Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Stupid Wisconsin senators

Republican backers of Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees are trying to move the explosive proposal closer to reality, even as Democrats remained on the run and protesters filled the halls of the Capitol for a second week.

The Republican-controlled Assembly planned to debate and possibly vote on the measure Tuesday, but Democrats said they would offer more than 100 amendments in an attempt to improve the bill or at least drag it out in the hopes concessions will be made.

Things are even more chaotic in the Senate, where Democrats have halted the measure with a dramatic decision not to show up since Thursday. That has left Republicans, who control the chamber, one vote shy of the quorum needed to take up the plan. . . . the 14 missing Senate Democrats say they won't return . . .

Whatever you think about public employees' collective bargaining rights, you have to agree that senators hiding out in another state to avoid doing the jobs they just spent years running for is stupid and juvenile and embarrassing.

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