Off to Madison

I decided I need to be counted, granddaughter of a union member & all.

& Once I saw this guy in Egypt holding this sign, I thought: how could I not go?

Russ Feingold was on Rachel Maddow the other night explaining that Wisconsinites couldn’t be in a better mood: the Packers won the Superbowl, the Badgers (UW team) just beat a major competitor, and it’s been 50 degrees warmer than it was last week. It’s true.

& Just to clarify: it’s not about the budget.

2 Replies to “Off to Madison”

  1. Helen,
    Glad to see you active in politics and support of collective bargaining. And you thought Albany and blue collar Brooklyn politics were crazy!
    Conservatives want “everything on the table” but now want to restrict what’s on the table for unions.
    In the US and Wisconsin constitutions, legislatures LEGISLATE and governors GOVERN (i.e. executive branch). A governor should be able to negotiate with a union the best way he/she can. If a governor needs to be tough, then be tough, without resorting to legislation restricting a specific group. Legislators can set spending limits, if they want/need to be tough, again, without restricting bargaining by one group.

    I have a relative teaching public school in New Jersey, another state with a Governor-Union controversy. She told me that many of her fellow teachers agree that in these times both sides need to give a little there, but I don’t think they would easily accept Wisconsin-like legislation.

    I do have some reservations about state Senators in exile. I think it sets bad precedent. I don’t like the concept of “shutting down the government” at any level. If they are outnumbered, legislators should vote “nay” or “abstain”, or “present” (if these last two options are allowed in Wisconsin).

    Anyway, I hope that reasonable – and realistic – people and politicians can prevail, but I’m not so sure.

    On a more positive note, when some question whether the US should support the Egyptian revolution for fear of the Muslim Brotherhood, it’s good to see that at least one Egyptian is not afraid of a teachers union takeover.

    Met you and Betty in the “outdoor smoking lounge” in Philadelphia in 2008 and 2009. (Yeah, I still have my bad habits). I promissed to send you a Trans History Timeline, but I met a few bumps in life and had to put many things aside. I’m working on a new, improved version.

    Just registered for mHB Message Boards and I’m looking to be active there.
    Thanks for your work.

  2. This is an extreme situation. The Republicans cannot win in Wisconsin. If the Democratic Senators have to “go on strike”, and shut down this abusive, crazy legislation, then
    “so be it!”

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