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  •  I had a VERY interesting conversation (27+ / 0-)

    earlier this morning with a colleague who is in the Wisc. Natl. Guard.  She is a point person in the Guard and has has numerous conversations with Walker's staff.  I don't have time to go into detail right now.  I'm going to try and write a diary about this later tonight.  The bottom line is that Walker and his people have absolutely NO idea that they are doing.  

    The whole Guard thing is political posturing with no idea about the costs and personnel issues that are involved.  They assumed that all the costs would be born by the Guard and it wouldn't cost the state a dime.  Not true.  My friend couldn't give me actual dollar figures but it would be in the hundreds of thousands that the state would have to come up to implement their Guard fantasy.

    An additional kicker is that the Wisc. Guard would likely have to appeal to Illinois and Minn. for additional personnel (they have reciprocity agreements), but the Illinois Guard has already told them that Pat Quinn (Ill. Governor) has said no F'n way since Walker and his folks have been pissing them off over the whole "Wisconsin Open for Business" attempts to raid Illinois of their businesses.

    •  Besides, they know that it is (8+ / 0-)

      a bad move. Nothing would give this movement more media attention and help it grow than bringing the national guard!

    •  Walker killed the Hiawatha HSR project (6+ / 0-)
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      madmsf, celdd, sfgb, 3goldens, TomFromNJ, aerie star

      So the Chicago to Milwaukee rail improvements will stop at the state line.

      Nearly all ex-state officials and most current officials are very much against whatever Walker does. They are aware that this can easily spread to other states. And it's all based on bravado and bullshit.

      Wait 'till Walker is forced to ask for Federal help to put down his self-created riots because his National Guard refuses to kill fellow citizens. Will he save money by disbanding the National Guard? You know, the real purpose of the 2nd Amendment?

      I was there in the 60's and 70's. Walker has no idea how determined the people of Wisconsin can be.

      "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Feb 16, 2011 at 12:02:21 PM PST

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