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  •  Say what you will about Obama (11+ / 0-)

    (and I think there are plenty of fair criticisms to make of him) the man's singular genius and lasting contribution to the progressive discourse has been his rhetorical de-linking of "tax breaks for millionaires" from "tax breaks for everyone else." In decades of pushing "low taxes," the Republicans have achieved no such distinction.

    "Tax breaks for everyone else," on Obama's watch, have been defended and preserved. "Tax breaks for millionaires" have sunk in the public estimation and will continue to take on water. It'll be part of Obama's legacy.

    It's happening nationally, and I think it could happen in Wisconsin, too. Let's make it loud and clear, so Walker will lose.

    Thanks for the diary.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:11:51 PM PST

    •  You're assuming Walker is smart (12+ / 0-)

      He isn't.  Politically saavy, sure, I'll give him that, but he, like his fellow Wisconsin Republicans are still mentally living in the era of Ronald Reagan where they think all this tax cut talk is the ticket to re-election.  

      Sadly, around here, they may be right.  People don't see that tax cuts always favor the rich.  The look at the few bucks extra in their pockets, but don't see the hundreds of thousands pocketed by the monied elite.  Nor do they see the irony of tax cuts in the "We're Broke" state which has devastated local shared revenue and removed a $1.8 billion dollars from our schools.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:19:37 PM PST

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      •  Not assuming anything about Walker, (5+ / 0-)
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        just hope that progressives in your state can craft a winning message about taxes, based on work Obama has done nationally.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:23:01 PM PST

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        •  Oh, yeah, we will (3+ / 0-)
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          but the major obstacle of the Republican loving corporate media doing anything with it is the big question.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:34:45 PM PST

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          •  The definition of "winning" (3+ / 0-)
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            is that it succeeds despite the corporate media.

            Progressives have "won" before in recent years. You've got some pretty smart people there in Wisconsin. Let's do it again.

            It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

            by karmsy on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 05:06:13 PM PST

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            •  We're working on it (1+ / 0-)
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              Never easy and now harder with the gerrymandering.  But we're tough and we're not going away.

              We didn't start the war, but we're going to keep fighting in it until we win justice and rights for all our citizens.

              There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

              by Puddytat on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:05:15 PM PST

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      •  What tax cuts? (10+ / 0-)

        My property taxes went up $300 this year. Walker's low taxes are a crock.

        If he cuts income tax rates, watch property taxes go up to compensate. The Republicans have also floated the idea of a sales tax increase, and may cut further homestead tax credits and earned income tax credits.

        Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

        by NoMoreLies on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 02:34:27 PM PST

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      •  Walker Should Suffer on Incompetency Alone (5+ / 0-)
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        Even if Walker actually had no knowledge of his aides' illegal conduct the fact remains that he should have know what was going on. Best case scenario: Walker is a very poor judge of character and a clueless manager, neither of which should endear him to voters. Worst case, of course, is that he belongs in a jail cell.

        •  Of course, that's what Walker wants (6+ / 0-)

          people to believe.  It IS the best case scenario for him.

          In reality, he KNEW who all these people were since he was in the State Legislature (he was an Assembly Representative) and was around for the infamous Caucus Scandal in which legislative aides were performing political work on the taxpayer dime (hmmmm, wasn't that what HIS aides were convicted for?).  Part of what caught them was the mandatory archiving of state emails.

          The smoking gun, IMHO, was a secret email Walker himself sent to Russell (who wasn't his aide anymore - he was the Housing Director for the County then) telling him that the newspapers couldn't have any more reasons to do stories like the one that broke about the political work being done in his office on the taxpayers dime.   He ordered "no laptops" and no secret router.  For a guy who claims to have known "nothing", that was a whole lot of nothing (including apparantly knowing the guy who installed the secret router).

          Walker knew exactly what was going on.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 03:13:15 PM PST

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        •  Excellent point. (1+ / 0-)
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          Ideology completely aside, he needs to lose on incompetence.  

          I'm not in Wisconsin, so I wouldn't know. Is Walker a "man of the people," a "nice guy you'd like to have a beer with," in the way that Ronald Reagan was? If he isn't like-able, if he's just a dick, then he's going to lose. Mitt Romney showed us how important demeanor is. I believe Mitt Romney lost, in good part, because he is a cold, cold S.O.B.. He doesn't hang out at NASCAR races or sample little old ladies' homemade cookies. If Scott Walker registers similarly in the voters' sensibility, it'll kill him, too.

          It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

          by karmsy on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 05:50:28 PM PST

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          •  It's not quite so easy (0+ / 0-)

            Romney got outed by the national media and exposed for what he really is.  Walker won't.  Our corporate media here has been propping up Walker and the GOP for a couple of decades.  

            Walker also doesn't speak to anyone but friendly groups - mostly business leaders and the wealthy along with Tea Party groups.  

            He doesn't even give the corporate media that has done so much for him anything more than a couple of minutes, maybe, after a photo op.  And they never ask him follow up questions - printing only what he says.

            He's sheltered, hidden, protected.  

            There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

            by Puddytat on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:09:00 PM PST

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            •  A first step might be to get very analytical. (1+ / 0-)
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              What advantages does Walker have that Romney (a connected billionaire, after all) didn't? How do we work specifically on those advantages, to neutralize them? After all, the brains are clearly on our side; so's the grassroots network.

              I just don't believe, deep-down, that the power of a few oligarchs, over inflamed and informed multitudes, can be  stable or lasting.

              It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

              by karmsy on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:32:58 PM PST

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              •  Walker is clearly worried (2+ / 0-)
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                So worried, in fact, that he's going to pretend to be a moderate for the next 2 years.  He's already said "no" to signing Right to Work (for less), "no" to eliminating Same Day Voter Registration, and "no" to anything, as he says it, "that will incite the people and create the level of protest we have experienced".  

                Is he going to keep his word? We'll see.  I doubt it because he's got Republican control of everything.

                We're going to make Walkers live up to his ONLY campaign promise in 2010 (no, he didn't campaign on anything else which is why people are so surprised about what he did) - to create 250,000 jobs in his "first term".  2 years in and he's got about 30,000.

                And he won't get anywhere close to half his promise because he stripped away 18% of the take home pay of every public worker in Wisconsin to pay for their pension and health insurance despite public employees bargaining to keep those intact by giving up decent wage increases for the past nearly 30 years.  You can't take that amount of money out of the hands of tens of thousands of people and not fully expect a serious impact on the economy and, therefore jobs.

                We're ready.  Bring it on.

                There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

                by Puddytat on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 09:02:07 PM PST

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