Let me get this right, Governor Walker…
Governor Walker wanted everyone to know that he has received 8,000 e-mails supporting his agenda to gut employee rights in Wisconsin. He didn’t mention whether he got any opposing it and yesterday, tens of thousands of people showed up in person to register their disapproval.
Just for the record, I want folks to know that I sent an e-mail to the guv last weekend before the protests ever began and here is what it said:
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Wisconsin has a long history of fair and open government. Part of that has included collective bargaining with public employee unions. As a local elected official myself for many years, I understand the frustrations and limitations of the current system. I also think that our current situation in state and local governments calls for some shared sacrifice.
But having said that, I want you to know that I completely disapprove of your sweeping and unilateral proposals regarding public employee unions in Wisconsin. It is unbalanced and it is on a track that will not provide for a thoughtful and dispassionate discussion of the many impacts and issues involved. I hope you will abandon this ill-advised approach.
How many e-mails did the governor get that didn’t support him? Well, he didn’t say. (I’m going to go out on a limb here and speculate that mine was probably not the only one.) You can send an e-mail to the Governor General, too:
I’ll bet you didn’t even know we had a governor general, did you? Well, it’s right there in the address, so it must be true. And as well we know now, he counts those things.
After what Governor Walker has done in his first six weeks of office and what he has shown the rest of the country on the national news of his poorly received effort to turn Wisconsin into a Red State bastion, his “open for business” tagline has been more than outdone.