Friday, February 23, 2007

Cheney as a reverse Rumpelstiltskin?

Hi folks,

Metaphor must be too complicated for politics, but here again is Mr. Cheney spinning truth back into manure covered straw. He's a genius.

Now, if he only had a soul.

From Howard Dean's recent mailing:

Dick Cheney is still linking Democrats with terrorist priorities.

During a press interview in Tokyo, the vice president said, "'I think if we were to do what Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Murtha are suggesting, all we will do is validate the al-Qaida strategy... The al-Qaida strategy is to break the will of the American people ... try to persuade us to throw in the towel and come home, and then they win because we quit."

What is it that Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Murtha are really suggesting? Stopping the escalation. Changing the course. Bringing our brave young men and women home.

That's not breaking the will of the American people -- it's representing it.

What I like best about the neo-Con "strategery" here is the now well worn but still effective technique of framing the debate in such a way that anyone who questions their policies is -- by definition -- a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer.

Didn't we see through this with Hilter and Stalin and Joe McCarthy? -- although I suppose that Ann Coulter is already working on an historical reclamation of Hitler too.... probably defending him for keeping the Soviets at bay all during the 1930's. Am I the only one who still reads Orwell?


Incidentally, this point also illustrates the neo- in neo-Con. No true Conservative would ridicule people who's central concern is to conserve the safety of troops who have been thrown recklessly into harm's way. Most of the real Conservatives I know, in fact, are starting to see past the moral shadow puppets Mr. Bush & Co have used to distract us.

But that is a different rant.

Be good to yourselves out there.


Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Bush who called Terrorism!

Hi folks,

Remember this?
Once upon a time there was a village with a young boy who had a job watching the village's sheep. Two times he called out, "Wolf! Wolf!" Each time the villagers came running to help the boy. And both times the boy just laughed at the villagers and called them names.

But then the wolf really did come and start eating the sheep. The boy called, "Wolf! Wolf!" but the villagers just ignored his calls. They thought he was just trying to trick them again. The wolf took his time and had a huge meal of the entire flock of sheep.

Aesop was smart.

What I hate most about this sort of thing is the massive, pending, lethal, certainty that I'm simply setting myself up for an unpleasant "I told you so."


Sunday, February 18, 2007

And where is the money going again??

Hi folks,

Real life, the beginning of the semester, and that cold snap, all caught me up during January and February... so that's where I've been.

I stumbled on some interesting stuff about Wisconsin taxation that I thought needed wider distribution.... it's applicable to the legislative knee jerk penchant to blame the UW System for every tax problem in the state (a favourite red meat target for Mullahs Belling and Syckes).

You may know that a perponderance of your property taxes do not go to the UW System but to the state's technical colleges.

Well, right now that's a problem if you're a technical college. The manufacturing jobs for which the tech schools were designed to supply skilled workers are moving the China. In the next 10 years we are scheduled to lose at least another 50% of ALL manufacturing jobs in the state. If that's the case, why do we need to spend all of this tax money on tech schools? Shouldn't we be cutting their budgets? Or, at least, start imposing legislative oversight on how our tax dollars are being spent? (The legislature micromanages the UW System in ways that'd make most businesses shake in their boots.)

It turns out we spend A LOT more of our tax dollars per student in the tech schools than they do at the university. How does that make any sense economically? Maybe you can figure it out.

The CRG Network (Citizens for Responsible Government) put out an audit of MATC. Here are the links:

If you can explain the disparity in how our taxdollars are being spent, spending more on training for industries of the past vs. the future -- shoot -- post it up here!

I've asked Glenn Grothman and Pat Strachota (my reps) to respond to this, but I haven't heard anything from them. :^)

How about you?