7 days since the GoOPers derailed budget talks and the state of Lesser Mississippi shut down.
for 4 weeks the wife and I have been spending one night a week on the Twin Cities Union Federation phone banks, turning out labor and supporters for district meetings with recalcitrant GOP representatives. in 4 weeks, I have only had three "go away" responses. that's on calling several hundred people.
the "magic" of "no new taxes" has no Horcruxes left to lull the gullible, the folks who don't know the difference between rising property taxes cities and counties have to charge for the unfunded mandates the state has pushed on them... the taxes that are driving the poor and elderly out of their homes... and the proposed state income taxes Governor Dayton wants on the millionnaires only.
now that 50,000 and counting friends and neighbors are laid off due to GOP intransigence, enough that everybody knows someone with a tenuous future, and 16 million dollars a day are lost forever to Lesser Mississippi in lost sales, receipts, and paid unemployment, it's obvious to all but a few in delusion that there's more to state government than a bunch of slackers sleeping in their comfy chairs.
unfortunately, the deluded include enough members of the legislature that we can't get anything going.
the press now appears to be finding enough folks who have principle and morals that a cross-the-aisle solution may be worked out. I hope the Mondale/Carlson compromise committee proposals to balance the budget kick the laggards into the aisle.
in other news, the second Federal lawsuit against the Reich of Wisconsin against the unilateral tearing up of bargained labor contracts has been filed. basically, what Herr Wilson and his ilk have done is unconstitutionally splitting a common class of workers into two parts, over and over. that's denial of equal rights.
denial of equal rights lawsuits are just about undefensible. even with the Roberts court.
the little guy gets trampled... unless he bonds with hundreds more, then they flip the bulldozer trying to crush them. I will trust Union Family.