Paul Ryan suddenly discovers “caring”

Apparently the budget-cuts-will-take-care-of-everything reality distortion force field that has been humming around Paul Ryan has been pierced by reality or at least an acknowledgement that he’s fast becoming one of America’s most hated politicians.

This is an actual RNC mailing courtesy of Washington Monthly with text that says, “America is at a tipping point. 14 million Americans are unemployed and 9.3 million are underemployed. Our debt has grown over $4 trillion in less than three years and will be above $16 trillion before the end of 2012. The safety net for the poor is coming apart at the seams and no one in Washington seems to care.””

Let’s just take a quick look in the blue cheddar archives for examples of the Paul Ryan brand of caring.

Aha. Here’s a nice one: IL Rep. Jan Schakowsky said Ryan’s plan would “..destroy Medicare as we know it by giving seniors a fixed dollar voucher and sending them off to find an insurance company that will cover them. That’s after raising the age of Medicare eligibility. He also revives the discredited idea of privatizing Social Security and raising the retirement age. Good luck, Grandma!””

Thumbing through the archives another moment… Well I do find a safety net and some caring but not for the poor. In the course of his take-down of Paul Ryan’s grandiose financial manifesto for America, Paul Krugman noticed where the money came from: the bottom 95% income earners of the U.S. would get a tax hike while the top 5% would get a tax break! That sort of split—it reminds of a 99% thing I keep on hearing about somewhere…..

I know I’m being mean to Paul Ryan and I really ought to shame the House Republicans too. I mean after all I think they did have to help Ryan replace the former pay-as-you-go way of appropriating funds with a “cut-as-you-go” rule. So what that means is that any increases in mandatory spending would have to be paid for somewhere else in the budget BUT if you’re talking about a tax cut, no similar standard applies. Green light for tax cuts! How interesting that this could enable those tax cuts for the top 5%, yes?

I know what you’re thinking. What about the charming boyish straight-out-of-the-Sears-catalog-slacks-section smile? The super nice homegrown salt of the earth, Wisconsin character that we ALL have here– What about that?

Thumbing through the files again…. Oh goodness gracious. Labor Day, 2011 when Paul Ryan and wife proceed to ignore the visitor who is actually speaking pretty civilly with questions about jobs and employment.

And that helped me locate a companion piece from a luncheon in West Allis – the little “hope he’s taking his blood pressure medicine” joke cracked at this local man’s expense after he’s removed from the room—[and was this the senior citizen the cops wrestled down to the ground later?]

Backup link

Back in December 2010 Ryan claimed that “The third rail is not the third rail anymore…The political weaponization of entitlement reform is no longer as potent as it used to be”.

What a difference almost a year makes. The conversations Americans are having about economic injustice have jumped off and over Ryan’s “rails”. Be careful Paul Ryan. I think they’re running over you next.

Watch this and feel your contempt for Paul Ryan shoot up 1,000%: Labor Day conversation

OK. I know this is on Blogging Blue and probably Sly’s blog but I just had to put it here too because it got me to raging.

I start out feeling really uncomfortable as I see Paul Ryan be confronted one-on-one. But then Ryan and his wife’s glib responses just bring my blood back to a high boil where it should have been.

Take a look at the grimacing smile Ryan’s wife has while the protesters says, “Do I have to work for $1.00 per hour? Is that the competitiveness that’s needed”?

She then says “Have a nice day!” and Ryan says “Would you like some candy?” “Would you like a Badger schedule?” while he smiles, almost snickering, and looks at his friends–
behavior I’d expect from a high school kid who’s trying not to laugh while he’s talking to the special ed kid.

(Jeeebus H. Fricking. . . .)

The protester says, “There needs to be better jobs in this community”
Ryan: “Yeah, right”

Protester:“What is deregulating going to do? Should we allow corporations to do whatever they like? Is that the goal?”

A Ryan supporter says something I can barely make out, like “Come on it’s a Labor Day Parade”.

Protester:“How can we be at Labor Day when there’s so much unemployment? This is a sad labor day!”

Notice that Ryan will not address any of his questions.

I’m glad Paul Ryan was pegged for the corporate suck-up that he is and was hounded mercilessly-as you see in this video.

Congrats to these protesters for effectively ruining Ryan’s parasitic use of a Labor Day event as some kind of ad for his name. Republicans, get it through your thick skulls that Labor Day is no longer some kind of politician promotion device. People are putting “labor” together with “jobs” and “middle class”. We know what you’re robbing us of.

For the record, Bureau of Labor Stats shows 9.5% unemployment for Janesville,WI in July 2011.

Some other Paul Ryan articles from the blue cheddar files:

August 27 Paging Paul Ryan and Scott Walker: Wisconsin protests are on the rise and protesters will find you

August 13 Lazy Friday Round-up: Paul Ryan and Area Blogger Notices Economy

July 18 Video: Wisconsin GOP Booze Cruise walks through protester gauntlet

July 14 Wisconsin Republicans Rush Redistricting. The people call it “Fitzmandering”

July 5 Raining on Paul Ryan’s Parade. Here’s how it’s done

June 28 Rob Zerban delivers 65,000 signatures supporting medicare today to Paul Ryan. Protests planned for Alberta Darling, Scott Walker, more

Paul Ryan Luncheon Arrests and Protest

Photo above from Wisconsin Jobs Now.

These are videos of people getting kicked out of Paul Ryan’s Rotary luncheon for asking questions. After they paid $15.00 to get in. I’m seeing multiple reports that 5 were kicked out while 3 were arrested.

While they were inside, a rally took place outside.

From Greendale Patch: “Outside, the protests and counter-protests were spirited but peaceful, with police from West Allis,Greenfield, Hales Corners and Franklin, as well as Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputies.

“We’ve tried to get a chance to talk to Paul,” said one man who had been at the luncheon but withheld his name. “We’ve asked for many opportunities to meet with him at a public forum and his office has refused.”

“All these conservatives that are our representatives are supporting corporate interests,” said Steven Sweet of Bay View. “It’s the same mantra over and over again, but how else can I put it. They’re cutting programs and not asking anyone else to share the sacrifice.”

Supporters, many from outside the immediate area, also came out.

“I really support Paul Ryan and I support what he stands for. I believe that you can’t take from Peter to pay Paul and this country has been doing it for how many years,” said Ginny Holton from Brown Deer. “We have to stop the spending that’s going on. We need a strong, moral government that has some integrity, one that follows the constitution. … we just need a different direction, and I do think Paul Ryan is man of integrity.”

“We’re here just to support Paul,” said Gary from Burlington.  “We had heard they were bussing people in from Racine, and we wanted to take up a call to action.””


Kelly Gallaher has a few more luncheon arrest videos at her YouTube channel

Paging Paul Ryan and Scott Walker: Wisconsin protests are on the rise and protesters will find you

Whether you think gaining 2 state senate seats for the Dems is a coup or you think Wisconsin is still basically screwed, the rage against Republican chicanery, cronyism, and rights-killing remains. Despite past under-reporting or scant reports and misinformation from corporate press, for the record, the rage was never isolated to the Capitol and Dane County.

I feared that the rage would quell to a simmer. But instead, it’s flaming.

Here’s a tour of recent protest eruption in Wisconsin: [Note: Today at 3PM and at 7:30PM Walker will endure protest in Johnson Creek and in Milwaukee. More on that here.]

Paul Ryan, all week: All 4 Paul Ryan offices fell under occupation or protest. Here’s a report from TeamsterNation

Ryan’s offices are in Kenosha, Janesville, Racine, and Lake Geneva. One of the most exciting tidbits about Kenosha came via a tweet from @WiscJobsNow:

‘Cops in Kenosha refuse to arrest protesters or issue tickets. just filmed activists & read them warnings. #WhereIsPaulRyan’

The Capitol, Madison Thursday:  On Thursday, a protest marched down state street to the Capitol and culminated in a brief occupation of the building that led to 4 or 5 arrests and citations for 13 people – this info is according to a fellow protester.

The energy of people charging up the street was back up to the fever pitch I recall from earlier weeks. In the past many  protesters wore red to symbolize solidarity with education and educators. On Thursday they wore black as a symbol of grief and carried shiny red mylar balloons.

Robbed
– image from @millbot Emily Mills

Union Rally
– image from ptonne of flickr

Last night @BatmanWI told me that those who were arrested for not leaving the Capitol building were truly resisting arrest by locking arms together so that police had to struggle to remove them. She said that, in contrast,she didn’t get a citation after she went limp and had to be carried out of the Capitol by cops.

She described 1 man who held onto a flag and refused to budge. When police forceably removed him from his flag, his hands bled from being ripped across something on the flag’s pole.

The next video from SSWIDTMS shows protesters marching into the Capitol at the 5 minute mark. After that, you’ll see people singing loudly, and then you’ll see a small group of protesters that grouped in the rotunda center but were ultimately carried out one by one by police.

Milwaukee Protest of Scott Walker Friday Aug 26 at private Catholic school, Messmer Prep. 
Several hundred very vocal people of diverse backgrounds came. Nobody knows who,but somebody glued the school’s doors shut early in the morning. From the sound of this great post by noise of rain at Daily Kos 1 man was arrested for refusing to leave his own yard – a yard which ran contiguous to an alley way next to the school.

video from WiscJobsNow

messmer-yell
– pic from badsci of flickr


The above photo comes from the blog Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement From http://wibailoutpeople.org
“Virtually the entire neighborhood around Messmer school where Walker visited, was out on porches, on the streets, the sidewalks, and the alleys behind the school to tell the union-buster to get out of their neighborhood. The residents of Riverwest feel Walker’s visit is an extreme provocation after he signed the union-busting bill known as Act 10 and pushed through the 2011-13 state budget with the worst cuts to social safety nets in state history. Riverwest is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Wisconsin with many people of color, LGBTQ people, women, children and seniors many of whom will suffer greatly and may even die due to Walker’s union-busting and austerity actions which are being pushed by the banks, corporations and the pentagon.”
Read more here.

Blogger ‘noise of rain’ feels positive about where Wisconsin protesters and progressives are right now:

“It feels to me that we are now in a third phase of the movement. The first was centered in Madison and Capitol Square. The second was the recall campaign and elections. Our current phase is unfolding. It is more tense, and more intense. It feels less patient, it feels more fed up. It also has a feeling of confidence. We have learned a lot in the last six months. We know how to create media events, how to protect each other, and how to work together. Our songs are louder, our chants more rhythmic. We are mixing the streets, the social networks and the few institutions of power that we have access to.

It is hard to predict long term outcomes, but judging by what I experienced this afternoon, I put my money on the power of the people. We’ve got the feets and we’ve got the streets.”

It’s definitely difficult to predict long term outcomes. Here’s one safe bet: many Wisconsin households will celebrate a Labor Day that’s really about labor and not just about the grill and drinking beer.  Can’t wait.

Lazy Friday Round-up: Paul Ryan and Area Blogger Notices Economy

It’s one of those days. Feeling ill. So for now, I present this lazy meandering post.

Wisconsin’s own Paul Ryan will have a Mobile Office Schedule through September 27 in parking lots of various buildings in his district.

I don’t know if this is wise. We could go all Wisconsin on him in these exposed locations.

MoveOn Protest Against Paul Ryan's Plan to Slash the Budget for Social Security and Medicare May 16th, 2011 Chicago, IllinoisIMG_5389

In April citizens gave him flack in a packed Kenosha townhall inside and outside (as seen below).


Image from Politico

In May in Chicago protesters held anti-Ryan signs that said “Hands off my Medicare,” “Hands off my Social Security,” and “Paul Ryan plan: Let them eat cat food.” [MoveOn protest below]

MoveOn Protest Against Paul Ryan's Plan to Slash the Budget for Social Security and Medicare May 16th, 2011 Chicago, IllinoisIMG_5534 – image from cemillerphotography

In June 100s gathered outside the Washington D.C. Newseum to protest Ryan’s medicare slashing budget plan. [nice protest speech in DC below]

In July and last Monday protesters made fun of Ryan’s $350 bottles of DC wine outside his offices with fake tastings. [That’s Dem. candidate Rob Zerban next to the cow. He’s the man challenging Ryan for his seat.]

Paul Ryan has some time to be in Wisconsin since he will not be on the 12-member found-nowhere-in-the-constitution-of-the-United-States congressional “Super Congress” or “Super-Committee” which will decide on further U.S. budget cuts by his own request: “I asked the Speaker not to consider me for the Joint Committee, because only the Budget Committee can write legislation to reform the budget process. As Budget Committee chairman, my plan has long been to work on this critical issue throughout the fall.”

Whether he’s covering up for the fact that he was excluded anyway because he’s more a Cantor man than a Boehner man [none of Cantor’s buddies got picked for the mostly boy’s budget band. Ryan co-wrote Young Guns with Cantor *barf* so he’s a Cantor man] or if it’s saying he doesn’t want to risk his political career being tied to the crappy compromise legislation that comes of it….what’s your take on Ryan staying off the Super Congress?

What Me Worry?
what me worry
Yesterday I heard the phrase “take the long view” so many times it had to be part of a drinking game somewhere. Honestly, I haven’t had a chance to worry about the S&P messing with our AAA rating and setting the economy into a tailspin etc. because I was so focused on Wisconsin. But I noticed Robert Reich saying, “Pardon me for asking, but who gave Standard & Poor’s the authority to tell America how much debt it has to shed, and how?” And I saw my twitter pals go nuts when mass media ignored this quote from S&P’s report ”We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act.” [which was pointed out by Thom Hartmann.]

So that’s up to speed, right? Well now I look into it and 1 hour ago Bloomberg posted that the SEC is investigating whether the S&P broke the law and leaked its confidential rating early. Whoa. If a person got that sort of information early – wouldn’t that be some sweet information to use on the market. Could there be some corruption of epic proportion there?

I know corruption ordinarily gets me hopping mad and alarmed. Tonight I’m going to let Dylan Ratigan of MSNBC do the rant for me in this next priceless you-must-see-it broadcast. Which for a while there seems to be causing the co-hosts to have kittens.

Ratigan says we’ve got a mathematical fact:
“10’s of trillions of dollars are being extracted from the United States of America! Democrats aren’t doing it. Republicans aren’t doing it. An entire integrated system – financial system, trading system, taxing system – that was created by both parties over a period of two decades is at work on our entire country right now! And we’re sitting here arguing about whether we should do the $4 trillion dollar plan that kicks the can down the road for the President for 2017 or burn the place to the ground -both of which are reckless, irresponsible, and stupid!”

Ratigan says the root of the problem is our “bought Congress” and says Obama is the one person who can halt the flow of corrupting money into politics and he’s not doing it. Jimmy Williams agrees but says that Congress has to also stop the way things work.

In stark contrast is the Onion’s “Area Loser” [who I resemble in more than 1 way]:
Area Loser Blissfully Unaffected By Whims Of Stock Market

BOULDER, CO—According to economic experts, local man and complete reject Dale Everett, 37, remains 100 percent unaffected by the dramatic ups and downs of the American stock market. “No matter what sort of calamity befalls Wall Street, this total failure of a man remains exactly, and happily, the same as he was before,” said market analyst Ben Tanaka, who since 2008 has developed high-blood pressure and a stomach ulcer from worrying about the financial crisis. “As long as he has money for rent, cable, and food, which he usually does, he is fine. I have to say, I kind of envy the loser.” Tanaka added that unless there was suddenly a 550 percent nationwide spike in the price of beer, Everett’s condition would likely continue on without change. – The Onion

Video: Wisconsin GOP Booze Cruise walks through protester gauntlet

This video is from Arthur’s YouTube channel Arthurkr222, by the way.

The people who were actually at this rally called the GOP fundraiser a booze cruise last night. Now that I’m seeing this video, I understand why. Watch!

Highlights:
1:41 mark – Paul Ryan coming through and Arthur saying “You ought to be ashamed of yourself.”

1:35 mark – Protesters say “Wisconsin’s not for sale.” A Republican man walking through says “Yes we are!” Repeatedly.

1:45 mark – A woman spots Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and starts chanting “Recall Kleefisch” and others join in. Arthur calls out, “I just want to marry my toaster. That’s all I want to do, Ma’am. You won’t let…”

(If you don’t get the joke, back in October 2010, Kleefisch said she opposed rights for gay people to marry because it is as absurd as marrying a table or a dog:
“This is a slippery slope in addition to that — at what point are we going to OK marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table, or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs? This is ridiculous.”)

2:33 mark – Miles recognizes a sloshy Represenative Kramer and calls to him with a megaphone. Bill Kramer is from conservative Waukesha and serves the 97th Assembly district. Arthur then does a brief interview with Kramer asking.
“How do you justify the extraordinary session for the redistricting?”
“When was the last time we were in extraordinary session before the budget process?”
and lastly
“Are you drunk sir?”

Kramer’s response is “”Ebberry redistericting is done ‘strawordary sessyun.””
[That’s an excellent translation of the local dialect “Wisconsin GOP BoozeCruise” by @gnarlytrombone that I won’t try to improve on.]

Subscribe to Arthur’s YouTube channel if you like video like this.

Photo Swiped From: Teamster Nation

Wisconsin Republicans Rush Redistricting. The people call it “Fitzmandering”.

Fitzmandering is what my pal on twitter @paellacook called gerrymandering in Wisconsin today. Clever, eh? Here are a few Fitzmandering resources. The process of redistricting our state is expected to be sped through by the GOP and completed before summer recall elections are done. Or in other words, the Wisco authoritarian party is doing its level best to hold onto power in all ways legal, and if it ain’t legal, they’ll make it so.

Compelling video of Arthur speaking today at a hearing on redistricting in Wisconsin.

Today Peter Barca did his first post at Daily Kos:
Winning the Redistricting Battle in Wisconsin

It’s a good scolding in the Barca tradition we know and love. Here’s a tidbit on Ryan’s district: “The Republicans’ congressional maps show that they know that Wisconsinites have rejected the GOP-plan led by Congressman Paul Ryan Continue reading

Rob Zerban delivers 65,000 signatures supporting medicare today to Paul Ryan. Protests planned for Alberta Darling, Scott Walker, more.

Rob Zerban

 

  • Challenger Rob Zerban delivering 65,000 signatures in support of medicare to Paul Ryan today. PCCC has been gathering online signatures of people asking Paul Ryan to preserve Medicare. Today at noon Paul Ryan’s 2012 challenger, Rob Zerban, will personally deliver a message on medicare and the signataures to Ryan in Kenosha.

Here’s Rob Zerban’s campaign web site.

 

  • Tuesday June 28 3pm-4pm  Senator Alberta Darling’s District Office – Rally to demand extension to unemployment benefits, Senator Alberta Darling’s District Office.  N 88 W16621 Appleton Ave.  Menomonee Falls, WI  facebook event
  • Protest of Governor Scott Walker in NYC, Tuesday, June 28. AFSCME and other groups (including “Bloombergville” activists) organizing protests, 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Grand Army Plaza Park, 5th Ave. between 58th and 60th Streets in Manhattan.  facebook event link. Walker will speak at a Republican National Committee fundraiser. Here’s the invitation and more.
  • Wednesday June 29 5pm March to Defend Tenants’ Rights and Local Control  link to facebook event March: 5:00 pm  Begins at State St. entrance to the capitol, Madison, Wisconsin  We will circle the capitol once before proceeding to the City – County Building.  Rally: 5:30 pm  City – County Building, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.  SB 107 /
  • AB 155 will roll back over a decade’s worth of tenants’ rights legislation in Madison. It is an assault on tenants’ rights and an affront to local government.  You can read the text of the bill here Read a response to the bill by Brenda Konkel, the executive director of Madison’s Tenant Resource Center, here.
  • Scott Walker will or will not be at the opening of a new library in Fitchburg,WI on Wed 6/29 at 9am.

Update from Steve Arnold

“Fitchburg Public Library grand opening tomorrow (Wed.) at 9:00AM, ribbon cutting at 9:30. Many local dignitaries are invited. The Governor’s office has confirmed that he will not be able to attend, but Jon Erpenbach, Sondy Pope-Roberts, Joe Parisi, and others will be there. It will be a great celebration. “This is what great public services look like!” Please share widely.”

  • It’s been a long hard road for this community to get this library and libraries are a good thing.Here’s a MAP to the 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711 location.

You’re a Fitchburg local? Go ahead and check out the list of library events.

 

Walker reading to 3rd graders in Green Bay, late April.

 

Videos: Republicans and the Federal Budget

Not feeling so hot today. I’ll just load up the blog with videos and some stuff about volunteering for various things. Pardon me. More energy, I hope tomorrow.

This is from LiberalViewer on YouTube. I’ve watched his stuff off and on for years.

In his words the video below is “A satirical clip from “The Late Show with David Letterman” titled “Republican Budget Cut Ideas” illustrates that the budget proposed by Republican Congressman Paul Ryan that recently passed the GOP controlled House of Representatives not only ends Medicare as we know it and gives big tax breaks to the rich, but also engages in the kind of mindless draconian cuts that makes it more extremist than serious, as I show in this video.”

Text from InciteBytes for video below: “This is a Clip from April 22, 2011, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, where Lawrence highlights and exposes the Republican fraud that the Paul Ryan budget plan “saves” Medicare As Lawrence expertly points out, the Ryan-Republican proposal not only doesn’t “save” Medicare, it absolutely ends it as we know it, i.e., changing it from a defined benefits government-administered insurance program to a voucher program tossing people into a not-yet-extant individual, private insurance market for elderly people with pre-existing conditions and high medical costs. ”

Paul Ryan’s proposed budget – http://1.usa.gov/eFSH1D

Video of Paul Ryan Listening Sessions and a Check on that Medicare “third rail”

From the Janesville, WI Paul Ryan listening session: A pretty good report from channel3000

“I have an 85-year-old mother, and I’m trying to take care of her health costs. I wanted to know more about the voucher program,” said Wilson Leon. “How much will that voucher be, and what happens when you exceed that voucher?”

Video of the Clinton, WI session is available in full at WisEye.org

The following Milton, WI footage and transcript is from ThinkProgress where there’s a longer piece on Ryan.

CONSTITUENT: The middle class is disappearing right now. During this time of prosperity, the top 1 percent was taking about 10 percent of the total annual income, but yet today we are fighting to not let the tax breaks for the wealthy expire? And we’re fighting to not raise the Social Security cap from $87,000? I think we’re wrong.

RYAN: A couple things. I don’t disagree with the premise of what you’re saying. The question is what’s the best way to do this. Is it to redistribute… (Crosstalk)

CONSTITUENT: You have to lower spending. But it’s a matter of there’s nothing wrong with taxing the top because it does not trickle down.

RYAN: We do tax the top. (Audience boos). Let’s remember, most of our jobs come from successful small businesses. Two-thirds of our jobs do. You got to remember, businesses pay taxes individually. So when you raise their tax rates to 44.8 percent, which is what the president is proposing, I would just fundamentally disagree. That is going to hurt job creation.

Below: From the Elkhorn, WI listening session. Mostly Ryan talking.  This video is from a citizen.

How’s that Gettin’ Rid Of Medicare Goin’ For Ya?

In December of 2010, Ryan said “.. the third rail is not the third rail anymore. The political weaponization of entitlement reform is no longer as potent as it used to be.”

Doing a status check on that:

Two house Republicans are publicly Continue reading

Would you care for a Paul Ryan “Wacky Voucher”? Its value only will go–down!

Well it’s nice to see the Democratic Party of Wisconsin having some fun at Paul Ryan’s expense. They passed out these “Wacky Vouchers” in Racine yesterday to raise awareness about Ryan’s radical plan to reshape Medicare.  The vouchers read: “Paul Ryan’s budget plan relies on massive cuts to Medicare, including a ration program.”

Ryan’s plan called “A Roadmap for America’s Future” includes a plan to revamp Medicare by:  promoting private insurance through a voucher program, by gradually reducing the value of each voucher, by raising the age of eligibility from 65 years to 69 years and 6 mos., and by reducing the program’s funding by 75% by 2080. PoliticalCorrection.com

A Paul Ryan "Wacky Voucher"

Image from JournalTimes.com

Some selected tweets on the Rebutting duo, Paul Ryan and Michelle Bachman.

Tomorrow night, President Obama delivers his State of the Union address and Paul Ryan rebuts. AND the Tea Party’s Michelle Bachman rebuts. How delightfully complicated! Michelle will be broadcast on TeaPartyExpress.org and perhaps on some cable channels. 

Robert Borosage
@borosage Robert Borosage
Rs consider Paul Ryan “reasonable and rational” to respond SOTU. But he’s a full throttle zealot with a nutcase budget plan .

Grab bag of blogging: Budget Czar Paul Ryan | A snowy tale of two cities | Super-sized Govmobile | MJ Sentinel suitable cage liner | Union fight or flight or …”forging”?

Paul Ryan will be able to set spending limits in the House without a vote, flying “in the face of the GOP’s promise to end backroom deals and increase transparency”.

Snowpocolypse Happens Mayor Bloomberg of New York City learns what Mayor Dave of Madison learned last Winter: clear snow or risk removal of your head. As for that Pennsylvania Gov calling everybody wussy…that’s too much armchair quarterbacking, in my opinion.

Lotta room for a bumper sticker here Still a hot story on Isthmus: Mr. Scott “thrifty” Walker is going to drive a Yukon XL in 2011. Price of leased vehicle?: $2,054.10 for the first month. Value of inevitable super-sized bumper sticker jokes? Priceless.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel forces me to consider purchasing a bird so that I might line its cage with its pages. Scott Walker is selected “person of the year” with zero mention of the high-speed rail fail. Something is rotten in the editorial board of that “paper”. I don’t know what it is, but please, somebody carry it to the curb.

Stop, drop, and roll. Fight, flee or forge… Why did I laugh when I read that WEAC, the Wisconsin teacher’s union, will try to “forge relationships” with GOP leadership in Wisconsin?

We are outta here Wisconsin state employees rush to retire in 2010. Expect some disarray in early 2011 as a result.

A shot of Glenn Grothman scolding gay marriage supporters, calling them the "hard, anti-Christian left" who were "afraid of the truth." frm Wispolitics.com

This just in: Different day, same Grothman I’ve had the great displeasure of hearing Glenn Grothman utter many asinine things. Here we go again: Grothman wants to ax kindergarten for 4-year-olds.

Not the college students of yesteryear Apathy of college students and their “self-reported narcissism” has reached new heights. Before you get bent out of shape, ask yourself if the average American still has access to college? What is the economic and racial make-up of a college student in 2010 as opposed to 2000 or earlier?

Pic links to PBS video of Soglin talking about times as a UW protester and leader

Odds are heavily weighted in favor of a Paul Soglin win for Mayor of Madison in Spring-UNLESS his heart condition flares. He’s got that street cred from being a leader on the UW campus in the 60’s, making some old-school East siders happy. And he’s got two runs as mayor under his belt that I think showed fiscal prudence …appealing to more conservative Madtowners. Time to review his blog.

Obama’s Michael Vick call I am not angered by it, and I’d like to write about why it is probably a good thing for Obama’s connection with black Americans.  But if you’re enraged and have been writing “I hate Obama” 100 times, take a deep breath and read what I think is the classiest, savviest response I’ve seen so far. It imagines the President calling the shelter that is rehabilitating some of the dogs Vick abused: Best Friends Animal Society.