America’s Back-Seat Driver™ doesn’t plan on being anywhere near the anti-union Tea Party rallies in Madison today, but it’s probably just as well. Flying in a high-fashion media parasite who won’t leave her mansion for less than a $100,000 payday to scold a bunch of greedy teachers, police* and firefighters* for not helping Gov. Scott Walker hide his intentional tanking of Wisconsin’s finances is probably bad optics.
Of course, that didn’t stop humble-union-member-turned-rich-union-basher Palin from mounting her Facebook pulpit to urge Wisconsin’s public servants to turn on their leaders and become selfless accomplices to their own ruin, all in the name of “shared” sacrifice:
Union Brothers and Sisters: Seize Opportunity to Show True Solidarity
Here we are still struggling to get out of a deep recession and coping with high unemployment, record deficits, rapidly rising food prices, and a host of other economic problems; and Wisconsin union bosses want union members out in the streets demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for unsustainable benefits packages.
Hard working, patriotic, and selfless union brothers and sisters: please don’t be taken in by the union bosses. At the end of the day, they’re not fighting for your pension or health care plan or even for the sustainability of Wisconsin’s education budget. They’re fighting to protect their own powerful privileges and their own political clout. The agenda for too many union bosses is a big government agenda that only serves the union bosses themselves – not union members, not union families, and certainly not the larger community.
For the record, the woman who proudly addresses Wisconsin’s state employees as “Union Brothers and Sisters” claims a membership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers that seems to be either long-expired or honorary, but is undeniably bullshit in the present context.
*TPM informs us that police and firefighters are apparently exempt from Walker’s union-busting bill, because they typically support Republicans. My mistake.
We know that it is teamwork on and off the field that makes the Packers and Wisconsin great. As a publicly owned team we wouldn’t have been able to win the Super Bowl without the support of our fans.
It is the same dedication of our public workers every day that makes Wisconsin run. They are the teachers, nurses and child care workers who take care of us and our families. But now in an unprecedented political attack Governor Walker is trying to take away their right to have a voice and bargain at work.
The right to negotiate wages and benefits is a fundamental underpinning of our middle class. When workers join together it serves as a check on corporate power and helps ALL workers by raising community standards. Wisconsin’s long standing tradition of allowing public sector workers to have a voice on the job has worked for the state since the 1930s. It has created greater consistency in the relationship between labor and management and a shared approach to public work.
These public workers are Wisconsin’s champions every single day and we urge the Governor and the State Legislature to not take away their rights.
The NFL Players Association has also issued a statement of support. [via The Notion, h/t LG$‘s Charli Carpenter]
Well, that didn’t take long. The reptilian Medicare fraudster who purchased the Florida governorship for $73 million dollars (Rick Scott) rejected $2.4 billion dollars in stimulus funds to build a high-speed rail line in the state.
“I don’t believe we should be trying to push our counties into taking an irresponsible act of taking the risk of a high speed rail project,” he said at a news conference Thursday.
Scott said he would rather the federal money go into Florida’s ports.
He would rather see it go into the pockets of the fat cats who helped him ride a wave of ignorance and rage into the office so he could slash one of the nation’s already lowest corporate tax rates and funnel state money into private firms. But there’s a problem with that: The money, which has already been paid into the federal system by Florida tax payers, was allocated for high-speed rail, and if Scott succeeds in spurning it, it will go to another state instead.
Yesterday, I thought I sensed a drop in the collective IQ of the planet. At first I attributed it to the widespread use of Nyquil and strong drink to combat the outbreak of a hideous cold virus that is laying low bloggers and commenters from coast to coast (hi, Humboldt Blue).
But then I wiped the cough spray and snot off my monitor and saw that the two dumbest maybe-gonna-run GOP candidates had spoken, causing planetary intelligence to plunge precipitously.
In light of the ratings bonanza generated by this week’s charity shoot-out between IBM’s trivia-crunching “Watson” supercomputer and all-time champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, the producers of NBC’s “Jeopardy” have announced that they will air a previously-taped test game in which Watson matched wits with horribly-maimed former Captain of the Starship Enterprise Christopher Pike and a Supreme Dalek from the 26th Century. According to a network press release, Pike — who is confined to a mobile life-support chair and emits only beeping noises — and the stair-challenged cyborg murder-machine were IBM’s first choices to duel it out with Watson, since it was felt their physical limitations and utter absence of personality would “level the playing field.” In addition, because Watson’s display terminal is connected to IBM’s massive data-banks by a single USB cable, it “gets nervous around things with feet, especially cats.”
The celebrity competition will air over two nights in April — or three, if NBC includes flashbacks to the original Star Trek pilot episode, “The Cage.”
Have I mentioned lately that the Rethuglicans are a bunch of hypocrites? Not the least of this has been the labeling, especially by House Speaker John Boehner, of anything the Dems do as “job-killing” (or, now that our political discourse is kinder and gentler, “job destroying”). Job-killing health care reform. Job-killing federal regulations. Job-killing Wall Street reform. Blah, blah, blah, blarg.
So of course, before Obama’s proposed budget was even announced he was declaring that it would destroy jobs.
“He’s going to present a budget tomorrow that’s going to continue to destroy jobs by spending too much, borrowing too much, taxing too much,” Boehner said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
For some reason Boehner and the Gang rarely seem to mention that all of Obama’s job destroying, killing, smooshing, crunching tactics have, in fact, actually created 1.3 million jobs in 2010 alone.
You wonder if the Repubs even think about what’s coming out of their mouths or if it’s just mindless repetition of talking points. Particularly when they present their promised Congressional Resolution to fund government for the rest of the fiscal year and it slashes spending across the board in moves that would not only kill jobs but could potentially kill up to a million jobs! In one fell swoop wipe out almost all of the net job gains of the previous year!
And what is Speaker Boehner’s response to these revelations? Let them eat cake!So be it!
Did you know First Lady Michelle Obama wants to personally stalk new moms, snatch down their Walmart tube tops and attach government-purchased pumps to their boobs to extract anti-obesity juice for their offspring? It’s true:
Appearing on “The Laura Ingraham Show” on Tuesday, Bachmann, a Republican, said the first lady’s agenda is “very consistent with where the hard left is coming from.”
For them, government is the answer to every problem,” Bachmann said. “And so government got us in this problem, and so they think government is going to get us out of the problem. Clearly they’re wrong.”
Bachmann, a mother of five, said she nursed all her children. But, “to think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump for my babies? You wanna talk about the nanny state, I think you just got a new definition,” she said.
“Politico sucks” isn’t exactly a brand-new epiphany, but gah! Could the “reporter” please be arsed to do a wee bit of fact checking, perhaps as a side dish to the serving of stupid?
FLOTUS is advocating TAX BREAKS for those who choose to purchase breast pumps, just as the government currently and has for decades offered TAX BREAKS on health-related purchases and myriad other activities they wish to encourage for the common good.
Bachmann should be on TAX BREAKS like a hungry piglet on a sow, but she’d rather suckle the sweet powdered formula of hypocrisy and stupid instead. Nothing to new to see here.
As a man with a lifetime appointment to a post in which he wields great power, common sense and decency should prompt Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to avoid blatantly politicizing his office. That Thomas and his über-teabagger wife Ginni Thomas openly cavort with far-right activists such as the Koch Brothers and the Heritage Foundation is improper enough.
That they appear to have lied big time about their remuneration for these activities is worse than improper: It’s possibly an impeachable offense.
Can Thomas be impeached with Republicans in control of the House? Nope.
That’s no reason not to bring charges, though. It’s called working the refs. If these bastards are going to continue to sell our democracy to their fat cat patrons, they can at least go to the trouble of being sneaky about it.
Gentle alien ET and wingnut rage-o-holic Ann Coulter:
PS: Please leave the low-hanging fruit be and refrain from “Man Coulter” and “Tranny Ann” comments. I don’t know a great many transvestites, but the ones I do know do not deserve to be tarred with the Ann Coulter brush.
Similarly, if any alien life forms are monitoring Rumproast transmissions, I beg your pardon for insinuating in any way that YOU are related to Coulter: An advanced civilization would obviously have flushed its Coulters from the gene pool….
[H/T to Rumproast colleague YAFB, who first noticed the uncanny resemblance]