Take a few moments this weekend and remember what it’s all about. Better yet, grab a kid and make sure he or she gets it, too. Pro-war or anti-war, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is a lot of men and women gave their lives for their country. And for us.
They say you “Can’t blame Walker for UW bolt” and there is some truth to that statement if you spin reality – which just happens to be one of the things the WSJ editorial board does best. Historian Jeremi Suri is blowing town for Austin and one of the reasons outside of salary is the political climate, the “hostility to Madison” and to the university in general. The WSJ editorial wraps up (albeit not soon enough) with a Suri quote that “This is much larger than Walker, it’s about the breakdown which can go across party lines.” That comment alone seems to vindicate Walker in the eyes of the WSJ editorial board. But they don’t get it. This Governor began trying to legislate the day after the election. After being sworn in he set out to slash and burn his way into the national spotlight turning Wisconsin politics into a three-ring circus. And through it all everyone at the UW, from janitorial workers to professors, began to wonder if they ought not start looking around and keep their “options” open.
I feel sorry for Biddy Martin who has some thoughtful, provocative and cutting-edge ideas on how to take the UW forward. It’s sad she has to work with the current Governor and legislative majority. Sadder still is when the WSJ editorial board acts like a public relations firm rather than member of the Fourth Estate.
School vouchers were created to help lower-income families in Wisconsin pull themselves up by their bootstraps, move their kids out of troubled schools and into an environment that gives their kids the best chance to succeed. Over the years that whole concept has really pissed-off the folks in Whitefish Bay and a few other tight-assed communities around our lovely state. Somewhere along the way a bright individual realized school vouchers can be a red herring – an opportunity. School vouchers discriminate against the wealthy and we can’t have that. Enter Scott Walker and the lobby best suited to weigh in on education – Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. They came to the rescue of the embattled wealthy with state-subsidized school privatization. The good part (for them) is state-subsidized school privatizationwill slowly strangle troubled schools by leaching even more tax dollars out of their district’s tax coffers. Not only that but Scooter and WMC can also punish public teachers at the same time.
After the November election I was willing to give Scooter a chance. Last session’s Democratic majority whiffed badly and Governor Weathervane Doyle abandoned me and others with his cop-out on DNR Secretary. So how bad could it get?
These guys are dangerous. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Walker, Big Fitz, Vos, Ellis, Little Fitz – the list goes on. Dangerous and treacherous.