I grew up reading comic books wanting to be a superhero. Comics taught me that those who speak the truth are heroes, all the rest are liars.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The Rest of the Story

Minnesota's GOP like to make promises through very simple statements and slogans that mislead the public into believing in 'happily ever after' endings without them having to invest anything....like magic...if you do nothing and pay nothing then.. poof! wahaalaa... look what can happen:But that's not reality in the adult world we live in today nor has it ever been. Keeping America safe, healthy, independent and successful takes an investment. Those 'do nothing' policies, slogans and promises don't fix our roads, fund schools, keep the military trained, provide hospitals, turn on lights, allow for safe drinking water, or give us jobs.... As easy as it is to believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa, we all grow up at some point and assume the responsibilities of being an adult...isn't it time for the GOP and teabaggers to do the same and join the real world?

Promising slogans don't give you freedom or make you live better......Want freedom or a better life? Then volunteer, work, give, participate, build, pay, commit...

Do your fair share for a better America. Invest the resources, time, money, and work to live better. The alternative is a third world nation without infrastructure...instead of living free...it will become a 'free for all'...and there's nothing 'better' about that.

Want to get involved and start making a difference...start here.

Stay happy, peace out

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

#666. A Capitol Grill Favorite 'Satan's Sandwich'

Made fresh daily with Boehner crap that was soaked overnight in political Beelzebub lard, then deep fried in the House and then again in the Senate with a sprinkling of Obama 'lite' salt and slapped on a staled but lusty onion roll with extra hot turd sauce and served with tea. Urban Dictionary defines it as: “The chiefest of hell’s dark delights, it is said that just one bite of it arouses an unspeakable lust of terrific potency.”...

Higher interest rates, no jobs created, fewer services... $2.5 trillion in total cuts and $2.4 trillion in debt limit extension with nothing, nada, zero, zitch addressing the real problems of the economy or jobs... Hell you can cut the budget from here to eternity, but that won't solve the problems and put Americans back to work!

Pass the deviled eggs of no viable options please while the rest of the American public bends over.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys Hurts Bachmann

This new study just released....scientific proof from the Michele Bachmann's batcrap lab of excuses....that her high heel shoes are causing weekly incapacitating stress induced headaches...
The dog ate my...er...It's the shoes!

"If I gave you everything that I own
and asked for nothing in return
Would you do the same for me, as I would for you?
Or take me for a ride
and strip me of everything, including my pride
But spirit is something that no one destroys"

Friday, July 15, 2011

MN GOP Compromises Everything For Millionaires!

 The Minnesota GOP traded away their social agenda items like voter ID, no abortion funding, no stem cell research, union busting, and school vouchers, along their belief in downsizing the state government and their stance against raising 500 million in bonds to successfully protected 7700 millionaires from being taxed their fair share over the well being of the rest of Minnesotans! BTW, of those 7700 millionaires only 3,800 even reside in Minnesota, the rest live out of state.

The only winner from the
Minnesota budget...one of the
7700 millionaires!
In fact it looks like the only winner in the Minnesota budget deal is the 7700 millionaires! Way to compromise MN GOP!

Rather than stand by their right-wing ideology issues, and rather than consider a tiny tax increase on the very wealthy .2% top income earners, and rather than shrink state government... the MN GOP traded it all for the rights to the mantra 'cut taxes for the wealthy'...that's it...move along, nothing more to defend or see here. Our job is done...we protected the wealthy and cut their taxes.

In exchange for protecting the Minnesota millionaires...the MN GOP is borrowing from public schools and increase the state debt burden on the wallet of the average Minnesotan (that would be the rest of us 99.8% of Minnesotans)...

- Got kids in school? Expect higher fees, more cuts, and less resources...but if you are one of the 7700 millionaires protected, your tax cuts this session should easily cover these increases.

- How about college? Significant increases in tuition (more than 5%) while hundreds of resources, wages, and positions are cut. Once again, the .2% richest Minnesotans protected will be able to easily afford these increases.

- On a fixed income? Look for your income to continue to shrink in the face of increase city, county, township fees. Whew...good thing the MN GOP was looking out for those 7700 wealthy people, they shouldn't suffer at all!

If you can name it, expect increases in fees and costs as a result of the ,'no-taxes on the rich' MN GOP policy...The 7700 Minnesota millionaires are the only winners in the MN budget...but I'm thinking the MN GOP are now going to need more than them to get re-elect next go around.

PS...Where are the jobs you promised during campaign season or was that also traded that to protect 7700 millionaires? -

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Why The GOP Let Minnesota Shut Down

The Minnesota GOP controlled legislatures has shut down the state government by neglecting to pass a budget. They were intent on making this happen. There was no plan to compromise...but instead to enact an unacceptable social agenda filled with fringe ideology over sound budget planning and compromise.

While many marched in fourth of July parades, still enjoying their salaries, perdiem-mileage- lodging reimbursements... many more Minnesota state workers are wondering how now to meet their basic necessities. For the poor, disabled and elderly Minnesotans, the GOP shut down will leave them without resources to deal with daily needs. This is because the GOP rank and file go to a state shutdowns as a way of bullying their ideology on issues like stem cell, abortion, and voter id.

So let's take a look at a couple of the budget sticking points:

Governor Dayton: Raise taxes on the top 2% fairly.

"That is not Minnesota. That is not why the people of Minnesota elected me their Governor: so that millionaires could continue to avoid paying their fair share of taxes for the benefit of everyone else in our state"

Mark Dayton ran on, and it seems like perhaps the highest 2% could more readily afford to pay their fair amount of taxes similar to the rest of us Minnesotans. Seems simple enough... but the GOP says they ran on 'no new taxing' which means leaving the richest among us to their lower tax bracket...And for this loyalty to the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans, the GOP decided to shut down the budget...but wait...there's more...which brings us to another example of a state shutdown sticking point in the budget...

The MN GOP: Enact Voter ID laws
While Minnesota is facing major 5.2 billion dollar budget shortfall, and significant cuts in education and other key public services….the GOP controlled legislatures are trying to enact new voter ID laws whose implementation will cost Minnesota millions of taxpayers dollars thus adding to the budget.

According to a new report released from electionline.org, a project of the Pew Center on States, the cost estimate for Minnesota is close to $10 million dollars. And that doesn't include the dozens of costs for the state and local officials, from updating forms, websites, to hiring and training staff to carry out the new procedures in inspecting IDs. There will be costs for voter education in informing voters of the new law(s) and the increase in demand for services that provide IDs. These costs will easily run in the millions!

So how does implementing a voter id law square with the no new tax mantra of the GOP? Obviously it doesn't. So is voter fraud a top problem in Minnesota in need of immediate resolution among all the other pressing state issues that lawmakers are struggling to fund? Should voter fraud trump over education or safety or transportation or even a government shut down? The answer is hell NO....

In 2006 there were six alleged cases of illegal aliens seeking to vote out of a total of 2,202,937 votes cast. This represents 0.000003 percent of all votes cast. So in Minnesota this isn't even a blip on the problem radar so why is it a GOP sticking point in the budget?

Gimme a break, the GOP is breaking their no new tax pledge, shutting down the state government over...sigh...a social agenda and partisan ideology that resolves a non-existent issue. Wow! Some kind of adult leadership there...

In case someone is now wondering what they missed with this burning non-issue, numerous surveys show blacks, Hispanics, the elderly and the young are less likely to possess a driver’s license, passport or other form of government-issued identification. Other than the elderly, they are also largely Democratic constituencies. So the rational behind wanting to spend millions of tax payers money enacting voter id laws is to hopefully disenfranchise voters....yeah certainly worthy of a government shut down,

This is not a game to further extreme ideology! People's livelihood, their children's well being rest on paychecks...This is leadership at it's worse...A state shutdown does not save money. In fact, it has already cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars and caused extreme stress to thousands of employees.

The GOP need to face the same reality the rest of us do, and perhaps losing the next election cycle will give them a better perspective on what real life compromise looks like when you're staring down an unemployment line.

Happy belated fourth of July...if anyone noticed I'm not blogging as much with summer and also I'm working on a few other time sucking projects...will try for once a week...

Kids and I went to see the grateful dead movie (pic)...this one goes out for all of us wondering if the long strange trip in the US is now coming to an end.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Minnesota Cow Tipping

The Minnesota GOP still doesn't get it.
Even after adjourning without balancing the budget, the GOP are still talking about cuts to services to pay for the tax cuts they gave to the wealthy at the start of the session....Give me a break! Is it too much to say...EVERYONE should share the pain of economic downturn and the cost of fixing government? And oh yeah, that shared cost should be equally distributed among us all not just the poorest!

Long ago the GOP traded reasonableness and the ability to negotiate in exchange for a far right ideology serving only special interest and corporations. While many feel the Minnesota GOP have lost their way if you call them on it, they react like children, no, not by smashing things or holding their breaths til blue, but by making everybody else as miserable as possible to get their own way...can you say government shut down?

Just like their WA.DC. counterparts, the MN GOP will tell you to not expect anything from government but then corporations and the wealthy deserve their help:

"The U.S. Supreme Court has deemed corporations are persons. It may have to give the same status to renters. That would help Speaker Zellers remember the $180 million increase in net taxes on renters he and his caucus have voted for by cutting the renters' credit."

The poorest among us is to sustain the government cuts by decrease funding and services...it's like taking your rich uncle to a steak house while telling grandma she can have a can of dog food....These are not nice people!

Their plan from the start was to cut taxes for the wealthy, privatize everything, cut services, but spend and grow government for social issues that they approve of like marriage amendments and voter ids.... and their formula besides being flawed, can't work when the burden is continued upon the wallets of the working poor.

T-Paw (yawn) announced something
....the most boring white candidate announced this week...yawn..oh sorry having trouble staying awake for this one...Ex MN Governor Tim Pawlenty announced his candidacy (yawn...oh so tired) for President. Sorry I missed the announcement because there was so much more important things going on (chose any) the dog needed working, I had a fingernail that needed clipping, the rapture needed rescheduling.

Bachmann announces she might announce
What I wouldn't give for Batcrap Bachmann to go back to where she came from.. forever: “Oh, goodness, being born in Iowa gives every advantage — every advantage a girl would want to have,” Ms. Bachmann said. “There is no downside to being born in Iowa.”

Is it just me or does Iowa seem like a waiting room for hell...so eloquent put by Claude R. Porter..."Iowa will go Democratic when Hell goes Methodist," So naturally, they get first dibs on who the next viable Democratic President candidate will be...talk about broken processes, but I knew that by what happen to Mr. Dean.

Have a nice extended weekend!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Michele 'Ms. PotatoHead' Bachmann Vells

I like my potatoes fully loaded...butter, bacon bits, sour cream, chives, salt, pepper, even a little cheese...such is the things that dreams are made of...Minnesota's own favorite wack case, world teabagger queen and soon 'to decide' Presidential candidate...Rep. Michele 'Ms. PotatoHead' Bachmann is velling about the federal government (yes again...sigh) proposal to limit the use of potatoes in school lunches. "Where in the Constitution does it say the fed. government should regulate potatoes in school lunches?" she tweets. "It doesn’t."

She's right it doesn't...nor does it limit setting standards/safety/health in any of the following industries: education, medical, construction, flight, agriculture, manufacturing...but that doesn't make regulation wrong, immoral, against the government or more importantly against the public good. It's done all the time for the good of all.

In this case...our kids are fat...they got that way for a variety of reasons from the sedate life styles of TV, vidoe games and online social networking to poor food choices. According to the U.S. National Survey of Children's Health, the obesity rate among children grew from 14.8 percent in 2003 to 16.4 percent in 2007 with estimates now being as high at 25% ! Replacing potatoes with vegetables won't help the potato industry, but it will cut down on unnecessary starches in school lunches by setting a better menu replacement.

"The proposed change is part of a push to make school meals healthier, with more nutrient-rich vegetables and fewer French fries. Under the USDA proposal, school cafeterias would have to limit starchy vegetables such as potatoes, corn, peas and lima beans to a total of one cup per week for lunch."

The National Potato Council has started a "Tell USDA to Keep Potatoes in Schools!" campaign. The Council calls the spud affordable and "kid pleasing," adding "familiar shapes make lunchtime fun." Hmm, that may be so, but when did fun and pleasing become the benchmark for school lunches? If that was the case we would include candy cigarettes for dessert!

Besides, where does it say in the constitution that government shouldn't make school lunches more balanced and healthy? Here's a lesson for the newly animated talking Michele 'Ms. Potatohead' Bachmann...Elected officials should look out for the interest of our children's health over the potato lobbyist.

And yes I know it doesn't say that in the constitution either, whatyathink I got mash potatoes for brains?

Holy Modal Rounders...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

In Minnesota Every Day Is Friday the 13th

My youngest child was born on a Friday the 13th. I wanted to name her Erie but it was vetoed by my hubby... so she ended up being named Raven (which still suited the Friday the 13th mystic)...but she really doesn't... Raven is a shiny light of sweet, sweet goodness with a heart of gold. Needless to say...with her birth, no Friday the 13ths has a bad connotation for me....in fact I think of them as rather lucky because of her.

But if you use the darker, more sinister meaning as a guide, then every day in Minnesota has turned into a Friday the 13th. Templar Knights aren't being hunted down and killed (yet)...but it is indeed dark days in Minnesota. With only ten days left in the regular session, the GOP house/senate has yet to pass on to Governor Dayton a balanced budget. Instead the GOP representatives spend their time working on breaking every last one of their campaign promises. Last year most the GOP ran on...

Creating jobs...Jobs created so far...ZERO

No spending without the money... but social issues like anti-marriage amendments and voter IDs are exempt to their spending freeze.

Balance the budget...hasn't happen and in fact, they cut taxes at the start of the session on corporations and the wealthiest among us while advocating to eliminate health care for the poorest (got to pay for those tax cuts somehow?!).

Less Government...the GOP are willing to cut state funding for education, health care and jobs, but want to pay for more Government in our private lives by dictating a women's reproductive rights, telling us we can't marry someone we love, and instituting unnecessary voter IDs. They are supporting and promoting costly amendments that will hamper job creation while expanding the role and cost of government into our lives.

The GOP spend their time in session debating global warming, introducing bills to have speeding infractions not show on their records, why CO2 emissions aren't bad and cutting services for women and children.

This week, one Republicans discussion was a bill regarding the lights on restored antique emergency vehicles such as fire trucks used in parades. Representative Hilstrom said it best when she stated "we are 12 days away from adjournment and we are talking about the emergency lights on antique vehicles. Members it is time to get to the work of balancing the budget."

The time to work on the budget was all session long but instead, they were busy breaking every last campaign promise made last year...spending state money and using state resources to expanded Government into our private lives with ZERO job growth. If they were waiting for an omen to get to work on a budget ...well Friday the 13th has arrived in Minnesota!

Have a great weekend...stay dry..

Friday, May 06, 2011

More Billionaire Bonanzas For The Fortunate Few Not Going Broke

I'm usually not so forgetful but for the life of me...I can't remember what exactly President Obama did to win the Nobel peace prize other than replace Bush Jr. While that alone could have accounted for it, the fact remains that commander and chief Obama has hit the trifecta of war...not to mention kicking in doors and killing bad guys without due process...

Has the prize ever been rescinded? Should be. Really they should just kick in his door and take it with out any trial, hearing, due process...just saying...Democracy isn't just for special occasions when we feel like it, it's unconditionally for all occasions. That's the only way it will work.

IS America Trickling Down?
In these very hard economic times profits at largest 500 corporations grew by 81% in 2010. So much for Obama's plan to destroy capitalism...Did your income grow 81% in 2010? Did it even keep up with inflation and rising gas prices? Still that won't stop Obama from farting more rainbow catch phases like 'yes we can' 'change' 'hope' or my personal favorite 'let's be clear'. Times up, words are meaningless, the proof is in the pudding and Obama hasn't even been inside the kitchen let alone mixing!

The administration is touting how great the unemployment figure released today was...just edging up from 8.8 to 9 %...wtf?! There are 13.7 million unemployed Americans looking for work...and countless others who have given up. There's nothing remotely positive about the figures released today no matter how the politicos and media spin it...America needs JOBs now.

And about those that are fortunate enough to have jobs...after adjusting for inflation, pay for production and non-supervisory workers (80 percent of the private workforce) is 9% lower than it was in 1973.

Our nation can no longer afford to ignore the suffering of the unemployed who so desperately want to get back to productive work. Nor can we afford to indulge our leaders’ penchant for delay and political posturing, which comes at the expense of millions of working American families who are hurting. What we need now are bold approaches to economic recovery that will produce jobs. -Mark Ayers

Americans are going broke at a staggering pace. 1.41 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009 - a 32 percent increase over 2008. In 2010 it was a 41% increase...all the while corporations and the top 3% are lining their pockets with obscene profits.

Don't settle for the fairy tales being spun... Are you personally better off? Is your family members, neighbors, friends better off? Where's the jobs?

We're number 1!
I'm number 384, beaten out by names spawned from the twilight series...scary isn't it. Those same folks naming kids after vampires and werewolves are also deciding if you get reproduction rights, voter ID, and to marry whomever you want....even more scary.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Oh Look More Bright Shiny Objects Instead of JOBS!

I answered the call that Howard Dean put out...'take back your country'...and with 'stars in my eyes' I jumped into the frying pan hoping to 'make a difference'. But these days, I'm more than a little frustrated...right now my head feels like it will explode given the mindless, doodling crap that passes for news stories, important human interests, and political legislation...

Dead but terrorism is still here:
I got a record amount of emails and twitters last night telling me Bin Laden was dead...mostly celebratory in nature...but a small of degree of introspect by some...

First: Wouldn't our closure have been more complete if Osama Bin Laden had been brought back and put on trial. It would show the world that our justice system still works regardless of his attempts to destroy our form of government. Some small part of me feels he died on his terms instead of ours. And yes I've been told it would have cause too much of US targeting...but then again...democracy is messy...either we support it or we don't...exceptions mean we don't.

Second: Does any targeted assassination approved by the President legitimize this reckless act under law? What does this bode for the future? Will we see more international targeting? Is that why Kadafi's youngest son and 3 grandchildren's are dead by US NATO lead... bombs? Maybe we need to redefine the word terror by not looking in the mirror.

Bigger issues on our plates:
Obama addresses the really big imaginary issue brought forward by a handful of tin-foil pyramid hat wearing conspiracy wingnuts leaders like Minnesota's Michele Bachmann, comb over king Donald Trump and talking fat head Russ Limbaugh...

Thank goodness we cleared that up so we can go back to really important issues like America's failing economy, creating jobs, addressing why we're at war...oops...guess there's more really big imaginary issues. What's next...his kindergarten report cards, affidavits from childhood teachers, maybe we can interrogate any babysitters...sigh... DON'T FEED THE TROLLS!

While American born Obama keeps dancing to a recovery tune from non-tax paying corporations posting record (and obscene) profits, the US economy continues to sing the blues while shedding jobs like a long hair calico cat in August. Add in new unemployment figures that show the worse economy since after last xmas layoffs...well thing can't get much worse...unless... It's the fact that our economic growth slowed from an annual rate of 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2011.

earnings of $10.7 billion in the first quarter are up 69%...Of course they are up, we've been paying for it at the pumps and give away of billions in oil incentives and no US taxes...It's good to be kings. Naturally, the industry cites their 'good fortune' as being good for our economy...how is being a parasite sucking away the wealth from America's middle class and providing no return...a good thing?

The fact that unemployment claims jumped 25,000 during the spring hiring season is a very bad omen for the future of jobs. This is the biggest jump since the Christmas season layoffs in January. Hello, Mr. Obama, and all the rest of the politico fools, time to create some jobs besides flipping burgers at McDonalds! Create JOBS!...who gives a fig about a balanced budget when we need jobs...make jobs! Balancing the budget won't feed us when we're starving.

The End
Guess I need to stop now...you know when Ms. Batcrap Bachmann is listed on TIME's top 100 most influential people in the world list...it's time to evaluate if there's a reason to continuing to bang your head against the establishment's wall. Really, maybe they deserve what the reap...but then that small voice inside me says...but do we?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Where's the JOBS!

Can we just create some jobs? Apparently not! So instead let's deal with issues that don't balance the budget, remove the deficit, correct wrongs, or create jobs...yep that's what we're doing... taking steps back into caveman times...

Voter IDs...This will cost the State of Minnesota millions to enact, cost citizens to get necessary paperwork,disenfranchise voters, resolves nothing (virtual no fraud and wouldn't eliminate the very little fraud that does exist)...

Marriage Amendment....This won't bring in additional revenue, doesn't create jobs, may affect the business community in a negative way (sales), and is just morally wrong to take away civil rights.

Come on people, the Minnesota budget needs to be in and finalized within 4 WEEKS! Don't you have more important things to do besides waste time, resources, and money that the State doesn't have on NON-issues that don't create jobs? Where's the jobs!

One More Time...WHERE'S THE JOBS!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I'm Not McLoving It

Thank You Governor Dayton, Thank You Governor Dayton, Thank You Governor Dayton, Thank You Governor Dayton...Oh and yeah, Thank You Governor Dayton!

Where are the jobs that the newly elected Minnnesota House and Senate promised us? We've had lots of legislation on limiting our freedoms, but no job creation!

On KARE 11 this morning, they touted McDonald's hiring a new 50,000 Jobs about 50,000 times over (world's longest free commercial?)...they forgot to mention that while McDonald doesn't post their pay (embarrassed?) and it varies from state to state...overall, they offer minimum wage entry level McJobs.

Wikipedia says 'McJob is slang for a low-paying, low-prestige dead end job that requires few skills and offers very little chance of intracompany advancement.' The jobs are good starting points for teens and 'special' adults, but offer little incentive, advancement, money or perks for the general workforce.

With few exceptions, McDonald's McJobs don't offer positions that provide a living wage. A living wage is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time.

The hiring of 50,000 at McDonald's is typical in the lead up to the busy summer months. "Our total hires are similar to past years, but the goal of hiring 50,000 people in one day across the U.S. is unique," McDonald's spokeswoman Ashlee Yingling. In other words, they are trying a new marketing ploy and having the news media fall in line in promoting low paying, no future seasonal jobs...after all, what's more important to them, good paying jobs with benefits, or the corporate sponsorship of McDonald's?

BTW, for reporting purposes, each job McDonald fills counts as a manufacturing job...no really, while Bush was in office he changed the definition, so low paying service positions at McDonald's such as burger flipping and putting pickles on a bun are now classified as manufacturing jobs.

Yes, we all know the necessity of creating jobs...but let's get some real employment going with living wages, benefits, advancements, and skill building...not more McJobs. We aren't going to grew the American economy with more McJobs.... no matter how hard McDonald sells this, it's still part of the problem and not the solution.

While the environment melts down around us, we can't find enough jobs to put Americans to work, more and more of our citizens are missing mortgage payments, so thank gosh Arizona passed a bill to make sure that a bon fide US citizen is running for President and not some ah shuck muslim black guy...whatever...How do we know Arizona is really part of the United States? They seem extremely dumb and more than very south. Has anyone seen their paperwork?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Doesn't Sound Like A Win!

"Republicans won a promise from Senate Democrats to schedule next week's votes on two bills — one defunding Title X and Planned Parenthood and another to defund the 2010 healthcare reform law — at the same time as consideration of the spending deal. Democrats also agreed to reinstate a ban on taxpayer funding for abortions in Washington, D.C., for the next six months."

Friday, April 08, 2011

We Have Given Everything That We Can Give

Many of us believe our government shut down a long time ago when our elected officials stopped representing our interests and now dance to special interests. Come on people, don't act shocked, this is not new, or different or out of the ordinary. It's business as usual in the USA. We (the poor, middle class, seniors, children, minorities, women, unions, gays)...have been under siege for the last decade and more. We've seen our government hijacked and taken over by one percenters and corporations, and just like frogs slowing being boiled to death in water, we too are being COOKED!

As Robert Scheer eloquently says in his column: "Instead of taxing the super rich on the bonuses dispensed by top corporations such as Exxon, Bank of America, General Electric, Chevron and Boeing, all of which managed to avoid paying any federal corporate taxes last year, the politicians of both parties in Congress are about to accede to the Republican demand that programs that help ordinary folks be cut to pay for the programs that bailed out the banks."

Still the level of apathy from the dying frogs American public makes it look like we drank the kool aid and it was full of sleeping pills. And yes, apparently folks haven't been paying attention and they're not angry...and I don't friggen get it.

Your well being, your future, your families are all being eroded and auctioned off so corporate pirates can have more quarter end record profits. Every bill passed, every budget proposed is for the good of the 1%. While our eyes are glazing over with anticipation of bright shiny things like the right to carry bigger guns and the latest tech toy, and we fight over the crumbs that are meant to stop a revolution, guess what? Our representatives are still willing to compromised our fundamental civil rights while charges us with paying higher taxes! It's the biggest slight of hand scam ever and we are the marks. We've fallen prey to the largest fraudulent crime perpetrated by elected officials but we still think we're in control.

Our futures have been sold off for special interests instead of human interests. Our wealth given away to corporations and then they ask us to pick up their tax burden! Now, nearing a government shutdown, we're being told that: All Our Rights, All Our Needs, All Our Values, All Our Resources are up for compromise and to be negotiated away, but the top 1%, the wealthy of wealthiest, the corporations and their rights, their monies, their policies are 'off the table', immune, protected, special.... So tell me now who is in charge when every spending cut and policy restriction is aimed at us and not them?

Reid wasn't kidding when he said “We have given everything that we can give,” ....We have, by god, we have. It's past time for the other 1% and corporations to give their fair share.

Have a nice weekend...but be angry...or slowly get boiled to death!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Behold the Beginning of Sorrows

Earthquakes, Buddha Statues laughing, Radiation Fallout, Oil Spills, Green Grass growing in the Antarctica...Is the End Here? Today's headlines are full of monstersized disasters and unexplained events like how Darth Walker got elected as Governor. And, with so much attention on the Fukushima disaster, there seems to be a recent jump in omens foretelling the end of humankind, the earth, the world, extraterrestrials, Wisconsin democrats, teachers, and unions.

Having been raise by a mother who believed in omens to the point of weekly consulting a fortune teller before deciding what to have for dinner and never ever, ever, ever stepping on a crack to cross the path of a black cat under a ladder with spilled salt...wellugetthepicture. Although a Jew, mom also would even vell endless about Zionist bankers, magical and secret cabals, and apocalyptic manifests. She used omens (good and bad) as the roadmap to living.

She would post up on our kitchen calendar daily warnings about the 'evil du jour' while schooling us on protection like the Hand of Miriam (Keyn aynhoreh!) and a series of other charms, magical stones, powerful wards, and talismans to defend against the evil eyes and Dubya2 (well okay she was dead by then but I still carried the family tradition on by sacrificing a elephant pinata).

Now with the Illuminati in full swing complete with all the prophetic signs including massive fish/bird/insect/crab roadkills, a shifting of earth's axis throwing a monkey wrench in the atomic time clock, every single variety of fruit/nut minister whistling a four horsemen tune, dark and powerful words being written on subway cars, and even the shopping channel offering an 'end of times' sale (yeah we're talking Charlie Sheen memorabilia and tiger's blood), one can't help wondering if mom was right and will come back from the dead saying 'I told you so'...

From what I've heard, everyone will come to the 'end of times' party... the dead will rise, Jesus will be there along with the anti-christ, ourselves, god(s), even mutated insects from Japan! Although it won't be a party in the real sense...or so they say... There will be tribulations, a lot of fire, some horror... And, If you get raptured, can I have your car, mine is elven years old and rusting away? (Just being realistic while preparing for the end.)

When the end of times comes, soon, I'm looking forward to meeting with several dead musicians and friends (not so much mom!). Which brings me to the real reason for this rant...yes the end of times is possible particularly if America politicians continue to allow the corporation greed and corruption take over our government and..if public apathy continues to allow them to trade away individual freedoms and liberties only to back fill the void with rotting corporation evil filth of satan morals, then we are doomed. Just saying...

You should be afraid of things that go bump in the night and day like mom, but the cure is simply to embrace our founding father's values. Get back in touch with our morals and vote, shop, and live them. It's not too late...Behold, the 'Beginning of Sorrows', or the 'Start of Renewal'...your choice. Sorry mom, I was always a 'glass half full' fate sort of girl!...The End (for now).

Martha Stewart tip of the day: I have found that wrapping omens in plastic cling-wrap and storing them in a freezer will help keep them as fresh as when you first found them.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Foolish Hope Springs Eternal

April Fools...NOT! In Minnesota the wealthy still get a better tax break! Now don't you feel special! Also, look for the new Viking stadium bill ...while I don't think the GOP are joking...it's another tax joke on us. At a time when they are cutting resources and money from educations, transportation and state medical programs, shouldn't we be tabling a stadium?

Bachmann Joke Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) at a roast of his colleagues at the Congressional Correspondents' Dinner joked he wasn't sure if Minnesota's US Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) was at the dinner, "she's probably not -- she's campaigning Iowa and organizing in that important caucus state because she's running for president. That's really all I have for that joke."

TPAW Joke U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, again a 'potential contender', ranks well ahead of Ex-Governor Tim Pawlenty with her 52 percent name recognition among Republicans compared to his 41%. Yet Pawlenty is still 'going for it' just like Bachmann and Trump because they are all publicity whores.

Mixed Bag The most dangerous job in the world is looking for recruits. I understand it's to be a short-lived position.

Well at least the rain washes away the snow...2-3 inches tonight...sigh. I don't know if it's the human condition, but I'm always waiting...for spring, for justice, for change, for what's right, for the check to come. We always wait and of course, pay more...Like our chocolate bunny costing more this Easter! 10% more!

Apparently there is an explanation for insanity.

Although turnout was low for the loyal baggers, the faithful did attend the "Continuing Revolution" rally in WA.DC...well more like a small coven of misfits. But never fear, the Queen Bee Bachmann (R-MN) was leading them.

Paul Krugman in the Mellon Doctrine once again puts truth to policy:

"So that’s the state of policy debate in the world’s greatest nation: one party [GOP] has embraced 80-year-old economic fallacies, while the other [Democrats] has lost the will to fight. And American families will pay the price."

Unfortunately, gobs more people will follow Charlie Sheen's twitter than Paul Krugman but the end result will be we all get to pay.

What really happen? With today's 30th anniversary of the botched assassination in Raygun history , or so they would have you believe...But many of us remember it another darker way!

Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mix and Match Wednesday

Slash and Burn the Middle Class and Poor, and Oh Yeah, Lie about it! The MN GOP know their budget is not good news for Minnesota communities, cities and citzens...so they decided to use fantasy numbers...as if the truth won't come out eventually.

Come on GOPers, let Minnesotans know based on real numbers what to expect with your budget instead of using the 'good ole boy' numbers taken from lobbyist that stand to gain from our pain.

On Monday the Minnesota Department of Revenue let Republican House Taxes Chair Greg Davids know his omnibus tax package would raise property taxes for homeowners and businesses across the state while making the tax system more regressive.

In other words, thier budget would make families feel more tax and fee pain while those making over $100,000 a year would receive tax breaks. In their own words: "...reductions for the wealthiest Minnesotans are substantially greater than for average Minnesotans" In the GOP alternate universe, the poor, seniors, minorities, women, and children are continually given the shaft while the weathly are treated as VIPs?

It's shouldn't come as a surprise that currently the corporate tax rates is at an astonishing high of negative 62.7%! How's that working out? Are you paying less taxes since businesses are paying none? When the GOP talks about 'shared sacrifice', they really means just among other Americans and not the wealthy and corporations.

More Minnesota Clowns Join The Circus! First it was MN Rep. John Kline supporting Pawlenty's run for the White House, and now Norm Coleman has jumped on the circus bandwagon...wonder what Michele 'Batcrazy' Bachmann is thinking? Even her ex-Chief of Staff is support Pawlenty! Bawhaaaaaaaa, I'm sure it's nothing personal.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Random Thoughts On The GOP MN Budget

Education: In the old days they would burn books, now they just cut education funding. In Minnesota the GOP are proposing to cut $411 million from higher education funding. In effect, they are burning books. Shorted sighted, ignorant and opportunistic comes to mind...guess they want our children to be like them!

Health care: Gallup reports today on which states have the highest and lowest rates of residents without health care coverage. Minnesota is ranked as the third best state in the country for the lowest rates of uninsured. But if we enact the GOP cuts, look for Minnesota to topple into the bottom states...sigh...

1. Massachusetts, 4.7% uninsured
2. Connecticut, 9.9% uninsured
3. Minnesota, 10.5% uninsured
4. Hawaii, 10.6% uninsured
5. Pennsylvania, 11% uninsured
5. Vermont, 11% uninsured

Energy: Not saying we should necessarily label all nuclear power as bad...but what's going on in Japan should all give us (including the MN Reps!) pause to rethinking and evaluate the risks and costs. We need to free ourselves from dependency on foreign oil, but from the pan to the radioactive stove won't help. As Spidey says 'With great power, comes great responsibility'. BTW this is a great link on information regarding the crisis in Fukushima.

Thank goodness for Governor Dayton...

Monday, March 07, 2011

Rep. Wardlow Calls for Moral Gobbledygook Crapola

There's something immoral about Rep. Doug Wardlow (R-SD38) not wanting to pay taxes while receiving a salary from those same government taxes as a Minnesota Representative from Eagan. And something is really wrong when Doug Wardlow goes out of his way to imply that government providing for the poor, sick, seniors, children, veterans denies the opportunities for churches and neighbors to help them....How's that moral gobbledygook worked so far?

Brian Rusche of the Joint Religious Legislative Council does a good job of fielding Wardlow's leading questions. Doug Wardlow is trying to imply some kind immoral behavior if the Government helps it's own citizens. Wardlow wants the religious community to agree with his flawed logic that creating more poor for the wealthy to have an opportunity to help them is better than paying taxes.

Just another outrageous spin of nonsense... if Doug Wardlow was serious than he'd be advocating fair taxation across economic groups instead of having the middle class and poor disproportionately pay more than the wealthy and corporations. Based on Doug's moral logic...he would have taken issue with Jesus feeding the multitude and also sided with the temple money changers. Shame on him for evoking moral crapola.

Friday, March 04, 2011

When Things Don't Add Up....

When things don't add up, I do the math....and while I've always had a knack for math... apparently others find it more challenging...

The Prince of Mythical Statistics

Minnesota Ex-Governor Tim Pawlenty told Fox network
"You have public employees making more than their private-sector counterparts. They used to be under-benefited and underpaid. Now they're both over-benefited and overpaid...it needs to stop."

I'm just guessing that Timmy got confused among other things by the percentages as a report from the Labor and Employment Relations points out:

"on average, state and local government workers are compensated 3.75% less than workers in the private sector."

Professor Jeffrey Keefe of Rutgers University revealed that public employees are under compensated compared to similarly skilled private sector counterparts. This study joins numerous other studies with the same finding. But really it's like arguing about the volume of water in a raindrop during a deluge when the average CEO gets 200 times more pay than a general employee as well as 8 million in benefits...a year.

Dumber Than A Bobblehead

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) tells us she's a conservative who wants to cut wasteful federal spending (who doesn't?)...so why is she proposing legislation for a $700 million four-lane highway bridge over the St. Croix River that more closely resembles the boondoggle Palin 'Bridge to Nowhere'? Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) is calling it 'fiscally irresponsible' and is supporting a more appropriately scaled and designed bridge for the scenic qualities of the crossing.

Pretzel Logic Not

Bill O'Reilly discounts poll showing support for unions, since according to his logic...union workers shouldn't be counted in polls. I guess he missed class the day they went over random statistical sampling...(Crooks and Liars)

According to a new CBS poll, 37 percent of Americans favor cutting pay or benefits for public union employees, but 56 percent oppose that. The New York Times headline on Tuesday was: "Majority in Poll Back Employees in Public Sector." But the poll is misleading because 20 percent of the respondents say they are from union households. If you subtract them, those who favor cutting benefits win the poll.

Zero, Nada, Zitch, '0'

Whenever I participate in constitutionally protected right as an American citizen to peaceful protest, enviably some idiot will yell at me to "get a job". That same guy shouting for me to get a job, also voted for the current crop of GOP politicos to create jobs....sigh...did I mention that he's an idiot! So here's the the deal...
I have a job, fulltime... which is a good thing because the newly elected GOP while making ideology changes regarding who I can and can't marry, what ID I need to vote and show citizanship, and raising fees to cover the tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations....haven't done squat to date in creating any jobs....

Enjoy the weekend before more snow hits...

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Leave No Teacher Employed

Low pay, long hours, dwindling resources, constant threats of layoffs and defunding, lowering standards for teaching (alternative licensing), attacks from parents, elected officials, school boards, labeled the 'villain du jour' of education ...Are there incentive for teaching today?

Given the current all out assault on the public school system and teachers especially... there will be teacher shortages. Who hasn't gotten the message that being a teacher is a bad and lowly career choice? The media, elected officials, special interests and general public have all attacked teachers for poor performances, missed marks, failed grades, and labeled them as 'bad apples' wasting taxpayers money.

We've ask teachers to be beholden to test scores, and abandon significant curricular content, after all ...the only resulting value to their jobs and salaries is testing outcomes. Then wonder why our kids can't compete in today's market place beyond passing a standard test. The average starting pay for a licensed teacher with a four-year degree barely covers the cost of their student loans now at $31,532 a year. How much less can they be paid and still call it a profession?

Even teaching resources have been removed with students having to SHARE textbooks! Several years ago my daughter attended a Eagan elementary school with Minnesota Ex-Governor Tim Pawlenty's daughter...and they had to share a textbook due to insignificant funding. Imagine what goes on in poor school districts!

Just as we tell victims in abusive relationships to leave, so will teachers... As Dylan said "you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows"...and it blows cold for teaching careers in the future. Public education attacks have ratcheted up in the media to dimensions that are unthinkable and have brought disrespect for teachers on par with the FBI's top ten fugitive's...yeah there will be teacher shortages in the future...Currently one out of every three new teachers leaves the profession within five years....but if you want to know the real cause just go look in the mirror.

The causes are the same ones that affect all professions in our communities.... rising poverty, homelessness, vanishing public services for the disadvantaged, widespread unemployment, massive inequality in wealth and income, overcrowded classrooms and a bankrupt system of public school financing disappearing in favor of private education affordable only for super rich. Go ahead...get rid of all the smoke being blown up your arses look in the g*ddamm mirror!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Let's Focus People!

We can't grow the economy by destroying jobs and attacking the middle class...it just won't work. We need to focus on the ubber urgent crisis of our broken economy and creating jobs instead of being obsessed with imposing ideology and exploiting social issues. The number one goal for any elected official should be creating jobs while balancing the budget. Period, end of the story...

Corporate profits are up. Stock prices are up. So why isn't anyone hiring in America? The paradox of record-high corporate profits and extremely-high unemployment doesn't seem to be breaking anytime soon. Also the longer the unemployed go without work, the greater the damage to their future employment and earnings potential as well as to our economy. How much longer can the 15.1million unemployed wait?

Looking at the rash of bills introduced since January this year in Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond, how many jobs have they created? Will voter ID laws create jobs and reduce the budget? Will the anti-union laws? Will cutting social services, education or infrastructure spending like transportation? How about more tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations? Higher fees for us?

For those needing a reminder ...Minnesota's Republican majorities have less than two months to make a budget deal with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton before the May 23 constitutional deadline for adjournment... so lets focus people and create some jobs...or we will be forever doomed to a reactionary ideology the fixes nothing and continues breaks the fabric of our society. As our Minnesota Governor Dayton said: “The time for this rhetorical game playing is over

BTW...nice set of charts at MotherJones...worth a look

Enjoy the weekend, stay out of the cold and snow... but reality is we live in the icy heartland of Minnesota...

Doctor or lawyer, I’ll never be.
Life of a drifter - only life for me,
You can have your riches, all the gold you saved.
Cause’ ain’t room for one thing in everybody’s grave.

Bang, bang, bang, bang! Vamanos, vamanos!
Bang, bang, bang! Vamanos, vamanos!

This and That Thursday

As Wisconsin Goes...so goes Minnesota
What his staffer learned under Walker's mentoring tutelage...'LA-LA-LA-I Can't Hear You'

You mean there is a worse Governor than Pawlenty? Wow, just wow. Naturally, T-Paw supports Walker unconditionally. (say isn't that man on man love?)

I hear that Scott “I take phone calls all the time” Walker is still taking calls...lol, call him at (608) 266-1212. Say hello from Prince Albert in a can! Ask if there's a Butz there? Seymour Butz? Better yet, suggest he let calls go to voicemail like I do...but then again the Koch Brothers aren't bankrolling me!

BTW, part of Wisconsin's deficit is $58.7 million debt it owes Minnesota for income tax collected from Wisconsin residents who worked in Minnesota.

Taking out the trash:
I don't care if Ms. Palin goes to India...I do care if she returns.

About Time
Obama administration dropping its legal defense of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act isn't so much as a win as a right!

GOP? Still Liars
Hello? Is anyone there? Where's the promised jobs as listed as #1 on your agenda ? Hello? echo, echo... cut a million jobs, echo echo...

Earlier in the day, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that if the Republican budget resulted in a loss of federal jobs, then “so be it.”
Rep. Keith Ellison (D- MN) response:

"These cuts are Republican answers for a job crisis that they [GOP] created" view complete remarks here.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

In Wisconsin, They Want The Whole Enchilada

One of Scott Walker's first action as the newly elected Wisconsin Governor was to post signs along the Wisconsin/Minnesota borders, saying Wisconsin was 'open for business'. Now two months later, residents are seeing first hand how very prophet-like that single action was to their futures. Governor Walker has put the state of Wisconsin up for sell to big business at the cost of it's independence and workers souls.

The question is why Walker would trade the State of Wisconsin away to thugs and thieves? My mama always said to 'connect the dots' and 'follow the money' to find the answers..easy enough to do in this instance.

  1. The Koch Brothers, an energy conglomerate involved with oil, coal, and gas contributed significant funds to Governor's Walkers election.

  2. Within 24hrs of Walker being elected, the Koch Brothers 'set up shop' in Madison, Wisconsin.
  3. Walker pushes for the Budget Repair Bill with a provision for selling off state owned utilities with NO BID contracts!

The dots lead to the Koch Brothers who have contribute billions to libertarian and tea party candidates like Wisconsin Governor Walker. They are dedicated to preserving their rights to make billions by exploiting and endangering workers while poisoning the air we breathe. In political circles their ideological network is even referred to as 'Kochtopus'. What's going on in Wisconsin is a power grab by the Brothers with their puppet Walker's assistance. If they get their way, the state of Wisconsin will become the next Koch Brother subsidiary.

Unfortunately 'what happens in Wisconsin won't stay in Wisconsin'. Being next door neighbors, events going on right now are effecting Minnesota. For example, Scott Walker's decision to cut funding to the high speed rail, brought to a halt funding plan's for Minnesota's high speed rail system connecting St. Paul to Chicago, with links to Duluth, Fargo, and other cities. In addition the brutal attack to break collective bargaining and union employees representing Wisconsin public employees is being cheered on by the leaders of America's far right political fringe groups dedicated to doing the bidding of the wealthy and big corporations. As Wisconsin goes...so will Minnesota...

Mama said a lot of things that were wise...she also taught me not to play along if it's wrong...and what's going on in Wisconsin is wrong...so here's the deal...

The Koch Brothers own Georgia Pacific products so I can stop using any GP products like Brawney paper towels...dixie cups, northern toilet paper, stainmaster carpets, mardis gras paper products, and any other related GP products.

While it won't have the same impact of paying billions to a lobbyist group to change legislation and get their puppets elected to office like the Koch Brothers have done in Wisconsin, but it's a start point...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oh, It's On, Bring It!

The GOP both locally and nationally continue to push bills against women, immigrants, GLBT, minorities, non-christians, the poor and unions. They've become emboldened by each others chest thumping and back slapping and see it as a mandate to pass hot-button bills against 'we the people'.

In lieu of creating jobs, balancing the budget, or reducing the deficit, they are passing a plethora of bills meant to restrict and repress 'we the people' and repeal all safeguards meant to protect 'we the people' against big corporations. They have empowered the wealthy while taking our pennies. The injustice and lost of liberty makes their actions unAmerican. They have failed America.
“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” -RFK
Each of us need to start creating ripples until a tsunami transforms our government back to 'we the people' and away from the special interests, the greedy and the corporations. Take a stand for what is right for our families and community. Give voice against the repression, support our values of justice and liberty...demand our elected representatives do the same. Oh its on, bring it...

I miss you Kent...goddammit...I've only got so much heart to lose...and you just took a chunk of it. The world will miss you, it just doesn't know yet -love ts

Thursday, February 10, 2011


The local Minnesota legislature has taken on the tough issues like fair pay for women (they're against it), how to stop Minnesota's record voter turnout (they're against it), and dismantling social services like Minnesota's Children's Protective Agency (apparently abused children are okay as long as taxes get cut for Corporations)...all-in-all it's been thirty six days since Republicans have taken control of the Minnesota legislature, and the number of new jobs created:

Perhaps the Republicans are better on the

federal side

...er..nevermind, move along nothing to see here!

Taking a day or two off...enjoy the weekend, let's dance and sing, and otherwise pray for warmer weather...at least a warm up to zero...

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Snow Snakes, Bigfoots, Voter Fraud, and Other Things That Go Bump In MN's GOP Dreams

Minnesota has historically prided itself on a large voter turnout. Typically we have been among the top few states in the nation with a large voter turnout. In addition, voter fraud has been extremely rare (26 cases out of hundred of thousands of voters last election!). Naturally, the MN GOP feels a need to address this pressing and overwhelming 'non-existing state problem' of lots of voters and a statistically non-existing voter fraud of less than 100th of a percent!

The GOP propose to protect Minnesotans against this 'non-existing problem' by spending more of our tax dollars. They want to mandate voter IDs while adding ID machines to every vote location. Really?! What state are they living in? Has Minnesota become California? Where's the common sense in this kind of worthless legislation? What's not to love here...spending tax dollars on imaginary problems.

Our State budget is in need of balancing with a projected 6 billion dollar deficit, jobs need to be created and issues like the state's transportation, education and health care need have funding, but the Minnesota GOP want to mandate spending solutions for non-existing problems. Really?! What's next on their agenda?

Will the Minnesota GOP address the nonexisting Snow Snakes and Bigfoot? Perhaps we'll get lucky and they will talk about killer mosquitoes. Has the minus degree frigid Minnesota weather finally turned the Minnesota GOP officially into insane fluffy pink elephants unable to address the REAL problems facing our state?

Unfortunately, if they get their way, taxpayers get the bill for their insanity of fixing what isn't broke while women will continue to reap 24% less then men...ADDRESS THE REAL PROBLEMS!!!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

MN GOP: Shameful But Not Surprising

While cutting taxes for big corporations and trying to impose government ID's on Minnesota's voters (wonder who's paying for that?), the GOP has been too busy to answer question regarding their own offered up slash and burn budget for partially balancing Minnesota's state budget; Wonder why that is?

Senator Ted Daley ran on "I will bring greater understanding of how to properly balance our budget ..." It would be nice (some say even expected by his elected position) if he shared some of that 'understanding' with other Minnesotans...sigh... Here's an example of how that greater understanding, accountability and transparent government is working for the GOP:

They won't even answer questions about their own budget...shameful but not surprising.

Sen. Ted Daley (MN-R-38) facebook page said he" Toured the Delta Airlines facility yesterday to learn more about how we can attract, retain and grow jobs here in Minnesota "...wonder when he's going to tour the Lockheed Martin campus in his own district and discuss the 1000+ jobs going away!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Friday's Brouhaha

Remember the campaign promises from the newly elected Minnesotan Republican representatives? Apparently many of them have already forgotten those campaign pledges or an open and translucent government by the people including public debate.

What we have seen is the GOP making cuts at any expense including those of the Child Protection Agency without any public input. Again, the Minnesota Republicans are using the 'whack a mole' cutting edge decision process (sigh!) and thereby not asking for debate which would bring to light some of the effects of their outrageous decisions.
When elected officials have no values but money and no morals but power, Minnesotans can expect their quality of life to suffer, their families to pay, and their children to be at risk. This is the Minnesota GOP. Thier decision to cut the budget will impact the lives of Minnesota children that will last a lifetime. All children should to be protected and feel safe but not anymore in Minnesota.

All I want to do is dance...see ya at the State CC tomorrow!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Women: Like Men Only Cheaper!

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce would have you believe that women being paid equally is both an 'outdated' and 'unnecessary' thing? Hmm...so it's okay to pay women 67 cents for every dollar paid to men doing the same job with the same experiences and background? ...Think again sexist jerks!

What is outdated is the belief that without laws women won't continue to be discriminated against in the wage earning market place. When the first federal law was enacted on wage equity, women earned just 59% of the wages men earned. That disparity has improved over the years (decades) to around 80% but there still a ways to go. Follow this link to see women's earnings over the years compared to men's earnings.

Census statistics from September 16, 2010 show that the women still earn 77 percent of what men earn, based on the median earnings of full-time, year-round workers in 2009. Both men's and women's earnings showed slight increases from 2008 to 2009, with men's at $47,127 and women's at $36,278, a difference of $10,849, a marked differences. So tell me again why we don't need the law?

Yes women have made progress in the workforce but that is because of the laws. The fact remains that decades later, the goal of equal pay has still not been realized. In the last year, women in 20 states have actually seen the wage gap widen! Factor in that 40 percent of women working are the primary earners for their families, and we see more and more women slipping into the working poor. The need is even greater today to ensure that women are protected by fair and equitable earnings.

The map below shows how each state fares when it comes to gender equality in wages. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce position on this issue shows a total disregard for the facts regarding pay inequity as well as the welfare of Minnesota families.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday's Leftovers

Someone sent me the recipes from the recent 'Hot Dish' bake off that many of Minnesota's national representatives from both sides of the isle participated in. As I don't cook (really I don't!) I replied back (and yes i was being sort of jackass like) that "it would be much more useful to me to receive from them some hot dished legislation meeting some of our current needs rather than a cookbook"...

To which they emailed the following reply: "To be honest, it was more than I thought I would get from any of them"....

Zing, now I know why politics leave such a bitter taste in my mouth.

When is a tax, not a tax?
If it's for rich people or corporations it's a tax and bad and the MN GOP will remove, waive, lower, and legislate it away.

"If it's for the middle class it's called balancing the budget but not a tax and the MN GOP will enact it, charge us, and legislate it into law. Four weeks into the GOP controlled MN House session and they put together HF130.

According to State DFL Chair Brian Melendez:
"This reckless Republican ‘Phase 1’ budget is a high-tax, high-tuition, high-risk bill that asks working Minnesotans to unfairly shoulder most of the budget burden. It is a piecemeal approach that will not responsibly address Minnesota’s budget problems in the long term and will simply pass the buck onto local government and local taxpayers."

As Paul Thissen laments, "We were not elected to play budget whack-a-mole - swinging cuts around willy-nilly, without thought or prioritization, simply whacking at whatever that happens to pop up."

In case you missed the finer points from above...we (the middle class average folks) are the moles. Guess it's better than being ants...keep warm, enjoy the weekend.