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Thursday, March 31, 2011

You can't make this stuff up!

I've been following the news o' the day from Wisconsin closely. I'd like to share these on a regular basis - so feel free to contribute anything interesting you come across.

Thus far today, I've come across a few interesting things...

Congressperson Sean Duffy  (R-WI) complains that he's struggling to live on his $174k-per-annum salary.
http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/cong-sean-duffy-r-wi-its-hard-to-make-ends-meet-on-174000-a-year/
In response, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is organizing a food and clothing drive for the Duffy family.
http://www.wisdems.org/news/press/view/2011-03-food-and-clothing-drive-for-poor-sean-duffy
Oh, and the GOP wants the video clip in which Duffy details his struggles removed from YouTube... don't know yet whether they can or have succeeded in doing so.

In a recent visit to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Governor Walker asserted that 13,000 jobs had been created in Wisconsin in January and February. http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/Walker_will_be_in_Eau_Claire_this_morning_118574739.html
Unemployment is up in every county other than Kenosha County.
http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/Unemployment_rises_in_nearly_every_county_in_state_118930214.html

I guess the third time's a charm, because the judge hearing the "Union Law" (in reality, it is SO much more, and I wish the press would quit referring only to the collective bargaining part of this bill) case in Madison has, for the third time, said that the law is NOT in effect and CANNOT be put into effect. This time, the administration is listening. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_17741802
Anyone besides me wondering what the next move will be? I am speculating that the agreement of the administration means that they have another trick up their collective sleeves.

I have a copy of a recent fundraising letter sent by Scott Fitzgerald (Senate Majority Leader). It's truly amazing and rife with <ahem> "distortions of the truth". He brags about taking down the unions, claims that Obama was involved in the departure of the 14 Wisconsin Senators, and much, much more. It's in PDF format and I don't have a web link to it...so if anyone can help with that I would truly appreciate it. Meanwhile, I'd be happy to send a copy to anyone who requests it.

There's always more - but I need to tend to a corned beef, a noisy parrot lovingly referred to as "Fang", laundry, and other mundane stuff.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Vote Counts, Your Vote Counts

If you have not seen the above videos of the Wisconsin State Assembly vote and the Wisconsin State Senate vote on the Budget Repair Bill... I encourage you to watch them. You'll have to click your "back" button to get back to this blog...

I hate to admit this, but I will:

I didn't vote last year. Insofar as I did not vote, I am responsible, in part, for whatever has transpired, or will transpire, in my state.

That was wrong, and given the recent events in my beloved Wisconsin, I am deeply regretful. I could give you excuses, but that's all they would be- EXCUSES.

It will never happen again - if I am at all able to get to my polling place, I will vote. It matters - more than I ever really realized, it MATTERS.

I will also KNOW WHAT I AM VOTING FOR... AND VOTING AGAINST.

Political ads are not enough, people. They can, and should, be a springboard for research - but realize what they are, which is generally biased, inflammatory, and sadly, full of finger-pointing.

Please... vote. Let your voice be counted. Do your research; read, Google, talk to others, follow the news - but refuse to be spoon-fed by any one source.

VOTE. VOTE. VOTE.