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Monday, November 05, 2007

Are County Politics Scripted By Writer's Guild?

by capper

With the Writer's Guild of America going on strike, there is talk that most TV shows are going into reruns. Late night shows are already being affected, and there is reportedly only a few weeks before most shows go into a rerun mode.

I wonder if Milwaukee County politics are scripted by the Writer's Guild, because this too seems to be a rerun. It is the same story every year for the past five years. First, Scott Walker comes out with an unreasonable budget proposal that is so out of touch with reality that it would be laughable if it wasn't so scary. Then the county board steps up and does the right thing to make sure necessary safety nets and programs are maintained at least at minimum values.

Next, Walker will hold some flamboyant production number to issue his draconian vetoes. This is the only thing that has potential for variance. Will he veto the entire budget, like last year, and have it blow up in his face again? Or will he veto out just parts of it in the hope that some of the vetoes are upheld? And where will he do his routine? Last year he did it at the property of his buddy, Chris Kujawa. Will he go back there, or will he find some other supporter to host his event?

Anyway, after his veto(es), the County Board will restore most, if not all, of the items that Walker vetoed. Wouldn't it be nice to have a County Executive that understands the county, its communities, its constituents and their needs, so that we don't have this rerun every year? Milwaukee Rising has a video of someone who does get it and is also happening to be running for County Executive-Lena Taylor.

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