To help replace the pristine Penokee Hills in Northwest Wisconsin with an open pit iron mile at least four-miles long, one-mile-wide and 1,000-feet in from Ashland County to Iron County - - (will they rename it "Irony County?") - - the GOP is getting ready to change long-established rules governing mining application reviews, public hearing procedures and mine waste dumping in or at public waters, just to name a few.
To kick-off this Great Changing Of The Rules To Fit The Players (hat tip, Cathy Stepp: read on...) to serve one special corporate interest - - the out-of-state Cline Group run by $10,000 donors to Scott Walker - - the GOP-controlled Legislature is holding a 9:00 a.m. hearing Wednesday at the State Capitol on a mining bill that will allow Cline to blow away, sift through, smelt and then dump in the Bad River watershed close to Lake Superior what's left of 330 million cubic yards of Penokee Hills rock. (note: figure corrected Sunday, from "square" to "cubic.")
Acidic content included.
Note that attending this one-and-only hearing in Madison - - correctly called a "hoax" and a "manipulation" by State Senator Bob Jauch, (D-Poplar) - - requires a 600-mile round trip from Ashland, and represents just another another GOP-wielded stick in the eye to Northern Wisconsin residents who already had to drive to West Allis where Assembly Republicans held what one mining supporter called a "process blunder" to gather input on the first and worst iteration of the bill, in 2011.
(Just for the sake of argument, suppose the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources were to green-light the City of Racine's Root River outflow into Lake Michigan as the final wastewater discharge point for Waukesha's proposed Great Lakes diversion - - and then scheduled the one and only hearing on the matter 30 miles north of Eau Claire - - or about a 600-mile round-trip from Racine. Just sayin'...)
And speaking of the the DNR: when Scott Walker picked her to run that agency because she had "a chamber-of-commerce mentality" - - yes, he really said that (validating Jauch, et al, above) - - builder and former government-basher (the ironies get richer) GOP state senator Cathy Stepp had written a partisan blog posting not only ripping the DNR but also accusing the other party of systematic, rule-bending hypocrisy to get what it wanted.
Anyway, Stepp-as-blogger/future DNR Secretary closed out her screed with a now self-inflicted accusation, reprinted here, with all its punctuation and spelling flubs, shouting capitalizations - - verbatim:
It's always the fine print in these things that have the heaviest hit.
Just another example of the democrats game plan: Change the Rules to Fit the Players.
Shout it with me, now: HYPOCRISY, THY NAME IS DEMOCRAT.