Wisconsin Recall Update and Other Stuff

Today the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board announced that six Republican state senators but no Democrats will face recall elections Republicans submitted petitions to recall three Democrats, but the Board said, in effect, that the signatures appeared to be hinky.
Greg Sargent

Dems have alleged that the signature gathering by Republicans is fraudulent, and now the board has explicitly claimed that their reason for not approving the recall elections against Dems is that the signatures “have raised numerous factual and legal issues which need to be investigated and analyzed.”

Translation: The fraud allegations just may have something to them.

The three Dems might still face recalls once the signatures have been thoroughly investigated. But, curiously, the funds requested to pay for the investigation have not yet been forthcoming from the Republican-dominated state Senate.

Tonight in Washington, House Republicans voted as a block against raising the debt ceiling without conditions. Dems split on the issue; Steny Hoyer advised his fellow Dems to vote no, also, and for the life of me I can’t understand why.

I can only assume that Hoyer is worried raising the debt ceiling will be unpopular. And it may well be; as I’ve said earlier, I don’t think most voters understand the issue. But they’ve got to do it eventually. By mid-August, to be precise. And I’m hearing that Republicans are privately telling Wall Street that they will raise the debt limit; don’t worry. See the BooMan for commentary. I’m tired.

14 thoughts on “Wisconsin Recall Update and Other Stuff

  1. Steny Hoyer advised his fellow Dems to vote no, also, and for the life of me I can’t understand why.

    My guess is that it’s just to dilute the Republican’s posturing, and to add a measure of confusion to their ranks.

  2. So, the Republicans are staunchly, staunchly against voter fraud!!!

    But, recall fraud is OK!

    This has been this morning’s edition of “IOKIYAR!”

  3. YYYYEEEEESSSSS!. Like I’ve said before, the Republicans can’t help themselves.

  4. A vote not to raise the debt ceiling would be the US telling its creditors that it won’t be paying its bills. In my book, that’s declaring bankruptcy. The self-described “greatest nation on earth” declares bankruptcy is going to make it a little difficult to continue that lie, not to mention deterring any future potential lenders from lending to us, which means that we can say goodbye to the $500,000,000 we’ve had to borrow for the last 35 years just to stay afloat.

    This says to me that Republicans are willing to bankrupt this country to make a point? To get Obama out of office? What exactly is their goal is the question Dems should be asking them.

  5. buckyblue, I can only respond to your comment with: “Are you pondering what I’m pondering?”

    This WI-R cheating has become a form of mania, similar to klepto- and megalo-.

    Or so Pinky would say to the Brain, if he were here. And used big words.

  6. I read where one of the consequences of a default or even the possibility of a potential default would be raising the interest rate on borrowed money. That might be a reason why the repugs are pushing for a default. They’d be giving banks and big money investors a huge payday at taxpayers expense and increase the cost of servicing debt so that the probability of having to cut social services to pay for that cost would increase tremendously.

  7. April 26, 2011 From WSJ:

    “A government attempt to oust a longtime drug-company chief executive over his company’s marketing violations is raising alarms in that industry and beyond about a potential expansion of federal involvement in the business world.

    The Department of Health and Human Services this month notified Howard Solomon of Forest Laboratories Inc. that it intends to exclude him from doing business with the federal government. This, in turn, could prevent Forest from selling its drugs to Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration. If the government implements its ban, Forest would have to dump Mr. Solomon, now 83 years old, in order to protect its corporate revenue. No drug company, large or small, can afford to lose out on sales to the federal government, a major customer.”

  8. I read where one of the consequences of a default or even the possibility of a potential default would be raising the interest rate on borrowed money.

    The real consequence is that the massive amts of money borrowed by the US would become much more expensive, the anemic recovery – already wobbling – would fail, taking down the stock market with it. It’s difficult to know whether the Rs are playing an earnest game of chicken or it’s just a show for the masses (my bet), because the consequences are severe and would further destroy their party.

  9. Article today on Bradblog was full of details on the utter non-feasance of WI vote recount in the Kloppenberg loss. They make Florida look like pikers. I hope the recalls of the 6 R’s gets better treatment. If not, they could save $ by just dumping the whole election thing in WI.

  10. Hey Moonbat….
    No surprise there,our biggest industry is war and weapons.
    I’m outraged too, but not surprised.

  11. These guys are slime because Anything is better than a Democrat, even a radical, incompetent Repugs. Never thought I’d see anyone WORSE than George W, but I think the Eagle has landed. These guys go after any Democrat for any reason, most often blatant political reasons, to get at what they want. Which is complete give-a-ways to their corporate masters. And this in a state that has voted more often then not, Democratic. Not sure what they thought they were gonna get away with; but then again, they can’t help themselves from being complete assholedickassholes. Sorry, the English language has failed me in my contempt for these people.

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