March 10, 2011
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14 Democrat Senators in Wisconsin continued to stay holed up in Illinois in what had been a successful attempt to prevent the passing of a bill that would strip collective bargaining abilities from public workers (important sidenote: they would retain the ability to bargain for pay, something that seems to get ignored). In their view, leaving town was their way of fulfilling the will of the people–even though the obvious “will of the people” was that they wanted Republicans in charge, based on the last election results. They were determined to prevent what they felt would be a removal of of rights from occurring.
All that changed in minutes.
Republicans realized that a quorum is only needed for spending bills. So, they removed the collective bargaining piece from the spending bill and passed it as a separate bill which did not need a quorum. Just like that, Dems’ out-of-state foray was rendered moot. Of course they are crying foul. One senator, speaking on the Lawrence O’Donnell show on MSNBC, talked of how he was driving back doing 80 miles per hour in an attempt to stop what was happening. O’Donnell, sympathetic to the guest, failed to make an obvious point: if they had actually been in Wisconsin instead of hiding out, there would’ve been no need to have to “come back!” Very simple idea, really.
Now, there you have it. a group voted into the minority who leaves the state in order to avoid legislation they don’t like and putting the government process on hiatus now screams bloody murder because business continued on without them. How does THAT make sense?
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