Lest I be accused of using eliminationist rhetoric, I am, of course, making a pop culture reference to one of the strangest movies ever made - Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. The IDB description:
An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.
No, I'm not comparing Wisconsin Democratic senators to dead gigolos - except in an abstract, artsy kind of way.Then again, if the shoe fits...
All of this is to introduce the latest news from Wisconsin; the Republican senate has issued contempt citations for the absent senators which means they are to be arrested the moment they set foot back on Wisconsin soil. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
Senate Democrats have been out of the state since Feb. 17 to prevent passage of Walker's budget-repair bill, which would eliminate most collective bargaining for public employee unions. At least 20 senators must be present to pass the bill, but Republicans hold just 19 seats.
Democrats have said that Walker has other options and does not need to resort to layoffs yet.
Also Thursday, Republicans in the state Senate found Democrats in contempt - a move that means Democrats could be taken into custody.
"We simply cannot have democracy be held hostage because the minority wants to prove a point," said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).
The Senate adopted the resolution to find Democrats in contempt on a 19-0 vote. It says they are violating a Senate rule that requires senators to receive a leave of absence before being absent for a day.
Fitzgerald said that Republicans were initially "nervous" about taking such a step but that Democrats have created a "constitutional crisis."
"This is not about a budget-repair bill or about politics," Fitzgerald said. "This is much bigger than that and the minority party has forced our hand . . . They're insulting the very fabric of our representative democracy."
Because of the Democrat's shenanigans, Walker will be forced to start issuing pinks slips to 1500 state workers tomorrow. Something is going to have to break in the next week or Wisconsin will have a disaster on its hands.