The eyes of the nation have been fixed on Wisconsin over the last month. The battle there over worker's rights is far from over. The difference is now that the Legislative and Executive branches have finished their "work", the ball has bounced into the Judicial Branch.
If you thought the public debate over the issues there was entertaining, wait until the Governor starts tangling with the courts.
Our good friend Governor Chris "Doughboy" Christie of New Jersey can tell Governor Walker of Wisconsin all about it. He's really got himself in some deep kimchee over school funding and taxes. Even one of his friends in the press is questioning "The Flubbernor's" methods.
Well, that's just the way it goes in politics. No one person is big enough to control the "game" no matter how hard they try. Our system of "checks and balances" is designed to make unilateral decisions almost impossible.
You'd have thought that the "Round Mound of Scorched Ground" would have learned this when the state Assembly President Stephen Sweeney refused to hold confirmation hearings on Christie's hand picked selection to the New Jersey Supreme Court. In a follow up article days later, Governor Christie was confident that the Democrat held Assembly would "blink first" in the matter and that he'd eventually get his way.
It's been nearly a year now.
He's still waiting.
I sure hope his nominee, Anne Patterson, didn't give up her day job.
What's her day job?
She works at the law firm of Riker Danzig in lovely Morristown, New Jersey. Riker Danzig is a large law firm that isn't bashful about being one of New Jersey's "TOP LOBBYING FIRMS".
Their words, not mine.
By the way, is it just me or does it look like someone forgot to tell Anne she was going to have her picture taken that day?
That's some scary hair, even for an attorney.
She must be using the same hair stylist as Larry Fine from the Three Stooges:
Speaking of unilateral decisions in government, let's take a look up north.
In keeping with the latest trend in unilateral government, up in Augusta, Maine, Governor Paul LaPage is hard at work.
You remember Governor LePage, right? He's the fellow that "stood up" to the NAACP over why he wouldn't be attending their Martin Luther King Day celebration. He cited "scheduling conflicts" in his defense and hastily pointed out that his adopted son is black.
Way to hide behind the kid Governor.
Suddenly, after receiving a lot of criticism, he remarkably found the time to attend a breakfast honoring the late Dr. King.
He sort of dropped off the national radar after that. After all, Maine is to America what Newfoundland is to Canada. Full of moose and forgotten.
Fear not though, the good Governor is hard at work.
He's taken on the roll of "art critic". Not wanting business lobbyists to feel unwanted, he ordered the state Department of Labor to remove a mural depicting among other things that paragon of evil, Cesar Chavez and the subversive Frances Perkins, a native daughter of Maine and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. She served as Secretary of Labor for the entirety of F.D.R.'s terms in office.
Apparently the Governor was too busy to talk to the Press, so he issued a statement through his Press Secretary:
"The mural has been removed and is in storage awaiting relocation to a more appropriate venue," said LePage press secretary Adrienne Bennett in a prepared statement. "We understand that not everyone agrees with this decision, but the Maine Department of Labor has to be focused on the job at hand."
Focused at the job on hand?
Wow, that mural must have a lot of evil powers if it is distracting the otherwise hard working state employees in the building. It must have been quite shocking for the Governor to stop by and see the entire staff standing there, slack jawed and drooling in front of that painting.
Thank God for Governor LePage's courage and convictions. Someone could have been rendered a drooling zombie by the thing.
Here, see for yourself:
WARNING!!!!!! THE FOLLOWING PICTURE MAY CAUSE SLACK JAWED STARING OFF INTO SPACE AND UNCONTROLLABLE DROOLING!!! IF YOU FIND YOURSELF UNABLE TO FOCUS ON THE JOB AT HAND, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE CLOSE YOUR BROWSER WINDOW IMMEDIATELY AND SEEK MEDICAL CARE!!!!!!!*
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No wonder the poor Governor is afraid.
That's a work stopper if ever I saw one.
Wonder what he'll replace the mural with?
Maybe he can get Sarah Palin to come visit and ice one of these for mounting:
I just hope she gets a hunting license this time.
Until the next time, all y'all take care of yourselves.
Air Traffic Mike, ret.
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