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After watching Ed Schultz Wednesday night I too wondered 'Where are the Democratic politicians? Why aren't they in Madison supporting the workers?' So I emailed them. The reply I got back from Senator Kohl annoyed me. He passed the buck. Oh, that's a state matter. Like he's not part of the state? Like he's not supposed to show leadership in his own state on a matter this BIG? Over the squigglies is his email to me.

Dear Ludlow:

Thank you for sharing your concerns about Governor Scott Walker's Budget Repair Plan.    

            As part of his budget approach, the Governor has proposed significant changes in how the state government will interact with some unionized public employees.  Throughout Wisconsin, citizens will continue debating the most appropriate distribution of shared sacrifice necessary to help balance our state budget. At the federal level where I serve, we are having a similar debate about budget priorities and I will continue pressing for meaningful, fair, bipartisan solutions.

Governor Walker's proposal is a state, rather than a federal matter, and will not come before the United States Senate.  As such, I have no official role. Therefore, I encourage you to contact your Wisconsin State Representative and Senator.  There is a toll-free number you may call to leave a message for your state elected officials or to find out who represents you. The number is 1-800-362-9472.

           Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. Even though I am not directly involved in matters before the Wisconsin State legislature, I will keep your views in mind. Please contact me again about issues that concern you.

                                                                           Sincerely,

                                                                           Herb Kohl
                                                                           United States Senator

Why does Herb hate working people? Who would make a better democratic senator when his term is up?

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    by ludlow on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 11:11:17 PM PST

  •  I don't see how... (1+ / 0-)
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    you make the jump to Herb Kohl hating working people from that letter.

    •  Why did he ignore the import (0+ / 0-)

      of what was happening in Madison? Why did he distance himself from it? Why didn't he give ONE bit of support for what the workers were doing?

      That's why I came to that conclusion.

      One Nation, One Health Plan. Doctor and Nurse Recommended Single Payer Health Care for All! www.nurseconscience.blogspot.com

      by ludlow on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 11:44:38 PM PST

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  •  Because Congressmen and Senators BY LAW (0+ / 0-)

    cannot influence state governance.  Sherrod Brown's comments are similar.  He won't offer suggestions, he won't even go to Ohio and stand with the people.  He just said Democrats are working an a strategy.

    He's toeing the line.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 06:11:46 AM PST

    •  What exactly does the law state? (0+ / 0-)

      This is news to me but I am glad to be educated.

      One Nation, One Health Plan. Doctor and Nurse Recommended Single Payer Health Care for All! www.nurseconscience.blogspot.com

      by ludlow on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:44:49 AM PST

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      •  Not exactly sure, but (0+ / 0-)

        it has to do with the appearances of the Federal government "running" state governments.

        This is why Senator Brown can't speak at the Columbus demonstrations.  He can't be seen to be "influencing" state government.

        "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

        by zenbassoon on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:57:11 AM PST

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        •  Why did Pelosi come out publicly (0+ / 0-)

          in favor of the people in the streets?

          One Nation, One Health Plan. Doctor and Nurse Recommended Single Payer Health Care for All! www.nurseconscience.blogspot.com

          by ludlow on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:02:15 AM PST

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          •  She's not from Wisconsin (0+ / 0-)

            She can offer support, but if it were a California issue, like something with the budget--remember the things tried while Arnold was gov?--she can't comment on it or try to influence that.

            "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

            by zenbassoon on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:18:00 AM PST

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            •  I can't remember specifics (0+ / 0-)

              but it seems to me that when we were protesting for health care for all here in California some of our congressional representatives showed up and showed solidarity with us. I'll have to check with those with a better memory than mine though about that.

              One Nation, One Health Plan. Doctor and Nurse Recommended Single Payer Health Care for All! www.nurseconscience.blogspot.com

              by ludlow on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:47:12 AM PST

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