaming the civic discourse was more important.
So instead of burning the midnight oil on something exceedingly powerful like salvaging the mining bill Grothman spends his time on nonessential legislation that amounts to nothing more than red meat for the far right. My sense is that for this Senator provocation over accomplishment should be the order of business.

Odd sense of priorities don’t you think?

I spent a good part of my life raising a daughter by myself without the benefit of marriage so I submit to you that I know more about this subject than the officious senator. I guess that my former circumstances make me guilty of child neglect as well.

But I doubt Grothman has the courage to say that to my face.
Believe me Tom, if he did he'd still never make eye contact.

  • And finally this nice little compendium from Foolocracy: where they elected Glenn "Fool of the Week" for somewhat oversimplifying (i.e. ignoring) the difference between correlation and causation in the relation between single parent families and child abuse.

Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman is concerned about child abuse and neglect. He sits on a state committee that makes recommendations on how to handle the problem. The problem for Grothman is that he sees the problem in simplistic terms. Grothman sees marriage as some sort of automatic cure to child abuse. His solution was to introduce SB 570 which would require “The Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”
While it is a good idea to help unmarried couples or single or widowed parents, this is not what Grothman is trying to do. His effort is not to provide education, training or other guidance to parents and children in high risk categories. It is his idea to simply get these parents to wed because the problem will then lessen magically.
Grothman is right that 40% of the births in the U.S. are outside of marriage. He is also right that most of those births come in unstable situations. In the past, when almost all births were from married couples, there was still plenty of child abuse and neglect. That was because failed marriages stayed intact. Violence and abuse was endemic in those situations. Today, those bad marriages either never happened or ended quickly.
It is not accurate to say that just because a couple in a bad family situation is married then the children are safer. The problem of a poor family environment still exists whether a couple is married or not.
Nevertheless, Grothman sees this as simply a matter of choice. In Grothman’s eyes, the “unwanted or mistimed pregnancies” are the “choice of the women.” Yes, these are Grothman’s thoughts: Single women are getting pregnant by the millions deliberately. Grothman has done everything but throw pity at the poor men entrapped by these mischievous and lustful women.
Grothman put it another way. He said “I think a lot of women are adopting the single motherhood lifestyle because the government creates a situation in which it is almost preferred.”

And thus, Senator Grothman's march into history continues.

12 March 2012

Glenn Grothman: Women 'Trained' To Lie About Pregnancies

Oh my.  Is there not, somewhere, a moderate Republican in Washington County willing to run against Senator Grothman?

Aren't you people tired of being held hostage by this guy?  Aren't you tired of his existence being the cause for most of the Democratic organizing that may well bring down Walker, and Fitzgerald, etc?

Don't you long to be able to stand up as a Republican and lay claim to a sane economic program and a Goldwater era "conservatives stay out of people's personal lives" world view?

Boy, I am.

Put on your big boy and big girl underwear and stand up for yourselves.

Or the Democrats will do it for you.

Wisconsin Senator Who Introduced Anti-Single Parent Bill Says Women 'Trained' To Lie About Planned Pregnancies | rightwingwatch.org

Wisconsin state senator Glenn Grothman went on the Alan Colmes show on Friday to discuss a controversial new bill he authored  that would require the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to officially label single parenthood as “a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”
The bill was seen as a slap in the face to single parents in Wisconsin, who are raising 31 percent of children  in the state.
Grothman told Colmes  that the country’s out-of-wedlock birth rate is the “choice of the women,” who should be “educated that this is a mistake.” When Colmes countered with statistics about the high number of pregnancies that are unintended, Grothman said that many women are “trained” to lie and say that their planned pregnancies are actually unintended:

You can read the rest at the site. Gack.


09 March 2012

Glenn Grothman: Unplanned Pregnancies Are A ‘Woman’s Choice’

Yes, he did.

WI Republican Senator Says That Unplanned Pregnancies Are A ‘Woman’s Choice’ (VIDEO) | Addicting Info

Today is International Women’s Day, or as Republican’s know it better as “unnecessary homage to attention-seeking sluts” Day. Radio host, Rush Limbaugh, seems to be monopolizing the ire of females these days now that less popular misogynists are operating under the radar. Wisconsin Republican state Senator, Glenn Grothman, for example.
Senator Glenn Grothman (R-WI) already made headlines regarding a controversial bill that purports single parents to be potential child abusers, appears to be continuing his role of not knowing remotely anything about women after spouting some pretty nonsensical things that would make Mel Gibson blush.

08 March 2012

‘Single Parents Are Kid Abusers’ WI Senator Not Done Saying Insane Stuff

Glenn continues to make us famous... time was, only *I* noticed him.  Now he belongs to the world.

‘Single Parents Are Kid Abusers’ WI Senator Not Done Saying Insane Stuff

Glenn Grothman: Unplanned Pregnancies Are The 'Choice Of The Women'

Yeah... I got nothin' to top this.

Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin Senator, Says Unplanned Pregnancies Are The 'Choice Of The Women'

Wisconsin state senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) said "unwanted or mistimed" pregnancies are the “choice of the women” who should learn "that this is a mistake.”
Grothman recently introduced Senate Bill 507, which would formally consider single parenthood acontributing factor  to child abuse if passed into law. During an appearance on the Alan Colmes show Friday to discuss  the bill, Grothman hit at women who have children out of wedlock and chastised American culture for encouraging "a single motherhood lifestyle."

03 March 2012

Glenn Grothman: once again making Wisconsin look backwards in the national spotlight.

He's been here before. Maybe he missed the spot light.

Wisconsin GOP Leader Proposes Legislation To Blame Single Parents For Child Abuse And Neglect - Forbes
Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman, the Assistant Majority Leader and a close ally of GOP Governor Scott Walker in the effort to destroy collective bargaining in the Badger State, is taking crazy to new levels.

Grothman has introduced a bill that would require the State of Wisconsin to officially deem single parenthood to be a “contributor” to child abuse and neglect and to put the same into statutory laws of the state.

Seriously…no kidding…really.


To be fair, data reveals that there are more incidents of child abuse in households with only one parent than in households with two parents. But the data does not indicate that this factor is somehow more responsible for child abuse than the other factors listed above so, again, why single this factor out to include in the state’s statutes and not the others?

Welcome to what's become of Wisconsin.