Madness in Madison – The Scott, Mike and Scott Show

By YeOldeScribe ~ March 29th, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

As expected, today was a huge day in determining the fate of the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill. Yesterday, we predicted that Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi would be none too happy about recent Republican antics to try and get around her injunction on the Budget Repair Bill.

We’ll let Judge Sumi tell you how right we were:

“Now that I’ve made my earlier order as clear as it possibly can be, I must state that those that act in willful and open defiance of a court order place not only themselves at peril of sanctions — they also jeopardize the financial and governmental stability of the state of Wisconsin.”

It’s important to note what Sumi did and did not say. On top of that quote, Sumi also pointed out that her earlier order had either been ignored or misunderstood. What she did not say was that the bill was officially not a law. Sumi said that she’d require additional hearings to decide the legal status of the bill. We’re assuming those hearings will continue tomorrow, and we’ll keep you posted when we know more.

What we wanted to talk about today was some comments made by those involved in the debate surrounding the Budget Repair Bill. We’ve already established (on several occasions) our feelings toward Republican Gov. Scott Walker. But since Walker signed the bill almost three weeks ago, he’s been relatively silent on the issue. Instead, two new politicians have become the figureheads of the Budget Repair Bill – Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Walker’s top aide, Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch. And to say the least, they’re not much of an improvement over their master – and Fitzgerald might be worse (maybe it’s a Scott thing?).

We’ll start with Huebsch. After Sumi’s decision was handed down today, Huebsch made a statement so out of touch with reality, we’re wondering if he was even on the same planet as the judge, much less in the same courtroom. Said Huebsch:

“We will continue to confer with our legal counsel and have more information about how to move forward in the near future.”

Maybe we misread Judge Sumi’s statement, but we’d like to think that she was very clear in saying DON’T MOVE FORWARD OR I WILL SPANK YOU! He’ll have more information about how he’s going to move forward in the future? How does Sumi’s statement possibly leave any ground as to how to move forward on the bill? There is nowhere forward to go. Right now, the Budget Repair Bill is at the end of the line, and with any luck, it’ll make a U-Turn soon as Judge Sumi rightfully sends it back to the station. The arrogance of Huebsch was unbelievable when he tired to declare the bill as law when it was posted (not published) by the Legislative Reference Bureau. But his statement today shows how out of touch with the dictionary, judicial system, democracy, and planet Earth he really is. Sumi couldn’t have been more clear on the issue. This is the equivalent of a mother telling her child not to take any more cookies out of the cookie jar or the child will be grounded – and the child keeps reaching for the jar anyway. Only time will tell how stupid Huebsch really is – frankly, we want him to try and implement the bill now that Sumi’s made it clear that he and his boss can’t. Walker’s right-hand man made some other dumb statements today, but we’re going to take a closer look at those in the future as we evaluate exactly what power Judge Sumi has and if what she’s doing is legal.

Not to be outdone, Sen. Majority Leader Fitzgerald definitely takes the cake for most brazen statement of the day. Fitzgerald, who so often claimed throughout the Budget Repair Bill debate that this was only about balancing the budget and that he was only asking workers to make the same sacrifices everyone else was making, revealed his true feelings recently. First, Fitzgerald revealed that the bill wasn’t about balancing the budget – it was about sticking it to President Obama and Democrats, and making it harder for them to be elected in future elections (including potential recall elections). A direct quote from Fitzgerald from a Fox News Interview, as reported by ThinkProgress:

“If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a much difficult, much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin.”

We’ve already made it clear that we feel the Budget Repair Bill is one of the biggest misnomers ever (almost as bad as Drew Barrymore in a movie called “Never Been Kissed”), and that the bill might as well been engraved on a paddle to signify how bad Democrats and democracy are being spanked right now. But we didn’t expect the Republicans themselves to admit that their cause is as far from noble as can be. The so-called Budget Repair Bill has absolutely nothing to do with the budget and everything to do with Republicans telling Democrats to bend over and enjoy.

However, that wasn’t enough for Fitzgerald. The spawn of Satan Republican Leader took things one step further in a fundraising letter sent out today. See, many of the Republicans are facing recall elections, because the people who elected them aren’t too happy about what the Republicans decided to do with their new-found power.  PoliticalProgressives gave the chances of those recall elections little chance of succeeding, but we have been happily proved wrong. Naturally, this has scared the Republicans, who are suddenly realizing they are not autocrats who can do whatever they want without repercussion. As a response, Repubs have once again started stroking their base (ha) for support – but in doing so, they’re revealing their true intentions regarding the Budget Repair Bill. In a letter sent out to other Republicans in hopes of receiving donations, Fitzgerald made the following statement (once again from ThinkProgress):

“(Unions have) ruined California and Illinois, but they’re not going to ruin Wisconsin. That is because Republicans faced down Big Labor’s bully tactics and a Democratic walk-out in the state Senate to break the power of unions like WEAC and AFSCME once and for all.” (emphasis added)

Surprise, surprise. Notice how Fitzgerald says nothing about the budget. Nothing about he’s doing what’s right for Wisconsin families. Absolutely nothing about Wisconsin at all. Indeed, all Fitzgerald and the Republicans ever cared about was punishing all who opposed them until the enemies of the Republican Party would be powerless to stop them. If there is anyone out there who really believes that WI Repubs are fighting the good fight and are the law-abiding and law-saving citizens they claim to be, go watch Fox (who today reported that Assembly Minortiy Leader Peter Barca was a Republican as was Secretary of State Doug La Follette. Both are clearly Democrats). As much as we’ve criticized Walker for being an arrogant prick, Fitzgerald is worse. Walker at least had the decency to pretend like what he was doing was legitimate. Fitzgerald is openly admitting that all he’s out for is blood, and that he’s still thirsty. Sadly, Fitzgerald, like Walker, can’t be recalled until November. Let us be the first to tell him to watch his back come that election day – he might be finding himself out of a job shortly after.

We’ve got a slew of other issues to talk about in regards to the Budget Repair Bill, but we’ll save those for later this week. In closing, we’d like to draw your attention to the following quote from Wisconsin’s AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt:

“Gov. Walker seems to think he’s a dictator who can ignore the laws of Wisconsin or trample of the rights of our workers in pursuit of his extreme overreach for absolute power. By attempting to unilaterally publish a bill and implement it as law in the face of a court order to the contrary shows Walker and his cronies completely unfit to govern the state of Wisconsin.”

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