February 9, 2009
We need spring. Too many goofy things are happening and there is no way to explain most of them except cabin fever a/k/a winter doldrums.
Case number one: The activist group 9-5, friends of Fighting Bob Fest, pushed a direct legislative provision on the ballot in Milwaukee and 69 percent voted in favor of guaranteeing up to nine days of sick leave to employees in Milwaukee. In other words, the sick leave provision became law, but not so fast Fridley. The Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, WMC's little brother, went to court to stop implementation of the ordinance. Normally, the City Attorney would be obliged to defend the people's will but Mayor Barrett did no such thing and the Court enjoined the ordinance. So 9-5 defended but not the City. Huh? Cabin fever. Send Barrett some place warm.
Gerard Randall, a flexible guy in Milwaukee, a pal of Tommy Thompson, Elizabeth Coggs, Scott Walker, Tom Ament, and Zigman Joseph has a nice job. He is getting $248,000 to consult for the county on out-of-work African Americans. He's getting $12,000 per month according to Dan Bice of the Journal Sentinel. Nice work if you can get it. Cabin fever--virulent strain. Send Scott Walker to Florida.
Governor Doyle, a Democrat, DLC-wing, puts a utility executive in charge of distributing the stimulus money coming to Wisconsin. Whoa Nelly! If you run into the governor, offer to drive him south. (Of course the utility exec is quickly immunizing his decisions: "I will only make suggestions not decisions." If you believe that you need warm weather.)
The President appoints Republican Senator Gregg to his cabinet, but Gregg would not even vote for the president's stimulus plan! He voted, I'm not kidding, "present." What the hell? Then, like an eastern version of Blagojevich, the governor of New Hampshire negotiates to name a Republican to the open Senate seat--and so it goes. Come on Spring!
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No matter what you think about Scott Walker, he has only a small amount of culpability in the Randall fiasco. He approved the initial $48K over 6 months. But it was Elizabeth Coggs that inserted an extension for $75K and then for $125K. According to the article, Walker actually vetoed this last extension, but the board overrode his veto. Coggs and the Milwaukee County Board should be sent to Florida.
-Dale | Madison, WI | February 9, 2009
Bringing Republicans into Obama's administration and trying to work with Republicans in Congress is a waste of time.
Republicans are so out of touch and so different, Philosophically, from Democrats, Progressives and Liberals that talking to them is like talking to aliens.
-Snake | Marathon City, WI | February 9, 2009