Quote:work rules have a huge impact on budget, but their is a sound rational argument that it is not technically and legally a budget issue.Well, they consistently claimed this was a budget issue, and then turned around and stripped it from a budget bill in order to pass it.
Quote:. There are emails in the press that argue against your assertion. There are also public comments by one GOP senator that argue against your assertion.The other side didn't offer any compromises. I don't know why you think they did
The Dems may have a point, regarding the illegal nature of the meeting
I just watched the coverage on MSNBC where a couple dem legislators were saying that the minimum notice was 2 hours and that this meeting was announced at 4:07 and began at 6:00
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State Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) said Wednesday night he attempted to drive back from Illinois to Madison to get to the Capitol before Republicans passed by an 18-1 margin the modified budget-repair bill that focused on collective bargaining.
"Right now, I'm trying to figure out what the hell they're going to do," Larson said when reached by telephone as he was driving. "I'm not going to be the 20th vote. This is on the Republicans' heads right now. If they decide to kill the middle class, it's on them."
Either way, this is going to court from the looks of it.
I just watched the coverage on MSNBC where a couple dem legislators were saying that the minimum notice was 2 hours and that this meeting was announced at 4:07 and began at 6:00.
Since the courts will be deciding matters of law, I fail to see how their perceptions of the Democrat lawmakers should affect the outcome.
Either way, from what I can tell, the Dems in WI are a motivated bunch at the moment. I cannot think that this action is going to help the future Republican candidate in Wisconsin
They claimed OVER AND OVER that it was ONLY a budget issue. So, no; they aren't just doing what they said they were doing, which is dealing with a budget issue.
Resolve; many of those who have worked with, or against Walker, agree he has it.
The governor gave a hint at how he looks at the world, and his place in it, in a speech he gave to the Christian Businessmen's Committee in 2009. Talking about his first, unsuccessful run for governor, Walker summed up his approach to life as "trust and obey" God.
Walker, the son of a Baptist minister, relayed to the crowd two anecdotes that he credits with giving him political perspective.
One involved the story of Jesus and Peter. In the story, Peter walked on water with Jesus' help, until he lost faith and sank into the water.
The other story involved two sailors, one of whom made the mistake of watching the waves break against the boat. Seeing his colleague was getting seasick, the other sailor advised the man to ignore the water and focus at a point on the horizon. That, he said, would help him ride out the storm.
"Keep looking out at the horizon, to the path Christ is calling you to follow," Walker told the crowd. "Don't focus on the waves, and choppy water."
For eight years as Milwaukee County executive, Walker kept the end goal in sight, seeking to reduce the size of government in an office traditionally held by liberals.
During his time there, he cut the government workforce by 20 percent, eliminated the waiting list for long-term care for seniors, and used his veto more than 100 times to cut $44 million in proposed spending.
Each of his nine consecutive budgets held the property tax levy to the previous year's level. But his opponents criticized Walker for proposing unrealistic budgets that had to be fixed. They called him a one trick pony who only cut and never created.
But according to Milwaukee County Board Spokesman Harold Mester, even Walker's opponents respected him and knew he would not back down.
"What you're seeing in Madison now, is basically a repeat of what happened here in Milwaukee for years," Mester said. "I can tell you this: The chairman (Lee Holloway) does not see Walker backing down on this. (Walker) never did at the county level."