Bad bills have consequences.
Protests are scheduled this week in Madison over the Assembly's pro-industry mining bill - - despite 11th-hour, minimal tweaks - - and little wonder,
Among the phrases the Journal Sentinel editorial board - - which supports the mine - - used in a full-throated screed against the Assembly bill, were:
"...a travesty of legislation...significantly weaken environmental protections...as if children had replaced Republican legislators...dump toxic waste into wetlands and flood plains...allow mining corporations to contaminate the groundwater of neighboring properties...allow mining operations to inflict significant damage to the environment...an act of political cowardice...an insult to the people of northern Wisconsin...
And the Legislature will do to wetlands what the mining bill will do to the Bad River watershed. It's a coordinated attack on people and the waters that belong to them.