Journal Times and accidentally slipped and fell into a fetid pool of his own smugness.
Oh! the humanity...with notes.
Bipartisanship cooperation is taking place in Madison
by STATE REP. ROBIN VOS
Wisconsin General Assembly
If you want to know the message Vos is trying to sell - it's all in the title: Bipartisanship. Of course the commentary will proceed to rip apart Democrats...but Vos wants you to remember he is so very Bi - but that has always been the rumor hasn't it?
You've probably noticed that most media stories about the state Legislature focus on conflict. The controversial stories capture the headlines. The Siren agrees, 100,000 people banging on the Capitol doors to be heard is fairly controversial. When Vos called recalls a "cancer," saying lifting the federally required cap on Family Care health care program for Wisconsin children was "irresponsible" and called the era of "social justice through government money" to be over...while he voted to give hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy in Wisconsin certainly demonstrates Vos' collaborative nature. Not much attention is given to the collaborative efforts on legislation like education reform or on the hours spent crafting a legislative compromise. The assembly did spend nearly an entire day debating the definition of a bicycle and voted not once to consider a single amendment offered by Democrats on education reform. I would like to enlighten you on what it's been like at the state Capitol this spring. Yes please, Captain Smuggy - enlighten us all.
For the past several weeks, I have been working on a compromise for the mining legislation. Dale Schultz didn't think much of my compromise...and said so. Even though the Assembly passed a very strong environmental plan to differentiate ferrous mining from harsher chemical mining, another proposal was brought to the table. I pulled my pants down and pissed on Jauch's alternate bill right in front of him. Plus, we weren't going to kill the Penoke hills overnight, we were going to make sure it took long enough for me to leave office. In order to find common ground, I spent hours working with mining experts, Um, that would be the mining company. environmental leaders Not returning their calls and emails. and senator Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center. Not that I listened to him, I just sat there and pictured him dead. It made the time go faster. I still believe that the Assembly mining bill was the best proposal. I was the only one. However, I felt that I owed it to the citizens of Wisconsin to find an agreement for the sake of bringing thousands of jobs to our state. Because when this Titanic of a give-away to the mining company fell through, everyone would naturally blame me for screwing the pooch. What's unfortunate is that politics got in the way of jobs. It totally sucks when you can't buy or bully votes isn't it? Sure, some said they were for mining and were willing to negotiate. Yeah, we knew Schultz wasn't going to play ball, but we had Carpenter by the short hairs until the hippies got a hold of him and he pussied out. The final vote in the state Senate revealed their true colors and the mining company is now looking for a new state for its mine and its jobs. Aren't you just feeling the bipartisan love, boys and girls?
With that horrible outcome behind us, I have to point out that this session actually has been extremely bipartisan. Okay, that sentence is fucking classic. Horrible outcome? I guess for him and the mining company. More than 96 percent of the roll call votes in the Assembly have included a Democratic or Independent vote. One out of 37, impressive. In the Joint Finance Committee, more than half of the votes on legislation since October were unanimous. Vos wants you to believe there is not much difference between Republicans and Democrats in the Assembly, don't believe it. This is where Vos counts on the ignorance of the public to follow every bit of legislation voted on in Madison. There are big bills, like the mining bill or Act 10 - the Budget Repair bill and then there dozens of small bills and resolutions that get passed - most of these the public doesn't hear about. For instance, there is AB 56 a bill which relates to proof of ownership at flea-markets - that passed with 82 "yes" votes. Then there are resolutions like proclaiming October as Italian-American Heritage month. Not very controversial, like the following example... For instance, the entire committee recently voted in favor of the renovations at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove. That legislation was recently signed into law. The only thing unusual about this legislation was that you voted for it.
The day to day business of the legislature is fairly routine and mundane, but it is the big bills or policy changing bills Republicans have shoved through: Voter ID, Pay equity, tort reform, collective bargaining and massive school budget cuts that have changed the state in fundamental ways. In those pieces of legislation there is no bipartisan support to be found.
There's a famous quote that says, "laws are like sausages, it's better not to see them being made" (Otto von Bismark). The Siren has involuntarily vomited in her mouth even thinking about Robin Vos and sausages. I would disagree. I think we all should see how our state laws are made. Which of course is why we coerced Republican legislators to sign secret contracts to keep our publicly paid, yet private attorney's redistricting plans a secret from the public. It is why we kept our maps a secret from Democratic leaders but showed it to convicted felon, Scott Jensen and RNC Chair Rince Pubus. If you really want to see how we make our laws, you'll have to go across the street to the offices of Michael Best & Friedrich - hey we even have some our staffers housed in their offices. Take a closer look and you'll be quite happy with the amount of collaboration and compromise this spring. Collaboration with our lawyers and of course from time to time with the Milwaukee DA. A great example would be the education Reform package that's making its way through the state Legislature. He's right, this is a great example.