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Friday, February 3, 2017

TED: Why we need Social Security and Pension Systems - NOT Numerate Pop!

Sort of a British talk but with International perspective!  Today Trump proposed that financial advisers do not have to take their clients interests into account when providing advice.

Considering financial markets let alone numbers are beyond most of us ... that is fraud waiting to happen.  Eliminating Social Security will create hundreds of millions of "suckers".

Think you're good at guessing stats? Guess again. Whether we consider ourselves math people or not, our ability to understand and work with numbers is terribly limited, says data visualization expert Alan Smith. In this delightful talk, Smith explores the mismatch between what we know and what we think we know.

In general most of us are not good with numbers let alone statistics.  See the Kahneman piece on Thinking, Fast and Slow.  It is another point on why we get things wrong just when it is critical that we get them right.

WI 1848 Forward #TED >Why we need #SocialSecurity and Pension Systems - We are mostly NOT Numerate people! #Kahneman

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Social Infrastructure: Wisconsin Alternative Budget vs Divide and Conquer Walker

WATCH: Citizen Action of Wisconsin Presents Alternative State Budget

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -- Citizen Action of Wisconsin has been touring all over Wisconsin and presenting their alternative budget entitled "A Wisconsin Budget for All". Tuesday the group made a stop in Wausau. 
Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, says they've found a way to improve to large issues in their alternative budget. 
He said, "The idea is to show them if we close some big tax loopholes that go mainly to well-connected corporations and a few wealthy people, that we could make major new investments. So, A Wisconsin Budget for All shows, for example, we could have a free tech college education, we could raise wages for low-income people substantially."
Kraig says the group was very surprised by some of the results of the research they did leading up to presenting the alternative budget. 
"Researchers actually went to coffee shops, bars, and restaurants and talked to people and what we found actually is that people would actually like to spend more on universities, more on schools, more on infrastructure, but they feel like if they send that money to Madison it'll basically be stolen there and go to special interests," Kraig said.
Kraig wants this alternative budget to get people talking.  ...

A Wisconsin Budget for All 
For too long, we’ve all been told that there’s not enough money in the budget to help our communities thrive. That is not true. Actually, there is enough. Making a budget is about making choices. Lawmakers can choose to help private special interests that rig the system, or lawmakers can choose to promote the common good.

Simply cleaning up the tax code by closing two loopholes that the well-connected have created for themselves can restore nearly $900 million to the budget to invest in crucial priorities that your community so desperately needs. After all, that should be what taxes are for. They’re not supposed to be for feathering the nests of those who manipulate the system. They’re supposed to be our joint investments for improving our lives and for bolstering the vitality of all of our communities across Wisconsin.

There are three core areas — work, education, and health — where this restored funding would make a huge difference for hard-working Wisconsin families like yours and for the life of your community.

Read the full proposal, “A Wisconsin Budget for All” and learn how we can push for a budget that will help all our communities thrive.
  • Supporters of A Wisconsin Budget for All: 9to5 Wisconsin • Citizen Action of Wisconsin • Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups • Community Advocates Public Policy Institute • League of Women Voters of Wisconsin • Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin • Madison-Area Urban Ministry • National Association of Social Workers, WI Chapter •  SEIU Wisconsin State Council • Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health • Wisconsin Council of Churches • Wisconsin Council on Children and Families • Wisconsin Democracy Campaign • Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) • Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice • Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals • Wisconsin Friends Action Network • WISDOM

WI 1848 Forward: #SocialInfrastructure : #Wisconsin > Responsible-Alternative #Budget vs #Divide&Conquer #Walker 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Atlantic : The Quiet GOP Campaign Against Government Regulation

2 mins

Perhaps we should end regulation altogether ... seems to be GOP and Republican strategy. Seems consistent with Paul Ryan's love of Ayn Rand.…/video-what-does-paulrya…

The House passed two laws that would profoundly change how federal rules are issued—and that hardly any non-lawyer knows about.

Paul Ryan reminds me of the demolition experts that claimed they could blow up the first floor without damaging the building and then were shocked when the building collapsed.  "OH! Look ACA, etc., is failing!"  Wonder why!

WI 1848 Forward: #Atlantic : The Quiet #GOP Campaign Against Government #Regulation ... twisted use of Cost/Benefit

WI 1848 Forward: #Atlantic : The Quiet #GOP Campaign Against Government #Regulation ... did an #ExecutiveOrder do it

Sunday, January 22, 2017

AP - How Trump's executive order impacts future of ACA - 'Obamacare' - no replacement in sight

Death By A 1000 Administrative Cuts:

Trump will later say ... it was just bad ... I didn't do anything ... it just failed on its own.

Jan. 21, 2017 2:48 PM ET How Trump's executive order impacts future of 'Obamacare' By JULIE PACE and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

 (AP) — President Donald Trump's first executive order targets the sweeping "Obamacare" law by giving federal agencies broad leeway to chip away at the measure. But Trump still needs Congress to do away with the law for good.
Trump signed the executive order in the Oval Office Friday, hours after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
The one-page directive gives agencies authority to grant waivers, exemptions and delays of provisions in the Affordable Care Act. But until it becomes clear what steps federal agencies take as a result, its full impact on Americans and their health insurance is uncertain.

JAN 21, 2017 AT 10:56 AM Trump’s Executive Order On Obamacare Means Everything And Does Nothing By Anna Maria Barry-Jester Filed under The Trump Administration 

There are other important signals in the short executive order. It says HHS should “encourage the development of a free and open market in interstate commerce” and “provide greater flexibility to States,” suggesting that Trump will push HHS to grant more flexibility to states in how they implement the law.
It was no secret before Trump signed the executive order that he wanted the Affordable Care Act repealed, and all of these changes were possible before it was signed. But now Trump has made his intentions clear, with one of his first acts as president: The Department of Health and Human Services, “to the maximum extent permitted by law,” should get to dismantling.

The strategy seems to be to destroy the "healthcare marketplace" ... how ironic for the GOP ... so much for their core values.

#AP -How #Trump 's #PresidentPriebus executive order impacts future of #ACA ' #Obamacare ' - no replacement in sight

WI 1848 Forward: #PresidentPriebus ExecutiveOrder-  #Obamacare Means Everything And Does Nothing - #ACA to be gutted

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women's March ... small slice ... Madison WI 20170121 ... over 600 places worldwide and 50+ countries

WI 1848 Forward: #Women'sMarch < small slice > #Madison WI 20170121 ... over 600 places worldwide & 50+ countries

WI 1848 Forward: #Women'sMarch <small slice > Madison WI 100K 20170121 ...over 600 places worldwide & 50+ countries

WI 1848 Forward: #Women'sMarch < small slice > #Madison WI> going to happen every weekend? worldwide & 50+ countries

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Natural Resources policy needs bold change ... Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Adam Jarchow.

This same story was published on the Opinion Page of the Wisconsin State Journal this Sunday January 8th, 2017.

It has all the gimmicks -- #DogWhistlePolitics --

  • Vague attempt at misdirection ... - Who?  Me? We are too, for air and water!
  • Claim air and water is cleaner?  [Proof?]
  • "Politics of Resentment" -- those folks in Madison -- those special interest lobbyists.  Last time around the GOP became ever more present even though more Democrats voted ... but maybe they mean the scientists or researchers -- not vote gerrymandering and supression.
  • Calling names themselves ... taking on the environmental left? Who is this "left" ?
  • Just don't want us to have jobs.
  • 100 jobs in small town, fracing sand, paper mill, mining -- I think towns and villages were stripped of regulating authority ... so much for local control!  Boom and bust jobs are just not desirable in the end with cleanup expenses..
  • "We both relish a good fight" ... we are "masculine men" ?
  • They eviscerated the DNR -- you might even say gagged them ... their website is now a joke.
Better policies would support local schools and the many university campuses; state money for local, county and state roads; small town infrastructure - water systems, web, libraries, state monies for healthcare.  These kind of policies would create sustainable local jobs, bring in the tourists, actually cause people to want to raise a family and stay to get their kids educated.

Florence Cnty WI >Social Not Just Physical Infrastructure should be Dems Party Strategy

Rural Wisconsin Counties Continue To Lose Population - Pop Lab Report

Whenever they think there is pay-to-play money as in the Koch's or Gogebic they take local control to the state level.

Programs that would sustain people in small towns, rural communities, such as increased access to Medicaid, SNAP are denigrated and avoided. 

Natural Resources policy needs bold change - Wisconsin State Farmer Published 12:40 p.m. CT Jan. 3, 2017 | Updated 12:41 p.m. CT Jan. 3, 2017 owned by Gannet (who owns Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

A commentary by Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Adam Jarchow. 
Have you ever met someone who wants to destroy air and water? We haven’t.
Nevertheless, despite air and water quality getting better in Wisconsin, this is the attack consistently leveled against us. We even managed to make a special interest group's "dishonor roll" and have been labeled environmental lightning rods. Why?  Because we have the audacity to take on the environmental left. Perhaps it’s easier to engage in personal attacks than actually debate the issue at hand.
We both relish a good fight, but that's actually not why we engage in crafting environmental policy.  Deep down, the reason we get involved in these fights is because they are incredibly important to the people we represent in rural and northern Wisconsin. While we have an abundance of natural resources, job opportunities can be very limited.  Smart policies can have a dramatic impact on economic growth and job opportunities in northern Wisconsin.  Why?  It's a matter of scale.
Imagine if a new business opened in a suburban Milwaukee community and it provided 100 middle class jobs (loaded wage rates of $30 per hour). This would be great, but it would barely be a drop in the bucket in a vast urban metropolis.  On the other hand, where we live, many communities have less than 1,000 people.  Imagine if a paper mill or frac sand facility employing 100 people at that same wage rate opened in that community.  It'd be huge!
Just one good business can be the lifeblood of an entire community.  It’s not just the direct jobs, but it's the indirect jobs – truckers, electricians, plumbers, contractors, restaurant, and gas station owners, bankers, car dealers, realtors.  Again, it's a matter of scale.
The reality is that our rural communities live or die with decisions suburban legislators make in Madison.  An ill-suited, overly-restrictive rule can literally ruin a community. That's why we are so stridently opposed to Madison and Washington rules and regulations that kill job opportunities in farming, manufacturing, forestry, and tourism.
If you live downstate or in a more urban or suburban community, you may think these issues don't impact you.  They do.  If people in northern Wisconsin can't find family-sustaining jobs, they will be more dependent on government programs (which your tax dollars will fund) and there will also be a deficiency in our tax base, meaning you will also fund our schools. So, yes, the northern Wisconsin economy matters to you, even if you don't live there.
This session, we will continue to press for legislation that runs afoul of the dogmatic beliefs held by many so-called environmentalists.  We intend to further streamline some rules and regulations and repeal those that don't make sense. It's a matter of life and death for our communities. When the attacks come from the self-proclaimed environmentalists, we hope our friends and neighbors across the rest of the state will stand with us, because it matters to you too.

3 Billionaries Invade Tiny Iron Cnty, WI ( Koch Brothers, Cline , Gogebic)

#DNR - Natural Resources policy needs bold change ... Sen. Tom #Tiffany and Rep. Adam #Jarchow

#DogWhistlePolitics > #DNR - Natural Resources policy needs bold change ... Sen. Tom #Tiffany and Rep. Adam #Jarchow

Benchmark: What Kind Of 'Jobs President' Has Obama Been : NPR

What Kind Of 'Jobs President' Has Obama Been — In 8 Charts 1/7/2017  NPR

The final chapter of the Obama economy drew that much closer to its end on Friday, with the final jobs report of the 44th president's time in office. That report showed the 75th straight month of job growth, with employers adding 156,000 jobs.

Let's see what happens.  Trump is, at least, not starting with a major recession.

What will #Trump produce?  < WI 1848 Forward: Benchmark: What Kind Of ' #Jobs President' Has #Obama Been : #NPR 4.7%