I am not a union member, nor is any member of my large family (I have five siblings and two adult children). But John, the guy that picks up my family's garbage, is a unionized public employee. The guy that plows our snow is a unionized public employee. The people that supply our clean water and sewer services are unionized public employees. The police officers and firefighters that protect us and our homes are unionized public employees. The teachers in my 15 year old's school, and the people that clean and maintain her school, are unionized public employees. The workers who maintain our county parks are unionized public employees. The people who maintain the city streets, and the county and state highways, are unionized public employees. The people who teach at our fine University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the academic, administrative, security and support staff, are unionized public employees. The men and women that drive the County buses through our neighborhood, providing public transportation (primarily) to the elderly, students, and the working poor, are unionized public employees. The nurse, doctors, admistrative and other support staff of our City of Milwaukee Health Service and our State of Wisconsin Health Service - those responsible for disease control, clean water and air, food safety in restaurants, etc. - are unionized public employees. Many, many of my neighbors are unionized public employees. The list goes on and on. So when Scotty Walker and his ilk attempt to unilaterally strip these people of their bargaining rights, and to decertify their unions, I take it very personally. It is nothing less than a cynical, mean spirited, political assault on the very people who help provide me, my family, and our entire community with a good quality of life by working for the common good, and I will not stand idly by and watch it happen. Walker and his vicious band of political thugs MUST be stopped. GoyitoMKE
OLB Greeting Bad River Ojibwe To Milwaukee, 1/8/13
Walker Killed Emerging WI Train Jobs, Industry
Worsening a stalled economy...click the photo.
Why, thank you, righty commenters:
"Jimbo, I'll give you credit; you are like the mosquitoes in Alaska, you never go away."
And on my Purple WI blog:
"I can't believe I am saying this, but I actually have to agree with Jimmy on the [proposed, new $200 million] DOT building. If the current place is functional, why do we need a new one? PS: As usual, the rest of his article is complete liberal garbage."
Wisconsin's environment imperiled by Scott Walker. Click the photo for more information.
James Rowen's Biography
James Rowen, a writer and consultant, worked for newspapers, and as the senior Mayoral staffer, in Madison and Milwaukee, WI. This blog began on 2/2/ 2007.
In more than five years, and more than 9,600 posts, this item about Scott Walker's penchant for false statements remains the most-read posting here. His updated score at PolitiFact: 27 of 43 statements have the word "false" in the ratings. Only 16 "true" at some level.