LIVIN' THE DREAM: There have been other things involved as well (such as many trips to the frozen northlands of our state delivering school buses), but I recently came across a quote that really underlines why blogging has become a disheartening process when you live in America's only fascist dictatorship.
The quote was from none other than our former President George W. Bush, and I found it in a fundraising letter he had sent me on behalf of candidate John McCain back in May 2008:
We believe in limited government. We trust the people, rather than government, to make the decisions for what's best for you and your family.
Now I don't doubt our former President's (or Senator McCain's) sincerity for a moment. But certainly Scott Walker has stood the Republican understanding of limited government on its head, by being the only state chief executive in these United States who thinks he's better qualified to make decisions for Wisconsin families than the families themselves. Small government? Try Big Brother.
Many hardworking civil servants, municipal minions, nurses, social workers, schoolteachers, and blue collar laborers are finding out what it's like to lose their homes and their dreams because of the whim of one deranged man in the state house. Walker has claimed that he "created jobs" in Wisconsin (the platform he ran on, before he unveiled the Trojan horse of "no collective bargaining!" after he had already been in office for a month), but it turns out that he took double credit for jobs that had been brought to Wisconsin by his predecessor. The latest estimate of jobs LOST since Walker became governor is 26,000—and most of these were in the private sector. We are now living the dream of being governed by a lunatic that we cannot remove from office (according to our state constitution) for another six months, during which time he seems hell-bent on doing irreperable damage to what was once one of the best places to live in the country.
My own family will be losing three to four hundred dollars a month, which means that we MAY be able to (just barely) hang onto our house. Vacations and other earmarks of the "American dream" have already become a has-been. Send the kid to college? Yeah, right.
And all this so Scott Walker can put money in the pockets of his corporate benefactors (he doesn't even pretend that he's going to "repair the budget" anymore).
I can tell you, we in Wisconsin are just gasping in shock that, as the first infusion of funds that were once in working peoples' pockets start rolling toward our handful of corporate megaliths, no new jobs have been created. Gee, who knew!?!
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