First of all, I don’t usually get into big statements about politics. I learned from the family gatherings in the past that even people who love each other can reduce each other to vile names and tears. I believe calling each other illogical, idiotic, and numerous other words are completely uncalled for when discussing differing opinions. And, I will still stand behind that any day of the week, month, or year. I think everyone should at a minimum voice their own opinions in the ballot boxes on election day, because every opinion does matter.
However, I am very disappointed in the outcome of the gubernatorial race in my home state of Wisconsin. I am not upset that a Republican won, because I don’t really care about his label. The truth is differing opinions are what both help and hinder change. If we all had the same ideas, we would live in perpetual sameness for better or for worse. I am upset because a governor is supposedly the leader of a state and anybody who purposely comes in to create an us vs. them mentality as soon as they walk in the door, should not be leading our state. Period. End of story.
For those of you who don’t know, after the last gubernatorial election in 2010, Scott Walker came into office and immediately set to work eliminating the collective bargaining rights of the public sector workers, while simultaneously painting them as leeches to the taxpayers money and greedy goblins who took all the time in the world to accomplish nothing. Those government workers workers included your child’s public school teachers, the public defenders who do everything in their power to ensure you get a fair trial no matter how much you make, the prison wardens who are the boundaries between convicted felons who have not yet repaid society and your family, as well as your emergency teams: paramedics, firefighters, and police officers. These government workers were and are taxpayers as well.
However, Walker with his policies and slandering of these hard working people, divided our state. People actually turned their backs on their friends as teachers had to be let go due to drastic budget cuts to schools. These now displaced teachers received pay cuts and little support. Even though many of them had helped their friends who had lost jobs in the private sectors due to the economic downturn. He also pitted the rich in our state against the middle class and the poor, due to his decisions which flip flopped based on how his rich supporters felt on an issue (drilling etc).
For me, the blaming and shunning of a particular group of people in a society sounds a little too similar to Russia during the revolution and Germany in the 1930s. Maybe it’s just me though.
Walker also promised 250,000 jobs in his initial campaign, but proudly boasted creating 110,000 during his more recent one. However, he eliminated the possibility of thousands of jobs when he broke off a contract to build a high speed railway between Milwaukee and Madison that was already being paid for by the federal government. Can someone please explain to me why costing the State money to break a contract for work that benefited Wisconsin workers, was already being paid for by the federal government, and had the potential to attract private companies into Wisconsin, was a good idea?
I would rather have an ineffective Governor that did absolutely nothing but sit there and twiddle their thumbs for 4 long years than have this “gentleman.” I just don’t seem how fear-mongering and pointing fingers is good way to run a government. Then again, it might just be me.
What are your thoughts on the Wisconsin race? What impact do you think it might have for the future of the state? Do you agree or disagree? Did I get my facts wrong? If so, please cite a source.
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