UWEC Staff Bites Hand That Feeds Them

The more your boss succeeds, the greater chance you have of succeeding, right?  Seems like a simple concept, but it’s clear that some faculty and staff of (my alma mater) the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire don’t get it.

A strong business climate results in more tax collection, which shores up more money for government.  I would assume then that even those who oppose “evil” business owners and corporations would want their community’s private sector to succeed, if for nothing more than the tax collection to provide the government jobs and services they adore.

But maybe it’s more fun just getting “even?”

UWEC faculty and staff were sent an email March 18th by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, chastising them for political activism while on the job.  (Fellow taxpayers, that’s our time and dime.)

“While I understand these are difficult times and that passions continue to run high, I urge you to review and follow all guidelines pertaining to campaign activities associated with the use of state time or resources.

You also should refrain from using your title or affiliation with the University in a way that suggests your private political campaign activity is somehow officially related to, or sanctioned by, the University.

Finally, I want to state in the strongest possible terms that, as taxpaying citizens of Wisconsin, you are in no way prohibited from exercising your constitutional rights, and I encourage you to do so in a way that complies with all applicable state law and policies.”

In other words, keep up the good work.  Just don’t get caught doing it during work hours.

The list compiled by UWEC staff contains some of the largest and most respected businesses in the Chippewa Valley.  It’s surprising to me that these supposedly intelligent professionals can’t understand that socking it to these companies could hurt the jobs of their neighbors, who pay their salary and benefits!

Further confusing is the presence on the boycott list of businesses that have given to both parties, and those who haven’t donated money to Walker at all.

It’s their right to boycott.  In a legal, non-threatening way.  And it’s also our right to know where to spend money.  So, here you go (list published here as I received it, with no edits).

Pro-Walker Businesses  – “ Local”      (researched and complied by UWEC Staff)

Kwik Trip     (Moveon)

Oakleaf Surgical Hospital, Eau Claire    (Huff. Post: lg. Republican donations…Kapanke)

County Concrete   (Moveon)

M&I Bank   (Moveon)

Menard’s    (Moveon)

Wal-Mart    (Moveon)

John Markquart   (Huff. Post: lg. Republican donations…Kapanke)

Dave Markquart   (admission in letter)

Market & Johnson

Stella Blues    (WRA Dining Guide)

Mogie’s   ( “ )

Mona Lisa’s      ( “ )

Livery (all WRA Dining Guide, all John Moganson)

The Coffee Grounds    (thinks provisions in the bill would be “good for business”)

Gordon Schafer of Gordy’s Markets

Rick Lambrecht of Mega Foods gave money to both parties

Skogen Family and other officials of Festival Foods

Reit’s Garden Center

Wipfli LLP

J&D Manufacturing

Lebakken Rent to Own

Fantastic Sam’s

Ayres and Associates

Royal construction

Lorman Education Services  $10,000

Stucky Chiropractic

Stender Chiropractic

Optima Health and Vitality

Herrick and Hart

Weld, Riley, et al.  (the EC School District’s retained Law Firm!)

Park Ridge Distributing

Tri-Mart Corp

Larson Companies (over $6,000)

Prudential Benrud Realty

Elk Lake Tavern

William Rauckman   (chief exec of Professional Hair Design Academy)

Peter Farrow (chief exec of Group Health)    (the EC School District’s health provider!)

Discover Wisconsin

Burger King

Culvers

Ken Vance

Mouldy’s Archery

PAC Groups:

Concerned Realtors Committee $43,000

Realtors PAC $43,000

Koch PAC $43,000

Wisconsin Dental PAC $43,000

WI Builders Association $18,000

Associated Builders and Contractors PAC $15,000

WAL PAC Walmart $15,000

Tavern Industry PAC $13,500

Published in: on March 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm  Comments (4)  

Throwing the Trump Card, Update: Evangelical Support?

Donald Trump has no intention of running for president.

Don’t get me wrong.  The Donald may hold a June press conference (his self-appointed decision time), where all the mainstream press will flock to hear the grand announcement that “after much consideration I’ve decided my country- and its economy- needs me.” 

Trump may throw his comb in the GOP primary ring (he’d never cover that famous mane with a hat!), but I believe he has ZERO, ZILCH, NADA intent on winning the nomination or running against Obama in the general election.

Then why would he do it, you ask? 

Well, first of all, the man LOVES the attention!  The recent media fawning has helped ratings for The Apprentice, and likely boosted interest in his other business ventures.  And it’s all about the dollar for The Donald.  Even if he has no serious interest (and my following theory is off-base), the tease has translated into cash for Trump. 

But I believe it’s about even more than money.  Let’s face it, the GOP primary crew is another mostly-anemic blend of has-beens, wanna-bes, and almost good enoughs.  It’s going to take some personality to spark voters’ enthusiasm (ala ’08’s Palin jolt to McCain’s campaign) if any of these fine folks have a chance in Kenya of beating Obama.  What?  What’d I say?  Kenya?

Well, I didn’t say it.  Trump did

“I want him to show his birth certificate. I want him to show his birth certificate,” Trump said on ABC’s “The View.” “There’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like.”    

The Birth Certificate.  The red meat of so-called Obama “conspiracy theorists.”   A topic few serious candidates have dared raise.  Contender and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has said that Obama ‘absolutely’ was born in the U.S., and former governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty was quick to distance himself from Trump’s questioning. 

TPaw told MSNBC’s Morning Joe, “I, for one, do not believe that we should be raising that issue. … I think President Obama was born in the United States.”

So why is Trump bringing this up, especially if he wants to win?   

“Fire in the hole!”   Donald Trump is the bomb-thrower. 

(Can I say bomb-thrower?  Is that acceptable in the “new tone?”  You know I don’t mean literal bombs, right?  Just wanted to make that clear.)

Trump can, and will, and is, saying things about Obama (and the Chinese) that the other candidates won’t.  And, just perhaps, there’s a mild orchestration to The Donald’s “madness,” or as some like to call it, truth. 

Could it be that Romney (or Pawlenty or Gingrich, but most likely Romney) is the silent partner in all this press?  Is is possible that Trump has been recruited to stir up doubts about Obama and the way he’s managing the country, in the blunt way only he can, and in order to keep others out of the mud.  (And if you’re thinking it’s just a waste of his time, Trump has MUCH personal financial interest wrapped up in getting rid of our current anti-business President.)

The strategy would have Trump moving hard and fast in the media against Obama for the next two months and then deciding against the Republican primary, or he could give it a go and pull in MUCH more public interest and media attention to the GOP primary debates and campaign appearances over the next 12 months, all the while taking it on the chin for the more “serious” Romney. 

Trump would be the Dennis Kucinich of the GOP’s 2012 field.  He’d say what no one else could. 

And he’d have no chance in Kenya of winning.

Update:  Could Evangelicals be taking an interest in Trump?   Check out David Brody’s report for CBN News here.

We’re Broke!

The world’s watching as our brand new governor begins to follow through on his campaign promise to get Wisconsin working again. 

I’ve neglected blogging, as I’ve moved action mainly to Facebook these days, but realized I’m missing out on a chance to pass along some first-hand reporting I’ve been doing through this “crisis.” 

If you don’t know what’s happening in the Badger state, you can catch up here.

(Potential R rated content in many videos linked here, due to the unhinged vulgarity of the “peaceful” protesters.)

I have a hunch (based on some good tips and also intuition) that at least some of the Gang of 14 senate Dems will be returning soon.   

Last night it was reported by @Liberty_Chick on Twitter, that Democrat Sen. Tim Cullen was seen driving across the state line into WI last night.  She won’t give away her sources and no one was confirming the story this morning, so I (did the obvious, and) called Cullen’s office around 9:00am.  His aide told me that the story was a “rumor” and that Cullen was not in WI.  She said “he will not return without all the others.” 

 “No one wants to be the 20th vote,” she said.   I asked if the senator had any plans to return soon and she reiterated, “Not without the others.”

I contacted Liberty_Chick, who responded and stands by her report that Sen. Cullen WAS in WI last night. 

So if Cullen was back in WI, why was he here and then why did he leave?   Change of heart?  Union threats?  Or, as a friend of mine suggested, did he just need a new shirt?

Of course, many sources have also reported that he was in Kenosha on Monday to meet with Republican Sen. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald

They’re starting to crack.

Somebody keep an eye on I-90.  

Published in: on March 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm  Comments (2)