Yep. Those 100,00+ people who’ve been in the streets of Madison, they’ve totally forgotten why they were there. The 60% of Wisconsin residents who disapprove of the job Walker’s doing, they were just kidding. The unions that Walker is trying to destroy? They’ve absolutely just given up and gone home. Excellent point, Governor Asshat.
“Finally, we’ve got to realize you can’t go it alone. To regain your energy, to restore your hopes, to recoup your strength, you need to join with close friends and make of this work a picnic. The pain and sorrow of today can be eased tonight by laughter, love, and home-cooked food.” And song.
Huh. Apparently, Republicans in the legislature were somehow notified how and when the conservatives in the Supreme Court would be ruling on the collective bargaining bill. Nothing fishy to see here, no sir, move along. Move along.
Apparently, we don’t have enough money to educate our children, or for art, or for recycling, or for safe water, or to allow workers’ rights. We do, apparently, have over $400,000 so the Republicans can run fake Democrats in the recall elections, and buy more time to get big corporate money into Wisconsin. The hypocrisy is just staggering.
The “Extraordinary Session” starts at 11am tomorrow, allowing the Republicans to bypass all kinds of normal regulations, including open meeting requirements. And it’s looking like they’re going to add the collective bargaining measure into the budget on the floor.
“The Assembly voted 61-36 to repeal a requirement that police collect traffic stop data in an effort to gauge whether racial profiling in a factor in pulling people over…. No Republican spoke during the floor debate.” Well, I can’t imagine why.
I am a resident of Wisconsin, and have been for ten years.
I have been attending the protests almost every day since February 15. I have been there, I have taken pictures, I have talked to the participants. I have been amazed and inspired by the passionate, creative, energetic and (most of all) peaceful people I have had the chance to meet. What I read and see in the media does not reflect what I have participated in. Like many others, I am sure, I have taken to the internet to combat this. I want the world to know what is happening here. I want the world to hear our voices.
Prior to February 15, I was politically aware. Now, I am politically active. There are thousands more like me who never thought they would be political activists. But, now we are working to make sure that the voice of Wisconsin is heard.
Prior to February 15, I was a resident of Wisconsin. Now, I am a reluctant revolutionary and, apparently, despite my best intentions, a blogger.
I am also keeping a flickr page with all of my images of the protests at:
"...and then in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and shew riches
Ready to drop vpon me, that when I wak'd
I cri'de to dreame againe."