Passing the recent Mining Bill should have been a unanimous, nonpartisan decision. Instead, there was unbelievable devastation when the bill to create 700 jobs plus 2,000 additional support jobs was killed for the sole reason of avoiding possible pollution to the environment. Is it simply that Senator Holperin and his team of legislators plus Senator Shultz just don’t care? If the reason was to ultimately protect human health years from now, the government would need to remove every industrial job in Wisconsin.
Perhaps 2,700 people have been denied an opportunity to prevent foreclosure, save a marriage, stop substance abuse, cure destructive depression, refrain from criminal intent, or send their kid to college. If more of our sympathetic “bleeding hearts” could have recognized the seriousness of it all, they might have channeled their environmental activism somewhere more threatened by pollution than here.
When legislators enter office, they make a promise to act in the best interest of the citizens. How can they keep this promise if they are ignoring the citizens instead? We shouldn’t recall the ones who care enough to take new risks, but the ones who stole 2,700 opportunities from 2,700 hurting people without a say.
As insulting as everyone thinks Walker’s actions were last year, he still took the steps of a committed governor to restore the hope in this state. The bottom line is that he did his job at the expense of his own career, safety, and lifetime reputation. Walker and his family are now nationally ostracized, but loved by many taxpayers and those whose jobs have been saved.
If this recall is truly about rights, then why can’t people see that Walker is actually doing what everybody wants? By taking a little to give more, it’s possible to produce equitable opportunities for each of us (isn’t this a similar theory to millionaire tax, but without bending the individual rights of whom we rely on to fund jobs for the unlimited free market?) Not everyone has collective bargaining rights and security, but everyone does have the right to deserve their fair pay.
Stephanie Huhta, Rhinelander