Democracy is Dead

I was trying so hard to not post the political stuff and just give it a bit of a rest to see if things would calm down and work out.  They’ve worked out – or should I say they have been rammed through. 

It is interesting to read comments on articles.  I find that the Democrats letters and such are about compromise and working together.  The Republicans are about name calling and bullying.  I have found this to be the case with those commenting on articles – in general. 

I’m not saying that the dems are better than the republicans but it seems as if people are just not informed.  I read a comment on an article last night where the person said that teachers were all making six figures and getting multi-million dollar retirements.  It was so ridiculous and yet so sad.  Any public sector employees wages are public record – go LOOK. 

What the Republicans did last night was a travesty in the name of democracy.  I’m sure that the assembly will ram it through – they showed that with the last time they voted on this bill.  Here are my predictions for the future…

Walker will still lay off employees under the premise that is financial bill didn’t go through.  He will also implement more furlough days under this same guise.  I think when he’s done with that he will start looking at other benefits like sick time, base pay, vacation pay etc. 

I think the power plants will be sold for a rock bottom price.  I think we are going to see gas at the pumps and in our furnaces go up drastically and horribly. 

I think that he will close all the clinics that help with cancer screening for the poor.  I think we are going to see an increase in babies (no birth control) and then in abortions or worse in babies being born to people who don’t want them. 

Walker I feel is trying to put us back to the 50s.  We aren’t there and won’t go back.

In the meanwhile the unions, democrats, AFL CIO, women’s groups and whoever else gets a fancy to will sue.  It will take a while but these suits will eventually go through the courts and hopefully will win.  The sad thing is – in the long run it is tax payers who are going to pay – look at Milwaukee County.  Some of these things can’t be undone.  Some of these things will permanently change how Wisconsin is and not for the better. 

Thank you…

Thank you to the Democrats who left the state to stand up for our rights.  Thank you to all the people who have come out to support this cause.  Thank you to those who have spent countless hours organizing and working on getting people to the capitol and keeping it peaceful.  Thank you to anyone who has gone to the capitol to lend their voice to the protest. 

Thank you to those who are for the bill and willing to listen and debate the issues.  I’ve learned a lot about the issue and beliefs of people by listening to their point of view.  I’ve enjoyed the open debate and discussion.  That is what our politicians are supposed to be doing – listening to all.

On the other side of this gratitude is sadness at the behavior and representation of the Republicans who aren’t listening, have closed their doors to the public, who shut down the debate in the Assembly, who will not negotiate.  I hear them spewing on tv that the Democrats are not letting democracy work but they are the ones who are not listening to the people or even their own assemblymen.  How is that democratic?