Time to Unite and Defeat Scott Walker

Kathleen Falk has been compromised by the unions and should take the high ground and endorse Tom Barrett.

Please check out a new group on Facebook asking Kathleen Falk to unite with Tom Barrett in defeating Scott Walker in the upcoming recall election.

Although I admire Kathleen and feel that she has the highest ethics and integrity, I am afraid the unions have co-opted her and created a perception that she is a one-issue candidate. I do not think she is; I have much more respect for her accomplishments and goals.

However, perception becomes reality, and of the utmost importance is the recall of Scott Walker and returning the Wisconsin values that Scott Walker has been assaulting.

Please read my reasoning in more detail by visiting the Facebook group.



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Luke April 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM
@Keith On the contrary, they will be continued year after year.
Luke April 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Amauture hour candidates.
J. B. Schmidt April 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM
@Bren You are a one trick pony with constant ALEC references. @Keith The problem is not the unions supporting Democrats, that I can live with. The conflict arises when the Democrats support the unions and not the what best serves the state.
Steve ® April 24, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Yep, Keith is a little butt hurt that Shorewood used Act 10
David Tatarowicz April 24, 2012 at 04:18 PM
@ Steve Your comment "I thought the recall was about ACT 10? What now that it is a resounding success you have to change the subject and cherry pick other worthless talking points?" --- I am sure for the union folks that is their primary concern --- I think it is unfair, but it almost pales in comparison to the other agendas Walker is running. It has become Class Warfare --- OH MY --- that will set off every Rich Wannabe who thinks they will pay more in taxes when they get to the wealth level of the Koch Brothers --- Pity the Fools !! In addition, having grown up in Chicago, I know just how corrupt politics and government can get --- Walker it seems, has studied those lessons hard, and has brought Patronage, Payoffs, Secret Deals, and Corrupt Bureaucrats to a new and higher level here in Wisconsin --- and he is financing this with mostly Out of State Money --- again, Pity the Fools !!!
David Tatarowicz April 24, 2012 at 04:39 PM
From Bureau of Labor Statistics -- WISCONSIN ONLY STATE TO LOSE JOBS !! (edited to fit the comments section --- website http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.htm Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from March 2011 to March 2012, seasonally adjusted -------------------------------------------------------------------------- | March | March | Over-the-year State | 2011 | 2012(p) | change(p) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- California....................| 14,056,300 | 14,237,300 | 181,000 Colorado......................| 2,244,700 | 2,290,500 | 45,800 Florida.......................| 7,238,900 | 7,328,700 | 89,800 Indiana.......................| 2,830,800 | 2,867,000 | 36,200 Minnesota.....................| 2,673,200 | 2,704,700 | 31,500 New York......................| 8,649,400 | 8,804,700 | 155,300 North Carolina................| 3,920,100 | 3,958,900 | 38,800 Ohio..........................| 5,077,400 | 5,137,000 | 59,600 Texas.........................| 10,496,000 | 10,741,700 | 245,700 Wisconsin.....................| 2,754,500 | 2,730,600 | -23,900
David Tatarowicz April 24, 2012 at 04:40 PM
WOW --- If Wisconsin is really Open for Business --- why don't the employers know that ? Maybe Walker meant that Wisconsin is Open for Monkey Business LOL
J. B. Schmidt April 24, 2012 at 05:02 PM
@David If I am not mistake Wisconsin is the only state where Democrats refuse to allow the government to actually govern and instead wish to run election after election and recall after recall. Since the Democrats want to repeal everything Walker has done, why would a business take a chance. Or are businesses in favor of high taxation and simply waiting for Democrats to take control? If I am not mistaken before the Democrats waged complete war on Wisconsin, the jobs numbers went up in early 2011.
David Tatarowicz April 24, 2012 at 05:34 PM
@JB "If I am not mistake Wisconsin is the only state where Democrats refuse to allow the government to actually govern" J B I think you may have missed Civics Class when you went to school. Our system of government is intentionally set up as a "check and balance" system. That is how we have avoided tyrants becoming dictators --- no one branch of government, or party, has complete control all the time. The Democrats are Part of the Government! Looking back at our history, you will find example after example of the swings of the pendulum from one extreme to another. Yes it would be cleaner and less nerve racking to have everyone join hands and sing Kumbaya --- but it don't work that way. And you are mistaken if you think that Wisconsin is the only state without political dissension --- I would actually be interested to learn of Any State that does not have factions and sides and give and take. If anything, here in Wisconsin under Walker and the Republicans -- there has only been Take and no Give --- but the pendulum of politics never stops, and it will swing the other way in good time ---- I only hope that if the Democrats get the kind of absolute control as the Republicans had for a few months, that they won't follow in those footsteps and start to lead by fiat --- although I won't hold my breath.
doug toader April 24, 2012 at 05:37 PM
all that hard work and what does Falk and Barrett stand for? They won't say! You need to elect one of them to see what they will do! uhh nothing? not sure? what ever the union teachers need? They will let you know on June 7th. LOL! To be continued......
Mike April 24, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Barrett has already showed us how he has created all these jobs in Milwaukee since he's been mayor. NOT
Johnny Blade April 24, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Why shouldn't the government be allowed to make me a slave well i guess 40% slave as i get to keep 60% of my wages .. yeah sounds like freedom to me ... oh and i don't even get to own my land i have to lease it from the government via property taxes the new feudal system ... and these dorks don't get enough of my money .. Time for a big TEA party ... or i say let these fools spend us into oblivion and see if they have a pension left or a FIAT dollar worth anything
Steve ® April 24, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I have personally seen corrupt politics and unions in Chicago as well. You are crazy to compare them to Walker. Such little depth, such great imagination.
J. B. Schmidt April 24, 2012 at 09:21 PM
@David You completely avoided my point. I understand that politics is divisive. However, when a political party takes control is has it for 2+ years providing some stability. In Wisconsin, we have had no stability thanks to the Democrats. Instead, nothing is settled as to what will be the path of the state. In the other states you mentioned, business can adjust to the policies and move forward. Here what should a business do, abide by current policy or adjust to what might be repealed? If hold current policy you will kicked in arse if Walker fails. If you adjust assuming Walker fails you could be short changing yourself. Democrats had absolute control under Doyle and ran a muck with the budget. The only solution was a 180, unless you prefer the massive deficits the IL has.
Tom Barrett April 24, 2012 at 09:43 PM
List of 10 worst schools in the state. Who's the mayor of Milwaukee? http://www.schooldigger.com/go/WI/schoolrank.aspx?pagetype=bottom10&level=3
Tom Barrett April 24, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Is this bad? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/24/1077434/-Unions-to-protest-Rahm-at-Milwaukee-fundraiser-Wednesday-3-28-12-
Tom Barrett April 24, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Is this bad? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEogS0UOxHI
Tom Barrett April 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Is this bad? http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/103929588.html
AudiFan April 25, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I shudder to think of the damage Barrett or Falk could do to Wisconsin if either of them became Governor.
Tom Barrett April 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Is having no plan bad? http://www.timnerenz.com/2012/04/and-then-what.html
Tom Barrett April 25, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Is going after police and fire fighters bad? http://www.twincities.com/politics/ci_20471259/falk-criticizes-barrett-milwaukee-mayor-gets-police-unions
Steve ® April 25, 2012 at 01:40 PM
►These are all one time cuts.◄ This is exactly why your business failed. Think about it.
Steve ® April 25, 2012 at 01:41 PM
George Bush
Alfred April 25, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Those are goobermint job loses, that is a net gain to all of us tax payers Mr. Tataowicz. Doing a little research on you my friend, what is it with you and not paying your bills? Is this how you envision Wisconsin operating, like Illinois? Just don't pay your bills?
Greg April 25, 2012 at 06:12 PM
5:09 am, WoW Keith that's pretty early to be that drunk.
Tom Barrett April 25, 2012 at 08:44 PM
BAD BAD BAD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.newstalk1130.com/pages/common_sense_central.html?article=10075572
Tom Barrett April 25, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Falk good, Barrett bad? http://wisupnorth.com/2012/04/editorial-how-can-wisconsin-democrats-vote-for-tom-barrett/
Luke April 26, 2012 at 02:50 AM
What a load of crap. There are a couple of problems with the way that some of the rags are reporting this story, but to it's credit, the Patch did not make ALL the mistakes that some are making. Buried at the end of the JSONLINE article, we find a passing reference to the fact that that Wisconsin is ONE of only 18 states to have a statistically significant decrease in unemployment durning the last year. In fact, unemployment has dropped from 7.6% to 6.8%. You wouldn't know that from the headline, because the Journal used the Dem's press release headline, verbatim. Shocker. So that's Scott Walker's record in his first year. It's one that Obama wishes he could have had in his first year. What about Barrett's record? The Patch alludes to the issue by quoting the Walker press release, yet the Journal does not. Barrett has been the mayor of Milwaukee since 2004. 8 years. During that time, the number of unemployed has increased a whopping 30%, and that's with a decreasing overall population in the city. In other words, the 30% statistic is lower than it otherwise would have been because there are FEWER people who want to live there. In addition, a UWM study has declared that Milwaukee is now the 4th poorest city in the nation. Another study documents that Milwaukee has 9 of the 10 worst high schools in the state. Milwaukee is a cesspool. Thank you, Mr. Barrett.
Tom Barrett April 26, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Hot off the press. Is this bad? http://wclo.com/news/2012/apr/24/walker-policies-paying/
David Tatarowicz April 26, 2012 at 03:21 PM
@ TB As noted earlier this is just "cost shifting". The costs of insurance have not gone down, the payment of those costs were simply shifted from the government entity that agreed to them in negotiations with their labor, to the labor itself. Nothing that Walker has done has addressed the fundamental issues of why costs are so high --- as hospitals continue to shift their facilities to higher income suburbs and actually overload the capacity in those suburbs, they have to raise their charges to pay for those expansions. NOTHING is done to regulate those un-necessary costs ! Instead of focusing on government teachers and DPW garbage men and electricians, etc., let's pass a law (and just for sake of discussion pretend it would be legal in the private sector) that all Law Firms must increase the contribution of their partners to pay more for their health insurance costs. The Law Firms can claim that they have lowered their costs --- which they have by shifting them to their partners. But they have done nothing to improve health care quality or costs by doing so. In essence all that Walker has done is RAISE TAXES ON A SELECT GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS --- Government Employees! It is estimated that Teachers have lost almost $5000 of their income to this new Tax on their Income. Since they are government employees it is legal --- but is it fair? Cops and Firefighters didn;t get hit with this new tax -- since they already paid up (off) to Walker with contributions.


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