Monday, January 25, 2021

You Reap What You Sow

When Republicans have power, the idea of "unity" doesn't even enter their collective mind. It's their way or the highway. But now that the citizens have had enough of the Republicans' bullshit and lies, suddenly Republicans are clamoring for unity.

Yet, when one sees stories like these:

Arizona Republicans Censure Party Leaders At Odds With Trump
Trump paid Capitol rally organizers over $2.7 million

Who, in their right mind, could find unity with such reality-denying, cognitively dissonant, know-nothings?

Sorry, conservatives, right-wingers, Republicans, but you can fuck off! Democrats have been goose-stepping rightward politically on issue after issue for the past five decades. Yet, it was never enough. Conservatives continued to cheat and gerrymander. Endlessly taking more and more. And, it was working. But, as is typical for Republicans, they got greedy. They wouldn't stop. They kept cheating and abusing their power. 

And now it's all blown up in their faces. 

So fuck unity. And fuck Republicans. You reap what you sow. 

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Public Work Should Be Done By The Public Sector

A recent article - Waukesha's Zignego Co. lowest bidder at $87M for Highway 50 road project - made me again think of the delusional efficient private sector viewpoint. 

Conservatives and wannabe-economists have, for years, pounded the private sector efficiency drumbeat. Sadly, this perspective is as misguided today as it's ever been.

For the majority of private sector actors, the modus operandi has been to cut corners, pay workers less and/or to simply not do certain tasks altogether. 

For Further Reading:

The Lean Efficiency (And Persistence) Of Private Sector LiesFizzle for the buckAnd The Winner Is....The Public SectorWhy taxpayers are getting a bargain from public-sector workers

Weekend Reading

Wisconsin Supreme Court casts doubts on Republican-backed redistricting rulesChicago-Area Billionaire Gave Millions To ‘Patriots’ Group That Backed Pro-Trump RallyUihleins, owners of Wisconsin company, gave millions to group sponsoring the Jan. 6 March for TrumpOff-duty police were part of the Capitol mob. Now police are turning in their own.Everything is awful. Here’s a Q&A with a philosopher about why cats rule.Republicans Lash Out Against New Security Measures At The CapitolWhy Are U.S. Taxpayers Providing Public Pensions To Millionaire Members Of Congress?Tiffany, Fitzgerald and Johnson are just as guilty as TrumpQAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene Threatens Joe Biden With Impeachment

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Republican Hypocrisy On Display, Yet Again

The Republican Party should really be referred to as the Hypocrite Party. 

Republicans Lash Out Against New Security Measures At The Capitol

Republicans are fine with children having to go through metal detectors to get to school, passengers taking off clothing to be able to fly, and any other number of inconveniences for the population at large...until it impacts them. Then they are outraged and their personal freedom is being infringed. 

Yes, to keep the NRA happy, so any dipshit can carry and own a gun, the population at large must capitulate to enhanced security measures, but Republicans legislators feel they should be exempt from such disruptions.

Republicans are truly terrible people (and I use the term "people" loosely).

Thursday Reading

U.S. government checks constituted 40% of farmers’ income in 2020Trump’s Businesses Raked In $1.9 Billion Of Revenue During His First Three Years In OfficeRepublicans won in rural Wisconsin again, now comes the hard part — governingTrickle-down economics is dead. It’s time to tax the rich harderA decade ago, this scientist predicted 2020 would bring 'peak' chaos to the U.S.Federal Judge Tears Apart Election LawsuitCapitol attackers have long threatened violence in rural American westSt Croix County Republican Party tells members to 'prepare for war' and to remove 'leftist tyrants' from local office