Do I feel used? Yes, I do. Do I feel ignored? Yes, I do.
I endorsed Sen. Kathleen Vinehout in the recall election against Scott Walker (She lost in the primary.) Here are Sen. Vinehout's priorities:
• Health Care Exchange
• WEDC accountability for grants (from Audit Committee)
• Frac Sand Mining (Full disclosure, Conditional Use Permits, Review of non-metallic mining laws)
Those are all issues that need attention, but not a whisper from her about the rights of the people who helped put her party in power.
I have a hat with a figure of Bucky Badger embroidered on the front. Last summer, Senators Lena Taylor and Jon Erpenbach autographed my hat during a broadcast of the Ed Show from the capitol square in Madison. They were all smiles as I and dozens of others shook their hands, patted them on the back, and thanked them over and over for defending the rights of the working class.
Here are Sen. Taylor's top agenda items for 2013:
• Jobs and Economic Development (Capital Access)
• Corrections Reform
• Health Care, Health Exchanges
Here are Sen. Erpenbach's priorities:
• Healthcare Exchange
• Tax Fairness
• Campaign Finance – Disclosure
• Concealed Carry – Eliminate liability for businesses that post
Surely the new Majority Leader, Mark Miller, would stand up for the rights of working people, right? Wrong:
• Infrastructure projects
• Small Business support
• Support to high unemployment areas
• Align job training with skills need
The recalls were just another election cycle to them. They did a heroic thing going to Illinois last year, but since they returned they've forgotten who their friends are. Shame on them.
Shame! Shame! Shame!
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