March 2, 2011
Fellow slobs unite!
Glenn Grothman is a danger to our society. He is looking for a fight. He seems intent on provoking a fist to the jaw or almost anything to cause unrest in the peaceful protest. Maybe Grothman is the guy Walker thought about sending to cause trouble in the protest. Grothman, locked out of the dome by order of his governor, waded into the crowd and then described the protesters as "slobs" who are stinking up the Capitol.
Well Grothman, punch your own jaw. You need a wake-up call.
The budget message might convince you that Walker would rather be governor of Mississippi than Wisconsin. If passed, this radical document would end recycling, break up the university of Wisconsin, require hundreds and possibly thousands of teacher firings, expand the private school voucher program so they can privatize education for Walker's cronies. The educational covenant program would be dead, minority programs gone...local governments would be faced with a choice to kill the local unions, re-open the collective bargaining agreements or lay off a substantial percentage of the workforce.
Walker and the Family Fitzgerald would allow people on Badger care or Medicaid to die! This cannot stand.
Start your engines, folks, we must go on a rescue mission!
Mark Pocan said: "This budget is a slap in the face to the people of Wisconsin. He makes historic cuts to k-12 education, cuts a quarter of a billion dollars out of the UW system, cuts local units of government, reduces health care to thousands and much more."
We need another meeting; need to set up our committee structure; we must prepare alternatives. I'll be back in touch later today when the smoke clears.
By the way: the budget has not even been released yet!
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This was Walker's "MO" in his last job. Were the voters not watching while he ran the county into the ground?
I may as well move back to Tennessee, where the property taxes are cheap and there is no income tax. The level of services in Tennessee is at least as good as they are here and may be better in the coming years.
If the people with children don't care about their children's education enough to vote Democratic, who am I to care about their rug rats.
-Angelina | Little Chicago, WI | March 2, 2011
Don't forget that he proposes merging Police and Fire Departments...because they're the same, ya know. I suppose by his reasoning that means municipalities can hire half as many people.
-mamaraby | Madison, WI | March 2, 2011
Fortunately, this budget release is not unexpected. Why do I say fortunately? Because Walker has only added more fuel to the fire of a democracy of the people. I have attended the protests each day and continue to be awe inspired and energized by the waking of the giant. Yes I say let's get the People's legislature back together. The last one held this past week was good. I think people are ready to take action beyond the protest and are looking for an outlet to move the machine towards a people's democracy. I know I am! It would be great to have agenda items which update progress made on a tax platform, healthcare platform, policy/rights platorm, recall efforts and status update, Election/legislative platform that identifies key issues/recommendations for candidates as well as a groundswell effort to identify candidates that will run for the progressive party.
A mouthful I know...I would be happy to help and volunteer any efforts
-Pat Takamine | Mukwonago, WI | March 2, 2011
Now that the Capitol building itself is "Open for Business" but not ordinary (e.g. non-wealthy, non-contributing) people, perhaps a "rebranding" of the state is in order to make it clear where we are heading. How about "North Mississippi" ?????
-Evan Richards | McFarland, Wisconsin | March 2, 2011
Pat is right; the many folks gathering and meeting each other during protests on the Square would appreciate a chance to plan and strategize. Could People's Legislature meet near Square on a weekend day?
Hoping enough Republicans could be recalled by May to change the voting make-up of the legislature before this abominable budget is passed. It will take organization and discipline. Organizing to un-elect Prosser to Supreme Court is also important.
As Capitol continues in lock-down mode, I've been wondering if protests need to increase outside of Madison, maybe focussing on county courthouses since local government will be so impacted by this legislation. Of course, state reps are not in the local courthouses but the opportunity to get people together and exercise their freedoms in public places is important.
-janeofdane | Madison | March 2, 2011
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. I proposed in Verona that we combine the fire and police Depts. under one administrator. It makes good sense to do that. Another efficiency is to combine some counties in WI. Do we need 72 counties with 72 sheriffs? No! We need a whole reorganization of local governments. In Verona we have a village government adjacent to a city government. We attempted a merger, but the good ol boys in both entities didn't want lose their fiefdoms. Much progress in this direction is stymied by boys who want to continue to play with their toys. Don't get so polarized that you can't see the forest through the trees
-Bob Menamin | Verona, WI | March 2, 2011
If peaceful protesters are slobs, what does that make of Republicans with no clue of how democracy works?
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley | March 2, 2011
Moan and groan all you want folks, these nasty Republicans beat the pants off us last year. I am not hearing any kind of alternative budget from our 14 senators or Tom Barrett. If all we want to do is start recall efforts, the average guy is going to ask: So you can do what? The Club for Growth is going to keep pounding the airways with the "do nothing Democrats" theme till we have some ideas that will get peoples attention.
-Jim Cieslak | Franklin, WI | March 2, 2011
One doesn't have to be smart to vote for people like Walker and his rubberstamp legislature. Why waste money on schools if all Republicans want are uneducated voters who think Republicans will share with them a piece of the pie?
-Maria Caliente | Middleton | March 2, 2011
Do you think Sun Myung Moon will buy the UW soon? Maybe just a department or two? I remember when he bought the Univ. of Bridgeport. The alumnae were thrilled.
Just what is a "cost-saving tool"???? Oh... no-bid contracts. They take much less time when you hand over deals without oversight. What a mess!!!
-Pat Nelson | Three Lakes, Wisconsin | March 2, 2011
Welcome to Wississippi folks.
-Marge Donegan | Wauwatosa, WI | March 2, 2011
Bob Menamin writes "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."
I believe the proper aphorism here is "Don't throw out the one tiny seed with the sackload of (manure)."
-Tim | Barron, WI | March 2, 2011
We need recalls, yes. More importantly we need alternatives as well as solutions.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | March 2, 2011
You don't understand how Glenn and the Republicans think. We're all slobs and they are God's chosen. It's that simple.
-Mike | West Bend | March 2, 2011
WHO and WHERE is the machine to recall Republican Senators???? NOW PLEASE! SOS. This is the only way to immediate solution. The Republicans already have their recall on the road.
-MJH | Madison, WI | March 3, 2011