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WISCONSIN: GOP outmaneuvers missing Dems

Letter by Tim J. Mellema, Puyallup on March 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm | 181 Comments »
March 10, 2011 2:16 pm

Awesome! Wisconsin voters had sent a clear and convincing message in the last vote that they needed politicians with the political stomachs to make hard cuts and balance the budget. When Democrats fled the state instead of doing the business they were elected to, many people saw them as some sort of folk heroes.

Amusingly, these are the same people who had no issue with President Obama shoving through his health care takeover when he had a filibuster-proof Senate. But when the shoe was on the other foot, it was somehow not cowardly of these senators to run for the state lines.

The GOP leaders knew they could do exactly what they did since the beginning. In an amazing show of statesmanship, they gave the Democrats more than three weeks to return. A few of the Democrats reportedly wanted to return, but were unable to because of their “union bosses.”

At the end of the day, democracy worked. A simple procedural move to make it a “non-budgetary” issue, and it is now over. I hope the senators who fled are ashamed of themselves.

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