Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Keep Calm and Watch the Coalition

I've been in a study mode, mostly listening to others and reading.  It's been good.

In an biography of President Calvin Coolidge by Amity Shales I came across this quote that is often attributed to Coolidge, but is not really his:
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not, unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not, the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent."
I'll be starting an coalition building project that I'm very excited about.  I expect to take heat from those on the right and especially those on the left. I expect some will try to hijack this coalition and many will try to destroy it.

I believe I'm ready to facilitate this organization and the payoff will be a benefit for the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Union Saving Prevailing Wage Boom

Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) will be introducing a bill to eliminate prevailing wage laws in Wisconsin. We would join 18 other states with no prevailing wage laws.

The biggest antagonists of the this bill will be the Unions. Why would unions care about jobs and prevailing wage?  It's easy, they are the group which benefits most from prevailing wage laws. In fact they are behind the whole concept of prevailing wage laws, with their backing of the Davis-Bacon Act.

Davis-Bacon was specifically designed to stop black and immigrant construction groups from the South coming North and underbidding white union shops during the Depression.
The Davis-Bacon Act, passed by Congress in 1931, re-quires private contractors to pay "prevailing wages" to employees on all federally funded construction projects over $2000. Most often, the "prevailing wage" corresponds directly to the union wage. This is especially true in urban areas, where union membership tends to be higher.
This inconvenient truth is hidden from the public they claim to care about. Union front group Wisconsin Jobs Now and their legislative front man former County Supervisor and current State Representative David Bowen are more than willing to sell out the majority in order to keep their own gravy train rolling.

It's time that the truth comes out and the lies of the unions and their front groups are confronted. Hopefully as Rep. Hutton's bill gets hearings, more of the truth will make the rounds, especially in Milwaukee where the sheep in union garb continue to lead people astray

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Expungement - A Second Chance to Succeed

As I've mentioned before I'm very persuaded by the arguments of the Right on Crime movement. It's a conservative answer to:

The Criminal Justice Challenge

Conservatives believe in limited government, but also in the rule of law. Contrary to some popular caricatures, conservatives recognize spheres in which government is necessary, and chief among them is public safety. Conservatives, however, also recognize that government is uniquely prone to abuse personal liberty and spend resources wastefully.  A challenge is therefore presented: how can we ensure public safety while still checking the power of government and keeping costs low?
There is no question that there's a delicate balance involved here. Liberals are no more prone to second chances as are conservatives, but there is a difference on how the opportunity and process presents itself.

As a Christian I'm all in for second changes and I'm a total proponent of erroring on the side of Grace (especially for myself). From a political standpoint I lean "tough on crime" in other words there are consequences to actions. The question is what are those consequences.

It seems that the tough on crime concept of locking up all the criminals hasn't reduced the amount on crime. Good ideological idea, bad practical results.

I watched today's Milwaukee Common Council Public Works Committee which is in charge of issuing Taxi Drivers Licenses.  Two of those trying to acquire their license made a compelling argument for the state to look into making expungements easier to acquire.

Both men were looking to change their lives and with their backgrounds found it difficult to find jobs and driving taxi was one of their few alternatives. Now, it must be recognized that both paid their debt to society in that they fulfilled their sentences. The problem both faced is that an additional consequence or their action is that the record follows them. One of the men even pleaded with the committee to do what it could to encourage the expungement law.

Ald. Bob Bauman snarkily answered that the chances of this legislature exploring the epungement law are less than zero. I wonder if and how the alderman has reached out to any Republican legislators other than from the his golden perch.

Odds - less than zero.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Between a Hard Rock and the Pots

So the Governor of Wisconsin announced that he cannot support  the building  of the  Kenosha casino - entertainment complex.

In the  state of Wisconsin this  was a lose/lose decision for Gov. Walker. No matter what he decided the political left was going to attack him. I've seen ardent anti gambling types go after him as someone who is not interested in job creation. These are the same ones who attack the Governor for the type of jobs created, low paying non family  supporting gigs.

Then there are those who wanted the casino and the accompanying jobs no matter what. Unfortunately for Walker many in this category are/where his supporters. These people are mad and from social media comments they are trending as unforgiving. I'm talking Pontius Pilot washing their hands of him angry.

Supporters who claim to have worked hard for the reelection of the Gov. are now saying they will work just as feverishly against his desire to become President. The wild card here is not knowing who they supported before the decision.

The recent announcement by an ultra conservative group in Iowa that they would be hard pressed to support Gov. Walker if he ageed to expand gambling in Wisconsin muddied the waters. What they did was made it look like Walker sold out residents and jobs in Wisconsin for Iowan support in his pursuit of the Republican Presidential nomination.

It was a smooth move by Bob Vander Plaats, the president and chief executive officer of The Family Leader. Whether it had anything to do in the decision making process the impression is hard to ignore.

The blame is rightly placed on the shoulders of former Governor Jim Doyle. His short sighted and campaign influenced negotiations with the Potawatomi has come back to bite Badger state residents in the backside.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To Pander or Not To Pander - that is the Rainey

In a wise choice, pandering politician Milwaukee County Supervisor Khalif Rainey has chosen to drop his ill advised proposal to rename Red Arrow Park after Dontre Hamiltion.

According to an article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Rainey changed his mind after "After military veterans and their families from all over the state contacted him to voice their opposition to such a change." 

One would have thought that Rainey would have looked into and considered the history of the Park before pandering to a very sad situation.  I guess when you are setting sights on a new office (alderman) there isn't much that will stand in your way - like common sense.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Uncle Tom or Frederick Douglass

The issue of race seems to be on the grow lately, at least from a mainstream and social media point of view.

One of the intriguing aspects of this battle is that of Black Conservatives vs Black Liberals / Progressives. It's just as ugly if not more vitriolic than the generic battle between conservatives and liberals. It seems "bro" only goes so far.

Two terms coming from the political left that seem to be particularly prevalent are "coon" and the wrongly used "Uncle Tom". 

Somehow Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom who was an imposing physical person and who refused to beat other slaves and received a fatal beating because he refused tell the whereabouts of a couple of escaped slaves has become a pox. This impressive man's name who impacted the views of whites on slavery via Stowe's book has morphed into a negative term. The definition from the Free Dictionary - A black person who is regarded as being subservient or excessively deferential to white people.

A more precise usage of the term is that it refers to conservatives only. I wonder who is more subservient to the white power structure then black liberals in the Democratic Party. They've voted en masse for Democrats and what has been the result? A 50 year Great Society project that's done nothing to improve their situation.

It seems to me that black conservatives should really be called Frederick Douglass's not Uncle Toms.

Frederick Douglass was born a slave, he escaped that bondage, he boldly fought the Abolitionist fight, influenced 5 Presidents, and eventually became a 1%. If he were alive today he'd be considered an Uncle Tom by liberals/progressives/Democrats who'd judge him based on the escaping the status quo.

Today's black conservatives are far from the perverted use of the term Uncle Tom.

If you listen to their testimonies you'll find most grew up on the low end of the economic scale, they used all the resources available to them to escape that bondage, they share their life stories in order to encourage others to escape their economic conditions, and many have become prosperous and continue in that success in their personal and business lives.

For that they are called are Uncle Toms.

They are Frederick Douglass.



Saturday, January 3, 2015

Selma, LBJ and Truth?

In the next few weeks the movie "Selma" will be released amid some well deserved controversy concerning President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

The current media whitewash is that LBJ was all in for the Civil Rights movement and without him the movement would have stalled.  Well I'm no historian, but I do know how to read and the LBJ's Civil Rights support was nothing more than a political move that was inevitable.

My main issue is with the transformational change of Johnson over 20 years from never voting for a Civil Rights bill to suddenly becoming the Civil Rights President. Here's some evidence of the mind set of LBJ:

 

Malcolm X: LBJ had no "genuine interest" in blacks pre-1964

Malcolm X's "The Ballot or the Bullet" speech, Cory Methodist Church, Cleveland, USA, Friday 3 April 1964. "A ballot is like a bullet. You don't throw your ballots until you see a target and, if that target is not within your reach, keep your ballot in your pocket."

Malcolm X noted that 1964 was an election year, a time: "When all of the white political crooks will be right back in your and my community with their false promises which they don't intend to keep." 

He said that President Johnson and the Democratic Party supposedly supported the civil rights bill but there was very little evidence of genuine interest. He maintained that, even though the Democrats controlled both the House of Representatives and the Senate, politicians hadn't taken genuine action to pass the bill.
Source: The 100 Greatest Speeches, by Kourdi & Maier, p.179-180 , Apr 3, 1964 
 
The pandering of the political left is an amazing thing. The problem for us on the right is that the Dems are very good at claiming the political positive when they often are not the action takers but the action talkers.