Dave Zweifel had a great piece in the CapTimes detailing the Wisconsin race to the bottom and how we are perceived nationwide.
But that's what happens when the voters decide to turn state government completely over to a governor and a lapdog Legislature intent on dismantling decades of laws and programs that were long hailed as models for the rest of the nation.
States that are making it harder for citizens to vote? Wisconsin, once a model for getting high turnouts at election time, now ranks right up there with the worst. States that have made the biggest cutbacks in education aid for local school districts? Take a bow, Wisconsin. States that have the worst record in job creation over the past two years? Wisconsin is in 32nd place. States that have done the most to weaken environmental regulations? Again, Wisconsin can proclaim it's doing well in that race.
The ideologues have control and they're doing everything possible to take advantage of it, no matter the long-term damage it does to the state.
Then after browsing some blogs this morning, I came across this piece on DailyKos about the Wisconsin 3rd CD Democratic Convention. I do not have time to attend these things but like to see what happens from the perspective of people not involved in the party. One thing REALLY stood out to me(emphasis mine).
Amy Sue Vruwink (70th AD, incumbent). My wife shadowed Amy Sue in 2012 as part of her Emerge Wisconsin training, so we know her. Rep. Vruwink got the shaft in the redistricting, the mother of all gerrymanders. Not only that, but we heard about how republican staffers go up to her tell her “You know, you’d make it so much easier on yourself if you just quit. You’re our top target.” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Dis) asks Dems “how Amy Sue’s doing, knowing that she’s screwed”. Amy Sue is diminutive, so these guys think they can bully her. What Amy Sue lacks in height she makes up for in spirit.
I’m not one to normally use these words in print, but Robin Vos is a fucking asshole. Please contribute to Amy Sue Vruwink to help her win re-election.
What kind of state, fosters the culture where staffers feel they can openly bully and try and intimidate elected representatives of the opposite party? Who would employ someone who did that? That would be like the manager of the Wisconsin Badgers, going up to John Calipari and talking smack before the game. How quickly before Bo Ryan would have that person on the first flight home never to step foot near his program again? Now it is common practice in the republican controlled legislature!
Also, along the same vein, when you are the leader of the majority party, should you not have some kind of level of maturity that goes beyond a third grader? When your politics are personal gain, pettiness and revenge, maybe you are in the wrong profession. I do not get how sane people on the republican side can continue to condone such actions. DO you think things will get better or worse by condoning these actions?
For those who are unaware, this is Amy Sue Vruwink:
As a democratically elected representative does she deserve to come to work and perpetually get bullied and attacked by people from the other political party? Is the politics of personal attacks the way to move our state forward? Did they really redistrict our state with the intention to "screw" specific representatives?
I guess when the leader of your party governs with this philosophy, this is what we should expect.
While it might play well in the land of hate radio and white Wisconsin it does not speak very well for our future!