Grab bag of blogging: If the bumper sticker bleeds, it leads | Wisconsin union-busting theories | Team Scooter | Elizabeth Warren

Republican State Representative Robin Vos thinks this bumper sticker image of Scott Walker with a train flying through his head is “indecent”(the first sticker design was more gross. Check it out.). WPR’s Joy Cardin will chat about the Democratic-sponsored sticker and more on her radio program’s 8-9am tomorrow,  Friday 12/31.

In good taste or not, this sticker is “sticky”: I’ve seen it crop up on facebook, in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and I’ve heard about it on the radio. If you click on the image, you can get your own and make it sticky on your car’s bumper. The Wisconsin Democrat website link to this sticker is no longer functioning as of 12/31/10. But here’s a similarly themed sticker from an independent artist!

Union Boogey Man. Quick fact for ya!: Wisconsin ranks 43rd in the number of  state employees per resident.

So I was wondering why our state employees pose such a vast threat for Scott Walker and Wisconsin.  A few theories:

A. Scott Walker wants to bankrupt Wisconsin to kill unions and privatize that workforce. From a Nov. 11 Newt Gingrich speech:I also hope the House Republicans are going to move a bill in the first month or so of their tenure to create a venue for state need to sit down with all your government employee unions and look at their health plans and their pension plans and frankly if they don’t want to change, our recommendation is you go into bankruptcy court.”

B. Unions are a strong political and funding force of “The Left”

C. Union wages bring up wages for all workers, and Walker’s business friends don’t like that. According to the Sunshine Review, the average national hourly wage of public employees last year—$39.66—was 45 percent more than the average hourly wage of $27.42 paid in the private sector [Note-I think that’s skewed high since it includes Federal employees]

D. Wisconsin may have a disaster brewing in its Employee Trust Fund.  Experts like Mike Shedlock say the fund is dangerously over-leveraged. He says fund managers did it to come up with 8% returns:a profit out of sync with the market reality. ETFs are also predicted to have their turn at a bubble. The state will either outright fail baby-boomer retirees or fulfill obligations through unpopular tax hikes or some portion of both.

Cathy Stepp at a Racine tax protest. She threw in a shot at President Obama for regulating carbon dioxide emissions. "My own breath will be regulated?" she asked.

There is no “I” in TEAM. Here comes Scott walker’s staff and heads of departments. How about this comment on the new DNR chief:  “Putting Cathy Stepp in charge of the DNR is like putting Lindsay Lohan in charge of a rehab center,” said Brett Hulsey, an incoming Democratic state representative from Madison. …Stepp said Thursday that her past criticisms of the agency should not affect morale at the agency.

Well, it’s nice she cares about morale.

I see that welfare-to-work reformer Eloise Anderson is back again to work as Department of Children and Families. Under Governor Tommy Thompson she was Administrator of the division of Community Services 1988 – 1992. She said in 1996 about the welfare reforms of that year: “By emphasizing work, welfare reform will lead to cooperation between a father and a mother, and create an interdependence for the well-being of the children, which will lead to cultural mainstreaming and stronger families”

I wonder how Eloise’s worky mainstreamy stuff worked out for families [distorting a Palinism there]. My first reaction is “Dear Eloise: The economy is not as good as when you peeled people off the welfare rolls in times past. Proceed with caution.”

Elizabeth Warren: A woman to watch. I do love a good industry watchdog. Don’t you? She’s the head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau designed to in Warren’s words, “be a new cop on the beat that will end big loopholes in the regulatory system [on financiers and bankers]” I know she’s not out of the woods yet. Last we knew her boss Timothy Geithner hated her. Maybe it’s because when she had the chance, she grilled him quite mercilessly on the sloppy bank bailouts:

Are you a fan of Elizabeth Warren yet? If you’re up for it, 1 more 4 minute video of Elizabeth on how we need to regulate loans to favor the consumer HERE.

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