Another rant, and another day of wishing I could quit my job. Of course, if Walker gets his way, every public employee would either quit, retire, or as a last resort, he can lay them off. Ninety people (out of about 600) have put in their retirement papers at Revenue in the last few weeks. At least ten that I know of are leaving this week.
Things are still falling apart in Wisconsin. The Republican legislature has just proved that the battle over the “budget repair bill” was never about the money. They stripped out everything related to money so they could vote on it without having a quorum. This shows that they never had any plans to compromise. Without any warning or discussion they voted to destroy six decades of progress. The public is in a frenzy and has swarmed the capitol in protest. I wouldn’t be surprised if the end result is a riot.
And if you look at the “budget” that Walker has proposed, it not only cuts funding for education and Medicaid, but it also cuts the budgets of local governments and prohibits them from raising taxes to cover the shortfall. There are also provisions in the “budget” that allow for Walker to sell state-owned utility companies without any bid process or even approval. In other words, his buddy Koch can call him up and offer to buy all state utility companies for pennies on the dollar and NOBODY has to know. Now do you understand why he took the call from the person claiming to be Koch?
I am getting sick of all of this. I am a public employee and this hits me right in the gut. I feel disgusted that these “people” were elected to office. You would think that some of them might have some simple human decency. Or at least the sense to realize that if people have been taking the time to come and protest for the last three weeks that maybe this isn’t something that they should be voting for.
But they aren’t the only ones to blame. After all, every one of them was elected to office. That meant that a majority of people (albeit a very slim majority) thought that they were the right ones for the job. I don’t know about you, but I seldom feel like helping someone who has just kicked me in the balls.
Enjoy this while it lasts, Republicans. I can guarantee that there will be recall petitions circulating very soon, even if legally we can’t recall them until a year has passed. But then, at the rate that Walker and his buddies are going, very soon they could be impeached instead. Unless they vote first to change the Wisconsin constitution and all the laws that they are ignoring so far.
If this continues, I predict Wisconsin will drop from its current rank of second best state to live to somewhere in the forties. Education will be nonexistent, health care will be only available for the rich, jobs will all be at minimum wage, and there will be no unemployment benefits for anyone who loses their job. The “Walker Policy” is to look out for the rich, and let everyone else pay for it.
I need to get off my soapbox now. Thanks for listening. I hope you are paying attention, because this is going to affect every one of us. This is a sign of a deeper issue, and even people in other states will feel the aftershocks of this earthshaking event.