Walker e-mails scoured by friend and foe

  • Article by: SCOTT BAUER , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 24, 2014 - 6:48 AM

MADISON, Wis. – Political operatives from across the spectrum are scouring the thousands of e-mails exchanged by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign staff and those who worked for him when he was Milwaukee County executive, trying to find items they can use to attack or defend the state’s most polarizing figure.

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johndontFeb. 23, 14 9:00 PM

Nick Hanauer inherited a large company, Pacific Coast Feather Company, from his father. He is pushing for a minimum wage of $15/hr., but he hasn't raised everyone's wage at his company to $15/hr. His CFO says the company will have to close it's doors within 6 months if everyone at the company gets a raise to $15/hr.

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herby2013Feb. 23, 14 9:25 PM

Why don't they give their OWN money away? Because they enjoy their wealth, their mansions, and their private jets. If they earned it legally, they are entitled to it as far as I am concerned. But that Warren Buffett, as are all liberals, is one of the biggest hypocrites who has ever lived. For 40-plus years he used his wealth in the form of Berkshire Hathaway stock to generate more wealth for himself. He was fabulously rich in 1970, but never gave his money away. Nor in 1980, 1990, etc. Only at the end of his life does he suddenly go on a public relations spree about how people like him should have their money stolen even though he has never GIVEN his away. Takes only seconds to write a check. Takes only seconds to sign your assets away. Al Gore, the Clintons, and Nancy Pelosi are worth in excess of $100 MILLION. If they care so much about the "inequities" of the haves such as themselves and the "have nots" such as those who vote for them, why don't they GIVE their own money away??!!! Oh, Barack Obama made $8 million in book royalties in 2008 and 2009 combined, royalties that were generated solely because he ran for president. Michelle and Barack gave only 5.9% of their millions in earnings to charity. How's that for Democrat generosity? Generous with other people's money, but never their own!

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RossbergFeb. 23, 14 9:31 PM

What's missing from this article is any information as to what these billionaires are paying their own employees. Do all of their employees earn far above minimum wage or a wage way above what their competitors are paying? Are they taking a cut in salary and spreading it around to others? Setting an example by doing so would go a long way toward ending the pay gap and it would occur faster than having the government adjust tax policy, if not then their actions and statements have more to do with trying to diffuse the blame onto others for the wealth gap rather than admit they're part of the problem.

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pitythefoolsFeb. 23, 1410:35 PM

johndont - that may be correct, IF Pacific Coast Feather is the ONLY company to raise the minimum wage to $15. Hanauer and the other tycoons understand that if EVERY business paid a minimum of $15, they all win. In his words "The fundamental law of capitalism is that if workers have no money, businesses have no customers. That’s why the extreme, and widening, wealth gap in our economy presents not just a moral challenge, but an economic one, too. In a capitalist system, rising inequality creates a death spiral of falling demand that ultimately takes everyone down."

You have to consider business economics at a macro level, not an individual business. These guys understand the big picture that most average Joe's don't. It's the same reason that when people respond to Warren Buffets call for higher taxes on the wealthy by saying "he should just write a check himself" shows they don't understand the big picture. Buffet is saying that ALL of the wealthiest combined could have an impact, one alone would not.

And please don't respond with the usual "well then we should just raise the minimum wage to $100 per hour and things would be even better!" Maybe one day the minimum wage SHOULD be $100 / hr. But to do so in one step would be too much too fast and cause rapid price inflation, much less so then when raising the wage in increments.

It's always interesting that so many conservatives worship the wealthy, but when the wealthy take a stand that the average Joe doesn't understand, all of a sudden the average Joe thinks they know more about business than the tycoons do.

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johndontFeb. 23, 1411:03 PM

Nick Hanauer inherited a large company, Pacific Coast Feather Company, from his father. He is pushing for a minimum wage of $15/hr., but he hasn't raised everyone's wage at his company to $15/hr. His CFO says the company will have to close it's doors within 6 months if everyone at the company gets a raise to $15/hr.

don't believe me? Go to the Seattle Times Newspaper website and key in Nick Hanauer in the search function. The story will come up dated 2/15/14. BTW, liberal Seattle comments posted on this article tore him apart.

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johndontFeb. 24, 1412:36 AM

pitythefools, another article on the Seattle Times online site you may want to read. It was up all day but they just took it down, so if you decide to read it you will need to use the search function. The article is about the push by many liberals in Seattle to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr and a liberal restaurant owner who opposes the idea. The article title "A do-gooder tells why $15 wage is a bad idea." If you happen to read the article pitythefools, read some of the comments as well. The comments can be segregated by newest, oldest, or highest rated. Usually the best comments are the ones that are "highest rated" by the most clicks on the "thumbs up" symbol.

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johndontFeb. 24, 14 7:52 PM

Nick Hanauer inherited a large company, Pacific Coast Feather Company, from his father. He is pushing for a minimum wage of $15/hr., but he hasn't raised everyone's wage at his company to $15/hr. His CFO says the company will have to close it's doors within 6 months if everyone at the company gets a raise to $15/hr.

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klondikekidFeb. 25, 1412:52 AM

It is becoming apparent that modern America hosts both the most educated and least intelligent citizenry in our history when it comes to understanding how a free economy works.

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klondikekidFeb. 25, 14 1:16 AM

It is becoming apparent that modern America hosts both the most educated and least intelligent citizenry in our history when it comes to understanding how a free economy works.

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