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When the people of my home state elected Scott Walker governor I had hoped for the best. When the Republicans took control of both houses of the legislature I figured, as a lifelong Wisconsin resident, that it couldn't be that bad. After all, Wisconsin has a history of the GOP and Democrats working together for the good of the state. Those hopes were quickly dashed by Scott Walker "dropping the bomb" on the people of Wisconsin.

Over the last couple of years I have thought after every dumb thing the Republican Party did that they could not possibly do anything dumber. The Wisconsin GOP has proven me wrong time and time again. Nothing should shock me at this point.

But, this being Scott Walker's Wisconsin, there is always something around the corner—things that, in the words of the great musical artists C&C Music Factory, make you go hmmmm.

Instead of actually legislating, the GOP here in Wisconsin has been taking their marching orders from conservative talk radio, which as far as I can figure out just pulls the controversy of the week, "BENGHAZI!," out of their collective asses.

First it was the train that was supposed to be the Midwest rail link from Chicago to Minneapolis. We can't have that! The GOP faithful bought into it and killed thousands of jobs. Then the recession was the fault of all of those greedy union thugs, you know the ones, teachers, and other public servants. As we now know that little action sucked the economy in Wisconsin to new lows. Now, I could go on and detail everything the GOP has done to Wisconsin; however, I think most of you know that story.

Which brings me to Thursday, May 9th, 2013. The day after the Wisconsin State Assembly passed AB 110 which when passed by the Senate and signed into law will just be one more hoop for the poor to jump through. For those not familiar with AB 110 it will prevent those on Foodshare, Wisconsin's version of food stamps, from purchasing anything deemed non-nutritious by the state.

On Thursday the 9th the Republicans on the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee added a provision to the state's biennial budget that states that no Wisconsin city could prohibit the sale of large, sugary drinks as was recently done in New York City. Got that?

Rep. Pat Strachota (R-West Bend), the proposal's sponsor said,

[I] didn't want anyone telling [me I] couldn't order an extra-large popcorn and soda when going out to the movies. I want to make sure I can continue having that experience and don't have government telling me I can't have that experience.
First off, I don't know of anyone who could afford a jumbo drink and popcorn at the movies. Hell, I have to take out a small loan and pay it back over a period of 60 months with a variable interest rate just to go see the trailers at a movie theater.

The party of "local control" has once again taken away more local control. Now I want to point out that Rep. Strachota wants to have her damned double extra large soda when she goes to the movies, her own health be damned; however, let someone on Foodshare purchase a bag of Cheetos for their kid as a treat? Oh, hell no, that just ain't gonna happen because it isn't healthy.

Hmmmm ... all I want to know is what it is like to live in a world like the one Republicans live in—because it sure as hell ain't the same one I live in.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri May 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Just another day in Fitzwalkerstan. n/t (9+ / 0-)

    I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me.

    by plankbob on Fri May 10, 2013 at 11:34:12 AM PDT

  •  Just A Couple Points (5+ / 0-)

    we are on schedule to have our high speed rail line built from St. Louis (where I live) to Chicago in a year or so. I can't wait. Sorry it isn't coming to you.

    In Illinois we have a LINK card for SNAP. I did some research into it and I was stunned. You can buy a candy bar or soda. But you can't buy any food you can heat in the store.

    Now I am not the "food police" but I do know some folks seem to shop at 7/11 type stores. I wouldn't say Landshire is "healthy" food, but about the best option it would seem to me.

    You can't buy that. It just makes no sense.

  •  Republicans are angry that they pay any taxes (6+ / 0-)

    at all because people they deem "lesser" get to enjoy the same roads they pay for, or something

    I blame capitalism, the dog-eat-dog fight for your piece of a finite pie, it is what makes them angry and mean.

    •  Republican mantra: (5+ / 0-)
      It's yur munney
      No, it isn't.  We have shared responsibilities to this country.

      The GOP loves to stoke the tax-haters with promises of tax cuts, but the only tax cuts they ever do benefit the wealthiest.  They NEED this issue so they'll never, ever do anything (like raising the taxes on corporations and the wealthy) that might ease the overall tax burden on workers.  Without this issue, they'd lose a lot of support (like "solving" the abortion issue - another bringer of lots of voters).

      So Republicans will continue to pull in the suckers with the "cut your taxes" promise, but never cut those taxes for those same suckers.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:46:47 PM PDT

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  •  Funny how these things work out... (5+ / 0-)
    When the people of my home state elected Scott Walker governor I had hoped for the best. When the Republicans took control of both houses of the legislature I figured, as a lifelong Wisconsin resident, that it couldn't be that bad.
    A friend of mine said pretty much the same thing when the Supreme Court elected GWB in 2000. Several years and two wars later, he mentioned that it was the dumbest thing he'd ever said or thought, and he freely confesses to saying and thinking some pretty dumb things over the years!
  •  I just don't get it (1+ / 0-)
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    Alexandra Lynch

    Why do these people keep getting elected and re-elected?You guys had the chance in the recalls and failed miserably. What do the people who vote for them see in them and why are these people in the majority? It doesn't make any sense to me. I always though Wisconsin was a pretty progressive state.   After all you have the only Socialist football team in the NFL.

  •  I wouldn't want to live in the world Republicans (3+ / 0-)

    imagine they live in.  I like living in a Reality Based Community, especially in my purple state.   I would imagine the Republican world is one full of fear and hate, since they seem to project that onto the rest of us in their rants.  

    I would imagine that there's not much love, tolerance, understanding or empathy.  I would imagine that there's a lot of gray and not a lot of color.  I would imagine that everything there is somewhat muted - not just colors, but sounds, laughter, hopes, dreams, aspirations, taste, smell, feelings.  Sounds kinda like the movie Smallville, actually.

    I would imagine there are lots of predators who seek prey there - whether it's weak people, dumb people or people who will put up with being preyed upon because of their own insecurities.  There would be churches to Mammon, to various men (fictional like Gordon Gecko or real, like any number of dictators or Ronald Reagan) and the occasional woman like Ayn Rand who would make them all comfortable with their greed and other deadly sins.

    I'm glad I don't live there, though I live close to Colorado Springs and all the libertarian and right wing proselytizing that goes on there.

  •  Your diary is exactly spot on (1+ / 0-)
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    Sand Hill Crane

    You put into words exactly how I feel.  Obviously, instead of working together to actually work FOR the people of WI, GOP legislation is aimed solely at people who aren't GOP.  They have nothing better to do than to make non-issues into issues (ie the soda thing).  This must be the definition of insanity....and for me to stay in WI would be even more foolish.  So awful to see how our state has been driven backward so quickly.

    Wisconsin: It's war, you know. We didn't start it, but we'll keep fighting in it until we win

    by isewquilts2 on Fri May 10, 2013 at 02:05:38 PM PDT

  •  Andersen article re Wisconsin (2+ / 0-)
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    bbctooman, aznavy

    Anyone who works for a living and votes Republican, should have "sucker" tatooed on their forhead. The problem is, voting Democract doesn't seem to make much difference either. The working class needs to organize and kick these SOB's out.

  •  liberal haters and bigots rule the day (0+ / 0-)

    This is the last big hoorah for the js communications charlie sykes rethugs in WI.

         And they know it and are doing everything they can to suppress democratic voting blocks that are made poor and depressed by the white power structure, while dumbing down the rural and Columbian necktie white suburban populations.

        The fact is is that much of WI is full of racist bigoted white people who do not want to share their government breaks to others and readily look for enemies and scapegoats to masturbate their gun money on.

      WI is a battle of attrition and demographics is quickly working against JS communications, Walker, and the tea bagger right. They may have more guns, but we have the numbers.

       

  •  Wasn't the forensics report on the computers due (0+ / 0-)

    yesterday?  I do not see any info on that....anyone heard anything?

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