**Update** Finally some good news. It looks like Republican Senator Van Wanggaard of Racine has just lost the recall election against him. The Democrats will have majority in the senate for at least the rest of the year. I cannot understate how important this is to keeping Walker’s extremist agenda at bay. Patricia and I met with Wanggaard’s staff before the wolf kill bill was voted on and saw that he had pictures of his dog in his office. He obviously loves his dog. Ironically the next day he voted for the wolf kill bill. At least we get a little taste of Karma tonight.
The biggest losers tonight in Wisconsin? Public employees, minorities, our environment, and our wildlife. What is wrong with the people in Wisconsin? One of the most divisive people in the history of politics has turned neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, and family against family. And now he and his supporters smugly rub it in their opponents faces. I ask the Walker supporters one thing: was it worth it? I was a public employee for almost 14 years before my position was eliminated. I may have received generous benefits, but I also missed birthdays, family events, and holidays in order to serve my community so YOU could have a safe community. Why are we the enemy? Who is going to want to work in public service now that we are viewed as the enemy and have such venom directed our way? Is this what our country has become? Those who protect, serve, teach, and provide essential services to our fellow citizens are now the enemy? Walker voters, I don’t want to hear one word about how long you had to wait in line at the DMV because of staff shortages. I don’t want to hear one word from Walker supporters about it taking twice as long to get your taxes filed, or get roads repaired. What about when your 911 call is mishandled because quality employees will no longer want to work for public agencies? Welcome to Scott Walker’s world of austerity. What quality employees are going to make themselves the enemy of the majority of citizens just by taking a job?
Walker and his allies have already declared war on unions, wolves, wildlife, women, the environment and anyone who doesn’t follow their agenda. What is next? Clean drinking water is even optional under this guy. Who or what is next on the chopping block? Wisconsin you made your decision. You chose this man to continue to lead this state. Be proud. When reality sets in and this state falls flat on it’s face, please stand by your vote. When “John Doe” is finally unmasked and led away in handcuffs, please stand by your vote. I am standing by mine.
Wisconsin you made your bed, now lie in it.