Taking Democracy For Granted

March 10, 2011 | Blog


When citizens take democracy for granted, Wisconsin happens.

The current Republican leadership of this state — who a majority of the people elected, sad to say — is not worthy of a banana republic, let alone a state with a progressive reputation. If any one of them had any pride, he or she would stand up and say “This is wrong!” or even resign. But they are cowards and cheaters, the lot of them. They have trampled upon democracy, poisoned the idea of public service and brought shame upon the state of Wisconsin. Tonight, it isn’t just about what they did, but how they went about doing it … secretly, furtively, in violation of the state’s public meeting laws.

Governor Walker “praised” the move, which tells you all you need to know. So, apparently, killing collective bargaining wasn’t so intrinsically related to balancing the state budget after all, now was it?

This is NOT what democracy looks like!

Media Coverage:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin State Journal
Slate
MSNBC
Crooked Timber

Statute:
Wisconsin Open Meetings Law

“Public notice of every meeting of a governmental body shall be given at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of such meeting unless for good cause such notice is impossible or impractical, in which case shorter notice may be given, but in no case may the notice be provided less than 2 hours in advance of the meeting.”

Photo credit: Jeff Pertl

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