April 23, 2011
They won't slow down
Dave Zweifel pointed out in the Capital Times on April 15 that Scott Fitzgerald has recently sent out a revealing fundraising letter. The part I liked best was where Fitzgerald said, "Government employee unions have ruined California and Illinois, but they are not going to ruin Wisconsin." Thank you, Scott. Your honesty amazes me.
Walker has done just about everything to distance himself from the so-called Michigan plan for Financial martial law except make a statement against Governor Snyder's take-over of Benton Harbor.
We have the Koch brothers and the Bradley Foundation to draft laws, prepare public relations efforts--Michigan has the Koch brothers as well but they also have the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. A spokesman for Michigan's teachers said, "The Michigan Republican Party has been tied at the hip with Mackinac Committee for years." See Mother Jones on the Mackinac committee.
I am so happy that we received documents exposing the Walker plans to enact the Wisconsin martial plan. We hereby offer space on FightingBob.com for Governor Walker to write whatever he wants on Michigan's financial martial law bill and how there will not be such a thing in Wisconsin under his watch.
Does he think we made up the expose? That we guessed Mary Panzer was providing legislative strategy for the governor? That Foley & Lardner are drafting the bill? That the Greater Milwaukee Committee is pushing phase one--a financial stress test? C'mon!
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The Republicans are up to what they do best: blame, divide, abuse, repress, regress. The only thing scarier than these folks is the fact this state of ours is split nearly down the middle these days. Why is this so? Are half of us ignorant and intolerant?
Let's put together an educational curriculum and then gather knowledgeable speakers and teachers to give a series of lectures in every library in the state. It is our duty to inform the masses. We need to educate Wisconsin about many things: what government is and what it is not; the political system and process; taxation and how revenues and programs make this a better state; the effect of corporations and the wealthy on elected officials and how this effect is detrimental to everyone, including corporations and the wealthy; workers' rights, wages, unions; education; how a healthy environment leads to more jobs, better jobs, a healthier economy.
Add yours to the list, but let's get going on bringing these lectures to the people. We can inform without pointing fingers. Education has always proven an effective weapon. Let's use it.
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley | April 23, 2011
I have yet to meet any Wisconsin state employee who has "ruined" our state. Everyone I know works hard to make the wheels of government turn. Many are not paid what they are truly worth. In the last 20-30 years, state workers have become more customer service oriented, too. The Fitzgeralds are bad for Wisconsin just as much as Walker is the worst of governors imaginable. I think the Walker-Fitzgerald cabal is trying to create a Wisconsin that is bad so they look better.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | April 23, 2011
Pietr is doing the old, stale, liberal thing. If we could just educate the public. We need meetings at libraries.
I have news for you. The folks you need to convince don't got to libraries, they don't want to "go to school" again, and they don't think much of what they see as over-educated liberals who are elitist and don't "get it".
You and I may not like that but that is how it is. It presents liberals with a real problem. They don't really know how to reach those folks. If they did we would not be in this mess.
Time to re-think it all folks.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | I Escaped, WI. | April 24, 2011