Friday, February 18, 2011
Yesterday 14 Democratic State Senators left the state to prevent a vote on a budget the newly elected governor is trying to pass without debate. He is asking the middle class to sacrifice while simultaneously giving tax breaks to the wealthy. He is threatening to fire or lay-off state employees, while touting tax breaks to corporations to help them 'create ' jobs. He passes bills beneficial to special interests that run up the state debt by 145 million dollars and the cries "Crisis"
from the Oshkosh Northwestern:
Truth be told, the bill is the beginning of an effort to roll back the right of workers. Its lesser-known provisions set a dangerous precedent for granting the executive branch broad emergency powers where an emergency does not exist. The speed in which the bill is heading from proposal to adoption is also of concern. It is slated for a vote Thursday, just six days after it was released to the public. The fact that a national special interest group, The Club for Growth, began broadcasting ads in support of the proposal at the same time the bill was released shows that this is not a homegrown effort to fix Wisconsin's problems, but an orchestrated, ideologically driven campaign.
last night I stood with a group of about 200 on the Opera House square, one of the busiest intersections in town. Protesters all. Quite a few held signs that urged motorists to honk in support. The hoinking was consistent and loud. I could hear it as I walked home. Freedom has a sound....you know it when you hear it.