On AG worries about union bargaining law
I thought Tea Party folks wholeheartedly supported the constitution and wanted simple, literal interpretation of what was wanted by the founding fathers. They should be rejoicing that this "liberal judge" is upholding the constitution to overturn an unjust law. It seems that the desire to live by constitutional law only goes as far as laws they like. In the meantime I think that while teachers and districts may "rush" to settle new contracts, most districts, like Janesville, have boards that are hungry to reap the benefits of Act 10, so they will simply ignore union calls to negotiate a contract when the current one will not expire for 10 more months.
On Wis. AG aims to enforce union law during appeals
....and the lawyers get richer and richer.....
On Act 10 effects worry districts, teachers
Wis"lady" is, once again, completely off the mark. Reading headlines only. The cuts mentioned in this article are not he ones mentioned in the email discussed at Politfact. These are real, already in effect, cuts to take home pay that have been in effect in most districts since September. Teachers should be worried, though. If Walker wins this election I fear for what comes next for schools.
On Feelings run deep in Wis. recall; few undecided
916 - as with everything else in life, you get what you pay for. We also had (past tense) a school system better than 95% of Americans, one of the highest percentages of paved roads and one of the lowest percentages of children without medical services. I find it laughable to see those who "cant afford" it any more with their bumper stickers on their Lexus and their signs in front of their huge brick riverfront homes. So spare me the rhetoric and look at reality. Are you really telling me that your visit to Starbucks is more important than giving our kids good schools?
It is funny how, as an independent voter, I very rarely ever voted for democratic candidate. But the intolerance and greed of the Tea Party nutjobs currently holding the Republican party hostage is so much worse than anything Doyle or his relatively inept, but at least well-intentioned, administration put out there. This is truly a choice of the "lesser of 2 evils", but at least it is an easy choice. Anybody but Walker.
It is almost laughable that the Tea Party can talk about the "greed" of the Democrats, when all you hear from them is "my money - no I don't want to pay for your schools or roads or other projects, but be sure to keep paying my social security and/or disability!" and then go on to attack the livelihoods of tens of thousands of middle-class Wisconsinites so they can save themselves fifty bucks a year. Then, when the incomes of tens of thousands are cut back and - amazingly - the economy suffers (sarcasm), they don't see the connection.
I would agree that neither Barrett nor Falk are very attractive candidates, but either is better than Walker and his out-of-state Tea Party masters by leaps and bounds. Actually, Vinehout has interesting ideas, but, sadly, not the name recognition to do well.
On Walkway underwhelms Janesville School Board
Seems to me that building this trail and overpass would create a few jobs in the area.
On Mobile food stand cooks up issues in Milton
Is the food good? Anyone?
On Children behaving badly: Has it gotten worse?
Yes - parenting is a hard job, but that isn't an excuse to just bail. I mean, besides Wislady being completely delusional in her comment, it seems like most of us are on the same page. It takes strength and determination to raise kids these days. Kids and parents face challenges, but parents can do an awful lot to interdict those problems. When a 1st grader is telling a teacher to "f-off", that is probably learned from home. Don't blame the internet - the parent should be controlling what a 6 year old sees on the internet (and TV, and video, and more). Poverty isn't an excuse, either. The things on Equinox's list don't cost a dime, but do cost some time and effort.
Is it always the parents' fault? Of course not. I've seen plenty of rotten kids come from families with great parents. Sometimes the kids just make bad choices. But more often than not, these problems begin and end with the parent.
On Walker: Policies paying off
Good point, Woodchuck. I know plenty of people who are changing their vote from Walker to whoever is running against him, but can't think of one who didn't vote for old Scotty the first time who says they will this time. It is the swing that will make the difference.
On Feds OK Wisconsin Medicaid changes aimed at cost saving
Great link, Janesvillean. The good news is if Walker gets his way and cuts all the teacher's pay back to about $30k/year, at least they'll still be eligible for free Badger Care if they have a family of 4.
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