Walker, Wisconsin Ranger

“Tonight, we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders who stand up and make the tough decisions,” Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

The Union Thugs and greedy self-absorbed bullies lost. I could not be happier.

The Concession speech: “We are a state that has been deeply divided and it is up to all of us, our side and their side, to listen. To listen to each other and to try to do what is right for everyone in this state,” Barrett told incredulous backers gathered in Milwaukee. “The state remains divided and it is my hope that while we have lively debates, a lively discourse which is healthy in any democracy, that those who are victorious tonight, as well as those of us who are not victorious tonight, can at the end of the day do what is right for Wisconsin families.”

I bet the Union thugs were going “F*ck you!” and throwing things at the screen. Since when do Liberals actually do something for all the people and not just themselves. They don’t.

Besides, exit polls still show Obama ahead of Romney in Wisconsin so the Democrats aren’t going to learn a damn thing from this defeat. Not a damn thing.

And now the punch line: Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO. “We hope Scott Walker heard Wisconsin: Nobody wants divisive policies.” 🙂 (NBC)

ED Schultz, MSNBC: “Certainly it is not the end and it’s going to be an opportunity for the progressive movement to regroup nationally and understand exactly what they are up against,” a teary-eyed Schultz lamented.

“And this sets the template for the Republicans and tells the right-wing in this country that if they can outfund their opponent they have a real good shot as winning,” Schultz, an enthusiastic supporter of President Barack Obama in 2008 said toward the end of the segment.

Ed Schultz concluded the segment by making a wild assertion. “Scott Walker could very well be indicted in the coming days,” the MSNBC host said.

“So it’s going to be really a fight for the Democrats here in November, no question about it,” Schultz said.

“We’re not just disappointed, this is the end of democracy. We just got outspent $34 million to $4 million. This was the biggest election in America and I hope he keep me on tonight because this hurts us all. Every single one of you out there in the nation, if you’re watching, democracy died tonight,” an emotional proponent of Scott Walker’s recall told a CNN correspondent in Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

Here is a classic Liberal Doublethink. The Unions are the ones who spent the $34 Million Dollars! and Lost!

And this mindless drone doesn’t know it and his brain would probably exploded if it was shown to him.

And doesn’t that demonstrate everything about the Left.

P.s. (from townhall)

Liberal talk radio host Bill Press has a bone to pick…with the Star Spangled Banner. Press said recently on his radio show that his main goal is to get rid of it. At first, Press tries to play off his issue with the National Anthem as being because the song is difficult to sing, but quickly expresses his true feelings about the song:

“It’s an abomination.”

“Are we the only ones who are brave on the planet? I mean all the brave people live here. I mean it’s just stupid I think.”

“I’m embarrassed, I’m embarrassed every time I hear it.”

That’s all Folks, for today…

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The Improving Cheese

“This is a disaster,” Mark Miller, the Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader, said in February after Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed a budget bill that would curtail the collective-bargaining powers of some public employees. Miller predicted catastrophe if the bill were to become law — a charge repeated thousands of times by his fellow Democrats, union officials and protesters in the streets.

Now the bill is law, and we have some early evidence of how it is working. And for one beleaguered Wisconsin school district, it’s a godsend, not a disaster.

The Kaukauna Area School District, in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin near Appleton, has about 4,200 students and about 400 employees. It has struggled in recent times and this year faced a deficit of $400,000. But after the law went into effect at 12:01 a.m. June 29, school officials put in place new policies they estimate will turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And it’s all because of the very provisions that union leaders predicted would be disastrous.

In the past, teachers and other staff at Kaukauna were required to pay 10 percent of the cost of their health-insurance coverage and none of their pension costs. Now they’ll pay 12.6 percent of the cost of their coverage (still well below rates in much of the private sector) and contribute 5.8 percent of salary to their pensions. The changes will save the school board an estimated $1.2 million this year, according to board president Todd Arnoldussen.

Of course, Wisconsin unions had offered to make benefit concessions during the budget fight. Wouldn’t Kaukauna’s money problems have been solved if Walker had just accepted those concessions and not demanded cutbacks in collective-bargaining powers?

“The monetary part of it is not the entire issue,” says Arnoldussen, a political independent who won a spot on the board in a nonpartisan election. Indeed, some of the most important improvements in Kaukauna’s outlook are because of the new limits on collective bargaining.

In the past, Kaukauna’s agreement with the teachers union required the school district to purchase health-insurance coverage from something called WEA Trust — a company created by the Wisconsin teachers union. “It was in the collective-bargaining agreement that we could negotiate only with them,” says Arnoldussen. “Well, you know what happens when you can negotiate with only one vendor.” This year, WEA Trust told Kaukauna that it would face a significant increase in premiums.

Now the collective-bargaining agreement is gone, and the school district is free to shop around for coverage. And all of a sudden, WEA Trust has changed its position. “With these changes, the schools could go out for bids, and, lo and behold, WEA Trust said, ‘We can match the lowest bid,'” says Republican state Rep. Jim Steineke, who represents the area and supports the Walker changes. At least for the moment, Kaukauna is staying with WEA Trust but saving substantial amounts of money.

Then there are work rules. “In the collective-bargaining agreement, high-school teachers had to teach only five periods a day out of seven,” says Arnoldussen. “Now they’re going to teach six.” In addition, the collective-bargaining agreement specified that teachers had to be in the school 37-1/2 hours a week. Now it will be 40 hours.

The changes mean Kaukauna can reduce the size of its classes — from 31 students to 26 students in high school and from 26 students to 23 students in elementary school. In addition, there will be more teacher time for one-on-one sessions with troubled students. Those changes would not have been possible without the much-maligned changes in collective bargaining.

Teachers’ salaries will stay “relatively the same,” Arnoldussen says, except for higher pension and health care payments. (The top salary is about $80,000 per year, with about $35,000 in additional benefits, for 184 days of work per year — summers off.) Finally, the money saved will be used to hire a few more teachers and institute merit pay.

It is impossible to overstate how bitter and ugly the Wisconsin fight has been, and that bitterness and ugliness continues to this day with efforts to recall senators and an unseemly battle inside the state Supreme Court. But the new law is now a reality, and Gov. Walker recently told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the measure would gain acceptance “with every day, week and month that goes by that the world doesn’t fall apart.”

In the Kaukauna schools, the world is definitely not falling apart — it’s getting better. (Byron York)

But never forget the Unions will fight tool and nail to your death to have their exclusive members-only kiss-ass club back. They are too arrogant and “entitled” not to.

Much like most Democrats.

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BY Executive Order, Put Down that Twinkie!

During the Health Care “debate” last year I joked about the government coming for your twinkies and wanting to regulate what you eat, since it would impact their Health Care costs when the government takes over your Health Care under the guise of  “qualified plans”. (i.e. if your plan changes and the government doesn’t like the change it’s no longer “qualified” and thus subject to ObamaCare regulations)

So quick but important diversion on an ObamaCare update:

Internal administration documents reveal that up to 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage because of ObamaCare.

Small firms will be even likelier to lose existing plans.

The “midrange estimate is that 66% of small employer plans and 45% of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfathered status by the end of 2013,” according to the document.

In the worst-case scenario, 69% of employers — 80% of smaller firms — would lose that status, exposing them to far more provisions under the new health law.

“It is difficult to predict how plans and employers will behave in the coming years, but if plans make changes that negatively impact consumers, then they will lose their grandfather status.”

So change it, and lose it.

I railed against “qualified plans” for months last year.

Under the new health law, current employer-based health plans will be grandfathered — that is, they will not have to follow many Obama-Care provisions that take effect on Jan. 1, 2014. These include benefit mandates, caps on out-of-pocket expenses and limits on age-based premiums.

But they forfeit that grandfathered status if they make changes to the plans by 2014. If so, firms may have to adopt new plans or drop coverage and pay the penalty.

Under the regulations in the document, a plan is no longer considered to be grandfathered if:

It eliminates benefits related to diagnosis or treatment of a particular condition.

It increases the percentage of a cost-sharing requirement (such as co-insurance) above its level as of March 23, 2010.

It increases the fixed amount of cost-sharing such as deductibles or out-of-pocket limits by a total percentage measured from March 23, 2010, that is more than the sum of medical inflation plus 15 percentage points.

It increases co-payments from March 23, 2010, by an amount that is the greater of: medical inflation plus 15 percentage points or medical inflation plus $5.

The employer’s share of the premium decreases more than 5 percentage points below what the share was on March 23, 2010.

“These rules will ensure that up to 69% of employees — and 80% of workers in small business — will lose their current plan within three years,” said Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., a physician. “The reality is this: 58% of Americans want ObamaCare repealed because they fear they will lose their health care — and even their jobs — once this law is fully implemented.”(IBD)

Well, it’s not a joke anymore. They are after you.

President Obama has signed an executive order specifying the treatment for all Americans, to be prescribed by government bureaucrats.

Obama’s order appoints members to a new government committee set up by the Democrats’ new health law that will evaluate, make recommendations about and establish rules for everything from how people exercise to whether they smoke to the food they eat and the medicines they use.  And it specifically requires the committee list the priorities for “lifestyle behavior modification” that the government will pursue.

The council is designed to basically implement future policy that ultimately everything will be governed by federal authorities, from food to dietary supplements to vitamins.

The June 10th executive order establishes the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council.

The Food Police. 😦

The council’s membership, including the chiefs of Agriculture, Labor, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Education, and Homeland Security departments as well as the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Federal Trade Commission.


The executive order requires the council to “provide coordination . . . with respect to prevention, wellness, and health promotion practices, the public health system, and integrative health care in the United States.”

It further must develop a “health-care strategy that incorporates the most effective and achievable means of improving the health status of Americans” and also must “carry out such other activities as are determined appropriate by the president.”

It will “set specific goals and objectives for improving the health of the United States” and “establish specific and measurable actions and timelines to carry out the strategy.”

The council then will have to report to the president on what it has done, what progress has been made and provide a “list of national priorities on health pfomotion and disease prevention to adderss lifestyle behavior modification (including smoking cessation, proper nutrition, appropriate exercise, mental health behavioral health, substance-use disorder, and domestic violence screenings) and the prevention measures.”

Herb Titus, a veteran constitutional expert and lawyer, told WND, “The council is designed to basically implement future policy that ultimately everything will be governed by federal authorities, from food to dietary supplements to vitamins.”

Deborah Stockton, executive director of the National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association, which deals regularly with natural foods such as raw milk, agreed with the Titus analysis.

“They say, ‘We’re going to centralize power and control. We’re going to be in control,'” she told WND. “It’s [going to be] another epic confrontation between those who will and those who won’t.”

Could it be that noncompliance will bring down the wrath of those agencies?

“It’ll be criminalized … if you don’t follow federal guidelines on nutrition, exercise,” he said. “That’s what this is designed to do. Ultimately bring everything under the federal umbrella. The only way they can accomplish that is through force.

“Ultimately that’s where it’s headed,” Titus said. “This is what people have been warning about. Here you have it.”

The executive order requires the council to “provide coordination … with respect to prevention, wellness and health-promotion practices, the public-health system and integrative health care in the United States.”

“Citizen, stop and show your papers and certify under oath you have properly exercised and ingested the proper amount of nutrition today!” scoffed one blogger.

The order also targets most of the products that are promoted as natural supplements or remedies, demanding that all “prevention programs” be based on the “science” guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, virtually eliminating anything that is not put through the multimillion-dollar tests required of the federal agency.

Think I’m kidding:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-establishing-national-prevention-health-promotion-and-public-health

Then add: H.R. 2749: Food Safety Enhancement Act (pending in Congress)
This bill would give the FDA greater regulatory powers over the national food supply and food providers with the goal of preventing food-borne illnesses and ensuring food safety. More specifically, it would increase the frequency of FDA inspections of food processing plants, expand the FDA’s traceback capabilities for when outbreaks do occur, give the FDA mandatory recall authority, and require food facilities to have safety plans in place in order to mitigate hazards. Concurrently, the bill would impose annual registration fees of $500 on all facilities holding, processing, or manufacturing food and require that such facilities also engaged in the transport or packing of food maintain pedigrees of the origin and previous distribution history of the food. Farms would not have to register.

Does a “Facility” include your garden or greenhouse?

The fun part I’ve seen so far: Recalls:  H.R. 2749 provides the FDA with recall procedures for food that is deemed to be dangerous.  The basis for this determination would be if the Secretary has “reason to believe” the food poses a health risk.

She “deems” it so. And we all know about Democrats and “deeming” 🙂

“I’m sorry citizen that food has been deemed to be a health hazard and you are not allowed to eat it!”

Black Market Salt anyone? 😦

The bill would also require the creation of a national public education program on food safety.  This section additionally mandates that the Department of Health and Human Services conduct food safety research.

After all, you are too dumb to eat healthy to begin with so we have to ‘re-educate’ you. 🙂

Quarantine Authority:  The bill would give FDA the authority to restrict the movement of food within a State (quarantine) if there is credible evidence that the food presents an imminent threat of serious adverse health consequences or death.

Can that be “deemed”??

FDA Regulation of Agriculture:  The bill would authorize and direct the FDA to regulate agricultural production practices, effectively telling farmers how to farm.  Fruit and vegetable producers specifically would be subject to regulatory burdens.  Agricultural groups such as the California Farm Bureau have expressed concern over these issues.
General Summary of H.R. 2749 and Farm Bureau’s Chief Concerns

H.R. 2749 would add significant new regulatory burdens for farmers, especially for produce and nut crops.  The bill would establish farming standards and create a traceability system with strict record-keeping requirements.  FDA would have the authority to conduct on-farm inspections as well as quarantine large geographic areas.  Stiff criminal and civil penalties could be imposed for any violation of the act, including record-keeping mistakes.
http://www.montereycountyfarmbureau.org/Issues/HR_2749.htm

Quarantine Authority and Mandatory Recall: The bill’s quarantine authority allows FDA to quarantine a geographic area if there is credible evidence that food poses a health risk.  The provision does not account for economic losses suffered by food producers, processors or distributors in the quarantine area.  Some Members may be concerned that if the FDA ultimately lifts the quarantine for lack of confirmatory evidence, the agency has no obligation, authority or means to indemnify producers for their losses.   Similarly, the bill allows FDA to act on suspicion to require a producer to cease distribution of food.  No consideration is given in the legislation to indemnification for economic damages if the FDA was wrong.After all, the Government will control your Health care. So why no the nutrition that goes along with it.

So that will be your Food, your Health, and your Energy.

Nothing to oppressive. 🙂

http://www.gop.gov/bill/111/1/hr2749

Petition: http://www.ftcldf.org/petitions/pnum993.php
CBO Report: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:KC3T2Rie_ocJ:www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm%3Findex%3D10478+H.R.+2749:+Food+Safety+Enhancement+Act+of+2009&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjlh3G7CEnBI74BaGpy76CIlAQDXW3brSvgdm4RT50ZGv5T_aUetIZd-GwgirP75PnzVvnmKgJsob6R_qlH5ZCzNj8eIAju6cb4rRAdkeqa5KYWotdp6W0JQC6D9QFahWK1ku8n&sig=AHIEtbS9h81IMhl_JMQ5gs4370vtmCgiJg

We are from the Government and we are here to save you from yourself!

Rejoice Citizen!