QUOTE OF THE DAY: In the United States and around the world, the middle class is in steep decline while the wealthy and large corporations are doing phenomenally well. The message sent by voters in France and other European countries, which I believe will be echoed here in the United States, is that the wealthy and large corporations are going to have to experience some austerity also and that that burden cannot solely fall on working families... In the United States, where corporate profits are soaring and the gap between the rich and everybody else is growing wider, we must end corporate tax loopholes and start making the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. At the same time, we must protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Austerity, yes, but for millionaires and billionaires, not the working families of this country. — Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont
The rematch is on between Tom Barrett and Gov. Scott Walker, after the Milwaukee mayor coasted to victory over former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk on Tuesday in the 2012 recall primary.
Barrett, 58, now faces a 28-day sprint to the finish in a historic recall election June 5 against the embattled Republican governor.
"As the governor of this state, I will end Scott Walker's ideological civil war," Barrett told jubilant supporters gathered at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Milwaukee.
"Do we want a governor who will divide this state like it's never been divided before?" Barrett asked to shouts of "No!" from the crowd.
Barrett said that, unlike Walker, he would stay in Wisconsin and work to create jobs, rather than travel around the country trying to raise money and be a "rock star to the far right." Barrett predicted Walker would flood Wisconsin with out-of-state money over the next four weeks but said Walker's opponents have the people on their side.
With Barrett's election, Wisconsin—and, in a larger sense, America—may have risen to the very real challenge of a hostile takeover by a cryptofascist cabal with the ultimate aim of enslaving millions of Americans in minimum-wage jobs with no benefits so that the very rich can continue the lifestyle they've grown accustomed to since the roaring 90's. Even many of Walker's supporters have no real idea of who exactly these out-of-state interests are that keep writing hundred-thousand-dollar checks to the Dictator, or more importantly, what they expect to get in return.
WOULDN'T YOU BE A LITTLE BIT WORRIED IF... you lived in a state where the governor refused to respond to a registered letter and follow-up e-mails by correctional workers regarding deteorating safety conditions at state correctional facilties?
In this state anyway, corrections officers work for the governor. So, basically, their boss is ignoring them.
You'd think that, in the business of running a state, politics would have to stop somewhere. But then, you wouldn't be living in the nightmare world Scott Walker has made of Wisconsin.
And by the way, I am not at all heartened by the fact that I can't find a whisper of this story in any of our local or national news media. I found out about it only because I was once a member of AFSCME and I'm still on their mailing list. [Note that the letter was mailed back in February.]