On Wednesday, the state will be holding the only public hearing on AB 85/SB 95, the bills that would allow Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele do an overreaching power grab.
In light of that, there are some questions that I would ask people to consider.
For my fellow Milwaukee County citizens:
We know that this bill will diminish the democracy and representative government Abele is actively deconstructing the mental health safety net and public safety in our parks to boot. For a hint, I would point to the fact that that we currently enjoy in our county.
My question for you is this: What do you suppose he will take next?
For the people in the other 71 counties of Wisconsin:
If they will do this to Milwaukee, what makes you think they won't do it to your county or town? Here's a hint - nothing would stop them.
For those who support Abele's power grab:
Take a few minutes to think about how Abele has treated other people who also supported him and was much closer to him than you are. Think about the way he suddenly stabbed the backs of Sue Black, Frank Busalacchi, Paula Lucey and most recently, Jim Burton. And let's not forget that County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Supervisor John Weishan both endorsed and supported Abele when he first ran for county executive.
Yet Abele has thrown all of these people under the proverbial bus.
So if he will stab his closes supporters in the back without hesitation, what makes you think he won't do the same to you?
For the legislators who might vote for this bill:
If one listens to Charlie Sykes, one would think that Abele is a progressive liberal. Yet the only thing progressive about him is his support of marriage equality and gay rights.
Outside of those issues, Abele presents with the same dysfunctional embrace of austerity as any Teapublican. He also is rather anti-worker as evidenced by his attitude towards his own workers and by siding against the Palermo workers. He has also come down on the side of the corporations in the Citizens United debate.
Given his duplicitous nature, can you trust Abele?
Furthermore, it's already pretty obvious that Abele won't be serving another term, if he even finishes this one.
Most people acknowledge that the next county executive will be a real progressive. Do you want to give that much power and that much control to, say County Executive Marina Dimitrijevic or John Weishan?
These are just some of the things that I hope people give serious consideration to and then join in the growing movement to oppose this maleficent and overreaching bill.