Skip to comments.Outrage Grows After Wisconsin Democrats Sabotage Jobs
Posted on 03/21/2012 11:57:34 AM PDT by Mikey_1962
After every Democrat and one Republican in the Wisconsin Senate voted to kill a regulatory reform bill that would have brought thousands of desperately needed mining jobs to the state, outraged conservative activists and unemployed citizens vowed to turn the heat up. Not only do they plan to keep pushing the legislation, they are targeting two key legislators who opposed the measure for recall elections.
The bill would have reformed Wisconsins complex and outdated mine permitting system, simplifying the process while retaining strict environmental controls. If it had passed, Florida-based Gogebic Taconite was planning to open an iron-ore mine in the economically depressed northern region of Wisconsin. But when the measure failed, the company pulled out.
"Senate rejection of the mining reforms in Assembly Bill 426 sends a clear message that Wisconsin will not welcome iron mining. We get the message, the company said in a statement. GTac is ending plans to invest in a Wisconsin mine. We thank the many people who have supported our efforts."
According to analysts, the mine would have brought with it well over 500 jobs and eventually more than 2,000 not including other jobs in manufacturing and services from Milwaukee in the southeast to small towns in the region in the north. The investment would have injected at least $1.5 billion into the local economy, too.
Some environmentalists complained that the mine would have caused pollution, which the company, mine supporters, and analysts denied. Multiple government agencies would have been involved in ensuring that the operation was environmentally friendly. But environmentalism was used as a rallying cry by opponents of the venture nonetheless.
In the closely watched 16 to 17 vote on the measure earlier this month, GOP state Sen. Dale Schultz (pictured above) broke with his party and voted against the reform bill, infuriating fellow Republicans. And Democrat state Sen. Bob Jauch, who represents the area where the mine would have been established, also voted against the legislation despite a massive outcry by his constituents.
Now, they are both being targeted for recalls. The initial paperwork has already been filed by activists working with the Milwaukee-based group Citizens for Responsible Government.
"Throughout this process, we have heard Sen. Jauch say, 'I am for responsible mining,' while all along he meant 'I am for no mining in Wisconsin,'" said recall leader Shirl LaBarre, a former candidate for the Wisconsin assembly, noting that the prominent Democrat was ignoring his constituents and throwing them under the bus. "The political rhetoric spewed by Sen. Jauch is surpassed by no one."
LaBarre said citizens are fed up with Sen. Jauch ignoring their plight. And, she added, support for the recall is widespread concerned citizens have been reaching out to her for months about the issue. Slightly more than 15,000 signatures are needed to force a recall, and LaBarre is confident she can reach that in the two months allotted for the process.
Sen. Jauch, of course, downplayed the effort to eject him from the legislature, blasting his opponents as members of a fringe group that is against good government and the common good. They dont care about jobs or responsible mining policy, he said in a statement. They just want to make sure they own the politics and control the person who represents the north.
On Monday, the controversial Democrat sent a letter to Gov. Scott Walker expressing willingness to work on a compromise. He asked that the Governor set up a bipartisan panel including members of the state Assembly and Senate to continue negotiations. The Governor is reportedly reviewing the request.
The lone Republican to vote against the bill, Sen. Schultz, is in hot water with his constituents as well. He first sparked an outcry among conservatives last year by voting against legislation to rein in government-sector unions and balance the state budget. But his vote against the mining bill was finally too much to endure, according to activists working to recall him.
We're looking for jobs in Wisconsin," said recall leader Dan Curran. "We feel it was a vote because they didn't want to give credit to Gov. Walker for [creating] jobs."
More than a few analysts agreed, and even Gov. Walker suggested the votes against the mine bill were political retaliation to avoid giving him the perception of success in job creation. Democrats and their allies continue to put politics before school children and before jobs," said Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie. "Despite the support of private sector unions and repeated attempts at compromise, Democrats put politics before people and voted against reasonable reform and against jobs."
The resentment against Gov. Walker resulted from a successful legislative battle last year curtailing the power of public-servant labor groups to demand ever-greater sums of taxpayer money. And critics of the effort to kill the mining reform bill said Democrats and the government-sector unions that finance their campaigns were willing to do anything even kill jobs and private-sector union opportunities to punish GOP leaders. The defeat of the legislation was more proof of that, according to analysts.
What is happening in Wisconsin is an example of how corruption by powerful external forces can result in the betrayal by elected officials of both their morals and their constituents, noted Frank Burke in a piece entitled "Democrats Kill Wisconsin Jobs to Spite Governor Scott Walker" for the American Thinker. In Wisconsin, more has been lost than jobs and investment.
According to pro-jobs activists in the state, Wisconsinites are still considering what measures to take to ensure that the legislature represents citizens not special interests and Big Labor. There is still some disagreement about what would work best, but at least one candidate for federal office in Wisconsin agreed that recalls were an appropriate response.
"I would tell you there's way more basis for that recall than anything that's going on right now today," said Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mark Neumann. "I mean, they just killed how many thousands of jobs here in Wisconsin? If there ever is a reason for a recall, it would certainly be because they're destroying job opportunities in this state."
Sen. Schultz was more moderate and civilized than Jauch in his response to the efforts to oust him from the legislature. But he still criticized one of the main groups working on the campaign, saying the non-partisan CRG took pride in spending time in other peoples pastures.
"I think most legislators these days are fairly used to the notion of being recalled," Schultz said, claiming he voted with his conscience. "I've represented the people out there for a long time. I think I know them well. I think they know me well. I'll make my case like I always have."
Gov. Walker, while distancing himself from the recall efforts, said until recently, at least that he hoped a compromise could be found on the mining legislation. If the reforms eventually passed, he said the mining company might have been willing to reconsider its decision to pull out.
"That's why, in the end, my hope is not just one, but maybe two or three senators, who realize in the end you still have a process that has plenty of steps for environmental protections, clean air, clean land, clean water," he said.
A few analysts have essentially pronounced the reform bill dead, especially now that the legislative session is over. And a spokesman for the mining company said it was already exploring options in Michigan instead.
"Wisconsin should reform its own mining laws for Wisconsin's own sake, and then they should recruit companies that would come and invest and create jobs here," spokesman Bob Seitz told Wisconsin Public Radio. "Mining is the only sector of manufacturing that is growing in this country and Wisconsin is missing it."
Multiple recall efforts are already ongoing targeting several state Senators, Gov. Walker, and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. A series of expensive recall elections last year failed to hand Democrats a majority in the state Senate, but Big Labor has not given up the fight.
After losing some highly controversial tax-funded privileges in the state, union bosses fear the taxpayer victory could spark a nationwide trend as state governments struggle to pay the bills especially public servants generous pensions. As such, unions have made Wisconsins reform-minded officials their main targets.
But....but....but.....democrats are for the working man.....
Hope the voters remember this com June 5th!!!
That is an obnoxious statement. Did it ever enter your mind that there are conservatives that because of circumstances have had to break down and seek government assistance?
Obviously not. Conservatives who do find themselves in that place seek to get out of it as quickly as possible, but do remain conservatives.
thanks. let me get out my checkbook.
Wisconsin Recall Senators Because of Mining Bill Job Loss Ping
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping.
If this is only on the New American it won’t make a difference. If all WI media outlets are reporting the story then the Dems will regret their behavior.
Wisconsin nining ping.
The Liberals, and the RINO, in voting down the mine also upset the union as the mine would have been a union mine. The only reason they voted against the mine is that they could not have a job-creating, successful enterprise start up in Wisconsin while Gov. Walker was in office as it would be a feather in his cap. They rejected the mine, gambling that Walker would be recalled in June, a Liberal Democrat governor would be seated, and then they would vote in favor of the mine to show the new governor was a job-creator. To their surprise, when they voted no and the mine company immedately announed, “see ya later, we’re done here,” the Liberals were stunned by that reaction and are now treading water.
Wisconsin is fast becoming the home of the perpetual 24/7/365 election..
The GOP establishment always makes sure there is at least one vote, or however many is needed, to lose.
Democrats are for the poor.
Republicans are for the rich.
And they both want more of their kind of people..........
A working man with a roof over his head and a full belly does not make a good democrat.............
There's always one dumb ass republican in the wood pile.
....or to their polling place to vote......
No sweat- all of those jobs will be replaced by green jobs in wind and algae.
but I sure am not a Democrat and have never been one and never voted Democrat..
Republicans for the rich??? LOL
Isn't it amazing that, no matter where it happens, Democrats are ALWAYS able to pick off one crucial Republican vote, but it seems that Republicans are NEVER able to pick off the one crucial Democrat vote?
“Underlying the main story, is the realization of of future reality in Wisconsin. After every contentious partisan vote, there will be an effort to recall someone.”
Maybe that’s what should be happening. Until those we elected decide that they are there to do what we the people want done, maybe we should have more recall elections. You would certainly get a “cause and effect” scenario that perhaps they would begin to understand.