Thursday, March 17, 2011

Why Hello, It's Been Awhile

I've been neglecting this blog, but not blogging by any means.

I figured my last few posts here have become a little too political and that's not what I set this blog up for.

So I'm on a temporary hiatus of sorts due to the political upheaval here in Wisconsin. I've become involved heavily in the recall efforts of our local Republican elected official to tell you the truth. The current policies of our Governor and state representatives have taken an apathetic citizen (me) and has fired me up.

My blogging has gone 100% political for the time being in another blog.

I will be back with the goof and the incoherency you've become accustomed to again, and hopefully soon.

Just thought I should pop in and explain the (temporary) absence. I certainly hope all is going well in your lives and I'll see you guys/gals again.

I promise, and stuff.

Monday, March 7, 2011

An Open Letter To Governor Scott Walker

Dear Scott,

I've never personally met you so I need to ask if it's okay to call you Scott. I'm assuming so since you took a call from a prankster whom you thought was a buddy of yours named David Koch. Is it okay for an actual constituent of yours to be on a first name basis with you?

Oh hell, let's not get mired down in minor details. It's not like I'm going to offer to fly you out to California for a "good time." Seriously, who would do that?

Oh wait, didn't you enthusiastically accept that same exact offer? If memory serves me correctly that offer was accepted when you agreed to "crush those union bastards" for your (fake) buddy David Koch.

Again, a minor detail.

I'm actually 100% in favor of you getting some face time with David Koch (real or otherwise), and if it's in sunny California, all the better. In my eyes you deserve this reward! I'm actually thankful for your efforts of late.

You've been the best thing to happen to labor and the working class in perhaps decades. You've aroused an apathetic and non-participating group of citizens with your deceit. I can't even claim to be a fan of unions in general, but do believe they have the fundamental right to exist. You've gotten the moderate and independent voters against you now because we know your efforts to end collective bargaining rights isn't a real budget issue. The unions have agreed to your wage and benefit concessions.

The middle class is finally waking up. You've been the catalyst to this awakening. I've never met an over compensated teacher myself, nor one who became rich from the teaching profession.

I know, I know, you don't pay attention to polling numbers which show an overwhelming number of your constituents who believe your wrong. That number is only rising. When you're recalled, along with your 8 Republican buddies, I'm willing to bet you will wish you had paid more attention to the polls and the voters of Wisconsin, despite your recent comments to the contrary.

Will you win this current battle?


But it's one battle and you've laid down a gauntlet and it's not simply one battle. When the dust clears, and it will, you'll be out of a job and the fine and decent people of Wisconsin will  repair the damage you're heaping upon us in the brief tenure you're going to serve dis-serve us. We will emerge much stronger, and quite frankly, you'll deserve some credit for that.

So, thanks for that!


Just Plain Tired

Friday, March 4, 2011

A Lesson In Facts?

I've become a political blogger (of sorts, and of late). Temporarily I hope. The situation in Wisconsin with a governor trying to bust unions under the ruse of budget cuts has me incensed. I'm not personally a big fan of unions but believe it's fundamentally wrong to bust them. (Especially when the unions have agreed to all cuts but the governor still wants to take away collective bargaining rights.)

Twitter has been a source for news and observations on the mess the last few weeks in Madison. I engaged one person who seems to feel unions and teachers are overpaid and a burden on taxpayers.

His original tweet:

 Kevin Cassell 

@ @ What lies? FACT-Taxpayers DO NOT have a seat at CB table but foot the bill. FACT-Unions donate big$ to Dems 

My replies, as the 140 character limit sucks at times:

 No one you know 

@ FACT -- Taxpayers do have a seat at the table, it's called collective bargaining for a reason. 

 No one you know 

@ And since you're so into "FACTS" -- Corporations donate big $ to republicans. 

He didn't respond back right away so I went to bed and when I woke up this morning I did see he did favor me with two responses. Since the 140 character limit doesn't allow for a proper response my responses will be in italics to his here in the blog. Maybe I'll even invite him over to the blog for a lesson in "FACTS."

 Kevin Cassell 

@ Wrong. Politicians & Unions have a seat & disputes are settled by arbitration. The taxpayers don't have a say.

Wrong? Politicians are voted in by the taxpayers to represent them at the collective bargaining table. Is that so hard to understand? Your anger at unions is misplaced and misguided. Your problem is with your elected officials if they're truly over paying teachers with extravagant wages and benefits. (I don't personally know anyone who got rich, or is overpaid as a teacher myself.)

What the taxpayers don't seem to have a say in, in this situation, is the union busting tactics of Gov. Walker. He's forging ahead with vows of no compromise when the majority of taxpayers in WI clearly have stated they support the rights of public workers to collective bargaining. The taxpayers got their wage and benefits cuts demanded of (and agreed to) by the union to help with the state budget woes. Walker has overstepped and doesn't have the majority of the support of the taxpayers to take away collective bargaining rights. He never once campaigned on the issue of union busting. 

 Kevin Cassell 

@ OK - What do corp donations have to do with public unions, taxpayer$, budgets, and spending?  

My first thought is are you serious? Had you stopped your tweet at public unions I'd have had to say nothing, other than most corporations want to end collective bargaining as well.  So nothing isn't entirely true here, in actuality. 

You decided to point out that unions donate money to democrats. While corporations and big business interests donate money to both parties, they overwhelmingly support republicans. That's a "FACT." (The capitalization is for you Kevin, as that seems to be your favorite way to represent the word "FACT.")

Your other points bring up taxpayer $, budgets, and spending. You don't think corporate donations affect those things? A book could be written here on how corporate donations affect all of those things. 

How about corporations and unions both quit donating money to curry favor with politicians at the detriment of the taxpayer. Let's level the playing field. Of course if that were to happen I suspect the unions would probably come out ahead and big business would be one crying and whining bunch. Do some homework Kevin and you'll see the disparity of corporate profits and tax reductions over the last 30 years versus the income gains of the common taxpayer and their tax reductions. It may surprise you to see the disparity. As a note I have nothing against businesses making a profit, even huge profits at that. After all, making a profit is what they're in business to do.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fox News Once Again Exposed As Incompetent and Biased

Bill O'Reilly and Fox Faux News saw the need to prove the protests in Wisconsin against Gov. Walker and his push to eliminate collective bargaining rights were violent. He presented a video which did show some violence and pushing by protesters. The video also showed palm trees in the background as well. The last I heard it's awfully hard to get palm trees to grow in Madison, WI though. (Gotta love the protesters sense of humor in the above picture to ridicule Fox Faux News and O'Reilly today in Madison.)

Naturally Fox Faux News also doesn't believe in global warming so to pass this off as a true and factual video blows that concept out of the water as well. I guarantee you that no one could argue global warming if Madison had palm trees lining the streets there. I guess they figure it's a fair trade off to lie and malign the protesters and accept global warming as a truth.