Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Get Big Money Out Of Politics

Why Pete Buttigieg’s Defense Of Wealthy Donors Is So Fuzzy
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made grassroots fundraising a centerpiece of his bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton, painting her as part of the elite political class. Since President Donald Trump’s election, the Democratic Party has zeroed in on a campaign finance reform platform; this year, House Democrats passed a bill that proposed publicly financing elections and mandating certain disclosures (the measure remains stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate).
For Further Reading:
Why Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg can’t be trusted

Monday, December 30, 2019

A Recovery Squandered

A Recovery Squandered
Despite a decade of steady economic growth since the Great Recession, America has done remarkably little to address underlying structural weaknesses in the country’s economy and society. The nation has squandered the recovery.

Traitors Among Us

Friday, December 27, 2019

Education Can Be The Answer

The U.S. is a highly educated country. We've taken pride in knowledge, science, understanding, innovation and entrepreneurialism. Yet, we've also taken this beyond the reach of the job market. We have bank managers that studied literature in college. We've told everyone they need to get at least a four-year degree to be successful. Despite the fact that most jobs only need a high school diploma, some on-the-job training and/or an associates or trade degree.

We've used the more education mantra as more of a club than a means to an end. We should be educating and training for needs not ego. It sounds nice for everyone to have a medical doctorate or a juris doctorate, but the world needs more than doctors and lawyers. 

An op-ed in Urban Milwaukee echoed the more education mantra: State’s Future Depends on Knowledge Economy

Four of the top five occupations with the highest projected numeric change in employment have salaries under $30,000 per year. 13 of the 20 earn less than $40,000 annually. And many of these only require a high school diploma or on-the-job training.

Get all the education you can. More education is always better. But have an endgame. Find a career. Find something you enjoy. Don't go ridiculously in debt chasing the education savior. People who would have been better at trade school becoming an electrician, plumber or mechanic end up with Bachelors and Masters degrees. 

Too many pundits love writing about the creative class, entrepreneurship and the knowledge-based economy. All somehow magically dependent on more and more education. And, as if this was the majority of jobs and workers. This elitist view ignores the majority of employees. Which, again, have only a high school diploma, some on-the-job training and/or an associates or trade degree. Only one-third of the workforce has a bachelor's degree or higher.

For Further Reading:
Projections of occupational employment, 2016–26
Fastest Growing Occupations

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Keep Crying Republicans, But The United States Is Already Socialist

What if Republicans actually wanted to discuss topics based on merit, priorities and facts? What if Republicans wanted to govern and actually help Americans?

Scott Walker faux worries, What if Santa were a socialist? Yes, he thought he'd use the holiday season to knock community, working together and caring for others. You know, the bedrocks of socialism.

Here's a news flash for Walker, Republicans and other dipshits that keep parroting the Socialism Is Bad trope, America is socialist.

Public schools, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, fire fighters, police, public transportation, roads, bridges, the military and on and on are all socialist.

We do things better and we all live better when we work together and help each other out. For Republicans to keep pretending these programs and institutions are threats to freedom is garbage. These are the foundations of our society and our high quality of life. For Republicans to keep pitting every American against one another, for Republicans to keep tearing down the institutions that have made everyone's lives better, is a disservice to the entire nation.

The United States is socialist. And, we need more socialism, not less. What we could use less of - disingenuous and self-interested Republican stooges.

Merry Christmas, even to the idiots that lap up Walker's horseshit.

For Further Reading:
How Socialism Made America Great
America Is Already Socialist, And That’s a Good Thing

Sunday, December 22, 2019

The (Fox)Conn Continues

So, Scott Walker gives billions away to Foxconn. Thousands of jobs are promised. Now, according to Foxconn, Wisconsin actually doesn't have the workers to fill the jobs. Foxconn Says It Can't Find Enough Workers For Wisconsin Project. WTF?

Hopefully everyone can see this bribery that is called economic development is pure extortion. Inflated economic impact reports are released along with CEOs and politicians congratulating each other on the wonderful "partnership" they've created, which will result in massive job growth.

Business 101 instructs that you don't locate your business somewhere that can't efficiently provide your needed inputs (labor, obviously, being one of those).

The Wisconsin-Foxconn debacle perfectly illustrates how distorted our economic development policies have become. To pretend that Wisconsin had some underlying competitive advantage regarding Foxconn's business needs, and they just needed a little boost in the form of Wisconsin subsidies to reach that reality. Then, slowly, the job numbers decrease, and facility construction is delayed. Now, Foxconn tells us Wisconsin doesn't even have the workers for the jobs they are planning in Wisconsin. This is just another crony capitalist shakedown.

For Further Reading:
Skills Shortage, Labor Shortage, Skills Gap ... All Bullshit
The So-Called "Skills Gap" Is Complete Bullshit
More Skills Gap Crap

More Wisconsin Corporate Welfare

Convention Center Moves Forward

For Further Reading:
Milwaukee's Boondoggle Twofer
The Convention Center Cabal

Holiday Reading

Amazon's Internal Injury Records Expose The True Toll Of Its Relentless Drive For Speed
The Danger Of Centrist Conventional Wisdom
How To Reform Today's Rigged Capitalism
The Massive Triumph Of The Rich, Illustrated By Stunning New Data
It's Becoming Clear That High-Speed Rail Would Benefit Wisconsin More Than Foxconn
Foxconn May Cut State GDP By $6 Billion
Charter Schools Wasted $48.6 Million In State Grants
Trump Tariffs Cost State $800 Million
Foxconn Says It Can't Find Workers
Showdown In Wisconsin Valley
The Jobs Market Isn't As Healthy As It Seems

Sunday Reading

The US Has A Lot Of Money, But It Does Not Look Like A Developed Country
Young People Bear The Brunt Of A Long-Term Decline In American Job Quality
Milwaukee City Workers Moved Out In Droves After The Residency Rule Ended. It Was A Boom For The Suburbs.
The Link Between Declining Middle-Wage Jobs, Rising Wage Inequality, And Worker Welfare
The Bee Has Been Declared The Most Important Living Being On The Planet
How FedEx Cut Its Tax Bill To $0
Big Borrower And A Giant Corporate Tax Dodge? How To Best Describe The US External Balance Sheet
Why The 2020 Census Should Matter To You
Act 10 Caused Big Decline In Unions
The Great American Labor Paradox: Plentiful Jobs, Most Of Them Bad
Trump Has Spent $115 Million On Golf Trips - Or 287 Years Of Presidential Salary

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Weekend Reading

Trump’s Business More Fraudulent Than Previously Known
Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security
Capitalism has distorted our understanding of community — and it’s making us vulnerable to manipulation
‘Tax the Rich’ is no longer just a political slogan
A Recession Hasn’t Arrived (Yet). Here’s Where You’ll See It First.

Best Metal Albums 2019

Tool Fear Inoculum
Allegaeon Apoptosis
Gatecreeper Deserted
Creeping Death Wretched Illusions
3Teeth Metawar
Devourment Obscene Majesty
Jinjer Macro
Opeth In Cauda Venenum
Ghost Seven Inches Of Satanic Panic
Periphery Periphery IV: Hail Stan
Soen Lotus
Devil Master Satan Spits on Children of Light
Cattle Decapitation Death Atlas
Spirit Adrift Divided by Darkness
Astronoid Astronoid
Despised Icon Purgatory
Nocturnal Departure Cathartic Black Rituals
Blut Aus Nord Hallucinogen
Fleshgod Apocalypse Veleno
Cult Of Luna A Dawn of Fear
Cloudkicker Unending
Baroness Gold & Grey
Devin Townsend Empath
Tomb Mold Planetary Clairvoyance
Candlemass The Door To Doom
Full Of Hell Weeping Choir
Immortal Bird Thrive On Neglect
Blood Incantation Hidden History of the Human Race
Mark Morton Anesthetic
Misery Index Rituals Of Power
Oath Of Cruelty Summary Execution At Dawn
1349 The Infernal Pathway
Warforger I: Voice
Cryptic Sermon The Ruins of Fading Light
Sanhedrin The Poisoner
Funereal Presence Achatius
Green Lung Woodland Rites
MGLA Age Of Excuse
Babymetal Metal Galaxy
Hath Of Rot And Ruin

2019's Itsy Bitsy Small-Dick Award "Winner" (And Repeat "Champion") - Donald Trump Jr.

Don Jr. went to Mongolia, got special treatment from the government and killed an endangered sheep

In a very close race, coming in at 2nd:

Mitch McConnell Brags About Blocking Obama For 2 Years, Then Laughs About It

And, another contender for the smallest dick (this guy is really "Champion" Small-Dick In Perpetuity):

Articles Of Impeachment or Republicans Are Terrible Public Servants