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Governor Walker provides chance for hypocrisy to shine

February 18, 2011 - Mike Maneval
The newly elected governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, is pushing legislation that has sent Democratic members of his state's Senate fleeing. "In addition to eliminating collective-bargaining rights (for teachers, prison guards, and other public employees), the legislation also would make public workers pay half the costs of their pensions and at least 12.6 percent of their health care coverage - increases Walker calls 'modest' compared with those in the private sector," according to the website of WCLO Radio in Janesville, Wis. "What [Walker] did last week was say basically, "I wanna take away ... these rights of collective bargaining for people and I want it done within the next five or six days." former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc., explained on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC Wednesday. You may recall the U.S. Senate spent about 13 months - longer than was spent on any piece of legislation since U.S. entry into WWI - debating the health care reform law passed in 2010, only to have the effort characterized as "shoving the policy down America's throats." Tellingly, Walker's rush to see his anti-work agenda passed in about a week has been immune from such criticisms. Perhaps the conservative punditry who hurrumphed about prudent deliberation when the law being mulled requires insurers to actually provide the services for which they accept payment and may offer a select few American consumers a chance to use lower-cost, more consumer-friendly exchanges are hiding in Illinois with those Wisconsin senators. Or perhaps those pundits' contempt for Americans who actually work and asinine glorification of usury and money-lending - in the name of "entrepreneurship" and "investment" - preclude consistent standards on how long legislation should be contemplated before passage.


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