Two thoughts on Wisconsin acting on the Budget Repair Bill

March 28th, 2011

1.) I think it’s a political mistake for Gov. Scott Walker’s administration to start implementing the bill before the courts have hashed it out.

2.) What kind of screwed up system is it that requires a law to be printed in a newspaper before it takes effect? What if the newspaper decides it doesn’t like the law and refuses to publish it? What if the paper goes out of business? Seriously, viagra usa pharmacy time to change that procedure. A bill should become law after approval of the state legislature and signature by the Governor. If it’s good enough for Washington, it’s good enough for Madison.

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  • 1. Nick  |  March 28th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Regarding your second point… I like the procedure… and in fact… most (if not all by state law) cities have the same procedure.

    The point is that a law shall not go into effect until the citizens have been made aware of it. While ignorance of the law is no excuse, there must be a responsibility by the government to announce the laws to the people so we cannot be ignorant of it.

    Of course, I think this doesn’t go far enough. There are so many laws, written in such an obscure and vague manner, that its impossible for the average citizen NOT to be ignorant of the law, but that is no reason to make the situation worse by allowing the government to pass laws without notifying the people.

  • 2. Elliot  |  March 28th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I don’t know about you, but I feel fully notified about this one.

  • 3. John Foust  |  March 28th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Is it too soon to start talking about appropriate consequences for the actions of Walker, Fitz, & Co.?

  • 4. Dan  |  March 28th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    With the age of the Internet, it seems like publishing in a newspaper seems like it is old fashioned.
    If a person doesn’t have the Internet, then chances are they don’t have a subscription to the newspaper, either.
    So, publish it on the Internet and become part the future instead of being in the 20th century.

  • 5. John Foust  |  March 29th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Newspapers are a distributed backup, a permanent record, and there’s an existing 100+year-old network that allows public access to those records. This Internet thing is just a fad.

  • 6. Nick  |  March 29th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    @Dan – I’m OK with still going to a paper at this point. I certainly disagree with your contention that people who don’t have the internet don’t have a newspaper subscription. There are still plenty of elderly who choose dead tree over bytes, and they have as much of a right to know about laws they have to follow as the younger generation.

    And since dead tree currently also publishes to the internet, everyone is served, which is how it should be.

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