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WI Gov. Scott Walker used phantom jobs to hand out pay raises


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Why oh why is Scott Walker supported by anyone in Wisconsin (or anywhere else, for that matter)? Have they not learned a thing since this happened in 2011?

He is, inexplicably, an early favorite for re-election (but not a lock) despite his voter suppressing, privatizing, union busting ways.

And don't get me started on his lack of ethics, including a years-long John Doe probe.

Including Walker's campaign and county staff collaborating after a teenage boy was killed by a 13-ton concrete panel that fell on him.

Including the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia warning Walker on giving misleading data on the WI economy.

Via JSOnline, we now see Scotty playing favorites/Checkers with jobs:

Madison Gov. Scott Walker's administration used phantom job transfers this year to give double-digit pay raises to two employees and a smaller raise to a third, quickly switching them from one post to as many as three others and then back to their original jobs.

The biggest pay increase — $14,416 a year — went to a longtime state economist who helped expose flaws in jobs statistics that were hurting the governor's recall election chances, a Journal Sentinel review has found.

Team Walker reversed the retroactive pay raise they gave to the head of the Capitol Police "after the newspaper reported that Chief Dave Erwin and his top deputy had been moved on paper to ghost jobs for two weeks and then back to their real posts at much higher salaries."

At last count, at least five state employees were given raises that skirted state limits. Five. And JSOnline is reporting that they were never expected to do any work at these shadow jobs.

He should never hold public office again. Wise up, Wisconsin (and potentially, all American voters).

More details at the link.

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VIDEO-- Meghan McCain: "I'm kinda done with Chris Christie."


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I've been writing about what a self-serving phony New Jersey Governor Chris "I Never Met a Photo Op I Didn't Like" Christie is for a long, long time:

I've done everything I could to open the eyes of voters-- especially Democratic voters-- who allow New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to bamboozle them into believing he's a charismatic, Just Like You moderate. Your kind of guy!

In reality, Gov. It's My Photo Op and I'll Verbally Abuse You If I Want To is a self-serving hypocrite. Let's expose him for what he is:

Now Meghan McCain is piling on. She was dishing the dirt with CNN's Piers Morgan, and guess who she is so over? That's right, Chris Christie, among others.


"Gay marriage has already won."

"A lot of people in the Republican party that really want to cling to the past and every time people say, 'I'm a bad Republican and your father was too moderate, I challenge these people to tell me what's gonna happen if we nominate someone like Rick Santorum, an extreme conservative on social issues."

Jeb Bush "is much more conservative than people realize."

"I like Marco Rubio."

"I used to love Chris Christie. I'm kinda done with Chris Christie right now. Ever since his speech at the convention... he just talked about himself the entire time..."

But she's totally into her dad.

Hey Meghan, what a coincidence, I'm done with Christie too! Then again, I was never not done with him. Sadly, we still can't be BFF because of that "I like Rubio" thing.


Chris Christie's guy: "I have no interest in paying for your health care. I'd hate to see you get cancer but that's your problem, not mine."


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For months I've done everything I could to open the eyes of voters-- especially Democratic voters-- who allow New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to bamboozle them into believing he's a charismatic, Just Like You moderate. Your kind of guy!

In reality, Gov. It's My Photo Op and I'll Verbally Abuse You If I Want To is a self-serving hypocrite. Let's expose him for what he is:

Last night Rachel Maddow zeroed right and did a little exposing of her own. This isn't very long, and is well worth a look:

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Rachel Maddow:

Steve Lonegan... has now become the Republican party's nominee for the United States Senate. The real one.

And of course, Democratic groups are gorging on the buffet that is Steve Lonegan's history of public statements. The group American Bridge has been circulating a reel that is essentially Steve Lonegan's greatest hits, circulating for its entertainment value, for its fundraising value, presumably, but also for nationwide Republican branding value. Because he's like Christine O'Donnell minus the witch! It is amazing that this is the guy who the Republican party has nominated for the United States Senate.


"People are going to say, well doesn't this mean a tax increase for the poor? And the answer is yes, it does."

"I have no interest in paying for your health care. I'd hate to see you get cancer. But that's your problem, not mine."

"... Medicare and Medicaid... both of these programs are destined for destruction for the next generation, and I think they should be done away with and privatized. That's what I think."


So the way acutely image-conscious governor Chris Christie had to spend his afternoon was cozying up to that guy, talking about what a great Republican he'd be in the U.S. Senate and how much he supports him and hopes he wins!


VIDEO: Glad you're amused, Mitt, but climate change isn't funny. Ask Hurricane Sandy victims.


The other day I posted VIDEO flashback: Mitt Romney mocks “rise of the oceans” in which I asked, did he help the families who suffered as a result of Hurricane Sandy? Or just those in swing states? 

He pretended to care about those families at something he called a “storm relief event," but it was actually a self-serving prop dispensary disguising a campaign rally.

He doesn't care about anyone but himself and his own ambitions. This new ad effectively says it all in only 30 seconds:

: Mitt Romney's mockery of the threat of climate change came soon before the savagery of Superstorm Sandy.


Much of the nation is still reeling from Hurricane Sandy. Our thoughts are with those who have been struck by its fossil-fueled savagery. When Mitt Romney made climate change a punchline at the Republican National Convention, he mocked a real threat to the lives of Americans.

To remind Mitt Romney that climate change is not a joke, we're running this ad in the battleground states of Ohio and Virginia. With your contribution, we can increase the ad buy and put it on the air in additional swing states attacked by this superstorm.

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VIDEO: Mitt Romney equates a "devastating, gigantic, national disaster" with "helping Mitt Romney get elected."


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Rachel Maddow blasted Mitt Romney and his fake-"storm relief event" as the self-serving, opportunistic, exploitative sham that it was. This is who Republican voters would be proud to have as their next president? Really?

"Mr. Romney never stopped campaigning..."

"It would be coarse to keep campaigning... They  had to seem like they were being sensitive to the [Hurricane Sandy] crisis"

"The Red Cross does not want your cans, they want your money. And your blood donations."

"This is a real disaster. This is not a plot in a sit-com about how to run for president. This is a real disaster, an ongoing, affecting millions of Americans. And real help really is needed. And that is not the same thing as using the suffering of millions of Americans as an occasion to accrue political capital for yourself by trying to create the appearance that you are helping when you are not bothering to actually try to really help. That is something very different.

"Helping people who are suffering with their lives in danger because our fellow Americans have been affected by a devastating, gigantic, national disaster in our biggest population center is pretty much the same thing as-- helping Mitt Romney get elected! Pretty much the same thing, right? We all come together, right?"


Romney campaign rally, er, "storm relief event" provided props. Attendees then "handed their 'donations' to Romney."


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In the video above, Rachel Maddow recaps Photo Op Mitt's Big campaign rally, er, “storm relief event and points out how he avoided any questions about his 2011 remarks at a GOP primary debate at which he suggested that federal disaster relief is “immoral.”

Of course, had Photo OP Mitt bothered to check their website, he'd have noticed that the Red Cross doesn't accept certain types of donations because they actually make their work harder, exactly the type of useless "goods" Photo Op Mitt collected and, oops! provided to attendees as props. Some leader.

Via BuzzFeed:

But the last-minute nature of the call for donations left some in the campaign concerned that they would end up with an empty truck. So the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal-Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in, according to one staffer. [...]

Empty-handed supporters plead for entrance, with one woman asking, "What if we dropped off our donations up front?"

The volunteer gestured toward a pile of groceries conveniently stacked near the candidate. "Just grab something," he said.

Two teenage boys retrieved a jar of peanut butter each, and got in line. When it was their turn, they handed their "donations" to Romney.

There isn't an "in-touch" bone in Willard M. Romney's body. To him and his running mate, the one who fake-washed pots at a homeless center, America is nothing but a stage and we 47% (make that 99%)--along with a few pots and pans and granola bars-- are their props.


Paul Ryan's "phoniest piece of baloney" photo op could hurt soup kitchen


So this happened:

Paul Ryan barred reporters from his convo with homeless in Ohio, and washed dishes “that did not appear to be dirty”

Charity president on Paul Ryan soup kitchen photo op: “Did not have permission. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken.”

VIDEO: Paul Ryan’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Soup Kitchen Fake Clean-Up

The charity's president, Brian J. Antal, has been a volunteer for five years and isn't about to quit now. But ever since Paul Ryan's fake-dishwashing photo op, he's getting angry calls and threats from "donors" that they'll stop supporting the soup kitchen.

Via the wonderful Connie Schultz (wife of Sen. Sherrod Brown who is running for re-election):

When I talked to Antal on Tuesday afternoon, he said he was starting to worry "a little bit" for the safety of his family. [...]

"They keep accusing me of being partisan," he said. "They say they're donors who will never give again because of what I said." None of them would give a name.

Juanita Sherba, St. Vincent's Saturday coordinator for the dining hall:

"It was the phoniest piece of baloney I've ever been associated with... In hindsight, I would have never let him in the door. ... They couldn't have cared less. The advance man said Paul Ryan wanted to come and talk to our clientele, but he didn't."


"My objection to Paul Ryan's visit has nothing to do with his being a Republican. I'm trying to protect our charity..."

Please consider lending a hand by sending a check to:

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 224, Youngstown, OH 44501

H/t: Greg Ostravich