- As is to be expected, the plight of state workers continues to be all over the news. We've given them a few shots 'round here recently, but one thing really ought to be said: if anything, the state workers who are now marooned on Planet Dayton are the biggest pawns of all in this game. It's long been an expectation among public servants and bureaucrats that they will have job security, if nothing else. That's been a tough thing for private sector workers to swallow, given how tough the overall job market has been for the past few years. Still, I suspect a modicum of sympathy is in order: we all plan our lives based on certain assumptions and it's jarring when those assumptions are undermined. There are larger forces at work in this shutdown and while it's easy to think, "hey, welcome to the real world" when you consider the plight of these folks, they weren't really prepared for what was coming.
- According to today's Star Tribune, Dayton is now willing to drop "tax the rich" and now wants to hike sin taxes and eliminate certain tax breaks. It's difficult to know if that's sincere or not, but it does prove one point: this shutdown is less about principles than it is about keeping the money machine alive. And in that sense, it's the same war as what has been happening in Wisconsin. It's just being fought differently here.
- Meanwhile in Wisconsin, the first of the recall elections is today. One of the features of the recall elections is that there are "fake" Democrats running in primaries, including some guy who is running against Shelly Moore, the excitable Ellsworth teacher/WEA bot who wants to boot Sheila Harsdorf in the district immediately across the St. Croix. Since the entire purpose of the recall effort is to nullify elections that were duly held, I'd strongly recommend that all votes go to the "fake" candidates, and that would include "fake" Republicans running recall efforts against the "fleabagger" Democrats. The nonsense needs to end.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Shutdownpocalypse Day 12 -- Random Thoughts
Since absurdity is the order of the day, let's flip through a few things: