THE CHOICE - Recall election in 16 days!
THE CHOICE - Recall Election June 5 – Draft Blog – 05/20/2012
I HOPE that WE THE PEOPLE of WI are attuned to the fact that WE have a MAJOR CHOICE to make in 16 days – Tuesday, June 5, 2012 when we vote in the RECALL ELECTION! I am grateful to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for 2 features which they have posted online to help us to prepare to cast an informed vote.
--The feature article, “Round 2: Walker and Barrett stake out opposing positions.”
The article is very valuable as it compares the stances of the 2 candidates – Walker and Barrett – on very significant issues: Jobs, Taxes, Education, Local Governments, Health Care and Labor. For me, this information is critical to be able to cast an INFORMED ballot. What do YOU think?
--The video documentary which is embedded with the feature article (I was not able to find a separate URL to link – IF you find one, please put into a comment. THANKS!), “The Choice: A Battle for Wisconsin’s Future."
The newspaper made the following comment about the video, “As Scott Walker and Tom Barrett fight their way through a historic gubernatorial recall election, The Journal Sentinel has been following the candidates on the campaign trail. A new documentary, The Choice, explores Wisconsin's political upheaval, the stakes in the June 5 election and the candidates' records and styles.”
--The editorial, “We recommend Walker; his removal isn't justified.” I totally DISagree with the editorial. I shall vote to RECALL WALKER!
I was DISappointed that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with FULL RESPECT for the fact that WE THE PEOPLE of WI have a CHOICE to make proceeded to articulate its own choice in the editorial. I hope the editorial contributes to ongoing discussion about OUR CHOICE in the RECALL ELECTION.
I realize that journalism writers consistently remind us that editorials represent the ownership of the newspaper. He who has the GOLD, calls the TUNE. The owner is Journal Communications, a publicly traded corporation on the New York Stock Exchange. For more details about the corporation, use this link, "Journal Communications." One needs to consider the need for PROFITS to meet the demands of stockholders.
I believe there is a bias in the editorial in favor of corporations and employers in WI. What do YOU think?
One of the attacks from the Walker campaign is the situation of the City of Milwaukee during Mayor Barrett’s tenure (elected April, 2004 – re-elected April 2012). What about the FACT that Scott Walker was the MILWAUKEE COUNTY administration during MOST of the time Barrett has been mayor of the City of Milwaukee? Walker was elected in a special election in April 2002. He was elected for regular 4-year term in April 2004 and re-elected again in April 2008. He resigned as County Administrator as of December 27, 2010 after being elected Governor in November 2010.
Context: Walker had been Milwaukee County Executive for 2 years before Barrett was elected mayor of City of Milwaukee. Walker was Milwaukee County Executive for almost 6 years at the same time Barrett was mayor of the City of Milwaukee. Walker left Milwaukee County at the end of 2010, so Barrett has continued as mayor with changed leadership in Milwaukee County for only 17 months. What are the facts about the ways the Walker administration of MILWAUKEE COUNTY supported the CITY OF MILWAUKEE? I have NOT seen data! Have YOU? If so, please post a comment to tell me where to go to study. I am interested to learn.
Another dimension of the situation for me is the issue of Scott Walker’s veracity. Again and again I have been DISappointed that this person who has publically identified himself as a “Christian” and touted the fact that he is an “Eagle Scout” is NOT forthcoming with the TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH! WHY NOT? He talks about TRANSPARENCY, but does NOT WALK the TRANSPARENCY TALK.
I am not willing to bet on the future of Walker’s truth-telling. Are YOU?
We MUST make the criticaol DECISION for our FUTURE iN WI with the RECALL ELECTION in only 16 days!
Here we go…
John Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Waukesha and an advocate for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.