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The Best Budget You’ve Ever Seen?

I was astonished to see Sen. Darling recently comment that “this is the best budget (she has) ever seen since I entered the legislature”...

I was astonished to see Sen. Darling recently comment that “this is the best budget (she has) ever seen since I entered the legislature” before voting to slash $1.7 billion from our public schools. And I was equally shocked to hear her proclaim that allowing unelected bureaucrats to slash roughly $500 million from state health care programs behind closed doors “is going to be a very exciting period of our history.” 

Like many other members of our community, I am becoming increasingly concerned with the destructive effect this budget will have on the quality of our schools, services within our local communities, and programs provided to some of our most vulnerable populations. Rather than standing up to her party bosses, Sen. Darling – who chairs the powerful budget-writing Joint Finance Committee – has displayed a blatant disregard for our shared values while rushing through an extreme agenda. 

The fact is that this toxic budget shifts hundreds of millions of dollars from our communities – our classrooms, our police and fire stations, and our access to healthcare – to fund tax cuts for corporations and handouts for special interests.  Budgets are about priorities, and it is becoming increasingly obvious that Sen. Darling has misplaced the priorities of her constituents while marching lock step with her party bosses.

With the Government Accountability Board now certifying more than 23,000 signatures collected by volunteers during the recall campaign, I am excited to present our community with a clear contrast to Alberta Darling and the disastrous policies she is describing as the “best she has ever seen.”

Last month, about 30,000 people in the 8th Senate District signed petitions to recall Sen. Darling after the 20-year career politician stopped listening to her constituents and marched in lockstep behind the extreme, divisive agenda that pits party bosses and special interests against our working families and Wisconsin values.  Sandy Pasch is running to fight for the health of our communities and defend our shared values.

1Bauer, Scott. "GOP Mostly Goes along with Walker's School Cuts." BusinessWeek. Associated Press, 27 May 2011. Web. 31 May 2011. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9NG2L7G0.htm

2Wisconsin Eye.  Joint Committee on Finance.

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ike June 10, 2011 at 02:37 PM
@Joe Peterlin - You definitely seem very worried about the state's current economic problem. However, you and other conservatives support a party that is forcing the state to flip the bill for unnecessary primaries. It doesn't make sense, is bad for the state, and is contradictory to everything your party has been preaching and whining about for the past several months. It really bodes poorly for the republican party.
ike June 10, 2011 at 08:18 PM
@Joe Peterlin - You are mistaken and you must not have read what I wrote clearly. The point of what I wrote is actually opposite of your interpretation... I was showing the hypocrisy of the current republican party, THEY were the ones complaining about the Dems wasting money and now THEY are the ones wasting money. I am not complaining about it, just calling them out. As long as this isn't considered misrepresentation by a candidate, thus making it illegal, I believe they have every right to do what they want. Keep in mind, not only does it cost money to run a primary now, but their actions are legally quesitonable worthy of being challenged, costing more money. But they/you dare not complain any more about the Dems wasting money on all of this for risk of looking like a hypocrite. What I find priceless, and sad rather than funny, is a far-right conservative making snide comments towards people with other views other than their own. That is so unusual from people on your side like Grothman, Vukmir, etc. I'm not going to sit here and take those comments from you without throwing it back. If you want to continue like this, fine, but I'd rather make this more civil. your call.
Lyle Ruble June 10, 2011 at 08:49 PM
@ike...Joe Peterlin vacillates in his approach to his postings. Of all who regularly posts, he is quick to take it to another level. There are times when he is clear, concise and makes his points without rancor. Other times he rambles and rolls with suppositions and assumptions, leaving the reader mystified as to what is the main point. You have to admire Joe for his absolute commitment to everything conservative. From some others who know him, he has been a challenge to the Shorewood School Board for quite some time. I have to admit, I enjoy reading his posts along with those of Bob McBride IIs. Hang in there and try to stay to the higher path. When Joe levels his guns at me, I don't take it personally.
ike June 10, 2011 at 09:14 PM
@Lyle Ruble - I hear ya' and I've noticed that pattern with your responses and admire that. They have both made very clever and civil comments before. I remember one conversation with Joe (if I remember correctly) specifically when a reader commented on how impressed she was with the constructive style of the conversation about poverty. Those interactions are great, but I'm still at a maturity level where I fight fire with fire, not water like I should. These are such personal issues and I find everyone's reactions very interesting. I appreciate your advice; they should pay you as a mediator on here =).
Lyle Ruble June 11, 2011 at 06:08 PM
@Joe Peterlin...One thing is for sure, we share the same goals, which is to assure people's needs are met and that we create a society that has meaningful employment where people can earn a living wage. No matter what happens politically, we will still live on the North Shore as neighbors and life goes on. I too can get rather emotive when my perspective is ignored or completely discounted, but that rarely occurs. I enjoy our exchanges and always look forward to what you have to say.

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