“There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning.” — Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Well, almost . . . I’m not too confident about defeating Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s junta in the near term. In fact I’m detecting a growing rumble that suggests the earth is about to crack open within the next week and swallow the Madison Uprising whole. However, two other points seem equally clear to me:
1.) If it does, it will likely drag the DNC to Hell along with it
2.) The DNC’s demise may not be all that great a loss for Richard Trumka and Jerry McEntee — or the American people.
I’m only one lone blogger, an overfed garden gnome with a bad haircut. I can’t possibly hope to convey to those outside of Wisconsin the full brutal glory and incendiary bolts of sheer lunacy roiling through the state right now. In part because I have heretofore lacked the resources and the contacts to be at the epicenter and in greater part because the whole awesome mess is so overwhelming that I think it’d be beyond the capability of a dedicated full-time team of bloggers to bring home the sublime scale of the thing.
For your consideration, is a mere list of highlights that I hope can convey a few of the dominant notes within the chaos and existential terror reverberating through this moment in history:
Betrayal . . .
. . . of populism
Revealed: Hidden within Tea-Party Governor Scott Walker’s “Budget Repair Bill” is a provision surrendering unilateral determination of premiums, coverage and eligibility over Medicaid to the governor’s Department of Health Services–in effect, creating the “Death Panels” the Tea Party fantasized about within the federal Health Care Reform Act.
Revealed: The bill also conceals a provision usurping as the exclusive prerogative of the executive branch the right to unilaterally negotiate in total secrecy the sale of public assets to private interests.
Walker is expected to announce that he will use Wisconsin jobs as bargaining chips in his bid to take away the unions’ bargaining rights: the layoff of hundreds of workers unless his bill is passed exactly as he proposed it, without alteration. A far cry from his pledge to create 250,000 jobs made while he was campaigning.
Revealed: Walker is expected to announce that he will use Wisconsin jobs as bargaining chips in his bid to take away the unions’ bargaining rights: the layoff of hundreds of workers unless his bill is passed exactly as he proposed it, without alteration. A far cry from his pledge to create 250,000 jobs made while he was campaigning.
Continued at Dystopia Diaries