Via @cayankee comes this heartwarming example of one of Dizzy City’s favorite games: Whose Fault Is It, Anyway? – And the common answer from Democrats is, of course, Everybody’s – except ME. It’s pretty funny, really: failure might be an orphan, but there’s a lot of people out there prepared to assign paternity to it anyway.
There’s a lot of unintentional entertainment in the article, in fact. I particularly enjoyed reading the bit where supposedly the WI Senate is about to flip back to the Democrats: as somebody in the Hill article’s comments section helpfully pointed out, even if that does happen (it’s possible) the state Senate is not going to be back in session this legislative season, and there’s another election between now and then. One using new maps… designed by the current GOP majority. Don’t expect that to be mentioned tomorrow if that one seat flips…
I am going to try to avoid too much hyperbole and sarcasm for this one; this is one time where the situation requires neither. When Scott Walker and other Republicans instituted labor union reforms in 2009, one of the basic planks of such reforms – the one that was quietly and viciously fought, tooth and nail, by the unions – was removal of mandatory dues collection for public sector union employees. In fact, from the union leaderships’ point of view this was THE reform that needed to be killed; if the Republicans had compromised on it then there probably wouldn’t have been a Wisconsin recall movement at all. But Walker and the Republicans didn’t compromise… and what was the result?
Wisconsin membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees-the state’s second-largest public-sector union after the National Education Association, which represents teachers-fell to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011, according to a person who has viewed Afscme’s figures. A spokesman for Afscme declined to comment.
Specifically, how it is that Gov. Scott Walker is in the commanding, about-to-be-ratified-via-popular-vote position that he is in – and make no mistake; when Walker wins the recall election in two weeks it’s going to be a while before the Democrats in Wisconsin are going to want to tangle with his legislative agenda. Anyway, Ann notes:
I don’t watch all the TV shows, but this week, I’ve watched “American Idol” and part of a couple Brewers games, and I’ve seen ad after ad for Walker. I saw one ad against Walker, and it was a confusing complaint about how Walker is a “rock star.” Idiots! They made him a rock star.
When it came out last week that Milwaukee mayor (and Wisconsin Democratic candidate for governor in the upcoming recall election) Tom Barrett had skipped out on two ceremonies honoring Milwaukee police officers, there was some questions about what Barrett thought could possibly be more important that going to, say, a memorial service for slain Wisconsin policemen. It probably didn’t help either that Barrett was so evasive about the answer, either – to the point of convenient memory loss. Well, it turns out that Barrett probably wanted to forget the answer of where he was doing instead of honoring fallen officers, given that the answer was… ‘making a stump speech:’
…Mayor Barrett was actually speaking at a luncheon for retired United Auto Workers in Oshkosh at the exact same time that the fallen officers memorial was taking place in Milwaukee. Barrett spoke to a room of about 50 UAW union members.
I acquired a link to the video of the event that Barrett spoke at: it is unpleasant viewing for those with both a basic ethical sense, and an awareness of the context.