What’s at stake Aug. 9

Usually, our airwaves are polluted by political commercials in even-numbered years.

Another example of why I detest public-employee unions generally and teacher unions specifically is that our airwaves were befouled in 2010, and now this year with Recallarama, and will be again in 2012, with presidential, U.S. Senate, Congressional and legislative races.

Since my time has been wasted in 30-second increments with these commercials (particularly since, now that I no longer work for a TV-station-owning company, I get no benefit from those who pay for said commercials), I thought I’d use a few spots to show what is at stake in the Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 recall elections.

The question that will be answered Aug. 9 and 16 is who do you want to run Wisconsin — the public-employee unions, who exist to serve their leaders first, their members second, and the taxpayers not at all, or those who actually pay their salaries, particularly including employers. (Because if employers are not healthy, their employees aren’t healthy either.)

This election is about the 85 percent of Wisconsin workers who do not work for government, but whose salaries pay the compensation of those who do work for government — those people who have shown for the most part nothing remotely indicating gratitude for their above-average compensation. (As in $71,000 per year in average compensation for state employees, which is $21,000 per year more than the average Wisconsin family income.)

In one week, you get to decide between grotesquely irresponsible government that was the norm in Wisconsin under the previous governor and Legislature, or state government that (imperfectly measured though it is) does not spend more money than it has. Or, put another way, you get to decide between the screwing of the taxpayer that has been the norm in Wisconsin for more than 30 years, and having the taxpayer in charge.


Presty the DJ for Aug. 2

Today in 1961, the Beatles made their debut as the house band of the Cavern Club in Liverpool, before they had recorded music of their own creation.

Birthdays start with Edward Pattern, one of Gladys Knight’s Pips …

… born one year before Doris Kenner of the Shirelles:

Garth Hudson played keyboards for The Band:

Andrew Gold was Linda Ronstadt’s guitarist before his solo career:

Today in 1972, Brian Cole, singer of The Association, died of an overdose at 29: