When I read Rep. Kevin Petersen’s column I couldn’t believe my eyes.
He doesn’t seem to believe that Republicans in office should be held accountable for their actions, as they are under Wisconsin’s state constitution. Under the proposed constitutional amendment, politicians would have to violate the law in order to be recalled.
So why are the people of Wisconsin upset by Gov. Scott Walker’s “debt reduction” bill? Perhaps, they question whether it was really ethical or legal to call a meeting in the middle of the night with only a few hours public notice so that the governor can get his agenda passed? Do other states pass their legislation that way?
The unions were more than willing to work with him and make the cuts Walker asked for. But, he never even spoke to them much less met with them. That is why the recall started. And there is one more to come.
According to the polls, 59 percent of Wisconsin residents do not think Walker is acting in the best interest of the state, much less the people.
“Opponents argue that the threat of recall election lessens the independence of elected officials, and can lead to abuses by well-financed special interest groups,” according to Petersen. This is already happening here and all across the country. Walker justified his bill under the pretense that the state of Wisconsin was broke. Then he and the Republicans gave millions in tax cuts to corporations.
My take on this proposed constitutional amendment is that the Republicans didn’t get every thing run through the Legislature prior to losing two seats in the Senate during the recall. So now they want to make sure that it won’t happen again.
By changing the laws to make it nearly impossible to ever recall another elected official in Wisconsin again.
A word of advise to Republicans: If you are running into so much opposition from the citizens of Wisconsin, is it just possible that you are the ones who are wrong?