I lived in Mad City for 12 years, a place I had wished I could of lived as a child. Instead, I was able to raise my children there. Flying back to Madison after a consulting gig and seeing lakes Mendota, Monona, Wingra, the Capital on the Isthmus between Mendota and Monona nestled in the woodlands was akin to returning to sanctuary. It was safe haven for those of us who lived there and returned there after working elsewhere.
Madison always had a different way about it. While running for election, Gov. Dreyfuss called it “30 square miles (1978) surrounded by reality.” We were different and we made it different as we paid higher taxes to ensure better schools and services for those who lived there. We bought Dreyfuss daughter’s home on the west side. Given my knowledge of Mad City and knowing it is illegal by state law for public workers to strike in Wisconsin, it is interesting to read Scott Walker’s comments about protesters there:
“‘We will have somebody who leads and ultimately will send a message that not only will we protect American soil, but do not take this upon freedom-loving people anywhere else in the world.’
Here comes the zinger.
‘We need a leader with that kind of confidence. If I could take on 100,000 protesters (in Madison, Wisconsin), I can do the same across the world.’
So that we’re clear here, Scott Walker just compared American citizens exercising their right to free speech to violent, homicidal extremists in the Middle East.
What did Walker do to ‘take on’ the Madison protesters? Well, he locked them out of the Capitol, threatened to call out the National Guard, had them arrested, and exposed himself as the corrupt Kochhead that he is.'”
I knew we were tough; but, we were not extremists by any stretch of Walker’s imagination. Let us be sure, Walker is no leader and has pretty much ruined the state of Wisconsin with his governance of it which will carry on for years to come. Walker did catch flak for his comments comparing Wisconsin protesters to extremists as Senator Warren took Scottie-boy Walker to the wood shed:
“If Scott Walker sees 100,000 teachers & firemen as his enemies; maybe it is time we take a closer look at his friends,” Senator Elizabeth Warren . . . One could only hope she would run for president.
Scott Walker’s friends are the ultra conservatives such as the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, etc. It is no secret the Koch Brothers spent far more on the 2012 election than the top ten unions (which they are trying to bust) spent. Furthermore by Federal law, those unions have to report what they have spent on elections.
2016 will be an interesting election.