Your Views: He remembers a different Wisconsin
I remember Wisconsin when:
-- Voting was wildly encouraged and obstacles were not advanced to keep the poor, minorities, students, the disabled and the elderly from voting.
-- Voters, not money from outside interests, determined elections.
-- Women were afforded the right to manage their own health care.
-- The unemployed were not labeled “moochers” in need of a lecture on the dignity of work.
-- Public employees weren’t used as scapegoats nor pitted against their neighbors and other workers.
-- Schools and teachers were the pride and joy of communities and not called failures by those in power in Madison.
-- “Divide and conquer” was a military maneuver, not a way of governing.
-- Bills authorizing harm to the environment [mining] were defeated, not signed into law.
-- Wisconsin’s natural resources were scrupulously protected by the DNR, not offered up for capitalistic profit.
-- Communities were safe from being overrun by polluting mine operators and corporate entities sucking whole aquifers dry; emptying wells, lakes and rivers.
-- Legislators weren’t bullied into voting against their own constituents under the threat of a primary opponent for failing to follow the party line.
This Wisconsin seems so long ago—yet it existed until just three short years ago!