Mitch Berg, Shot in the Dark
"...I like they way they present their view even when I don't agree."
Lewis Medlock, Deliverance
"...fortuitously discovered in my recent wanderings - good stuff."
Zee, Road Sassy
"...entertaining and provocative. Just how I like it."
"...whew, wow, yowsa and yikes!" Jan Karlsbjerg
"Malignant." Tim Dailey
Fleetwood Mac snob." Mitch Berg, Shot in the Dark
A GLIMPSE INTO THE MIDSET OF BOTH CAMPS: Recent exchange excerpted from a Madison.com forum.
JeffK: Too much money is spent on special education trying to educate the disabled. Unless their disability allows them to become future taxpayers then having them in school is just public daycare.
madlib: Probably the most insensitive comment I've read on here.
Bushmaster: Very typical of the "Walker is God" crowd. They care all about human life until that first breath then it's "screw you, you are on your own." I guess at least Jeff is honest about it unlike Walker and his ilk... You bring to light what the Walker lover crowd really feels and that is a very good thing for Mary Burke as most Wisconsinites are not as cruel and cold hearted as the Republican party.
I'm not so sure about that last statement, although I'd like to believe it.
Even I can understand how Scott Walker got his hooks in. All over Wisconsin, people heard horror stories about one union in particular (Madison Teachers Inc.) and how its president, John Matthews, basically treated Madison taxpayers as if they were being held hostage to his demands. With a salary of over $300,000 a year, he became the very cariacature of what Walker called a "union fat cat."
The union's website and billboards offered little encounragement to the average taxpayer. MTI's motto? "We teach the children. Collectively we decide. United we act."
The truth is that most public-employee unions in Wisconsin (including the one I was a member of for ten years) are largely toothless, and exist largely to mediate in disputes between employees and supervisors. Every year my union would ask management for a modest across-the-board raise for its members. In five of the ten years I was with the state, they were refused. End of story.
On some level, I think most Wisconsinites know that the vast, vast majority of public employees in the state are modestly compensated and live very modest lives.
So my question becomes: At what point does your average Walkerite begin to believe the relentless Nazi/Communist-type propaganda machine of the regime? As Walker slinks around the state, conducting his fifteen-minutes'-hate sessions against civil servants (always at a private industry location with a heavily vetted audience), the rest of us are treated to a constant barrage of his sneering disdain for less-fortunate Wisconsinites, such as his recent "We don't have a jobs problem, we have a work problem" comment, or his removal of 92,000 poor people from the state's fail-safe health insurance plan, Badgercare.
It remains to be seen if it is indeed a minority of Wisconsin's people who believe this drivel... or if four years of relentless bombardment with paranoid, Orwellian hate has turned our collective mind into Rush. Er, I meant mush.
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