Posts Tagged ‘Milwaukee County Executive’


 

Unbelievable. Totally unbelievable. I have to say that today, March 9th, 2011, the 14th Anniversary of the death of Notorious B.I.G. has not been good. The Wisconsin Republicans Senators voted to move the Union Busting Bill through with a vote of 18-1, illegally!  As a Wisconsinite, I am embarrassed.  Totally Embarrassed.   And I thought being booted off your friends list on Facebook was bad. (I got something to say about that. Particularly those who add on for a while then, take off 3 months later.)For those who wanted Scott Walker in office, you made your vote happen on November 2nd. But if you are a fan of Scott Walker and don’t like his politics of this subject, you need to remove that Republican Card from the wallets and purses right now! Again, this is an outrage. It is a slap in the face of the working class, it is a slap in the face of the future, and it is a slap in the face of those who have built this thing for workers who want to have working rights. Just as a reminder, that Wisconsin started this union thing. And now, it’s becoming a thing of the past. There was a comment long ago on Milwaukee’s Real Milwaukee show on how Nicole Koglin, said that those in my age group (in our 30’s) don’t understand the union stuff. Let me comment this, and I don’t care if it makes the RSS feeds. There are those in my age group THAT DO understand this! I got friends from high school that are involved in Unions, and yes they are in their 30’s! Obviously, Nicole (as good as she is) needs to learn why these things exist and must have a reason to have it. It’s been around for over 50 years. I think education needs to resurrect here.

This is what happens when you don’t vote. The black community knows this very well: If you don’t vote, you don’t count! Period. I know that for the next election there will be more voting in 2012,  but what just happened in tonight, proves it! This is also what happens when you just sit around and do nothing. So voters, we need to turnout better than this. As for the Wisconsin 14, they were described by the ex-RNC president Michael Steele as “whimps”. Shut up, Michael Steele! The Wisconsin 14 are not cowards. They are not whimps. They are not wussies.  They maybe outlaws but also courageous. The Recall comments are just now getting to the heads of voters. Will I be recalling, you bet your next blog. I’m saying this because I come from folks who have worked with unions. No matter which one. I used to be apart of the Teamsters Local 344, and I know that African-Americans the most in Wisconsin would suffer the most. In case you’re wondering, Wisconsin does have black people, and most of them do live in the Milwaukee area. At least 41% of us do work. Particularly in the Education areas. And I know first hand that this will not die out quickly. Matter of fact, remember when former House Rep Alan Grayson, that Republicans want you to “die quickly?”  That comment has resurrected. This is embarassing. This is an attempt to bust Unions, and also in my estimation, a SLAP IN THE FACE against every working person (past and present) who has fought hard to get working rights on the map. And for those who say “I’m glad they pass this thing” there might be consequences of backing that up. My opinion, of course.

Like I said in my previous blogs, the people know that the Rookie Governor Scott Walker is known for this. When he was the Milwaukee County Executive for 8 years, he made uncessary cuts that are needy. Transit, Health, the poor, and also Unions. I think the rest of the state should have done was to research the part of him that was not well known. Again, Wisconsin: I TOLD YOU SO! All of that” Brown Bag Tea Party Movement” stuff will be nothing more than a consequence of stripping collective bargaining rights. Elections have consequences. And those who made the decision, will have consequences. They will have consequences that will pay. Big Time.

For Wisconsin: bold prediction – Wisconsin WILL be a blue state in 2012. In the past couple of weeks, President Obama has been quiet about what’s going on with the unions. And for the recalls: even though that Scott Walker can’t be recalled unless he has a year under his belt. BUT those who have been in longer, they CAN be recalled. The dragon has been sleeping, but now it has been awaken.  And……..IF Tom Barrett would have been governor instead of Walker, this would not be going on right now. So again, this is what happens when your voice isn’t heard!

As a resident, I am ashamed. But now, when the ballot boxes comes, I can’t wait to smackdown my vote. Or as it now: vote up.


I hate to bring this to the Badger State yet again, but it seems that the new Rookie Governor Scott Walker is pushing his liberties of making it harder for most Wisconsinites. Apparently, for those you looking of why, the state of Wisconsin is reaching headlines that the collective bargaining issues of our state’s union groups maybe be under fire with the repair bill that the Governor proposed. This bill from what I understand is to a strip mostly freedoms away from the Unions in order to well, be like the rest of us. I’ve been in Unions before – the Teamsters Local 344, and I admit, that having a chance to being apart of that unit was just a feeling of having some pride. That’s right. Some pride. If it had not been for unions, there would not be any 40 hour work days, 8 hours of work, vacation/sick pay, benefits, and more. HELLO!  I know I’m breaking away from my Black History Month Segments, but the reaction of this “so-called repair bill” was more like fighting for Civil Rights. No, I’m not seeing Martin Luther King, Jr. And I don’t see Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, or any Civil Rights or Abolitionists making waves again. But I do know, that I see those in the streets and in the Rotunda in Wisconsin’s Capitol making their voices heard. I see the Firefighters and Police Officers, School Teachers, College Professors, and even those who clean hotel rooms and Street Sweepers, making a statement that this will not die out. For education, with the UW-System would be a huge loss in my opinion would be tragic. As a former student and Alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, this is a shameful concept of the Governor’s part of stripping, in my view of quality education! Speaking of which, this is why Wisconsin (as nice as it is) has gone to the flood gates with Walker’s Brown Bag/Tea Party Movement (yes, he was endorsed by the Tea Party) in order to reverse and revert things they see. This is not a way for state like Wisconsin to be “Open For Business”. Now the rest of the state, except Milwaukee is feeling the “WTF Moments” of the Union Dilemmas and Public Service situations right now. Why I’m excluding Milwaukee? Well this is for the whole state to understand. Those who know mostly, we (Milwaukee Residents) know how Scott Walker operates. Milwaukee County had to put up with Walker’s Woes for 8 years as a Milwaukee County Executive.  Just for record, he got in when the County was under siege of the Pension Scandal which had former Milwaukee County Executive F. Tom Ament dismissed. Walker  made cuts that were unnecessary in relation to transit by cutting the bus routes and raising bus fares in order for him to make more money. He has cut out or close the areas in Milwaukee that the senior centers and the poor were operative. Let me go back to 2003, according to the Washington Post in regards to Unions:

On a Tuesday afternoon in September 2003, during Scott Walker’s first term as Milwaukee County executive, scores of union workers gathered at the local courthouse to protest layoffs he had ordered as part of an aggressive effort to balance the budget and avoid what he said would otherwise be necessary tax increases.They shouted anti-Walker chants, and union officials and Democratic officeholders took turns denouncing his slash-and-burn approach. The layoffs Walker had announced that summer decimated the county’s public parks staff and also reduced the number of county social workers, corrections officers and janitors. As a result, park bathrooms were shuttered and pools were closed. Trash was piled up so high in the Milwaukee County Courthouse that visitors had to sidestep apple cores and coffee cups, and some judges resorted to cleaning toilets, a local newspaper reported.

 

Are you understanding this Wisconsin?

This is the same guy that was endorsed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in order to become Governor.

And I hate to say this as a fellow Wisconsinite: I TOLD YOU SO!  I TOLD YOU SO!

If he did the unnecessary cuts in Milwaukee, there is no telling that the state would be the same. Talk about suffrage. Wisconsin, welcome to the Suffrage Movement of the 21st Century. It took 30 years to get Mubarak out of Egypt, in Black History Month. How long will it take for Walker to get out of Madison? If he makes more mistakes like he’s on right now, there will be consequences from those, who should of had Tom Barrett leading the state in Madison.