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.
Governor Walker just repealed the Equal Pay Act. This is criminal in my eyes. Women already don’t make the same as men. The excuses I hear for women earning less is that they are more likely to take time off for having babies. My answer to that is who do you think put the baby there? Another one is that women take more time off to care for children. My answer to that is maybe men should step up then. We have to carry the kid can’t men step up and do more of the day care.
Last night Ken and Alicia stood on the bridge with about 75 – 100 other people protesting the governor’s budget and the actions taken by the government. Mom and I drove by several times, honking to show our support. Mom took pictures (of course) and then I took her home.
Ken and I went to the information meeting. I was really hoping that a republican or two would show up so we could have an intelligent debate. However, they didn’t. It was a room full of like minded people. I was afraid that it would become a pep rally. It did not. I heard intelligent questions put to a former representative and a union leader.
There were people from all sorts of jobs – teachers, farmers, secretaries, and business owners. It was a moving and intelligent conversation about the affects of what this budget will mean to so many people.
I’ve always considered Whitewater to be conservative and Republican. The good ole boys club is definitely in affect there. Last night I was proud to say I grew up there. People came out for honest and open discussion. It is too bad the Republicans didn’t show up, I think it would be good for them to actually hear what these people have to say.
One other comment – there were things said about a rep – I don’t know if they are true so I’m not going to repeat them. However, here is my opinion on an elected officials job. If you run for office, you better be prepared to speak to and meet with all the people in your district whether they voted for you or not. Your job as an elected official is to represent the people in your district. Your job is to hear their opinions and desires when it comes to a bill or topic before the legislative review. Your job is to LISTEN to these and determine what the majority of those people want. Then your job is to vote based on the majority of those people. All of this is whether you agree with what these people want or not. They are the ones who you are standing for. It isn’t your opinion that counts – it is THEIR opinions that count.
If you can’t do that, then you should not be in office. If you can’t listen to everyone and determine what the majority of people want, then you have no right to sit in Madison or Washington as a representative. Our government is meant to be a government of the people by the people. It is a founding idealism and if you as an individual can’t follow that – then don’t run for office. I think a lot of our representatives have forgotten that. It isn’t about who gave you money to run but about the people and what their needs are.
I know that some of you are probably tired of the political stuff. I know I’m stressed and tired of it. It is hard for me to understand why someone or a group of someones would so completely ignore what is right and what a huge number of people want for their own state… but that is neither here nor there…
I’ve said all along I don’t trust Walker’s numbers. I don’t trust that he is telling the truth. Here is a link to an article I found to be very interesting.
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.