Fearful that they've lost the argument and ever-desperate for affirmation, the forces of bureaucracy in Wisconsin have now decided that the best new way to demonstrate their plight is to set up a tent village on the Capitol Square in Madison, which they are calling "Walkerville." Ann Althouse has a few shots of the spectacle at her blog:
The idea, if what they are doing can actually be called an idea, is to remind people of the hobo villages that sprung up during the Great Depression, which were popularly known as Hoovervilles. If you weren't around to see them yourself, and most people now drawing breath weren't, they looked like this:
This was the physical manifestation of poverty and desperation, where people who had reason to wonder where their next meal might come from would gather in public places, in a desperate attempt to gain attention for their plight.
Walkerville, by contrast, looks like the picture at the link, a row of $200-300 tents from REI or Gander Mountain, the visible manifestation of a highly comfortable lifestyle.
So what is the plight of the denizens of Walkerville? That if evil Walker's nefarious plans go through, they might have to wait another year to buy a new $200 tent?
There are a lot of people who are hurting right now, people who have been out of work for a very long time. A lot of people I know who are out of work are in danger of losing their homes. The moral beacons of Walkerville are in no such danger, protected by civil service regulations and well compensated for their labors. The poor souls who lived in the Hoovervilles had nowhere else to go. The people of Walkerville live in a world far removed from the plight of those they claim to emulate.