February 24, 2011
Can you top the faux Koch-Walker conversation? (Walker was real, Koch/Murphy was faking it.) But Walker said so many incredible things, while thinking he was talking with billionaire Koch, one of the fathers of the Tea Party and a major contributor to candidate Walker, that he should resign. How could anyone in Wisconsin trust Walker after he volunteers that he considered placing trouble-makers in the peaceful demonstrations outside the dome? Walker is now the laughing stock of the nation.
Think about it. Our governor was considering whether causing violence was a good idea! "We thought about that," he said.
And he admits that if the 14 senators return he will listen but "not negotiate" and then slam dunk the unions. He reminds me of the old saw: "It is not that he lies. Rather he has such a high regard for the truth he uses it sparingly."
Nancy Unger reminds us of Fighting Bob's support for labor and rights. She compares La Follette and Walker--one a giant in Wisconsin's history, the other...well you fill in the blank. La Follette wanted to distribute the nation's wealth and power more equitably--Walker wants it all!
SUNDAY--People's Legislature: 10 a.m. until we adjourn--no later than 4:00. Crown Plaza hotel on East Washington Avenue in Madison. Why? To formalize the opposition to the Walker budget--to fight back.
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I was in a bar in Richford last night for pizza. Both widescreens had the evening news out of Green Bay. The fellow next to me was uncomfortable with the reports from Madison and started to remark about overpaid teachers protesting and thus not doing their jobs. Overpaid? Yes, he claimed they make $40,000 a year and get 3 months off in summer. He didn't understand that the kids will make up lost days of school. He also believed the Badger 14 should be fired for not doing their jobs. I pointed out how hard teachers work and that part of the days are now spent being social workers because parents don't know how to be parents. Also tried to explain that what the 14 senators did is no more than a parliamentary maneuver to hold up an important bill that needs more discussion and compromise. The fellow next to me was unmoved and not convinced.
The point is there are many in this state who have their minds made up. They don't understand what is going on and they aren't going to ge beyond local news for the facts. These are the same who are easily swayed by negative ads.
In Dane county it is easy to get swept up in the moment. We are educated folks and we are right there in the middle of the action. The farther from the square, the less people feel a part of what's going on.
We need to get the word out in a way that educates those who cannot be with us in Madison. We need facts in terms they can understand. Many don't understand that the struggle is about workers' rights and the wealthy takeover of the country. They don't understand their meagerly paying jobs are what serve the wealthy best.
We need open townhall meetings throughout the state where people come together to listen and to share ideas, assemblies that are not dominated by anyone party or ideology. Legislative antics in Madison probably turn off more people in the state than we realize. We need to bring government to the people and not think our state government is only for Dane and Milwaukee counties.
-Maria Caliente | Middleton | February 24, 2011
Maybe it's time to start a new party, call it the Wisconsin Progress Party and invite all those that support progresses ideas from all parties. Just a thought.
-Jeff Timmons | Amery, WI 54001 | February 24, 2011