It seems like lately all I’m doing is worrying about money and politics. Politics are definitely driving the concern about the money situation. Gas is nearly 3.50 a gallon. This definitely affects my budget. It is one of the biggest sections of my budget. I know that as the gas leaps up in price the less likely I am to go anywhere. Certainly with the unrest in the middle east this is not going to go away anytime soon.
The unrest at home isn’t helping either. Work – because I work for the state – is difficult because everyone has really low morale. It is like there is a blanket of despair covering the employees. I know I’m not the only one worrying about money and where we are headed with this budget repair bill and the budget proposed by Walker.
It very much concerns me that he wants to trash our educational system. Now don’t get me wrong – I’ve said for years it needs revamping. From a parents perspective I don’t see it fulfilling the needs of our children. However just pulling out nearly a billion dollars isn’t going to make it better – it will in fact make it worse.
Wisconsin I believe is second in the nation for its educational system. Yes it needs work – but don’t most things. Generally if you get teachers together – they are pretty smart and willing to look at ways to improve things. Ask what can be done. Ask what are some ways to cut costs without hurting the children.
Unfortunately I don’t believe Walker knows how to do that. I think he has his agenda and to hell with anyone who doesn’t agree with him. Sadly that only works for dictatorships – last time I looked Wisconsin isn’t a dictatorship – wait – maybe it is now…
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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