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Five Stupid Things for November 17, 2014 
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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 | 01:06 am (UTC) - Election turnout
Anonymous
Hi Steve,

I was extremely disappointed as well over the low turnout and the aftermath. My only sliver of hope is the old adage "You reap what you sow". I think the Republican and conservative voters will start to see the cracks in the armor of their beloved party.

I am proud to say that my county here in Wisconsin showed an over 75% turnout rate. Unfortunately, the county is conservative leaning and most Republicans got voted in, including our horrible Gov. Scott Walker for the 3rd time in 4 years. The only bright spot was my congressman, openly gay Mark Pocan was re-elected, miraculously.

Immediately after Walker and several other Republicans were voted in, the Walker administration went against the conservative notion of smaller government by proposing a new agency to drug test welfare and food stamp recipients, because according to them, its a HUGE problem. Although the other states that have done this, showed either a 2% or less rate of drug use among recipients. But it will cost the state of Wisconsin millions to implement and run.
And now within the last couple days, his Transportation Secretary is going against the Republican doctrine of not raising taxes by proposing new "fees" on the purchase of hybrid and mixed fuel vehicles of $800 on a $32,000 car ( to give an example), AND raise the registration fee on hybrids $50, as well as a restructuring of the gas tax which will add $.05 to the gallon, and $.10 to diesel. This is all to raise over $750 million in two years to pay for road construction and upkeep in Wisconsin and to plug a $300 million dollar shortfall in the transportation budget. This proposal will go to Walker's desk for review to be included in the next budget in a couple days. This is a man who has fought high speed rail and mass transit every step of the way. He's also balancing our budget by NOT paying the bills, rather he's pushing everything down the road. But remember, they are FEES, NOT TAXES!!! Very important difference to a Republican.

So yes, on the federal, as well as state and local levels, the American people will start to see what a horrible decision they made. I'll say again, you reap what you sow. "Pray" for us Steve, its going to be a bumpy ride!

Thanks for reading! And if you have time, I'd appreciate your quick thoughts on conservatives getting what they paid for.

Take care,
Jay Wendt
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 | 07:53 am (UTC)
I can grasp "understandable, if not excusable exactly" for why people didn't vote, though personally I'd go with a much more emphatic "inexcusable you worthless idiots". Democrats may not have given voters tons to be enthusiastic about -- which was kind of the point of Republican obstruction -- but you know what? Republicans and Voter ID laws are all the reason so-called liberals should completely swamp the ballot box with turnout.

I've had this argument probably dozens of times since the election, that 1) it is every American citizen's duty to vote and 2) if you don't vote you are complicit in jerks getting their way. In these arguments the other guy (a so-called liberal or Progressive) typically rebuts with 1) no it's not their duty and 2) how dare I tell them what to do. So wait, you're born into a political system that allows everybody to offer their input for good or for ill, and you feel that society just owes you the government you want without you doing your part? Well screw you, you entitled little creep.

In 2000 I was a Nader man, and I think that, back then, I could make a better case for "Democrats = Republicans" than can be made today. Even so, it didn't take until June 2001 or July 2001 before I began to regret not supporting the Democrats, who are at least generally sane and competent. By September 2001 it was pretty clear that I'd backed the wrong horse.

Edited at 2014-11-18 07:55 am (UTC)
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