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Old 06-16-2011, 09:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Wisconsin Supreme Court Crisis – Far More Serious Than The Ruling On Walker’s Anti-Collective Bargaining Law - Rick Ungar - The Policy Page - Forbes


While this personally was no surprise to me, most of us know that the conservitards on our Supreme Court were bought and paid for, it's still a disgusting turn of events in WI that shows how bad things have gotten. Every branch of our state government is beholden to corporate interests.
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I remember reading a book (I believe it was called The Brethren) for school a few terms back about the US Supreme Court... Before I read it, I had such an idealistic view of the courts, thinking about how they were supposed to be apolitical and all about justice and fairness yadda yadda. That book pretty much ruined it for me and I totally feel just like the article was saying people in Wisconsin will feel after this debacle; every time I look at a court decision, I look for the politics. I don't trust the motives of the justices and its so frustrating because it totally defeats the purpose of having a separate judicial branch.

Its really sad to see this so out in the open now with this recent example. And I can't even rip on Wisconsin because I'm pretty sure this is going on everywhere
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I think reading justice Stevens 90 page dissenting opinion of the citizen united supreme court case is what ruined my faith in out democratic system.

our political system is absurd and has no accountability what-so-ever except when someone accidentally tweets a picture of his package. But honestly what does that have to do with his ability to represent his constituency?

Scott Walker stripped unionized workers of their right to negotiate their labor contracts with the state because he said the state will look after workers and it would cost the state too much to allow people to a say in their benefits and salaries. Though the labors were willing to negotiate. I think that's far worse that what Weiner did. Now teachers don't have a say in class sizes, or teaching materials. It leaves the decision of education to the politicians who are actively uninvolved in the education system while maintaining the rights of firefighters and police officers because of their reputation as unsung heroes of our society and to take away their rights would not only have involved them in the protests but drawn bad PR.

We have lost our representative government to politicians who decide to further a career in politics by hiding behind a shield of bi-partisan political ideology over choosing to make decisions which will actually benefit our country. Without compromise we can't move forward, and we can't compromise if all our representatives are doing are standing by their parties pre-determined strategies which they blindly believe work better than the others.

/rant... just throwin in my .02
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BTW the firefighters and police unions did take part in the protests, I have many pictures and several videos of it. They know they're next on the chopping block when Darth Walker can figure out a way to fuck them too.
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As much as I sympathize with their plight, I bet you Walker would not have been elected if all the people in Wisconsin who are pissed off about this law had actually voted.

And yes its a good thing the police and firefighters unions show solidarity although Walker is cunning in that he purposefully excluded them in the new law. Looking at how the teachers are so galvanized, could you imagine the reaction from the cops and firefighters if he included them in the law too? Heck, there would be nobody to keep the massive protests in check.
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You are correct, only 27% of the electorate voted, and 52% of that voted for the republicans. In their defense however, he never outlined his agenda - which should have been a red flag for people who would vote for him. I think there's a pretty good chance of him being recalled.
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