cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
John Goodman, who heads the National Center for Policy Analysis, wrote an excellent blog today with the above as its title.
The union employees voted down the proposed contract at Mercury Marine, and the company president says that is it. The company will finish out in Wisconsin in the next 24 to 36 months and then its headquarters and most jobs will be found in Stillwater, OK.
Political arrogance is alive and well at virtually all levels of government, but it is far more visible at the state and national levels of government.
We are watching what could prove to be the action that caused the implosion of Fond du Lac. We are watching this on the heels of Janesville's implosion. We are watching this on the heels of news that Harley executives are looking at three other states for a new plant site that, ostensibly, would be used for the York, PA work if that plant is closed.
Amid heavy criticism and declining poll numbers so far as those who support health care reform measures, the Senate is considering breaking the health care bill into two pieces and passing the first piece under the "Byrd Rule" that permits a majority of 51 votes. This would assure that the first piece would pass IF the Senate Leader can keep the Democrat members under control. The first piece of legislation would include Federal subsidies to buy insurance, expansion of Medicaid and, of course, new taxes to pay for these two pieces.