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  •  And other jobs to unqualified people (19+ / 0-)

    including a high school educated son of a major donor to a job where he replaced a PhD as well as the mistress of former State Senator Randy Hopper (one of the two booted from office during the summer recalls).

    The stench of corruption is unmistakable.

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

    by Puddytat on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 01:27:08 PM PST

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    •  Did the mistress and hs. kind loose their jobs? (6+ / 0-)

      And the wife?

      Doesn't anybody Fitzgrifertish ever get punished for anything in Fitzwalkerstan?

      "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

      by BlueStateRedhead on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 02:38:59 PM PST

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      •  Randy Hopper got recalled. I am not sure what (9+ / 0-)

        happened to the mistress.

      •  The kid resigned after there (11+ / 0-)

        was some media heat and a focus on crony hires.  I'm sure that was done to stop the media from digging deeper into the story.  As to Hoppers girlfriend, I don't know.  Likely she's still on the job because she was a lobbyist before she took the civil service job (with a nice fat 35% salary increase from the previous employee).

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

        by Puddytat on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 02:53:22 PM PST

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        •  Still has the job but not the boyfriend (6+ / 0-)

          Civil service positions are rather easy to hold once you have them if you can appear competent, so I can't really blame her. As for why she was with Hopper in the first place but broke up, I would think a woman would rather go out with a state senator than an infamous loser...

          Male, 21, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, unapologetic supporter of Obama and Occupy. Tammy Baldwin for Senate and Recall Walker!

          by fearlessfred14 on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 04:45:58 PM PST

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          •  This is a big problem with Walker (10+ / 0-)

            He appoints cronies, but also embeds supporters and cronies in the Civil Service System so they stay put even after he leaves office.  We're loaded with them in middle management in Milwaukee County.

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

            by Puddytat on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 04:50:51 PM PST

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            •  BushCo did the same at the federal level (3+ / 0-)
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              And I think this is contributing in a small, or possibly in a large, way to some of the problems we see the Obama administration having. BushCo folks will be in our federal system long after Obama's second term is over - & the mere thought of how much quiet damage they can do (& have been doing) makes me feel quite, quite ill.

              You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

              by SadieSue on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 07:17:02 AM PST

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              •  Before the last 6 months of Dubya (1+ / 0-)
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                there was a mad rush to move his appointees in to the Civil Service system.  In civil service, it's hard to get rid of an employee without "just cause" who has been working for 6 months or more.  Those people added to those already embedded in civil service.

                It must be part of a larger GOP strategy to get all "their people" in place in government.  

                You could be right about those Bush folks slowing things down or obstructing/delaying government work.  Of course, adding to the costs or inefficiency of government to "prove" government doesn't work is always Republican strategy.  Just elect them to office and they'll show you (win, wink).

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

                by Puddytat on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 10:33:46 AM PST

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                •  Yep. That's exactly what I was remembering - (0+ / 0-)

                  the mad rush to move appointees into the Civil Service system.  I do think it is part of the larger GOP strategy. I'm not sure they do anything that isn't part of it - & that the only reason we don't notice some of it right away is that we'd never think of doing it so we don't notice they are (& also because so much of what they are doing looks like a CT to us rational folks until we've been hit in the face by done deals; if I were go back in time 20-30 years to try to tell people what the GOP was up to then & all through the years, they'd put me away because it all sounds so incredibly far fetched).

                  You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

                  by SadieSue on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 06:40:53 PM PST

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        •  A 24 year old girl lobbyist? Hah, we (5+ / 0-)

          call them something different down here in Texas.

          It's simply amazing the media doesn't crawl all over this stuff. Must be some gutless, bought and paid for sonsabitches.

          "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

          by Bluefin on Tue Feb 14, 2012 at 08:26:04 PM PST

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