Two days left in my vacation. It has been a particularly good one. I still have to go through my books – probably tomorrow. Today will be spent running errands and hanging out with the kid. Tomorrow I hope to go through my books and work on writing.
In our media these days we have a huge number of people calling themselves journalists. However, I question their use of this title. To me a journalist is someone who reports the information without bias, just giving details and information.
With all the posts on politics I’ve offended some people. Some of these people were long standing friends. I’m not sure whether they will continue to be my friend after this bout of political sharing. In every day life, I’m pretty middle of the road. I’ll vote for the candidate and how he or she represents themselves. I don’t consider myself either Democrat or Republican.
One of the friends who disagrees with my point of view told me to explore the different beliefs of the parties and present a more balanced view. My first thought was – it isn’t supposed to be a balanced view – this is my blog about MY opinions. However, I like to keep an open mind and I like to listen to a lot of different perspectives. So I thought I’d start at the heart of the beliefs.
Here are the core beliefs of the Republican party (http://www.gop.com/index.php/issues/what_we_believe/)
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.
I watched the Governor’s news conference today. He tried to convince all of us what a horrible position we are in. He can say we are broke a million times and every time he does I think about the tax breaks he gave his cronies. What he really said were half truths and lies. I get that he is trying everything in his power to convince the citizens of Wisconsin that he is being truthful and trying to do what is best for Wisconsin. He comes across as a slick used car salesman.
I watched the Democrats’ response to the Governor’s news conference. I think they were genuine in their response. I listened to the Republicans attempt to bully the Democrats and realized that they were doing their best to stand up to them.
Walker says that the stimulus money was misappropriated. Where is his proof? I worked for the DOT and I know how careful everyone was for making sure about how the money was spent. I know that we let (this means to put out for bid) a billion dollars worth of contracts which is twice what we normally do in a year. We worked our asses off to get that money out to the contractors. I’m offended that he would accuse us of spending it unwisely or erroneously.
Walker said nothing new in his speech. He just spewed more of the same rhetoric. I saw Republicans yelling at Democrats because they weren’t getting their way. It is sad that adults who are supposed to be leaders act like bullies on the playground.
Today we start again with work. The unions are calling for people to go to Madison. It will be interesting to see how many keep showing up. This is a furlough day for most state employees (not me) so the potential is there for a large number of employees to go to the Capitol. There is a rock concert in support of the unions at 5 pm tonight.
I feel like we have two very stubborn two year olds fighting over a bone. Neither is willing to concede anything. Yet the ones who suffer are those affected by it. If we allow this bill to pass this Governor will have unprecedented power and the unions will be gone.
I’m still supporting the Democrats. I hope they stay out of the state until the Governor realizes that he has to negotiate. Come to the table and have a discussion.
I watched a news conference he had on line and was appalled by the stuff he was saying. It sounded very much to me that he wanted to look at everyone’s base pay (once he rams this bill down our throats) and negotiate those down. I’m already taking a pay cut – how much more does he want?
He said that he wouldn’t impose furloughs but once the unions are busted he will have no one to stop him. He said he wouldn’t lay off large numbers of people but again once the unions are gone what is to stop him? I don’t trust him. I think if this bill passes I could very well lose my job or end up taking a significant pay cut.
I don’t know how this will play out in the long run but hopefully we won’t have to give up our collective bargaining so we can keep some of our protection.
I’m not a political person – yes I know I’ve posted so much this week on the issues going on but under normal circumstances I’m just not. I don’t vote by party lines. I don’t discuss my votes. I vote – every election. I despair that our politician will ever get what is needed for our country.
Today though, I was PROUD of our state Democrat senators. The Republicans and Governor have closed their minds and their ears to the pleas of the workers in the state. Walker said he had 8,000 emails supporting what he is doing. How many did he have wanting it to stop? How many people have protested – somewhere around 50,000.
I watched the national programs tonight – they were amusing. They also got to the heart of the matter. I think this is the first time I’ve heard the other side of the story. It has been the Republicans BLASTING away at the “evil” state workers and unions.
The overly dramatic presentation of the information was a bit much (maybe because I’m from the Midwest) but maybe that will start people thinking. Paul Ryan is an idiot. He accused the protesters of being violent. I say come to Madison and see for yourself. The Madison police had only good things to say about the protesters. Apparently Ryan thinks the teachers are a bunch of violent radical people. Well they are radical – they want to keep their rights.
If Walker and his cronies have their way, Wisconsin will become a state of haves and have nots. It isn’t the state workers who have. It will be the corporations, big business, and the politicians who have. The workers – everyone else will be a have not. State worker (those that don’t already have second jobs) will be looking for a second job.
I hope the Democrats drive their point home and stick together. They are doing what’s right and I intend to support them.
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