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Robert LaFollette Turns Over In His Grave: Poor Wisconsin, How A Cruel and Corrupt Man Became Governor

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Robert La Follette, one of the great, genuine Democrats in American history, must be spinning in his grave after hearing of the lies being told by new Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Not only has Mr. Walker lied about the debt situation of the state of Wisconsin, where I was once a proud citizen, he has not told the truth about all the big tax breaks he gave to corporations that have landed the state in a difficult situation.

Now, like the Koch brothers, who are old Ronald Reagan supporters, Walker wants to break the unions, just as Reagan did in the 80swith the FAA (which made air travel less safe to this day). Mr. Walker, like Mr. Reagan, gave tax breaks to the rich and took money away from the people; tis a sad day for Wisconsin that a man like this became governor.

The teachers' union is right to protest the attempt by Walker and the right-wing Republicans to take away their rights for collective bargaining. I would be willing to bet that not one of the Republican right-wingers has ever spent a whole day in a classroom or understood why we have unions and collective bargaining in America. As a youngster, living in a boarding house hotel in Gary, Indiana, I would see men come home from the steel mills every week having lost a finger, a hand, or showing a major burn from the hot strip steel and sizzling water that came off the red hot steel. After the unions bargained for better working conditions, I saw fewer and fewer accidents; but at one time, the accident rate was horrendous. You can imagine this steel mill situation took place also in Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Akron, Wheeling, and other steel sites all over America.

Getting back to the teachers; with all the attacks on teachers, sometimes resulting in their deaths, and the abuse they have to take from principals and parents, as well as students, I can guarantee you that I would no more be a high school teacher than I would be a policeman these days, considering the dangers involved with so many kids and adults carrying guns, knives and other weapons. Thus, for these lousy legislators in Wisconsin to try to destroy the right of collective bargaining for these teachers, police and others, it shows ignorance and irresponsibility of the worst sort.

The education of our children is in the hands of these teachers; if they quit, who will teach our children who are our future? If the police quit, who will guard the homes and safety of not only all of us, but of these idiot legislators and their ignorant governor, Scott (no brain) Walker? NO ONE! Also, how can these Republican legislators go back to their homes and face their families and constituents while knowing they are doing the bidding of the two billionaire Koch brothers -- men who are not Wisconsin citizens and are interested only in unconstitutional practices and the destruction of the educational system in Wisconsin?

But of course, I'm sure that Walker and his Republican minions haven't thought of this because they are so anxious to get a real (or phony) phone call from Mr. David Koch, their puppet master. You may recall that a guy named Ian Murphy busted Gov. Walker with a call pretending to be Mr. Koch. In the recorded conversation, it was apparent that Gov.Walker worked more for Mr. Koch than he did the people of Wisconsin.
As an American citizen, I am puzzled why anyone still believes George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, and Newt Gingrich, among others, because they've all been busted as liars and cheats. What has happened to our minds, our moral conscience, our good sense?  Has TV or video games or terrible movies destroyed our ability to think?  We've gone mad with ignorance. Scott Walker is just another example of the ignorant leading the naive, while the rest of us who see through all this garbage are outshouted by the ignorant lemmings who are going to go over the hill with Palin, Gingy, Scotty and their godfathers -- Cheney and G.W. Bushy (I'm still not sure G.W. is the real son of George Bush Sr.; at least Bush Sr. had enough sense not to pass NAFTA or the WTO and not to try to occupy Iraq or Afghanistan).

With this in mind, if I still lived in Wisconsin, I'd start a petition to have Scott Walker removed from office for malfeasance. It is my hope that someone who has the spirit of Robert La Follette will do just that -- go after Gov. Walker and have him removed from office.

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Sam Hamod, Ph.D. is a graduate professor; he has taught courses in creative writing, politics, religion, mass media and intercultural relations. He has one of the very few PhDs awarded by The Writers Workshop of The Univ. of Iowa, has published 12 (more...)
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