We get it. You don’t like being told what to do.

President Obama warned us about what would happen if people didn’t turn out to vote.

Let’s see.  How is that working out?  Renewed attacks on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Planned Parenthood, the redefinition of rape at the federal level.

And Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio.

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Senate advances collective bargaining changes; Democrats to return after Assembly vote

Kristyna Wentz-Graff

Patrick Collins of Germantown (left) argues with an anti-Walker protester on the rotunda floor at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Madison — The Senate – without Democrats present – abruptly voted Wednesday to eliminate almost all collective bargaining for most public workers.

The bill, which has sparked unprecedented protests and drawn international attention, now heads to the Assembly, which is to take it up at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Assembly, which like the Senate is controlled by Republicans, passed an almost identical version of the bill Feb. 25.

The new version passed the Senate 18-1 Wednesday night, with Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) casting the no vote. There was no debate

Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) said Democrats who have been boycotting the Senate for three weeks would return to Wisconsin once the bill passes the Assembly, although he declined to be more specific.

From Feb. 17 until Wednesday, the Senate Democrats were able to block a vote on the bill because 20 senators were required to be present to vote for it. Republicans control the house 19-14.

Late Wednesday, a committee stripped fiscal elements from the bill that they said allowed them to pass it with a simple majority present. The most controversial parts of the bill remain intact.

That committee, formed just hours earlier, quickly approved the bill as the lone Democrat at the meeting screamed that Republicans were violating the state’s open meetings law.

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42 million Americans voted in November 2008 but stayed home in 2010.  Voting turnout in Wisconsin was low.

2010              4,372,347 eligible voters            2,171,331   voted in 2010 election. (49.7%)

857,027  voted in September 2010 primary. (19.6%)

Some Wisconsinites who are going to be laid off didn’t vote.  That’s a doggone shame.

If you only vote when someone has whipped you up or no one has disappointed you, reconsider the consequences. You might not win but if you don’t vote at all???

This last minute vote is an ugly picture no matter what side of the political spectrum you’re on.  The huge tax breaks in Wisconsin are going mostly unmentioned but it will probably impoverish the state for year to come.  Luring corporations with tax breaks. Danger ahead.

Didn’t vote because the president asked you to?  I’m thinking that sounds a little less flippant than it did last year.

 

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About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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