Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
Our own State Senator, Alberta Darling, cast the deciding vote for the Right-to-Freeload bill that passed the Senate last night. The final vote, taken in the dark of night, was 17 to 15. Without Darling's enthusiastic support, the destructive bill would have flamed-out in a 16-16 tie.
On Friday, yet another "bomb" was dropped on middle-class workers of Wisconsin. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced on talk radio that an extraordinary session of the state legislature will be convened early next week to push through a so-called "Right-to-Work" law. Our legislative leadership seems hell-bent on foisting this divisive, distracting, and destructive law on our state.
The Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary are no longer all that important in selecting our next President. Much more important are the "Adelson Primary" and the "Koch Caucus", in which potential contenders must grovel before billionaire donors in hopes of being anointed with essentially unlimited campaign funds. The usurpation of our democracy by the ultra-rich, while bad before Citizens United, is orders of magnitude worse in its aftermath.
Wisconsin legislative leadership seems hell-bent on foisting a divisive, distracting, and destructive "Right-to-Work" law on our state. Contrary to Governor Walker's expressed wishes, Assembly Speaker Vos and Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald have stated their plan to introduce such a bill during the current session. Fitzgerald and many others in the GOP are basing their support on a lie.
During the 2012 GOP Presidential primaries, it seemed that every candidate in the field took turns being the savior of the party. Newt, Rick Perry, The Donald, and even Herman Cain were touted as the new, unbeatable front runner at one time or another. This year is no different. After Scott Walker's performance in front of a Tea Party audience last week in Iowa, several media pundits anointed him the new head of the pack. Walker certainly did better in his "Big and Bold" speech than competitors such as Sarah Palin, Trump, and Ben Carson.