Friday, February 25, 2011

Republican Lawmakers Shorten Hours, Access to Capitol. Welcome to BIG Government Rule by "Small Government" Republicans? My Head Hurts.

Even though Wisconsin is open for business and corporate phone calls, the Walker administration has decide to close down the capitol earlier to a disenfranchised public. Welcome to the power of "big government," the enemy of conservatism? I know, we're in an economic emergency, so to hell with what they said before...whatever that was.  
WSJ: Police in the Wisconsin state Capitol plan to begin removing air mattresses and other various other items used by protesters who've been camping out for more than a week on Friday afternoon. 
At 4 p.m. Friday, police will begin restricting access to the Capitol, according to a flier circulated by police … "Friday sleeping area restrictions" include no sleeping on the second, third and fourth floors, meaning protesters may still be allowed to camp out on the ground floor of the building. 
Lawmakers approved a rule change this week clearing the way for Capitol police to close down the statehouse and end the biggest rally in recent memory … The new rule ends public hearings by 6 p.m. as well. With no public hearing and no session, there is no reason to keep the building open.
Big government Republicans are closing off access to employers, US!!! The dictates of one party rule, a bad thing once according to many constitutional conservatives, relies on the fear of citizen protesters actually exercising their Constitutional rights:
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, even called the situation a "powder keg."
Excluding the smaller number of tea party protesters from a year ago, it’s hard for Republican lawmakers to imagine being accountable or responsive to the massive numbers of 60’s style protesters in liberal Madison, where this is standard operating procedure. That according to Scott Walker in his phone call with "David Koch." Never mind that they’re protesting outside the STATE CAPITOL. Perhaps they would like them to gather in the East Towne Mall’s parking lot?   
"Have you ever gone to work and had to fight huge crowds, loud chants and constant drumming?" said State Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester. "You expect a certain amount of decorum here, but that's not what has gone on the past few weeks."
Decorum? Closing down the capitol, offering up non-negotiable bills? Cutting off debate? Union busting? The new shorter legislative hours really means only one thing:
"Making them leave is just another example of the Republicans trying to silence the people," said State Rep. Tamara Grigsby, D-Milwaukee. 

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