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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Tries To Silence Free Speech He Doesn’t Like

December 14, 2011 13 comments

As I was catching up this morning, I came across this story at Four Blue Hills.  I don’t care if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, this story and what some in our government are trying to do should bother you.

A little background…..Madison, Wisconsin has been a hotbed for political debate over the last several months.  It started when Governor Scott Walker forced through a bill that essentially eliminated all bargaining rights for public workers.  He claimed that it needed to be done in order to help balance the state budget but then went on record in front of a Congressional subcommittee and admitted that the collective bargaining law, in fact, saved the state no money at all.

Unions in Wisconsin agreed to the financial concessions that the governor was looking but Walker still insisted that unions be stripped of their right to collectively bargain.  Why?  Because labor unions are historically pro-Democratic Party and the Republican Walker was simply trying to weaken a group that could vote against him come re-election time.

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Recalling Scott Walker Would Be A Positive Step For Wisconsin

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

If you’ve read anything on this blog (or just looked at the name of it), you’ll know that I’m a bit of a liberal.  I’m also from Wisconsin which means I and about 6,000,000 other state residents are currently under the ruling hand of Republican Governor Scott Walker.

Walker is the guy who raised all sorts of hell earlier this year by forcing through a bill that pretty much eliminated organized labor in Wisconsin.  The bill (and more importantly the manner in which it was passed) resulted in weeks of protests and arrests at the State Capitol.  Now, state residents are fed up and are in the midst of organizing a recall effort to have him kicked out of office.  To that, I only have one thing to say.

Where do I sign the petition?

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Scott Walker Learned About Sex Education From “Mean Girls”

November 18, 2011 3 comments

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker called a special session of the state legislature recently and labeled it “Back To Work Wisconsin”.  The session was aimed at figuring out a way to create jobs for Wisconsin residents (since the state’s unemployment rate has been rising under Walker).

That sounds all well and good on the surface until you realize that the first item on the meeting’s agenda was to launch a bill that would repeal a significant portion of the state’s current sex education law that requires schools to provide comprehensive, scientifically accurate, and age-appropriate sex education.  The current bill, titled the Healthy Youth Act, would replace the current sex education program with with a program aimed at helping kids “identify the skills necessary to remain abstinent”.

Yeah, I think I’ve seen this one before.

Walker’s take on sex education and what’s needed to help protect young people today seems to be almost completely out of touch with what’s actually happening with youth.  Just telling kids not to have sex would be fine if none of them were having it.  But a recent study shows that almost HALF of Wisconsin teenagers are sexually active and many of them are doing it unsafely.

I can tell my kids to simply not play with matches and hope for the best but we also practice what to do in case the house catches on fire.  Why?  Because we’re responsible parents who try to prepare our children for any type of situation they might have whether it’s wanted or not.  Might it be responsible of Walker to educate children on how to have sex safely and prevent disease and pregnancy or should he just say “don’t do it” and leave it at that?

What floors me is that the proper law is already in place.  You don’t need to do anything to it and you certainly don’t need to repeal it in favor of your own vision of “education”.  And how in the hell did this come up first on the agenda in a meeting where the purpose was to discuss job growth.  Between this and his bill to strike down pretty much all labor union rights, Walker has shown incredible gall in putting his own personal social agenda ahead of all else.

Maybe Walker really believes that all you have to do is tell kids not to have sex and the teen pregnancy rate will magically start dropping.  As much as I disagree with most of what he’s about, I can’t believe that he’s not an intelligent person.  He can’t simply think that teen sex isn’t happening or that it’s all about to stop as long as you tell kids not to.  I tell my kids to do a lot of things and in a lot of cases I have to tell them three and four times just to get their attention let alone get them to actually do something.  It’s just the way kids are.  If they really want to drink or smoke or have sex, they’re probably going to find a way to do it.

It’s our job as parents and as a society to protect and educate our children to help them make smart choices and have all necessary tools available to them.  It pains me to realize that Walker doesn’t seem to be in that camp.

What say you?  Do you think Scott Walker is out of line to replace the current sex education law with an “abstinence only” sex education program?  Feel free to comment below.