Friday, January 31, 2014

Is your 'representative' a feudal serf for rich people?

Dale Schultz is a rare bird: a reasonable Republican in Wisconsin's state Legislature.

So of course he's retiring.

In 2011, Schultz was the only Senate Republican to vote against job-killer Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10, which sparked the 2011 Wisconsin protests. Schultz said he intended to offer a compromise amendment to the bill, but Walker misled him into leaving the Senate chamber. (No shock there.)

The Daily Page praised Schultz recently for fighting attempts to eradicate Wisconsin's public school system, commenting,
His affability, his seriousness about crafting good public policy and his sense that his job is to represent his constituents, not out-of-state business interests, puts Schultz badly out of step.
Schultz alluded to Wisconsin's notorious stink tank, the Bradley Foundation, which is pushing ALEC's pro-corporate school agenda.

And in a line that should be carved in stone over every statehouse door, Schultz said,
"When some think tank comes up with the legislation and tells you not to fool with it, why are you even a legislator anymore?" he asks. "You just sit there and take votes, and you're kind of a feudal serf for folks with a lot of money."
Sadly, that describes a lot of our state lawmakers these days. Want to find out if your state legislator is a feudal serf for some rich guy? Check it out at the ALECExposed website here.