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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Teaparty, Farm Bill, Dairy & Cheese Implications

1/13/2014 ... still a "in this season" a political football

6/21/13 - Deja vu with failure of House to pass "Farm Bill"--- almost 6 months ago ... and still nothing really done except that GOP wants to starve more people/kids (SNAP) while handing out large subsidies to "large corporate" farms!

Reprieve and extended uncertainty?!  Agricultural Committees Agree To Farm Bill Extension by The Associated Press December 30, 2012 5:08 PM

Where is Governor Walker's voice let alone his head.  Let's have some leadership given all that national clout he supposedly has.  Does he really care about the "rural/rich" minority coalition that elected him?  Maybe the latter but not the former (the ruralies)?

The buzz about the Farm Bill lapsing seems to suggest that dairy prices for milk and cheese could sky rocket.  Explore the things that may follow!

  • Dairy Farmers experience early windfall dollars.
  • Demand for dairy products collapses.
  • As market deals with disruption and a new equilibrium is established Dairy Farmers can no longer sell product.
  • Dairy Farmers go out of business.
  • Glut in land/farms for sale.
  • Loss in property tax revenue locally.
  • Rural schools and local government contract even more
  • Developers scoop up prime lands.
  • Corporate farming gets additional leverage due to scale (love those Happy Cows from CA - just like having your Driver's License made there).
  • Manufacturing relative to Dairy Farms collapses - two pressures (glut of used equipment, less new demand).
  • More ... like dominoes 
In essence a market and way of life is altered and/or destroyed and will never be back.  Agricultural policy may need to change but doing it abruptly will be disastrous.  Wisconsin with its smaller dairy herds will never be the same.

An Evolutionary Whodunit: How Did Humans Develop Lactose Tolerance? by Helen Thompson December 28, 2012 9:56 AM

1/3/2013 Update :

WI 1848 Forward:v2 #Teaparty #FarmBill #Dairy #Cheese Implications: #Taxes #Walker #47% #Congress #Dems #GOP #NPR

WI 1848 Forward:v2 #Teaparty #FarmBill #Dairy #Cheese Problems: #Taxes #Walker is lacking #Congress #Dems #GOP #NPR

#Teaparty #Starvation #GOP #Walker #FarmBill #Dairy #Cheese Problems: WI 1848 Forward: #Congress #NPR

Friday, December 21, 2012

The GOP Social Security Medicare Plan - Political Suicide

As I read the article below I realized that the GOP social policies would eventually self-correct and even faster than first thought.

Social Security, Medicare more than numbers
...Social Security and Medicare enable millions of older Americans to survive financially each month, after years of working hard and paying taxes to earn these protections. Last year, 478,397 Oklahomans 65 and older received Social Security and 485,351 were enrolled in Medicare....
... As lawmakers consider the U.S. budget, here are a couple numbers they should keep in mind: Half of America's seniors get by on less than $20,000 a year. And here's another: Typical seniors already spend nearly 20 percent of their incomes on health care, a percentage that continues to rise.

I may be guilty of relying on an impression of what has been said rather than going back and finding a reference for each impression I ask you just go forward (and verify later, just pretend it is cable news) -

  • Red states by population derive more social benefits from Federal programs than Blue states?
  • The only major group that Romney clearly carried was white males, especially "old ones"?
  • By cutting social benefits older white males will die off even faster since they will be forced to chose between eating and healthcare? [e.g., Chained Cost of Living Adjustment]
  • The majority of Tea Party members and politicians come from Red states where the 2010  Census was used to give them secure seats?
  • The Tea Party and/or GOP is reducing its only significant voting block nationally and especially in Red states by cutting social benefits.
  • Blue states will become more blue.
  • Secure "Tea Party" districts will become less secure and surviving spouses may become even more resentful and resolved to change the situation.
  • By killing off seniors faster Medicare and Social Security may become even more solvent than it currently is.
Do you think anyone thinks this way ?   If it happens it is sad.

WI 1848 Forward: The #GOP #SocialSecurity #Medicare Plan - Political Suicide: #AARP #Obama #47% #Union vs #1% #elites

WI 1848 Forward:The #GOP #SocialSecurity #Medicare Plan - Political Suicide: #AARP #Obama #47% #Union #99% vs #elites

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Obama vs Boehner and Military Cuts vs Humanity

Why does in this ongoing "noise" the discussion seem to be for resolving the "problem" by casting a tradeoff off between killing seniors off quicker and reducing Medicare versus raising taxes on the "high income" (which does not mean the "wealthy").

Would not a much broader discussion make more sense.  Reduce our military expenditures on weapons development (that the military does not want but congress(wo)men do), foreign interventions and other adventures to "subsidize" our corporate influence abroad. These would solve many problems and reflect a country that really cares about not just our citizens and children but people everywhere.

WI 1848 Forward: #Obama vs #Boehner and #Military Cuts vs #Humanity : #47% #99% #inequality vs #1% #Elites #Koch

WI 1848 Forward: #Obama ( #Hagel & #Kerry )vs #Boehner & Graham and #Military Cuts vs #Humanity : #47% #inequality

#Obama #47% #99% #Humanity - WI 1848 Forward: vs #Boehner and #Military Cuts vs #inequality vs #1% #Elites #Koch

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Getting Schneider - #ShortFilm - Nicole Richmond

The real fun thing about living in a state like Wisconsin ... the people!

Click the "Watch on Vimeo" and you can see it ... really worth it!

Getting Schneider from Nicole Richmond on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

GAB vs FitzWalkerSTAN rig elections Fitzgerald, Walker

Rachael Maddow (MSNBC) held up Wisconsin tonight (12/12/12) as having the best system (GAB - Government Accountability Board) in the nation for running and monitoring elections.

Why would Fitzgerald and Walker want to change it?? DUH!!!

I guess there were about 300,000 more Democrat than Republican votes in 2012 Presidential election (in WI).  Yet we have a "Republican Legislature" - it seems Walker and friends have already perfected "gerrymandering" following the 2010 U.S. Census!

Why would Walker be willing to allocate electoral college electors differently?

DUH! again!!! 
... why is this not a surprise ... 
PRWatch - 2/07/2013 - Rig the Vote: Wisconsin Has Best Election Practices in the U.S., So Why Are They Under Attack?

Voting residency requirement is now 28 days, instead of 10

Wisconsin: Republican legislators want to hide their votes, move to secret ballots.

WI 1848 Forward: v2 #GAB vs #FitzWalkerSTAN rig elections #Fitzgerald #Walker : #WiVote #WiUnion #VoterID #47% vs #1% #timeCapsule 
WI 1848 Forward: v2 #GAB vs #FitzWalkerSTAN rig elections #Vos #Walker : #WiVote #WiUnion #VoterID #47% vs #1% #timeCapsule 
WI 1848 Forward: UPD vs rig elections : #47% vs #1% #timeCapsule 

Entitlement Reform == Cut SafetyNet, Cut Jobs, Stall Recovery, Recession

Fast Forward 2017:

Trump proposes 20% tax on Mexican imports to pay for "his wall".

If this actually gets done a lot of pain will be experienced in the U.S. - cars, other goods and especially "food/produce" will cost a lot more.
From 2012:
We cannot let the GOP define the language of this "fiscal cliff" debate.  The debate is about jobs and economic recovery and a safety net for all of us when the 1% screw things up and try to make us pay for their mistakes.  Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, et al,  just want to protect the 1%.  The people who raid pension funds (like Romney and BAIN Capital) do not care about other peoples jobs.  There are dozen of ways to protect and enhance Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and create jobs.

One could remove the upper income limit on SS (FICA) withholding.  Oh! You didn't know FICA was capped for some aspects.

One could could treat all income the same no matter the source (i.e., treat capital gains like wages, already done to IRAs, 401Ks for the not so wealthy).

One could make FICA withholding progressive, ability to pay.  Those with really very little discretionary (meaning you can barely get along) income pay less.

President Obama is promoting efficiency in our healthcare system.  We all pay too much for pharmaceuticals.  Why does the GOP block Veterans Administration style purchasing power.  These industries/businesses are subsidized by Federal research projects (National Institute of Health) and then make huge markups on drugs they never could have discovered if it were not for projects like the "Human Genome".

One could cut military interventions and subsidies to out-sourcing quasi-military contractors.

#GOP WI 1848 Forward: #Entitlement Reform == Cut #SafetyNet , #Jobs ,  #Recovery , #Recession > #Obama vs #1%

Cut Cut Stall -WI 1848 Forward: ? ?Reform LOL

#Trump #PresidentPriebus WI 1848 Forward: #Entitlement Reform == Cut #SafetyNet , #Jobs , #Recession

Monday, December 10, 2012

Big Brother Walker - Tactics of Intimidation Wi Capitol - SolidaritySingers

Is it compliance with "administrative rules" or intimidation and piling on ... support Solidarity Singers!

Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative

From their story ... McCarthyism Is Alive and Well at Wisconsin Capitol He’s making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice….

The Holidays are here, and Capitol police officers are invoking the spirit of Senator Joe McCarthy by compiling a list of regular attendees of the Solidarity Sing Along, the weekday noon hour singing protest at the Wisconsin Capitol. Police appear to be checking names off on a spreadsheet that lists certain regular visitors to the Capitol, many of whom have received citations during the Capitol Crackdown that began after the arrival of new Capitol Police Chief David Erwin last summer.

A-F of the alphabetized list of citizens that regularly attend the Solidarity SingAlong
“McCarthyism” is the term that describes the hunt for Communists in the United States in the 1950s, and it appears to be alive and well in Wisconsin several decades later, as citizens who sing at the Capitol over the noon hour are targeted, identified, watched and documented.
Big Bro' #1% #Walker #WI 1848 Forward: Tactics of Intimidation #Capitol - #SolidaritySingers : #WIUnion #WiVote #47%