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(JSOnline)   Wis. Governor Scott Walker signs 51 bills into law on Thursday. For some strange reason, the guy seems to be in a rush to get things done   (jsonline.com) divider line 149
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2012-04-07 11:51:11 AM  
Good grief, this guy is total toast.
 
2012-04-07 12:07:18 PM  
Why is this man not being walked out in cuffs? He's abusing his authority. Does he want pitchforks and torches circling his house? It seems to be what he's working on. Evidently he doesn't understand that he is there on the sufferance of his constituents, and that their patience has already come to an end.
 
2012-04-07 12:18:44 PM  

sheilanagig: Why is this man not being walked out in cuffs? He's abusing his authority.


Because no one wants to make that much of a scene. It would look like a coup. (Which, IMHO, is not a bad idea anyway.) I just keep hoping that the auditor or state attorney or somebody will use their authority to prevent him from abusing his. That doesn't seem to be happening, though, which is sad.
 
2012-04-07 12:21:47 PM  
It's almost as if he has just two months left in office.
 
2012-04-07 12:42:17 PM  
okay, I can understand that a lot of these laws advance a conservative agenda in some fashion and might be popular with part of the electorate, but this one flat baffles me:

Discrimination law changes

Jeff Hynes, president of the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association, said the change to the state's discrimination law tells employers who mistreat workers that "you can get away with it every time."

Employees who say they have suffered discrimination can file a complaint with the state Department of Workforce Development to be reinstated to their jobs and receive back pay, costs and attorney's fees.

Democrats in 2009 changed the law to allow employees or the department after that process to sue an employer in circuit court for compensatory and punitive damages. Wronged employees could receive up to $300,000, depending on the seriousness of the claims and the size of the businesses.

The law Walker approved takes away the ability to go to court for compensatory and punitive damages, though people still have the ability to seek back pay.

Hynes said most cases don't involve significant back pay. He said Walker's changes mean there will be no remedy under state employment law for women who are groped at work or repeatedly face sexual advances, as well as for minorities who are subjected to racial epithets.

He noted that late last year, Walker signed a bill that puts limits on the amount of attorneys' fees victims can recover in lawsuits. That makes it even less likely that wronged employees will take their cases to state court because lawyers will be unlikely to accept even strong cases because they won't be able to get more than a fraction of their pay, he said.

"The governor and the Republican leadership in Wisconsin have effectuated a one-two punch with respect to employees' rights to get any meaningful remedy" in discrimination cases, he said.


and he's right without some sort of damages remedy there is literally no disincentive for employers who discriminate. IF they get caught and IF the victim can get a lawyer who will work for nothing all they have to cough up is what they'd be paying the victim anyway.

and OMG they went there:

Tom O'Day, a who represents businesses of all sizes in employment cases, said the 2009 law led to businesses paying out larger settlements to employees in cases where they did not believe they had done anything wrong because of the risk of having to pay large awards. Walker's action will free up money so employers invest in their companies and create jobs, he said.

"More than anything, this is a jobs bill,"
he said.
 
2012-04-07 01:10:44 PM  
Next on Walker's agenda is the mandatory kick a puppy and steal candy from blind children law. This law will require all Wisconsonites to kick puppies and steal candy from blind children whenever they encounter them.

More than anything else, it's a jobs bill.
 
2012-04-07 01:29:10 PM  
So right before a recall election that is widely considered to be a tight race and where everyone is watching, Walker decides to go around and punch voters in the balls.

hmm.

well now that's an interesting strategy. most people who want to stay in office usually don't go around punching their voter base in the balls. and they sure don't take pictures of them punching voters in the balls, then make it a centerpiece of their re-election campaign.

I guess they just do things different in Wisconsin.
 
2012-04-07 02:02:22 PM  
Are you getting a clue yet, GOP?

No, of course you aren't.
 
2012-04-07 02:53:06 PM  
How does he expect this won't be used to hammer him to death during his recall election campaign?
 
2012-04-07 03:01:09 PM  
Sounds like he needs a 2nd Amendment solution to his problems.
 
2012-04-07 03:04:38 PM  

mauricecano: How does he expect this won't be used to hammer him to death during his recall election campaign?


i've been thinking about that and here's what I can come up with:

1. Walker just doesn't give a f*ck. he doesn't see the recall election as a big deal, he figures he's got it in the bag so hey - party on garth!

2. Walker has already set up to rig the election. he's just pushing forward with his agenda because he knows the votes are already counted and he's already won.

3. Walker knows he's going to lose, so he's gonna try to do as much damage as he can before he's tossed outta office in a massive recall election.

those are the three scenarios that make the most sense to me.
 
2012-04-07 03:07:21 PM  

Weaver95: mauricecano: How does he expect this won't be used to hammer him to death during his recall election campaign?

i've been thinking about that and here's what I can come up with:

1. Walker just doesn't give a f*ck. he doesn't see the recall election as a big deal, he figures he's got it in the bag so hey - party on garth!

2. Walker has already set up to rig the election. he's just pushing forward with his agenda because he knows the votes are already counted and he's already won.

3. Walker knows he's going to lose, so he's gonna try to do as much damage as he can before he's tossed outta office in a massive recall election.

those are the three scenarios that make the most sense to me.


Or, maybe he already has a better job lined up.
 
2012-04-07 03:09:22 PM  
Everything will be rolled back by the new Governor.
 
2012-04-07 03:11:53 PM  

Nina Haagen Dazs: Or, maybe he already has a better job lined up.


that's possible too.

it's also possible that Walker is legitimately insane. he seems to lack empathy and have trouble interpreting social cues. I wonder what he's like in person?
 
2012-04-07 03:12:44 PM  
Amongst the things the GOP just got passed into law in WI:

"Prevent people subjected to employment discrimination from seeking punitive and compensatory damages in state court."

*headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*
 
2012-04-07 03:13:25 PM  
www.sermons4kids.com
 
2012-04-07 03:14:58 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: sheilanagig: Why is this man not being walked out in cuffs? He's abusing his authority.

Because no one wants to make that much of a scene. It would look like a coup. (Which, IMHO, is not a bad idea anyway.) I just keep hoping that the auditor or state attorney or somebody will use their authority to prevent him from abusing his. That doesn't seem to be happening, though, which is sad.


Our AG, J.B. Van Hollen, is a miserable GOP tool.
 
2012-04-07 03:15:38 PM  

ClavellBCMI: Amongst the things the GOP just got passed into law in WI:

"Prevent people subjected to employment discrimination from seeking punitive and compensatory damages in state court."

*headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*


Don't worry. It's a jobs bill.

I can't wait to hear about all of the new jobs that will be created in Wisconsin now!
 
2012-04-07 03:15:48 PM  

Magorn: Tom O'Day, a who represents businesses of all sizes in employment cases, said the 2009 law led to businesses paying out larger settlements to employees in cases where they did not believe they had done anything wrong because of the risk of having to pay large awards. Walker's action will free up money so employers invest in their companies and create jobs, he said.

"More than anything, this is a jobs bill," he said.


Excuse me while I barf after reading that bullcrap.

Because we both know that's what the savings is going towards.

/rolls eyes
 
2012-04-07 03:16:35 PM  
Is he preemptively pardoning the election official who "found" all those extra GOP votes in the laptop she took home?
 
2012-04-07 03:16:52 PM  

Weaver95: Walker has already set up to rig the election


This is harder after that one woman, the one who stole the SC election, has already said she will step back.
 
2012-04-07 03:18:59 PM  
This is a very interesting stragity to win a recall election.
 
2012-04-07 03:20:26 PM  
he's freeing business from the onerous burden of treating their employees like humans. what a hero.

/what a douchebag
 
2012-04-07 03:20:57 PM  

Weaver95: mauricecano: How does he expect this won't be used to hammer him to death during his recall election campaign?

i've been thinking about that and here's what I can come up with:

1. Walker just doesn't give a f*ck. he doesn't see the recall election as a big deal, he figures he's got it in the bag so hey - party on garth!

2. Walker has already set up to rig the election. he's just pushing forward with his agenda because he knows the votes are already counted and he's already won.

3. Walker knows he's going to lose, so he's gonna try to do as much damage as he can before he's tossed outta office in a massive recall election.

those are the three scenarios that make the most sense to me.


That, or he's just an asshole.
 
2012-04-07 03:24:14 PM  

Weaver95: Nina Haagen Dazs: Or, maybe he already has a better job lined up.

that's possible too.

it's also possible that Walker is legitimately insane. he seems to lack empathy and have trouble interpreting social cues. I wonder what he's like in person?


Well, there's that too. I recall that public family Christmas pic last year, his own kids looked like they had to be dragged in kicking and screaming to participate in that.
 
2012-04-07 03:25:27 PM  
Elections have consequences. I don't feel one bit sorry for the people of Wisconsin who brought this upon themselves.
 
2012-04-07 03:28:53 PM  
Does Walker not comprehend that laws in the modern day can actually be repealed?

Or does he think we're operating under Old Imperial Persian precepts??

farm1.static.flickr.com
 
2012-04-07 03:29:07 PM  

IMDWalrus: ClavellBCMI: Amongst the things the GOP just got passed into law in WI:

"Prevent people subjected to employment discrimination from seeking punitive and compensatory damages in state court."

*headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*

Don't worry. It's a jobs bill.

I can't wait to hear about all of the new jobs that will be created in Wisconsin now!


Good luck with that, Porn Stars are already against the GOP

/Hmmm... Now that would make some pron worth watching...
 
2012-04-07 03:29:57 PM  
Yeah...we can sit around and complain about how stupid it is to enact all these asinine bills right before a recall election but honestly what is a worst case scenario for Republicans?

Walker gets recalled and loses. Can all these laws be repealed? The GOP isn't just going to roll over - they're going to continue to fight tooth and nail. If they can be repealed, how long is it going to take? The GOP majority was a rubber stamp and D's don't tend to...operate that smoothly. Even if they can all be repealed, what else is the Democratic majority going to get done while working at it? Probably not much.

The GOP is playing the long game. The real long game. Sadly their goal seems to be farking over the people in the name of big business.
 
2012-04-07 03:30:32 PM  

Weaver95: 3. Walker knows he's going to lose, so he's gonna try to do as much damage as he can before he's tossed outta office in a massive recall election.


4. Walker knows that he's about to be indicted, so he is doing as much damage as he can before he is hauled from office in cuffs.

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is he preemptively pardoning the election official who "found" all those extra GOP votes in the laptop she took home?


No. She was asked to step aside for the recall election by the Waukesha County Board.

Shaggy_C: Elections have consequences. I don't feel one bit sorry for the people of Wisconsin who brought this upon themselves.


Me neither. We're finally getting a taste of the corruption that Illinois has been dealing with for years.
 
2012-04-07 03:33:59 PM  
Shaggy_C 2012-04-07 03:25:27 PM

(farky'd as: Reagan's goal was the destruction of a strong middle class)

Elections have consequences. I don't feel one bit sorry for the people of Wisconsin who brought this upon themselves.



Ruh roh, Raggy, it's all the fault of those filthy libs voting, isn't it.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-04-07 03:34:44 PM  
"He might have thought none of us are watching because it's Good Friday, but all of us women are watching," said former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, one of four Democrats competing to run against Walker in a June 5 recall election.

Think that's sneaky? The Obama administration has made the late-Friday-kick-it-out-of-a-speeding-sedan bad news data dump an art form. They'd release it as encrypted videos in Tagalog on Betamax tapes on Pluto if they could.
 
2012-04-07 03:34:48 PM  

Republicat: Weaver95: 3. Walker knows he's going to lose, so he's gonna try to do as much damage as he can before he's tossed outta office in a massive recall election.

4. Walker knows that he's about to be indicted, so he is doing as much damage as he can before he is hauled from office in cuffs.

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is he preemptively pardoning the election official who "found" all those extra GOP votes in the laptop she took home?

No. She was asked to step aside for the recall election by the Waukesha County Board.

Shaggy_C: Elections have consequences. I don't feel one bit sorry for the people of Wisconsin who brought this upon themselves.

Me neither. We're finally getting a taste of the corruption that Illinois has been dealing with for years.


Can't believe I'm saying this but Illinois looks better in comparison to Wisconsin anymore.

They actually treat their citizens like human beings and not expendable resources for big business...I mean Job Creators blessed be their name...plus I think the job growth has been better in IL than it has been in WI for a while now.

Could be wrong but still impressive for Illinois nonetheless.
 
2012-04-07 03:35:03 PM  

Shaggy_C: Elections have consequences. I don't feel one bit sorry for the people of Wisconsin who brought this upon themselves.


so now that they're doing their best to correct their mistakes...what? hold 'em down and piss on their heads?
 
2012-04-07 03:35:46 PM  

Weaver95: mauricecano: How does he expect this won't be used to hammer him to death during his recall election campaign?

i've been thinking about that and here's what I can come up with:

1. Walker just doesn't give a f*ck. he doesn't see the recall election as a big deal, he figures he's got it in the bag so hey - party on garth!

2. Walker has already set up to rig the election. he's just pushing forward with his agenda because he knows the votes are already counted and he's already won.

3. Walker knows he's going to lose, so he's gonna try to do as much damage as he can before he's tossed outta office in a massive recall election.

those are the three scenarios that make the most sense to me.


I'm betting on 3.
 
2012-04-07 03:38:08 PM  
So, once recalled and the opposing party wastes the first 2 years fighting to roll all these bad laws back who is going to look like the savior of the state?

Seems to me like he is signing a death watrent to further Republicans getting elected for quite some time.
 
2012-04-07 03:38:25 PM  

Minarets: Weaver95: mauricecano: How does he expect this won't be used to hammer him to death during his recall election campaign?

i've been thinking about that and here's what I can come up with:

1. Walker just doesn't give a f*ck. he doesn't see the recall election as a big deal, he figures he's got it in the bag so hey - party on garth!

2. Walker has already set up to rig the election. he's just pushing forward with his agenda because he knows the votes are already counted and he's already won.

3. Walker knows he's going to lose, so he's gonna try to do as much damage as he can before he's tossed outta office in a massive recall election.

those are the three scenarios that make the most sense to me.

I'm betting on 3.


That was my guess too.

He comes across as someone THAT petty. Which is just sad. Makes me feel better about my life in comparison not having to blame all of my problems and mistakes on Unions.
 
2012-04-07 03:41:13 PM  
As bad as Walker is, I think the shenanigans going on in Michigan are far worse.
 
2012-04-07 03:43:00 PM  
This guy is like a Silver Age comic villian...
 
2012-04-07 03:44:04 PM  
Q. How many Scott Walkers does it take to change a light bulb?


enry: As bad as Walker is, I think the shenanigans going on in Michigan are far worse.


I think they are the just as bad. WI implemented a voter ID law. I can't remember if Michigan did. If not, they probably will.

A. One, I recall.
 
2012-04-07 03:45:29 PM  
Just another day for Gov. High School Diploma.

No thoughts, just do what Koch and ALEC command.
 
2012-04-07 03:48:03 PM  

Weaver95: So right before a recall election that is widely considered to be a tight race and where everyone is watching, Walker decides to go around and punch voters in the balls.

hmm.

well now that's an interesting strategy. most people who want to stay in office usually don't go around punching their voter base in the balls. and they sure don't take pictures of them punching voters in the balls, then make it a centerpiece of their re-election campaign.

I guess they just do things different in Wisconsin.


He's not going after new votes, he"s throwing red meat to his fanboys in the Milwaukee suburbs. His best numbers show him at a dead heat with even the saddest sack candidates.

With those numbers, Walker's going to need ALL his supporters at the polls if he hopes to win.
 
2012-04-07 03:50:58 PM  

cmb53208: Weaver95: So right before a recall election that is widely considered to be a tight race and where everyone is watching, Walker decides to go around and punch voters in the balls.

hmm.

well now that's an interesting strategy. most people who want to stay in office usually don't go around punching their voter base in the balls. and they sure don't take pictures of them punching voters in the balls, then make it a centerpiece of their re-election campaign.

I guess they just do things different in Wisconsin.

He's not going after new votes, he"s throwing red meat to his fanboys in the Milwaukee suburbs. His best numbers show him at a dead heat with even the saddest sack candidates.

With those numbers, Walker's going to need ALL his supporters at the polls if he hopes to win.


And inversely, the recall folks need everyone else at the polls if you guys want to successfully recall him. Otherwise you have a repeat of 2010.

I mean the guy has failed to create jobs in comparison to neighboring states, the only legislation he's passed was done to solely piss of the libs and benefits no one else, are there really that many right-wing a-holes in the state?
 
2012-04-07 03:51:39 PM  

Guidette Frankentits: Q. How many Scott Walkers does it take to change a light bulb?


enry: As bad as Walker is, I think the shenanigans going on in Michigan are far worse.

I think they are the just as bad. WI implemented a voter ID law. I can't remember if Michigan did. If not, they probably will.

A. One, I recall.


WI is at least sorta following the law. Michigan is skirting around it.

Link (new window)
 
2012-04-07 03:54:34 PM  

Kittypie070: Ruh roh, Raggy, it's all the fault of those filthy libs voting, isn't it.


I don't think liberals are the ones who voted for Walker. It's the middle class "moderates" in the suburbs who voted Republican en masse during the last elections. They fell for all of the Tea Party bullshiat.

Weaver95: so now that they're doing their best to correct their mistakes...what? hold 'em down and piss on their heads?


Not at all. I'm hoping the recall works as expected. But, at the end of the day, they are suffering the misery that comes with electing a shiatty government. This isn't like the Middle East where they are being held under the thumb of some evil dictator. This guy was elected. And it's no guarantee that he will be recalled, either.
 
2012-04-07 03:54:41 PM  

Shaggy_C: Elections have consequences. I don't feel one bit sorry for the people of Wisconsin who brought this upon themselves.


^A big farking THIS. I tired of hearing people whine about Walker, and frankly I hope beats the recall. Maybe next time Wisconsinites will take their votes seriously next time. Having their nose rubbed in shiat is the only way people will learn that electing a farking GOP teabagger is against their best interests 99% of the time.
 
2012-04-07 03:55:20 PM  

Hastor: Yeah...we can sit around and complain about how stupid it is to enact all these asinine bills right before a recall election but honestly what is a worst case scenario for Republicans?

Walker gets recalled and loses. Can all these laws be repealed? The GOP isn't just going to roll over - they're going to continue to fight tooth and nail. If they can be repealed, how long is it going to take? The GOP majority was a rubber stamp and D's don't tend to...operate that smoothly. Even if they can all be repealed, what else is the Democratic majority going to get done while working at it? Probably not much.

The GOP is playing the long game. The real long game. Sadly their goal seems to be farking over the people in the name of big business.


That said, this sort of behavior (including the lady-choking Prosser and vote-destroying Clerk) isn't going to make the state GOP's life any easier. All it's going to do is give the Democrats more fuel to add to the fire when they overturn all of these things. The GOP just might be able to make political hay on this, but the Democrats are going to be able to use Walker has a battering ram for a very, very long time.

The way Walker is going about this shows that the Kochs don't see any other opportunities in the next few decades that the GOP will ever get power again. They're burning the village in order to save it.
 
2012-04-07 03:56:00 PM  

gameshowhost: Benevolent Misanthrope: sheilanagig: Why is this man not being walked out in cuffs? He's abusing his authority.

Because no one wants to make that much of a scene. It would look like a coup. (Which, IMHO, is not a bad idea anyway.) I just keep hoping that the auditor or state attorney or somebody will use their authority to prevent him from abusing his. That doesn't seem to be happening, though, which is sad.

Our AG, J.B. Van Hollen, is a miserable GOP tool.


My younger brother went to high school with that guy. He wasn't such a tool back then, apparently.
 
2012-04-07 03:57:18 PM  

Johnny Swank: Shaggy_C: Elections have consequences. I don't feel one bit sorry for the people of Wisconsin who brought this upon themselves.

^A big farking THIS. I tired of hearing people whine about Walker, and frankly I hope beats the recall. Maybe next time Wisconsinites will take their votes seriously next time. Having their nose rubbed in shiat is the only way people will learn that electing a farking GOP teabagger is against their best interests 99% of the time.


You forget how short the attention spans of Americans is.

I mean this is a country that saw what GOP rule was like last decade and still nearly half support these loons.

They can't remember things more than a month ago.

In short, no...Americans won't learn their lesson this time and they won't learn their lesson anything because they keep making the same mistakes over and over again.
 
2012-04-07 03:59:42 PM  

Nina Haagen Dazs: Or, maybe he already has a better job lined up.


I've heard his name tossed around in the Mitt Romney veepstakes, actually. So just as we're getting rid of him, the rest of you might have to start smacking him around yourselves.
 
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