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  •  That's Waukesha, Washington, and Ozaukee County. (15+ / 0-)

    Those are pretty much like the twilight zone. I know some people might deny it up and down, but it's true. The conservatives there are a vast majority who listen to talk radio or are of privileged backgrounds. There's really no help with that.

    The rest of the state however, is another story.

    •  I grew up in Port Washington. (5+ / 0-)

      It's the county seat of Ozaukee Co.  It used to be a blue collar town, surrounded by other blue collar towns and farms.  Republicans had to compromise to win elections there.  

      Now all the industrial jobs have gone overseas or to 'right-to-work' states and most of the farms have been turned into McMansionvilles.

      The midwestern farm/labor base that traditionally voted Democratic no longer exists there.  Democrats who run for Assembly and State Senate seats there get 'krausened.'


      If you can play the cowbell, thank a sheet metal worker.

      by ruleoflaw on Wed May 04, 2011 at 05:32:51 AM PDT

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      •  Pretty much. (2+ / 0-)
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        I noticed a lot of former beautiful blue collar towns with jobs there, however now ... they're nothing but suburbia now and mansionvilles just as you said. Except maybe a few places that managed to keep what they had.  

        Personally, I never was alive to see it any other way but as a part time historian, I've read the histories of Waukesha County, Ouzaukee County, and Washington County. While they weren't always the way they were you cannot deny there was always a bit of privilege there surrounding Milwaukee. It's just as soon after the reactionists from the Civil Rights Era moved out there and voodoo economics, with 'personality driven news' with Talk Radio ... It was only a matter if time those places would become what they are.

        Even if I live in Brown County, I have never anything  else like that in Wisconsin. It's like those places actually have little to no infrastructure except box stores and survive off of Milwaukee County.

        •  Privilege, yes, (1+ / 0-)
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          but blue-collar, union jobs made it possible for working people to live side by side with the middle class.

          My dad was a truck driver with nine kids.  We lived in a four-bedroom house.  
          On one side of us lived an attorney.  
          On the other side lived three elderly women, the Boerner sisters, who were the heirs to a fortune made in irrigation equipment. (The Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee are name after their father.)  

          In the next house down lived Warren Grady a former state assemblyman (R) then a judge with eight kids, my playmates.  

          In the next house, on the corner, lived Pat Rooney, the clerk of courts, another Republican, with three kids (more playmates).  

          Going around to the back side of the block you would find the home Mr. Schowalter, president of the State Bank (more playmates).  

          The next lot over was undeveloped,  a miniature forest where we had adventures.  

          The remaining home on the block was owned by the other Boerner sibling, Fred, who was a pleasant, kind old gentleman.  His wife was a harpy who, among all these upper class folks, was the only one who ever exhibited any class prejudice.  Any kid who cut across her lawn or stepped on her pansies was automatically assumed to be one of the hillbillies in the green house and our phone would begin to ring.  

          On the blocks surrounding us, there were factory workers and city workers, salesmen, clerks and construction workers living among professionals and business owners.

          It certainly wasn't an egalitarian paradise.  My mom could have qualified to join the DAR, but nobody asked her and she was fine with that.  She was a nurse and the only woman on the block who worked outside the home.  I'm sure playing bridge and discussing roses would have bored her to tears.
          My dad was too busy hustling freight to figure out how to swing a seven-iron.

          If you can play the cowbell, thank a sheet metal worker.

          by ruleoflaw on Wed May 04, 2011 at 10:10:37 AM PDT

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          •  I personally think: (1+ / 0-)
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            The counties of Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington have to fall because of the condition they are now. They have to be reminded what made them into the rich communities they are today -- the workers who built them.

            Even if Green Bay is far from the idea I say of Wisconsin cities and is relatively conservative with it's suburbs - the fact remains they still have jobs.  De Pere, Ashwaubenon, Howard -- some could even go as far to say they run the city but I think that's going a little too far. They all have their own set infrastructures. And with that in mind, moderation and reality exists.  

            The suburbs don't completely rely on the city to give them jobs, and I believe this is the difference of why Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington County stay so red. Because their settlements, their villages, those ideal paradises don't work where they live. The places I noticed that are purple in those counties - are the places with jobs and an infrastructure.

            •  Interesting take (0+ / 0-)

              I don't know those areas so I have no comment.  Though I am often of the mind that real progress will occur only after the current house of cards come tumbling down but hard.  

              Those that have furthest to fall land the hardest.  Those counties should consider that.

              Stop. Stand up. Make a sign. Walk around in public. Be polite and orderly and the rest takes care of itself. Want to shake up the Plutocrats? Demonstrate your attention to politics.

              by Quicklund on Thu May 05, 2011 at 12:00:03 PM PDT

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