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Walker's initial explanation actually says it all. The object is to let the private sector "put people to work."  
I'm sure that was the rationale shared by the Dutch traders transporting Africans to the Americas to "put them to work."

It is the mindset of humans who are, for whatever reason, incapable of caring for themselves. Perhaps their hands are hinged backwards or they brains don't get process. So, they find it impossible to create or recreate by imitating what happens in their environment. Their only asset is the gift of gab which lets them whine and/or issue demands until their basic needs are satisfied. Independence is an unrealized and unattainable ideal.

However, in a supportive environment where kith and kin actually provide and seek to satisfy demands, it is entirely logical for the incompetent to conclude that issuing commands and making demands is all it takes to produce what's needed, as if by magic.

"In the beginning was the word" and saying the word is all it take to make people work.

Maybe Scott Walker's problem lies in the fact that nobody taught him to say "please." Nor that the long form is actually conditional, "IF it pleases you to comply."  Scott just doesn't get that the people of Wisconsin are not pleased.

We should not hire public servants who have no practical aptitudes. Lip-servers just won't do. That's as true in Washington as in Wisconsin.

Originally posted to hannah on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 05:06 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Tips for great production values. n/t (15+ / 0-)

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 05:05:49 AM PDT

  •  So we see that jobs have not been (7+ / 0-)

    created in Wisconsin since it is 50th among all the states.  How dismal is this and what does Skippy (the Govs's nick name) have to say about this.  You see he is not a let's work togther guy, he is a classical divide and conquer kind of guy.  So he has conquered at a terrible cost.  That's what happens when you get hoodwinked by the Koch brothers into hiring their running dog, Gov. Scot Walker. How you think the Koch's are doing?   There wealth trajectory is up, up , up ours is flat and now dropping and this has been the case for the last 40 years.  This is a situation we must address with proper legislation and public advocacy.  

    •  In the mean time, we must make clear that (7+ / 0-)

      hoarding money is not virtuous. People accumulating lots of money just so they can admire it and be admired for it needs to be exposed as an anti-social obsession.
      It isn't enough to say rich people have a hard time getting into heaven. People who deprive others of basic utilities are into control here on earth and have no interest in the after-life.

      Not content with having created God in his own image, man created the corporation, an artifice that is both immortal and invulnerable and his to command without contradiction.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 05:46:02 AM PDT

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  •  I go back and forth on this. (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    hannah, Mike Kahlow, NancyWH, ruleoflaw, ptanow

    I am living it. I am not sure I can watch this and be reminded of the heady days when we thought we might actually make a short-term difference.

    I'm invested in the long-term difference now and I realize that the long-term difference invests one in repeated failures and we, hopefully, inch towards something.

    Perhaps I'll stream Brazil and get really cynical. Sorry I can't rally around this. :-(

    •  Instant gratification has to be suspect when (2+ / 0-)
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      NancyWH, stormicats

      we're dealing with human beings. Many people are more inclined towards failure because it insures longevity while success, they realize, is terminal.
      The consequence (what comes after) of failure is to "try and try again." There's a certain security there that appeals to the insecure. Failure is more secure than success, because one can plan to fail, but success is a crap shoot.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 07:15:03 AM PDT

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    •  I watched it yesterday. (5+ / 0-)

      I'm feeling the same sort of ambivalence as you, badscience.
      Many of our fellow citizens who used to call themselves "moderates" can now see that there is nothing moderate about voting for Republicans. Mrs ruleoflaw is utterly discouraged but I keep telling myself that this isn't over.

      I ache for my former DOC colleagues. A neighbor, friend and former co-worker of mine named Chris walks past my house every morning in his CO's uniform. He used to be a rock-solid Fox News/Sykes/Belling Republican voter. When Walker and the Fitzjackals stabbed him in the eye, he had an epiphany.
      He has voted a straight Democratic ticket since then. While that is fine and good, he still has to deal with the aftershocks of tea-party idiocy every day at work.

      I was out clearing away the snow a few days ago when Chris came by. He stopped to chat for a bit.

      "We really need you over there." he said, and I felt as though my heart would break. "It's a constant stream of management baloney and nobody can set them straight."
      For a second I wanted to run in the house, put on my uniform (yes, I still have one, clean, pressed & bagged) and go over there with him.

      I replied that we all must move on. He admitted that was so and I told him the same thing I always told him back when I was his Control Center Sergeant: Be careful, be fair and play safe. He shook my hand and I turned back to my shovel.

      My nose and eyes were just running from the cold.


      I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

      by ruleoflaw on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 10:19:48 AM PDT

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      •  We get burnt out. That's normal. (4+ / 0-)

        Let somebody else carry on for a while. It took me about a decade to get over 17 years in Florida. I thought much was wasted effort, but a neighborhood group I organized is still going 25 years later.
        I think the true sign of success is if the endeavor continues after we depart. And, isn't that the message of the resurrection?

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 10:28:15 AM PDT

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  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (6+ / 0-)

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 06:24:37 AM PDT

  •  I watched 2/3 (2+ / 0-)
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    hannah, 3goldens

    last night babysitting Grandkids.  Excellent documentary!  Waiting til MHP is over so I can watch the rest.

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 09:06:39 AM PDT

  •  well, you said it all better (4+ / 0-)

    than I ever could.  
    I read  your dissection of hoarding money, and then, standing at grocery check out, Cosmo has headline " kim kardashian tells how to have the money, the man, the baby"  and I thought, snarkily, how much I admire her.  hah.  She and her ilk need a good talkin' to by Hannah.

    Even as the bile taste from the recall lingers, this movie made me remember how much things have changed for the better in WI.  We have community that sees what we had, what was lost and will fight to recreate the openness that we had just 2 short years ago.


    You have a valid point.

    by vacilando on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 09:32:15 AM PDT

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