This Is Why The Unions Hate Scott Walker

WALKER 2016-2


Walker’s anti-union law has labor reeling in Wisconsin

At the old union hall here on a recent afternoon, Terry Magnant sat at the head of a table surrounded by 18 empty chairs. A members meeting had been scheduled to start a half-hour earlier, but the small house, with its cracked walls and loose roof shingles, was lonely and desolate.

“There used to be a lot more people coming,” said Magnant, a 51-year-old nursing assistant, sighing.

The anti-union law passed here four years ago, which made Gov. Scott Walker a national Republican star and a possible presidential candidate, has turned out to be even more transformative than many had predicted.


But recalling the benefits that union membership might have brought before the 2011 law stripped most public-sector unions of their collective-bargaining rights is difficult when workers consider the challenges of the present.

“I don’t see the point of being in a union anymore,” said Dan Anliker, a 34-year-old technology teacher and father of two in Reedsburg, a tiny city about 60 miles northwest of Madison.


Walker has pointed to the unions’ membership troubles as a victory — presenting himself as a conservative warrior unafraid of taking on big battles against liberal interests.

Walker’s administration has said forcing public employees to contribute more to retirement plans and health insurance helped local governments save $3 billion. The governor also has credited the 2011 law with saving homeowners money on property taxes while giving school districts the ability to make reforms that increased third-grade reading levels and high school graduation rates. And the law has emboldened Republican state lawmakers to further challenge Wisconsin’s labor movement this year by pushing right-to-work legislation that would allow private-sector workers to opt out of paying union dues — a measure Walker has said he would sign.

“We took the power away from the big-government special interests and put it firmly in the hands of the hard-working taxpayers,” Walker told Iowa Republicans recently. “That is what we need more of in this great country. The liberals don’t like that.”

Union officials declined to release precise membership data but confirmed in interviews that enrollment is dramatically lower since the new law was signed in 2011.

The state branch of the National Education Association, once 100,000 strong, has seen its membership drop by a third. The American Federation of Teachers, which organized in the college system, saw a 50 percent decline. The 70,000-person membership in the state employees union has fallen by 70 percent.

The decline is politically significant in Wisconsin, a presidential battleground where the unions have played a central role in Democrats’ get-out-the-vote drives.

If you read thru that entire article you will not see one line explaining why public employee unions are shrinking in membership. They WERE NOT stripped of their collective bargaining rights. PEU’s are still legal in Wisconsin. They can still bargain collectively for wages too. But union dues are no longer compulsory for public employees in the Cheesehead State:

Act 10 made important changes to PEU law. First, Walker’s reform limited negotiations to only wages and working conditions, not benefits — which eliminated the kickback scheme of the WEA Trust from negotiations, saving school districts and local communities a ton of cash they were paying for vastly overpriced health insurance. The WEA Trust had to lower its prices to compete against other insurers, cutting off a major source of funding for PEUs. The reform also required PEUs to hold regular recertification elections, which they had been loathe to ever offer, and ended state-deducted dues payments. Unions had to collect their own dues, which were not compulsory, and justify their own existence.

The PEU’s had a pretty sweet deal. Thanks to a SCOTUS few decisions union membership could not be mandatory, but employees could still be required to pay union dues for non-political union activities. These dues were a mandatory deduction from their paychecks, just like taxes.

Thanks to Scott Walker, public employees are free to not join a union and not pay dues. If they do want to belong to a union it is up to them to pay their dues. Apparently many of those public employees decided they really didn’t want to be in the union after all.

This was my favoritist part:

Fish remained incredulous.

“You have to be mean,” she said. “We never got anything by being nice. We’ve had to walk out. We got things when we banged our fists on tables.”

Brey jumped into the conversation.

“Sometimes I think,” she stopped to collect the words delicately.

“Sometimes, I think, . . . that’s . . . why they came after us, Jenny. Because they thought these teachers were too demanding.”

When you are making more than the people who are paying your salary and benefits and you bang your fists on the table and demand more, those people are likely to start resenting you.

Now those crazy teabagging Republicans in Wisconsin are working on a bill to do pretty much the same thing to private sector unions. The private sector unions are not pleased.

Shit happens.

protesting is a drag

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129 Responses to This Is Why The Unions Hate Scott Walker

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Hmmmm, I could get behind this ticket in 2016. Nikki’s won a few union battles herself 🙂

  2. HELENK3 says:

    Unions forgot who they represent. I belonged to a union for most of my working life. On the railroad you do need a union. look at the history of railroads and their workers. But what I found was that the union was protecting the loads that should have been fired. An a lot of union officers wound up with management jobs.
    a long story that really happened.
    before I went to work for the railroad, I had a job at a company the made lights. A women came to work who was a little unusual. They had a St Patrick’s Day party in the building. I could not go because I was working. The woman who worked day work decided to go. She came in wearing a dress with no sides and wore no underwear. OK her choice. She goes to the party and I get a call from the police. they have arrested her daughter for shoplifting. Now I have to go down to the party and get her. I go down and she is in the middle of the floor dancing with her dress over her head. I have to get her off the dance floor and upstairs to talk to the police. then she starts propositioning the young guy who operates the computer with the dress up above her head again. The guard comes in and gets her.she goes back down stairs gets away from the guard and goes into the factory where she gets up on the assembly line and starts propositioning the factory workers. the guard gets her again and throws her out of the building. He told me later that when he came into my department , he had never seen anyone blushing as much as I was.
    now several years later I am working at the railroad and go to a Union meeting because the railroad I work for has to get out of the passenger business and I am going to be laid off or try to find a job with another railroad. In the middle of the meeting this woman comes up dressed like the church lady and is telling everyone how the union helped her support her family. I look at her and started laughing. It was the same woman from the lighting company. I am the only one in the room that knows it. I do not know how much the union paid her to speak but it was entertaining.

  3. HELENK3 says:

    interesting article about saying Thank you for your service to military

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Vintage commericial (circa ’80) telling us to look for the union label. I think this meant something different then when garment factories were shipping jobs overseas for sweat labor. Our unions once served a purpose, but I think they got too greedy. My husband grew up in a mill town and watched them shut down and move south for cheaper labor, unions followed and they eventually moved overseas anyhow.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      Collective bargaining is basically extortion.

      • Somebody says:

        I disagree, there are times when there is value in collective bargaining it depends on the situation. If you’re in a closed shop and you’re striking for some ridiculous pay raise or benefit then yes I would agree that’s extortion.

        However if you’re in a right to work state so it’s not a closed shop and the union is pounding on the table wanting safety harnesses or something to protect lives then sorry I don’t see that as extortion. Another example would be more oxygen and masks in a coal mine, there are all kinds of things like that unions push for that rarely make the headlines.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Hasn’t OSHA pretty much taking over the job safety issues ? New safety laws are made everyday resulting from lawsuits.

          • Somebody says:

            In some areas, but the workers on the ground see issues the quickest. Unions currently fight for stuff like that, but Dandy’s idea of an organization would work just as well. What doesn’t work is Joe Schmoe the ragman asking pretty, pretty please because the business has more money and more lobbyist.

        • I agree with you, Somebody. It’s not a black and white issue, it has just become one. Partly that’s because of the table-banging over wages and benefits helped create an image that was easy to exploit, and partly that’s because many unions have chosen to take out their frustration over losing fights on the people they perceive as their persecutors, mainly the right. That’s related to a perception that the right is for big business, etc. The perception is about as true as the perception that unions are just table-banging thugs, which is to say, not entirely true. There’s a kernel of truth in both sides. Just enough to manufacture this political war.

          At any rate, unions are a safe target for the GOP because they give almost exclusively to Democrats. The reverse is not true, because when you’re working the American political system you need to bet on both sides.

        • 49erDweet says:

          Unions had a place, once upon a time, but lost sight of the long term benefit of their member base,
          and replaced it with short term benefits to their bosses – then proceeded to jump shark after shark after shark, until now they are mostly stupid caricature’s of former selves. They kill off an industry with their mendacity, then think they deserve everyone’s thanks.

          • driguana says:

            Yes, and there is the issue of public sector unions like AFSCME vs private sector ones like UAW. Having worked in management in local government for most of my career, I found AFSCME really troubling to work with. Although I always had a good relationship with them, they frequently made it difficult for me to discipline or remove employees that were really problematic. I had one front desk person that kept falling asleep…at the fort desk!!!…and it wasn’t like were weren’t busy…and they kept pushing her “medical” issues. It was ridiculous. But like everything else these days, try to make or even suggest a change to liberal bastions and you get blasted as some kind of evil person.

  5. Myiq2xu says:

    USA Today:

    Honda says it would cut back production at six factories because of a parts shortage. The North American Meat Institute says its industry is losing about $85 million a week as meat sits in freezers rather than on dinner tables. And numerous producers of flowers, foods, candies and other delicacies missed out on the sales bonanza that is this week’s Chinese New Year celebration.

    These are just some of the effects of a work slowdown at 29 West Coast ports engineered by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to gain leverage as it negotiates a new contract.

    Barring a complete shutdown or lockout, it does not look as though the slowdown will be enough to derail the economy as a whole. Nonetheless, it is having a considerable impact on workers whose jobs and income rely on imports and exports, and who are wondering what they did to deserve their fates.

    These people would be even more distressed if they knew the port workers’ income. The Pacific Maritime Association, manager of the ports, says an average full-time worker makes $147,000 a year, with very generous benefits on top of that.

    The ILWU says longshoremen aren’t always able to work as many hours as they’d like, putting a typical income at $83,000.

    Even if the truth lies somewhere in between, the longshoremen who are causing so much grief to workers and businesses around the country are among the nation’s best-paid blue-collar workers.

  6. votermom says:

    • threewickets says:

      If the GOP wants to go after Hillary for Kosovo again, think O’Reilly may need to go. If Bill sticks around, Fox will probly end up pulling their punches because of Argentina, no? With O’Reilly out of the way, the network can go after her hard and in earnest. 🙂

      • Constance says:

        Why would FOX go after Hillary? And if they did they could go after her based on the fact that the Clinton foundation takes millions from foreign governments and I heard they spend only 10% of the foundation income on charity. Or they could go after her based on Benghazi. In fact Kosovo would be way down the list of possible damaging hits on Hillary.

  7. votermom says:

    Such a comedian, this guy

    • piper says:

      Have been watching this for a while as we know that obama and mites really dislike the Clintons and would do anything to see them lose. He wants an idiot like E. Warren to follow him in the presidency so that people will remember him as a great leader not an aberration and wistfully want him to return with his band of elitist nitwits.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Sounds like an Obama plan, have a equally incompetent follow him to make him look good.

      • cynic says:

        Warren was on Morning Joe today, and you should have seen adoring Mika interviewing her. We’ll see how much power MoveOn has, since it seems that this is who they are pushing as their candidate.

        • leslie says:

          I saw it, too and saw the same reaction in Mika. Even Joe said something to Mika about getting her checkbook so she could make a donation.

  8. HELENK3 says:

    working at white house = going into the witless protection program.

    I am so stealing that

  9. DandyTIger says:

    Among labor, safety, and environmental regulations and then Obamacare, it seems a lot of the need for unions has evaporated. Of course we have a lot of job safety and wage regulations because of unions. But at this point they may work better as organizations like the NRA that offer services, training, legal assistance, and of course lobbying efforts for your membership dues.

    • Somebody says:

      That is correct Dandy a lot of regulations have taken away the need for unions as far as worker protection, but it is true that those regulations wouldn’t be in place were in not for the unions. It’s because of unions that we have a 40 hour work week for instance, well we did until Obamacare. Does anyone honestly believe if the unions went away that TPTB would maintain those protections? I don’t, they’d evaporate fairly quickly thanks to lobbyist and corrupt politicians.

      Throughout a variety of industries unions have fought for the safety of the workers, public sector unions have fought for the safety of the public too in certain instances. So unions have definitely had their place, even if you’ve never been a union member if you have two days off a week, get overtime or some compensation for working over 40 hours, or have some kind of paid time off, then you’ve benefited indirectly from a union too. Businesses didn’t make those concessions because they’re just really nice people.

      Your idea about unions becoming organizations is interesting, maybe that’s the wave of the future. Personally I don’t want to see unions disappear, but I do think they need to change. I’ve never supported mandatory union membership, it should be a choice. Over the course of time many unions have become corrupt. They’ve become a money train for left leaning politicians too, many times when in fact the people paying those dues do NOT support said politician. Kickbacks and cronyism abound, indeed many of today’s unions are fraught with problems……..much like our political system. I just don’t want to throw out the baby with the bath water.

      • HELENK3 says:

        did you see the Bob Newhart video i posted for you husband down stairs?

        • Somebody says:

          Yes I played it for him thanks. It was cute and Newhart had hair, I’d forgotten he used to have hair!

      • DandyTIger says:

        So unions have definitely had their place, even if you’ve never been a union member if you have two days off a week, get overtime or some compensation for working over 40 hours, or have some kind of paid time off, then you’ve benefited indirectly from a union too.
        Must be nice. I haven’t had any of those benefits for over 20 years. Reasonable hours, overtime, paid time off, wow, what’s that like?

        • Somebody says:

          Anybody that owns their own business especially starting out doesn’t have that, but then again they are their own boss with the potential upside and downside that comes with that. Most workers in the tech industry don’t know those benefits either, burn em and turn em. Many tech workers work ridiculous hours literally spending more time at work than at home. That’s why companies provide meals, have power nap stations, on site medical clinics, hell some even do your laundry……..but you rarely ever leave.

          Is that what we want for our children and grandchildren’s future???

          • Myiq2xu says:

            I used to be very pro-union, but the more I study and think about it the more negative I become. All the arguments used to justify unions refer to conditions that existed before I was born.

            Unions used to be the solution, but now they are the problem.

          • elliesmom says:

            Our local chapter of the teachers’ union had a hard time getting enough teachers to show up to get a quorum to hold a meeting. Given the opportunity to opt out, I’m sure most of them would have. Even free food wouldn’t get them enough of a turn out.

        • leslie says:

          I was forced into the union at work I am a public employee and the union is (the hateful) SEIU. I fought like anything not to have to join, and was told I could either join or not, but I still have to pay union dues.
          We must swipe a time card in, when we arrive, but are not permitted to swipe out when we leave. There is no overtime, no comp time for missed lunches or breaks, there are also no breaks, etc…. We work until the day’s work is done – no matter how long it takes or how many work emergencies we have to address. We get paid for 40 hours/week, despite having a union represent us. We were threatened by “upper mgt” that we’d be denied vacation time at Christmas if we had not completed some near 30 “learning modules” and it was to be done during work hours. I shrugged and told them that if I didn’t get vacation, I wouldn’t complete the modules (the hospital would then be out of compliance with state and fed policies) because the only time I could ever complete them actually was when I was on vacation. Others went to management and advised them that they were decimating whatever morale there was in our department by sending these threats to us. Mgt apologized and said they would not be allowed vacation if they didn’t complete the modules. I got vacation and completed them before the deadline (12/31). the union did nothing to help or address the threats from management despite complaints from members. All that to say SEIU represents the politicians not the “members”. They really are thugs, and they train their “reps” to threaten and strong arm people into signing the union cards. (I have examples, but don’t care to continue ranting)
          I have not signed their union cards and I refuse to engage (about union “business”) with anyone who represents the union. I have threatened them with police action if they enter my office, call my home, or try to gain entry to my home… They have engaged in these tactics with me (in my office) and others (phone calls and confrontations at residences). They won’t do it again to me.
          Sorry about the long-winded rant…… I’m home today for MD and DDS appts. I’ll be going soon. I gues I’m just anxious about these appts.

      • lizzy says:

        We are facing a radically changed work environment and I haven’t seen any strategies to deal with it. Businesses used to be local or at most national. They developed labor saving technologies so workers could be more productive and earn more. Now businesses take their technologies to low wage and low cost areas. They save on production costs then ship their cheap products back here to sell at high prices. Add to this problem the fact that automation and robotics is more common. How are people going to earn a decent living?

        • 1539days says:

          My company has proven to be so bad at dealing with overseas manufacturing that they are bringing it back to the US. More companies that make products that aren’t total crap are seeing a value in the kind of control they can get domestically. Plus, the US suppliers of raw and finished materials have gotten a lot more efficient and cheaper.

          Then again, my company pays lousy wages.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    OT: Remember this guy? He’s got a new pup 🙂

  11. votermom says:

    I tried putting butter in my coffee to see what the fuss is about (just our regular unsalted butter, and still adding cream). Tastes like buttery coffee, not bad, just a bit different. Since I like butter, and miss it because I avoid bread, I might keep doing it.

    • DeniseVB says:

      You’ve got the basics for hot buttered rum. Add boiling water to a pat of butter, tsp each of molasses and brown sugar, stir til disolved …. fill mug with spiced rum, top with whipped cream. Adjust ingredients to taste 😀

    • piper says:

      In trying to lose the old age spread, I have reduced my sugar intake to fruits although I do miss Twix bars, still difficult to pass up when I go thru the check-out line. Occasionally I crave a crusty slice of bread with butter and raspberry jam.

    • lyn says:

      I put coconut oil in my coffee. I tried cinnamon, but it gave me heartburn. Nothing beats amaretto.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    James O’Keefe’s got the NYP cover story ….

    • cynic says:

      My mom always preached to us that ‘money was the root of all evil’.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” – 1 Timothy 6:6-10

    • HELENK3 says:

      here is the video

      • DeniseVB says:

        I pray for James and this young woman’s safety.

      • Somebody says:

        I would like to hope that perhaps these revelations might finally put Al out to pasture, but I don’t think it will. It’s despicable to take advantage of people in their hour of need, but so many do exactly that.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Al reminds me of “Chaz” from The Wedding Crashers who crashed funerals to pick up women. Sharpton crashes headlines to pick up cash with his race card.

    • piper says:

      I feel so bad for these feminist writers – remember the saying if you can’t stand the heat stay out of the kitchen. My bad – they don’t cook just eat out or have take out.
      “Omg. How long are they going to feel sorry for themselves? Especially when it’s a lot of the same people– you know, the champions of women’s rights and feminism–who easily call conservative women b*tches, c*nts, mother f*ckers, etc.”
      Remember those shirts that the libs wore that had this embroidery ‘Sarah Palin is a C**t.’

  13. votermom says:

    • HELENK3 says:

      are the at the stage yet where they try something on and instead of hanging it up again they throw it in the dirty clothes?

    • Somebody says:

      I feel your pain VM, I have a teenage girl at home. My husband is a hefty contributor too since he went back to work. He dirties two outfits per day, his work clothes and when he comes home he changes into jeans and a tee shirt.

  14. HELENK3 says:

    another f–king trespasser stops on the tracks and then takes off. I am still trying to find out if I know the train crew and if they are alright

  15. HELENK3 says:

    the railroads have an organization called Operation Lifesaver. they will come to schools, or businesses to teach railroad safety. every 3 hours somewhere in the US there is a train vs trespasser incident . Most can be prevented with common sense . I used to get these reports every night from all over the country. If I sound cold hearted it is because after a while the just plain stupidity of people around train tracks becomes overwhelming. These incidents DO NOT HAVE TO HAPPEN. I keep wanting to ask people How valuable is your life? Is it worth 5 or at the most 10 minutes to wait for a train to pass?

  16. HELENK3 says:

    because this guy did not like his life, an engineer has to live with the fact that he could not stop the train and killed him.
    if your life is that bad , take a pill, do not make someone who does not even know you have to live with your death

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Nothing like making someone serve as your personal executioner. I am sure this will haunt that engineer for the rest of his life. And all the other people on the train or in the vicinity have to live with the memory of the day as well.

  17. Dora says:

    All this is going to be dragged up again. I’m sick of it already.

    Hillary Express Hits a Wall

    What can be written about Hillary Clinton that has not already been said? HilLIARy fatigue is natural, but ignoring all the lies and sleaze becomes the first goal of her 2016 presidential campaign. What is clear during the preliminary posturing is that hubby “Big Dog” Bill’s practice of trolling for bitches in heat will dominate the coverage. Poor old Hillary, a pureblood victim among mix breeds. The pretense that she continues in a loving marriage is about as insulting to the voters as the perverse behavior of either of the Clintons.

    • insanelysane says:

      I agree Dora.
      Sick, sick, sick of all of it.
      I hope she doesn’t run. Actually I am convinced she isn’t going to.
      You heard it here.
      this, coming from someone who traveled to Get out the Vote for Hillary.
      She’s done. I’m done with her and all her h8ters.

  18. HELENK3 says:

    just because I need to calm down

    there is education , and then there is education

    • lizzy says:

      This is a great piece. I want to go to Poon U.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        Wait . . . WHAT?

        • elliesmom says:

          SInce the story ends with Harvard closing its doors, I’m pretty sure the whole thing is a pipe dream. . . . at least for now. But it is an idea whose time is coming unless universities and colleges re-invent themselves. While they may be home to the “liberal thinker”, they are extremely conservative about the delivery system they use to transfer those ideas to students.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            I was just thinking about that recently. The traditional model of college pretty much guarantees that students will forget most of what they are taught.

  19. angienc says:

    Anyone notice I got in a little spat with RD?

    Here is my last post — I’m sure she will delete it.

    I said I pulled that number out of may ass — so you repeating that I did isn’t any kind of “burn.” Of course your house wouldn’t rent for that high. But $2000 a month while you rent a place for $1000 a month leaves you with $12,000 for your taxes in one year — not to mention the reduction in payments in utilities you’d be paying in an apartment. But keep pretending “you did the numbers” — you’re not moving because you’d rather whine and complain about how hard you have it instead of working at a job that is “beneath” you and BEG for the money when you are better off than most (owning a house outright). Maybe the 5 or 6 sychophants who hang around here buy it; but anyone with any intelligence left here a long time ago.

    • DeniseVB says:

      It’s still there 🙂 So she’s blaming Fox News for her problems? She’s also moved on to bashing Bill O’Reilly for something or other and that he’s worse than Brian Williams.

      RD reminds me of the kid right out of college who can’t find work because he wants to start out as the CEO. Like the Obamas who refused to do the grunt work as new lawyers at their law firm. Must be a liberal thing?

      Liberal writers blame everybody but themselves.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      Maybe she could check out this place:

    • abc says:

      She would be making a huge quality of life sacrifice by moving into an apartment, not to mention the fact that if any repairs are needed, they would eat up any rent income she made. You can’t put off repairs for renters like you can for yourself. It could very well end up being a huge financial disaster, if she doesn’t have sufficient cash to front it. I have to ask myself why you’re bothering to argue. It’s none of anyone’s business. Just walk away.

      I am still of the mind that she has some interesting things to say. But I would never donate to bloggers because I don’t believe in self-made charities (churches being another example of this), and because more often than not, the commenters are what make a blog interesting and informative, not the owner. I work hard for my money. I’ve never considered voicing one’s own opinion to be hard work. The idea that someone attracts people to read their opinions and then wants cash for them? Wow, who would see that as a good trade for their money? And I speak this way about all bloggers. They all need to find work that doesn’t require taking advantage of the kindness of strangers. But hey, the, uh, kindness is rampant. See gofundme. They should have just named it “suckers”.

      • angienc says:

        First of all, when I want your opinion I’ll ask you for it.
        I’m not bothered or arguing – I’m telling her off/calling out her hypocrisy.
        Third of all, if her place is such a shit hole that she’d be spending all her money in repairs then she couldn’t rent it for much to begin with — so yeah , in that case it wouldn’t make sense.
        But I have a beautiful house in NC that I’m currently renting because I moved to another state but plan to return for $2700. Now unlike RD I *do* have a mortgage and I’m renting a nice place where I am now not an inexpensive 1 bedroom, plus being in another state I’m also paying for a property management company & I’m STILL making $300 a month (that’s $3,600 a year). Repairs in the last year have run me around $300 — I save more than that in reduced utilities per year. But, again, it’s a beautiful house in a great neighborhood, not a run down shanty.

    • Constance says:

      Angienc you are dedicated to try to get this concept through to RD. I believe it is a helpful suggestion to tell people there are options to either selling your big house or living in it (and renting your house for awhile is certainly preferable to losing it to foreclosure). Some people just can’t get it. I had a friend whose husband took off and left her with a 3 year old and a house with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a pretty big mortgage which she could no longer afford but didn’t want to lose. I made the suggestion to her. Within a month she rented her place for what turned into 2 years and moved into a studio with her boy while she got back on her feet. She felt very happy and relieved with this solution. Then she moved back to her house, which she could by then afford to keep, although she took in a roommate with a child and they shared childcare. People like RD do not understand the real cost of living in a huge house. The bills are higher because you are heating and cooling unused space and the taxes and insurance are high. You can’t just say it is free to live there because you don’t have a mortgage.

      That said I wouldn’t mind paying for some blogs because they are more interesting and more informative than magazines which I used to pay for. At the very least I don’t have a problem with the Amazon shopping link. But RD will not be able to keep a large enough blog following if she continues to block people. I did notice I was able to get my comments on her blog so I guess I’m unblocked now. You can tell people they are full of it or tell them why you disagree but just disappearing them will not keep them coming back.

    • Constance says:

      Here is a link to Zillow. If you wonder what your place would rent for just type in your address and look down the page on the right until you come to “Zestimate Details” where it will give you a rent estimate. It’s a good place to start.

    • insanelysane says:


    • elliesmom says:

      RD is in a pickle she brined herself. She lost her job, probably not her fault, but that’s not at all unusual in this economy. She made the decision to move to an area where housing prices were less and nearer to the family she supposedly hates. Housing prices are usually less because the people who live there make less money. So any job she got would probably pay less than she was used to making. She’s in a specialized field, and she chose to move to a city where private industry in that field is virtually non-existent. The only jobs in the biotech industry in Pittsburgh are in hospitals and academia. Neither one of them is going to be very interested in hiring her into a higher level position without a PhD, and something tells me if she had one of those, we’d all know about it. When people are truly passionate about what they do, they follow the industry where it takes them. For RD that would have been to Cambridge, MA, where her politics would have fit right in, but for some reason she was adamant about not even trying for a job here. That leads me to believe the job she lost was probably not very high up the ladder. Not important enough of a position for a Cambridge company to recruit from out of the area. I wish her well and thank her for providing the path that led me here, but she’s where she chose to be. She can pay her own taxes.

      • angienc says:

        Well said, elliesmom.
        Can always count on you for good sense.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        When I got out of the Army there were no jobs in Merced, so I moved to San Jose where Silicon Valley was booming. If you live in a place like Detroit don’t complain there are no jobs, get the hell out of Detroit and move to where there are jobs.

        • angienc says:

          And how about having enough pride to not BEG for money while simultaneously bragging about the fact that your house is paid off and justifying why you will not get a job that is “beneath” you to pay property taxes. Sickening, stubborn, angry, pathetic person.

  20. Myiq2xu says:

    Reporters Laugh as Josh Earnest Tries to Explain Why Keystone Review has Taken Over 2300 days:

    • Myiq2xu says:

      ICYMI: Obama vetoed the congressional bill.

      • SHV says:

        The congressional bill and the veto are more political theater. The current price and project price of crude make the northern segment of Keystone XL an economic non-starter. A pipeline from North Dakota to Cushing Ok was cancelled about a month ago because crude prices.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I thought it had more to do with a railroad of oil tankers some fat cat donor (Soros? Buffet?) owns along the pipeline route and makes billions a year. There’s your veto 😉

          • SHV says:

            Obama BFF Warren Buffett bought BNSF railroad in 2010 and they are a major transporter of crude oil. Obama BFF, Jeffery Imelt, CEO GE; GE Capital rail leasing has largest fleet of tanker cars, Carl Ichan is a major stock holder in Amerian Railcar, etc., etc., etc. IIRC, railroads are transporting 800,000(?) barrels of oil per day.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Thanks SHV, I had read awhile back about Obama’s “owners” very much involved in nixing the pipeline, I just get all the players wrong 🙂

        • 1539days says:

          I thought Canada was already planning a pipeline to their western coast for transport to China by tanker since Obama refuses to do anything that would provide jobs?

          • SHV says:

            There are pipelines going to Vancouver but IIRC an addition pipeline has been blocked because of environmental concerns. Canada wants to build a large pipeline to the East coast but that is being blocked for same reasons. I don’t think much or any of the Canadian oil is being sent to Asia because of transportation costs and difficulty of refining. Canada wants the oil to go to Cal. and Gulf Coast refineries in order to be exported at a higher price. If the oil goes to US Upper Mid-West refineries, it it highly discounted. Tin foil hat…but I think that Northern Keystone XL drama is generated to influence Canadian public opinion to force building the new pipelines to Vancouver and to the Canadian East Coast.

            Bottom line is that it is really impossible to know what is really going on because the “facts” and opinions that are available to the public are driven by a political and/or economic agenda that is probably not in the best interests of the American public.

      • insanelysane says:

        Tuesday Tinfoil…
        Obama went to bow to the Saudis (funeral pyre recently) to thank them for driving
        the $ per barrel down temporarily so he could pander to
        his base. He vetoed Keystone.
        it will be a mantra.
        His cache is rising and this will deliver more hopium to his sycophants.

  21. DeniseVB says:

    I think we can safely start calling it WDS, Walker Derangement Syndrome, let’s Mock’n’roll !

  22. HELENK3 says:

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel forced into April runoff election after failing to capture majority vote in municipal election – @AP

    • leslie says:

      Although I like Jesus Garcia, the man Rahm will run against in 6 weeks, his experience is limited to small offices and small management. Chicago is BIG. 3 million people; $5billion budget. I’m torn about what is good for Chicago, at this point. And although I don’t live within the city’s borders, I still see Chicago as home. This is the first time that the mayor’s race has gone to a run-off. Of course, there were 5 people running for the office. And Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teachers’ Union, wasn’t one of them. She may be as divisive a person as Sharpton.
      Frankly, I’m glad I don’t have a vote in this race. I like Garcia. I don’t like Rahm. I can’t imagine who would get my vote.

  23. HELENK3 says:

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turns down invitation to meet with Senate Democrats during trip to Washington – @AP

  24. Dora says:

    Barack Obama Goes Full Stalin

    The level of Soviet style criminal activity at the White House has reached spectacular new lows. On February 20, The White House sent out this E-mail announcing that they were going to start attacking individual scientists who dissented from the White House global warming agenda.

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