The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says…

March 9th, 2012

It’s time to stop the whining about who was most to blame; make a last-ditch effort to create a reasonable mining bill.

Then they spend the entire editorial blaming Scott Walker & the Republicans.

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  • 1. TerryN  |  March 11th, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Umm, every democrat in the state legislature voted against union jobs in Wisconsin. Only one Republican joined them.

    I blame Scott Walker…

  • 2. John Foust  |  March 11th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Who would you like them to blame?

    Entire editorial? Except for that part where they said “For their part, Schultz and the Democrats should come closer to the middle as well.”

  • 3. Elliot  |  March 12th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    As I’ve always said, I’m not interested in fixing blame. I’m interested in fixing the problem.

  • 4. John Foust  |  March 13th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Then stop supporting politicians who work tirelessly to enlarge the problem. There’s a party in power now, including Gov. Dale Schultz. Look at what they do. Listen to their PR people. You think they’re doing a good job to ease the “problem”?

  • 5. fishaddict  |  March 19th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Or John maybe the dems can either A) come up with an viable plan themselves or B) explain why they are the party or do nothing.

  • 6. fishaddict  |  March 19th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    sorry the party OF do nothing. They really have to start to get along and act civily and compromise…really they are all that they accuse the repubs of being. Last I checked compromize means to meet in the middle…unless you are a dem. In that case it means that you do as I say and the rest be damned.

  • 7. John Foust  |  March 20th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Sorry, Fish, I’m having a hard time following your logic, but I predict that without a majority in the legislature, Walker will behave slightly differently, right up until the moment he’s un-elected, indicted, or resigns.

  • 8. fishaddict  |  March 20th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    John I see all of this talk of compromize and have to wonder on what should they be compromizing? We have seen time and again that the repubs have put forth a plan be it the budget, public reform, or mining and the response is ‘Nope not interested, come back to us with something we can work with’. I would like to see what is acceptable. With the mining issue, all entities were on board save a few hold outs that simply cannot be satisfied under any conditions. My Father worked on the Alaskan pipeline way back in the 70’s. He was an environmental engineer on the project. He dealt with every eco group and dept in existance at the time and had filing cabinets full of research and docs showing the impact studies and after all of the handwringing and court battles the line went in, created thousands of jobs, had severe oversite by all of the environmental agencies both state and federal, and in the end actually helped the wildlife of the area. In the case of the mine, Iron county is named that for a reason and it is not because they produce outstanding laundering facilities. Mining was a staple in that neck of the woods for some time and provided for many jobs for generations. What I would like to know is this. What are the Dems putting forward to counter the job creation attempts in the state? What are the dems putting forward to counter the budgeting horrors they claim the repubs are saddling the common working class of this state with? What are the dems putting forward to correct the sad state of affairs we call public school in this state? I see many attempts to put in place reforms, repairs, and tools to begin the retooling of this state into a progressive, efficient, community and I see the dems flee, chant, obstruct, and blame every one but themselves. They call repubs obstructionist but in reality the dems are doing the obstructing. I hear the dems blaming the repubs for favouring a mining company when, in reading the bill, it applies to all iron mining not just a company when the dems are actually are favouring single companies and classes of workers at the expense of the taxpayer(read Talgo, WEAC etc.) We have a situation not terribly long ago where in the north central coast of this state we had lead mining. The mines were closed because they were an environmental hazzard. While this may be true at the time, we come to find out that the mines that where dug became homes to a specific bat and that was good but mining was killed in that area thus sealing the fate of the bat that used the old mines as homes and relegating them to only using the mines that where already there. Then, of course we brought in the green windmills and they killed the bats…I guess the short answer is that we and the world around us evolves but motion is required for this evolution. If we do not mine bats will go homeless and jobs will never be known, pipelines will never be built and wildlife will die and jobs will never be known. We cannot forsee the future and so to not do anything because it may be too vile for someone may spell disaster down the road. We have protections in place and have a cleaner and more conservationally aware state now than at any other time in history and yet when the city of milwaukee discharges millions of gallons of effluent into the lake or chicago continues to reverse the course of a major waterway endangering an international water system nary a peep from the same folks that compain about a mine, wireline, or pipeline.

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