Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Milwaukee Democratic Assembly Persons Vote to Kill Hope

The Assembly passed AB69 on Tuesday by a vote of 85-13.  The bill goes by the name of Right to Try and allows terminally ill patients the opportunity to try any and all avenues to heal themselves after they have exhausted all traditional treatment options, even if they final cures haven't been approved by the FDA.

In other words it gives hope to someone and their family who is facing death.  As Rep. Joel Kleefisch said during debate talking about his father-in-law, they would have done anything and everything to prolong his life.  One has to question why anyone would vote no on hope.

The 13 no votes was buoyed by a contingent of Milwaukee Democrats.  Has the Progressive Left pressured Reps. Fred Kessler, JoCasta Zamarippa, David Bowen, Jason Fields, Jonathan Brostoff, David Crowley, Daniel Reimer, and Evan Goyke to choose certain death for their terminally ill constituents rather than voting with Republicans and offering a glimmer of hope?

Republicans voted en mass to support this bill and were joined by Milwaukee Democrats Leon Young, Christine Sinicki, and Josh Zepnick.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Democrats / The Political Left and the Mobocratic Spirit

One of the joys of reading is the introduction of new words and their usage.  While reading "The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass" I came across just a word and phrase - "mobocratic spirit" or mobocracy.

Both President Lincoln and Mr. Douglass used this phrase to describe the Democratic Party. It seems that this mobocratic spirit and/or mobocracy has been a cornerstone of the political left for quite some time.

From the pre-civil war seccession movement of the Democratic South, to the formation of the KKK, to bringing in the Mafia and their union compatriots (a stronger mob) to eliminate the KKK, to the socialist, anarchist and union mobocracy of today.

Today we're told that the mobocratic spirit is "what Democracy looks like".   My response is hardly and that we thankfully live in a Constitutional Republic.

Here's a screen shot of the results when I Googled mobocracy.

I don't find it odd at all that the Wisconsin Union logo is front and center.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wisconsin Judges Seek Rule Changes on Half of Campaign Donations

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 50 former judges, " asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to require judges and justices to step aside when hearing cases involving those who helped bankroll their elections."

This seems to be an idea that on its face is a great idea, but in reality it's face is a under an artificial  disingenuous mask.

These jurists want to play the game under rules long ago deemed useless, sort of like setting up a basketball offense geared for two point baskets in a three point era.   

No one disagrees about the influence of money in today's campaigns.  

What these fine men & women seem to ignore is that the money spent on elections has both a positive and negative effect.  If candidate A runs for office against candidate B and wins, the claim is that the money spent on the campaign of candidate A will effect their legal decision for the spender.

But lets say that candidate B wins.  Would they not be just as inclined to allow the money spent against them to effect their legal decision as candidate A would have, except in the opposite way.

In the above scenario candidate A rules for the group who spent money for them and candidate B rules against group who spent money against them.  The 50 jurists only want candidate A to fall under their new rules.  It seems odd to me unless part two of their proposal which allows them to get back on the bench is the real reason for their recommendation.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2 Sides to Bice's Commemorative Coin Article

Over the weekend Dan Bice penned an investigative article about State Attorney General Brad Schimel spending $10,000 on commemorative coins.  He implied that this is either a waste of money or inappropriate. 

That's up to you to decide, but what I did find highly ironic is the placement of the story in the print edition of the MJS.

 Bice's piece garnered front page placement for this earth shattering story.

On the second page was a positive article about Milwaukee police and how they avoided deadly force in arresting a homicide suspect.  Here's the irony of the story - the police officers were given a "challenge coin" for their actions.  A picture accompanied the print version of the article but I couldn't find it online.  Here it is.

From what I can gather from the Bice article, this is the same type of coin that the Attorney General is using and for the same reason.  Seems to be a heads I win, tails you lose story for Mr. Bice.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year

Looking forward to a very exciting non election year.  Let the chess games begin.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Despite Fred Kessler Objection - New Drunk Driving Laws Jan 1

A new Drunk Driving Law will take effect on Jan. 1st.  Anyone convicted of a 4th Drunk Driving offense will now be charged with a felony no matter when it happens.  Currently the 4th offense must happen within five years of the third Drunk Driving offense.

Also,  the law also increases the maximum sentence for fifth and sixth offenses from three years to five. Maximum sentences for seventh, eighth and ninth offenses will increase from five years to seven and a half. The maximum sentence for a 10th or subsequent offense will move from seven and a half years to a decade behind bars.  Rep. Jim Ott of Mequon has been working hard to toughen the Drunk Driving laws and we hope that he continues this worthwhile effort.

Milwaukee Democrat Fred Kessler was the only legislator to vote against the new law last February.  

This despite the fact that a WTMJ TV-4 I-Team investigation shows that 7 of the top 15 streets for accidents related to alcohol are in or around Kessler's 12th Assembly District.  The left leaning timeworn legislator failed to tell his constituents of his misplaced vote.

We will be keeping close tabs on Rep. Kessler this coming legislative session and making sure that voters in the 12th District are very aware of his broken trust and poor judgement.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Congrats to Reince Priebus

President elect Donald Trump has announced that RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus, will be the Chief of Staff in the upcoming administration.  I think that is a good choice as Preibus seems to be very workmanlike and as one news article described humble.

I first met Priebus when his wife was a teacher at Eastbrook Academy and taught my Grandson.  This was probably a dozen years ago and before I became involved in politics.  We chatted a few times during school events.  Since his rise in the political ranks I haven't had the pleasure of any face time with him other than the cursory hello.  Friends and acquaintances of mine have nothing but good things to say about him.

This is very exciting as Wisconsin again makes its mark on the national political scene.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Wisconsin Democratic Divide

This weird election season has exposed some very clear blemishes in the political parties.  Today I'll look at the Democratic Party to reveal what looks like some major problems.

Locally the Democrats have been at each others throats for quite a while.  The divide has been between ultra progressives and corporate democrats.  There is also a sub divide in Milwaukee between the old guard black community and the new Fred Kessler/Chris Larson led black progressives.

This election exemplified a chink in the Democratic platform. The huge turnout of the black community over the previous two presidential elections had less to do with platform and ideas and more to do with a sense of history and pride of a culture.  The Kessler/Larson progressive movement misread this phenomenon and used the bump in enthusiasm to push their power grab.

Last spring's defeat of Chris Larson as Milwaukee County Executive was the first indication of change in the direction of Milwaukee's black community.  Add to that the slow demise in Milwaukee County's GoPass (a creation of Marina Dimitrijevic and her Wisconsin Working Families Party) by the current County Board and Donald Trumps victory on Tuesday, we may have seen the final nail in the coffin of the current status quo of Milwaukee's Democratic party.

Statewide, Democrats lost another Senate seat which now gives the Republicans a 20-13 majority, with the possibility of picking up yet another seat as Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, a Democrat, won her seat by less than 60 votes and is sure to be involved in a recount.  That result pretty much shoots her aspirations as a candidate for Governor down the tubes.

The Republicans also added another seat to their current majority in the State Assembly, 64-35.

This doesn't bode very well for the Democrats to gerrymander voting districts in the next decade.  It looks like the courts will be their best bet to change the law.

One of the question that rings around these results is the future direction of the local and state Democratic Party.  Will they cut the final ties with the working class Democrats who seemed to support Donald Trump this election and move more to the left with the hope of securing the young liberal voters (who don't vote) and the unions as their major line of support along with remnants of the fractured special interest and minority groups.  Or will they be so devastated that no movement or too slow a movement to help in the immediate future will be their course.

A question for the Republicans is will we look at this opportunity and take advantage of it or will we sit back and make the same error of judgment Democrats have.  I'll look at that prospect next week.