Lawmakers on the lam!

A NOTE AFTER THE FACT: My post below fails to note  that this Wisconsin fight isn’t capital vs. labor. It’s different in that the private sector isn’t involved. But the sentiment doesn’t change – there’s been an assault on labor (you and me!) for decades.

I see Wisconsin* State Democratic legislators have taken to the road to prevent a quorum vote on a budget cutting bill because if they stayed in the State they could be legally compelled to attend a session. So they’ve removed themselves from the jurisdiction, It’s all over the news; here is a good place to keep up on it – from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Those ladies and gents in Madison are following in the footsteps of giants. In the footsteps of Texans, that is.

May, 2003. Memories . . .  

“With action in the Texas House brought to a standstill, roughly 50 state Democratic representatives said they would remain in neighboring Oklahoma “as long as it takes” to block a Republican-drawn redistricting plan that could cost them five seats in Congress.  “There’s 51 of us here today, and a quorum of the Texas House of Representatives will not meet without us,” said state Rep. Jim Dunnam.

The 2003 Texas stampede to Oklahoma inspired  Mr. Thomas Delay himself to exert a little  unlawful  pressure on State authorities to travel over those state lines. Which was bad. Bad, bad, bad, even though those miscreant lawmakers (who’d found themselves a nice motel with a good pool table as I recall) had surely annoyed Mr. Delay, he probably wishes he hadn’t done it. Because that was one of the things for which Mr. Delay was investigated and indicted. Ah, hubris.)

Good times. Who says politics is dull?

* ALSO:  It would be interesting if this centuries old capital/labor battle were to be fought on the home ground of the last century’s greatest progressive, Robert LaFollette. These guys forget that the ‘right to collective bargaining’ was established after much blood had been spilled, and the parties realized that talking was better than shooting.

 (The tension of course never went entirely away and there has always been a faction that would destroy ‘labor’ – actually they want the laborers, they just don’t want uppity folk looking over their shoulders to see if safety is being observed or if wages are fair.)

9 responses to “Lawmakers on the lam!

  1. I’m loving this story, these repugs thought they had carte blanche to turn back the clock, haha, guess not!

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  2. I guess you’re bloggy again. Finished with the projects? Don’t forget, Prom tonight!

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  3. you’ll get there Moe…….

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  4. Brian in NYC,

    ” I’m loving this story, these repugs thought they had carte blanche to turn back the clock, haha, guess not! ”

    You apparently are not a tax payer . None of this is about repugs turning back a clock . It is about keeping a state solvent . It is about public sector workers, who are pretty much protected from the layoffs that everyone in the private economy has to worry about, not getting rich off of the taxpayers .

    Your grasp of the real situation is, in the words of Get Smart’s Harry Hoo, amazing . ” haha, ”

    Ms. Holland,

    ” Let us hope not! Those are big big crowds. ”

    Gee, kinda like Greece .

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  5. Well of course I’m a tax payer, and of course it’s about repugs trying to turn back the clock. Do a little research, Wisconsins shortfall has all been brought about by the idiot gov. giving tax breaks to the rich and business, the same way Bush did to the national budget.

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  6. Brian in NYC,

    ” Do a little research, Wisconsins shortfall has all been brought about by the idiot gov. giving tax breaks to the rich and business, the same way Bush did to the national budget. ”

    Yes, you know what you know and no one is going to tell you different . You are right, I have not specifically researched Wisconsin. I do not have to . I am sure it is like every other state that has been run into the ground by Democrats .

    And please show me a state where your ” screw the rich guy and screw the businesses program ” has worked . It’s a funny thing about states like Caleefornia, New York, Michigan, and New Jersey . When you raise taxes on the rich and the businesses, guess what happens ? Can you guess ? The rich people leave . The businesses leave .

    Where do they go ? Can you guess ? They go to places that have lower taxes. Prove me wrong . Give me some high tax states who are doing better than the low tax states .

    Oh, by the way, even Obama the Great bragged about how the tax cuts he was forced to extend have spurred job growth . And more by the way FDR, the most liberal President in the history of the Universe, before Barack Obama was elected, was against Government unions . Do a little research .

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  7. [. It’s a funny thing about states like Caleefornia, New York, Michigan, and New Jersey . When you raise taxes on the rich and the businesses, guess what happens ? Can you guess ? The rich people leave . The businesses leave .
    Where do they go ? Can you guess ? They go to places that have lower taxes. Prove me wrong]
    Oh Alan, take our Michigan and add in the liberal hells of Massachussetts and Connecticut and that is where the rich people live and they are also the richest states. And they all have high taxes.
    By most measures, they are doing much much bettter than lower tax states. Their people are healthier, better educated, lower teen pregnancies, fewer abortions . . . just how are we supposed to measure ‘doing well’ anyway?

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