March 9, 2011
Forecasting is tough as I look out the window at a new pile of snow. I remember the weather forecaster last night assured us "no new accumulation." Well, as they say, "deal with it."
Rachel Maddow declared victory for the Fab 14 last night, and this morning that victory remains just out of reach--not too far but, forecasting is tough business!
Thank goodness the Wisconsin 14 have the experience, maturity, and patience to take the latest Fitzgerald broadsides in stride. While we worried about the unity of the 14 labor heroes, they are doing just fine. The two Scotts on the other hand have been blowing it big time. They have lost credibility. Nate Feinsinger taught that if a lead negotiator ever lies he must be replaced because neither side trusts a liar. Well...
Walker opposes negotiations for an obvious reason. He has never tried it, or, if he did it was like swallowing caster oil.
See you Saturday: noon farm rally with Jim Hightower as one of the stars; then Saturday night at the Barrymore--7:00--with Kucinich, Hightower, and Tammy Baldwin, to name a few. It will put a smile on your face.
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My theory about forecasting the weather: Weather people are politicians who could not get elected. If you want to know Wisconsin's weather, one must wait a day then look back and tell it like it was. The likes of Walker, the Fitzgerald boyz, their rubber stamp legislative co-conspirators and similar regressive types like to look backwards then tell us we're going forward.
-Maria Caliente | Middleton | March 9, 2011
Bravo to the Senate 14!
And, please, ABSOLUTELY NO compromise on the Labor rights issues.
It sounds harsh, I know. But we cannot honor Walker's action in this. I am a voter in the State of Wisconsin. The decision to eliminate collective bargaining is a big issue in this state, especially given our tradition in being the first state to establish many of them.
Walker bargained in poor faith with ME, the Wisconsin voter. He had this union-busting attack planned even during the campaign. It was part of the nationwide strategy laid out by the Repub Governor's Association. Yet, he chose to keep his intentions under wraps and to spring it on the Wisconsin people ("Drop the hammer" as he put it in his infamous call on the "Koch Hotline) AFTER he was elected.
We are now offered all the reasons why it is necessary to have these provisions in this "budget repair bill." But that is a discussion we should have had during the campaign. It is a move of such significant importance that the public should have had every opportunity to vet the decision and the rationale behind it and to make the choice for themselves. Walker purposely deprived us of that discussion during the campaign, and we know why.
It was Walker's political calculation that it didn't really matter. He had the numbers in the legislature sufficient to slam this through in a week's time. Controversial? Sure! He knew it would be. But the blitzkrieg bushwhack would allow him to get it done before anyone knew what hit them.
Thank God for the Senate 14. They deftly side-stepped the Walker steamroller and, in so doing, opened up the opportunity for the state's voters to at last have the discussion they should have been granted during the election campaign.
We've had the discussion. For nearly a month, now, we've had that discussion. And guess what? The people don't want it.
So, what's to compromise? The people have spoken. Their will should prevail. The only thing I can possibly see worthy of discussion is an apology from Scott Walker for having treated the electorate so shabbily in the first place to even think he could slip this one past us without us even noticing.
Thank God for the Senate 14. They preserved our voice in this democracy at a time when forces were afoot to deprive us of it. And shame on Scott Walker, who will rightfully take his place in the ashbin of Wisconsin history. We are Wisconsin, after all. And we value our voice and our vote. And we never forget those who would play us for suckers.
Recall starts in less than a year. It provides the opportunity to reject the madness that we never got a chance to vote on the first time around. Let's make it count this time! Reject Scott Walker. Recall Scott Walker. On, Wisconsin!
-Jeff Pieterick | Waterloo, WI | March 9, 2011
The people have really started something these past 3 weeks. There's no turning back. We need to remain unified in our goal to bring back state government so that it is responsive to our needs. This means recalls. It means new faces in the statehouse. Walker can refuse to negotiate. Let us refuse to turn over our democracy to a bunch of demons.
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley | March 9, 2011