Whom to vote for Aug. 16

At last, our long Wisconsin nightmare will be over with the recall elections in the 12th and 22nd Senate districts Tuesday.

Except that, of course, it won’t be over. Regardless of the results, the communofascists who have the Democratic Party of Wisconsin by the short hairs will say something like Bluto’s famous line “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor” and look forward to invalidating the Nov. 2 election results with a recall effort against Gov. Scott Walker.

It must be really fun to be a Wisconsin Democrat these days. Based on my appearance on Wisconsin Public Radio Friday, I conclude that Wisconsin Democrats need not bother with election results (see Nov. 2) or even math, because in their world 17 is not more than 16. And they certainly need not be concerned with economics, because to them money for government grows in the pockets of the evil “rich” or on marijuana plants or something. I assume they will continue with Protestarama daily until the end times because being a Wisconsin Democrat means never admitting fault or apologizing for, say, the wretched state of state finances the last time you controlled Madison.

Ever since I started writing opinions on a regular basis, I have always maintained that when voting for a candidate, the voter must consider what comes with the candidate. That has been my main objection to voting for presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, because, regardless of what you think personally of Clinton or Obama, when you vote for a presidential candidate you get the baggage of his or her party. At the federal level, that baggage includes the lying traitor Sen. John Kerry (D–Massachusetts), the mediocre yet shrill Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D–California), and others of your choice.

So it is with Sen. James Holperin (D–Conover), who my counterpart Friday asserts is one of the most moderate Democrats in the Senate. The problem, of course, is that when you vote for Holperin you also get Democratic Party loudmouths Mike Tate and Graeme Zielinski, plus Sen.  Dave Hansen (D–Green Bay), who believes that government employees who cost $71,000 in average compensation are middle-class, and Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D–Monona), who claims complete justification for costing Wisconsin taxpayers $9 million in Protestarama and Recallarama.

One wonders which Holperin 12th Senate District voters will be voting for Tuesday. Will it be the Holperin who admitted to a constituent that the 2009–11 state budget had “enough little tax and fee hikes in that budget of his to sink a good sized battleship,” or the Holperin who voted for that budget? Does Holperin represent his constituents, or the Democratic Party? Where is Holperin’s moderating influence on the Madison–Milwaukee axis within his party?

Holperin and his campaigns have also slandered every business person in Wisconsin by criticizing Republican Kim Simac for running her business like a business:

Rep. Mary Williams (R–Medford), small-business owner: “Holperin’s latest campaign trick is as low as it gets: attacking Kim Simac because her business dared to suffer during the recession. The Democrats tried this dirty campaign trick on me years ago, and it just shows us all how anti-business these politicians really are.”

Rep. Tom Tiffany (R–Hazelhurst), small-business owner: “In 2008, Jim Holperin used this same line of attack against me, by going after my family’s business. That crosses the line between politics and attacking my family, and it’s just not the way you treat people. Jim Holperin will say anything to win, and we deserve better.”

From a Simac news release: Sen. Holperin’s attack, on a business in his own district, centers on losses Simac’s company suffered during the past decade. As Holperin should know, as a member of a business council in 2007-2008 and as Jim Doyle’s tourism secretary, these losses affect a taxpayer’s bottom line, and a poor economy can lead to a zero net liability.

Simac: “My husband and I work hard every single day to scratch out a living for our family. We struggle at times to make money, but Jim Holperin hasn’t made it any easier. There are many other small business owners and individuals in this district who are in similar situations. Jim Holperin has become so disconnected from this district he doesn’t even realize he is attacking many small business owners and people in his district just trying to make a living.”

Nothing moderate there, is there?

The word “moderate”  has never applied to Sen. Robert Wirch (D–Kenosha), but even if it had, Wirch is a Democrat, and Democrats have not represented taxpayers for a long, long, time, and certainly not in 2011. Everything that has happened in Madison so far this year is the direct result of the fiscal disaster Wisconsin Democrats perpetuated on our state when they last controlled state government. Moreover, Wisconsin legislators cannot represent their constituents from Illinois.

As with last Tuesday, the choices are obvious — Simac in the 12th Senate District and Jonathan Steitz in the 22nd Senate District. That is, unless you approve of overcompensated government employees and overtaxed Wisconsin taxpayers.

Or, for that matter, the Fleeing Fourteen. As someone on Facebook put it early this morning:

Walking away from your job is sometimes the right thing to do. However, walking off your job just because you don’t want to do it for a month does not make you a hero. In the real world it makes you fired, and rightly so.

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4 thoughts on “Whom to vote for Aug. 16

  1. I love how you take joy in seeing WEAC cut 40% of their employees because of Walker and his budget. Let me just says a few things about our union. I work in a district that has the highest percentage of non-union members in the state. Not all public employees have to join the union. Some are considered sandbaggers, but I never had a problem with those that chose not to join. It is no different then those individuals who offer a service in the private sector and then send their money to the NRA. I don’t support the NRA or any of their ideals, but what one does with his or her own money is their business.

    My second issue with you is the whole figure of $71,000 that teachers make after benefits. Well that sounds just great on paper, but being the healthy individual that I am, I wasn’t in the hospital at all this year. The fact is this – my $33,000 salary is basically just that. Heck you can spin insurance any way you want; let me try my hand at it using your logic. Do you think that a person working for $20,000 a year that gets cancer and needs treatment for 6 months costing over $250,000 covered by insurance in turn makes $270,000 a year? At the end of the day, that person is still only worth $20,000, and I am only making $33,000. It is the same rationale that you argue with against teachers. My marginally small home and used car are not flashy. I cut my cable bill, cell phone, stopped funding my 403b and the college fund set aside for my children just to offset the cost of my pay freeze and higher rates into pension and health insurance.

    I assume that you have some clue that teachers provide a fantastic service to our society, have fought hard for their right to organize to protect us from unfair treatment, and that you wouldn’t trade professions with me for all the tea in China.

    One last thing. My average class size just rose from 17 students per class to 27 per class. Would you want your children to attend a school with those figures? That is the hard fact of this budget repair bill. Education has been bastardized.

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