Saturday, December 03, 2011
Especially this year. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool Santa. He has a surprise up his sleeve for the boy who was really naughty.
Friday, December 02, 2011
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
First the Republicans laughed at the Recall movement. Then they started fighting, and fighting dirty. That's what a lot of the voter suppression and redistricting funny business was all about. Now anti-recall fanatics are starting to go after people collecting signatures with their cars. Next we win.
Why have 300,000 people signed recall petitions in less than two weeks? What's the rush?
Because Wisconsin can't wait. Normally, when we hold an election and are unhappy with the result, we wait until the next election to "throw the bum out." The social contract underlying democratic self-government gives elected officials a reasonable amount of time to try out their policies.
A politician who is runs on a stealth campaign with a secret agenda that even many supporters wouldn't agree with breaks that contract. Claiming a mandate for policies that violate most people's standards of fairness shows contempt for democracy.
That's why Wisconsin can't wait, and why recalling Scott Walker is the only recourse the people have. Three more years is too long to wait.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The war on workers: At Walker's current rate of job creation, it will take Wisconsin until 2025 to climb back to pre-recession employment rates
Scott Walker says his policies are working. He's right about one thing -- the Walker administration's war on workers certainly is working. In October, Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state. The Walker administration prefers to point out that Wisconsin actually gained 14,000 private-sector jobs in the last year (while losing 8,000 public sector jobs). True enough. But at this anemic job growth rate, it will take Wisconsin until 2025 to climb back up to pre-recession employment levels. That's one way to keep labor costs down. Walker's corporate sponsors must be beaming.
Fortunately, there is a way to stop this war on workers. It's called the recall.
Speaking of tools: Scott Walker talks a lot about the "tools" his union-busting budget gives municipalities and school districts, but the sign suggests this woman at the Nov. 19 Recall Rally in Madison isn't buying it. Nor are most of the people of Wisconsin, judging from the 300,000 who signed recall petitions in just the first 12 days.