Emails reveal phoniness of Ryan, Walker stimulus opposition.
In late September 2011, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s office notified Rep. Paul Ryan’s office with some good news. The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs had awarded a grant to a Wisconsin veteran’s home to help renovate its water distribution system. Walker’s office just needed Ryan’s people to sign off on the press release. But what started out as a routine matter quickly turned into a minor panic among aides to the two Republicans.
Wendy Riemann, Walker’s director of federal relations, sent an email to Ryan’s communications director, Kevin Seifert, asking for a quote from the congressman.
“Not sure if you’re doing your own release, etc.,” Riemann emailed on Sept. 26. “Let me know — we’ll wait to hear from you either way before putting it out.”
Seifert replied with a simple message: Stop the presses. He had one concern. Could the grant be tied to federal stimulus funds?
“Not to create more work for you all but — do you have any idea where the money for this grant came from? Was it from the stimulus/the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?” Seifert wrote. “Our concern is that if it’s stimulus funds, we won’t want to highlight (and would think you guys wouldn’t either).”
Seifert did not want Ryan appearing to support President Barack Obama. “The Administration is encouraging lots of agencies to spend un-spent stimulus funds and we generally won’t do press on things we actively oppose,” the congressman’s communications director concluded.
OK, so here’s how it works: if the money for an entirely necessary improvement to a veterans’ home was paid for with some federal grant, it’s the best thing ever. If it was paid for with stimulus money, it’s communism! The real world difference between the two situations? None. Federal funds are federal funds — it’s not like stimulus dollars were dipped in poison before they went out.
People who are engaging in honest criticism don’t have to do coordinated research to get their stories straight. They were more than happy to brag about accepting federal money, so long as the magic word “stimulus” was not attached to it.
Tyre, U.S. Naval Veteran: “President Obama is the first Democratic president that I will vote for.” (by BarackObamadotcom)
Oh our government…Truly the most functional and most effective in the world.
REBLOG this and never forget it.
THIS is what frustrates me the most about people who complain that Obama was ineffective. If you consider the childish, playground-bully tactics the GOP adopted, it’s astounding he got as much done as he did.
The land of the free~
i wish i could show this to my dad.
A Milwaukee County jury has convicted one of Governor Scott Walker’s former associates of stealing money donated to help veterans and their families.
Jurors on Friday convicted 62-year-old Kevin Kavanaugh of Cudahy of stealing more than $51,000.
Prosecutors alleged that Kavanaugh had skimmed the money from bank deposits and phony withdrawals from accounts for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a veterans service organization. Kavanaugh was the organization’s treasurer.
Kavanaugh’s sentencing is scheduled for December 19.
Kavanaugh was appointed to the Veterans Service Commission by Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County Executive.[…]
On Thursday one of Walker’s former top aides pleaded guilty to a count of felony misconduct in office in a deal with prosecutors. Kelly Rindfleisch, who served as Walker’s deputy chief of staff during the Republican’s tenure as Milwaukee County Executive in 2010, was accused her of working on Republican Brett Davis’ lieutenant governor campaign on county time.
Rindfleisch entered her plea Thursday in front of Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Hansher.
Prosecutors may call Gov. Scott Walker as a witness in an embezzlement case involving Timothy D. Russell, a former top aide while Walker was Milwaukee County executive.
Walker shows up on prosecutors’ list of 42 prospective witnesses at Russell’s trial on three counts of theft, including embezzling $21,042 from a fund intended to help veterans and their families and stealing smaller sums from two candidates for the Milwaukee County Board whose campaigns Russell helped.
His trial is scheduled to start Dec. 3.
It was tempting to dismiss Mitt Romney’s hard-right turn during the GOP primaries as calculated pandering. In the general election – as one of his top advisers famously suggested – Romney would simply shake the old Etch A Sketch and recast himself as the centrist who governed Massachusetts. But with the selection of vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan, the shape-shifting Romney has locked into focus – cementing himself as the frontman for the far-right partisans responsible for Washington’s gridlock.
There is no longer any ambiguity about the path that Romney would pursue as president, because it’s the same trajectory charted by Ryan, the architect of the House GOP’s reactionary agenda since the party’s takeover in 2010. “Picking Ryan as vice president outlines the future of the next four or eight years of a Romney administration,” GOP power broker Grover Norquist exulted in August. “Ryan has outlined a plan that has support in the Republican House and Senate. You have a real sense of where Romney’s going.” In fact, Norquist told party activists back in February, the true direction of the GOP is being mapped out by congressional hardliners. All the Republicans need to realize their vision, he said, is a president “with enough working digits to handle a pen.”
The GOP legislation awaiting Romney’s signature isn’t simply a return to the era of George W. Bush. From abortion rights and gun laws to tax giveaways and energy policy, it’s far worse. Measures that have already sailed through the Republican House would roll back clean-air protections, gut both Medicare and Medicaid, lavish trillions in tax cuts on billionaires while raising taxes on the poor, and slash everything from college aid to veteran benefits. In fact, the tenets of Ryan Republicanism are so extreme that they even offend the pioneers of trickle-down economics. “Ryan takes out the ax and goes after programs for the poor – which is the last thing you ought to cut,” says David Stockman, who served as Ronald Reagan’s budget director. “It’s ideology run amok.”
Dog Bless You is an non-profit organization that helps provide and donate service dogs to war veterans! its a beautiful cause!
Romney’s attempt to link military suicides to the Obama administration is deeply problematic for a number of reasons.
First, veterans’ health care is exempt from the sequestration deal that Romney is attacking…
[Second], Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan’s budget plan would cut the VA budget by $11 billion…
By crassly using [the suicides of soldiers] as a political football, [Romney] opens himself up to a debate about who really stands for veterans — and it’s a debate that he really does not want to have.
If anything else didn’t convince you this guy is just a rich, imperious opportunistic douchehole, saying something like this should do it. Mitt makes George W. look good.
Republicans obstruction needs to end Nov 6. Vote Democrat.
The NY Times reports that Senate Republicans blocked a Veterans Job Corps bill yesterday:
“It would be easier to admire the Republicans’ late-breaking fiscal scrupulosity if their motives — denying the Obama administration any kind of victory this year, whatever the cost to jobless vets — weren’t so transparent. It’s probably useful to remind Republicans like John McCain (a “nay” on the jobs bill) that wounded, jobless and homeless veterans aren’t a fact of nature. They’re a product of the wars that Congress members voted for, the war debt they piled on, and the economy they helped ruin.”
Here is the Roll Call link:
- Of the 58 Yeas, only 2 were Republican
- Of the 40 Nays, all were Republican
Remember this the next time you see a piece-of-shit SUV with a brand new Romney sticker and a faded yellow ribbon magnet.
It’s what they are.
A Great Vet for Senate in Arizona
There is an absolutely amazing veteran running for U.S. Senate in Arizona, and you have to hear his story. Richard Carmona is running to take the seat being vacated by (Republican) Senator John Kyl. This is a very winnable seat – with the right candidate. Richard Carmona is that candidate. He needs our help, though.
Born to a poor Hispanic family in New York City, Dr. Richard Carmona experienced homelessness, hunger and bleak prospects for a future education and economic opportunity. The child of parents who emigrated to the United States and struggled with alcoholism and substance abuse, Rich learned tough early lessons about economic disparities and social injustice – an experience he has never forgotten, and one that has given him an understanding of how culture, health, education and economic status shape our country.
Like his siblings and many of his friends, Rich dropped out of high school. With few skills and little education, he enlisted in the Army and went to Vietnam. Military service gave him discipline and a drive to succeed that he still carries today. In order to apply for Special Forces and become a combat medic, he earned his high school equivalency degree. Rich left the Army a combat-decorated veteran, with two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, a combat medical badge and numerous other decorations to mark his service.
When he returned home from Vietnam, Rich became the first member of his family to earn a college degree, and later received his medical degree. In 2002, Carmona was nominated by the president and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to become the 17th Surgeon General of the United States.
Rich’s story is an amazing one, and I only scratched the surface…..