You can learn a lot about the silliness of certain liberals just by going to the gym. I say that because that’s where I get my daily dose of CNN which seems to be constantly playing on the television monitors in the cardio area.
First, some background. When Wisconsin Senate Democrats didn’t like some provisions in the budget bill that the state’s elected governor presented, they fled the state in order to prevent the elected state Senate from voting on the bill. Democrats were unhappy that the party elected to majority status in the legislative chamber had the votes to pass the bill. While Republicans had the votes, they lacked a quorum of “20 senators to be present for bills that authorize spending money.”
Had Democrats remained in the state, they could have debated the bill, raised objections, offered amendments. Instead, they preferred life on the lam. So, after three weeks, Republicans, as John Hinderaker put it finally lost patience. A committee “stripped some financial elements from the bill, which they said allowed them to pass it with the presence of a simple majority.” The remaining provisions curtail the privileges the state had long granted to public employee unions.
As Governor Walker reminded his fellow citizens in a statement, “The Senate Democrats have had three weeks to debate this bill and were offered repeated opportunities to come home, which they refused”. And now with “exquisite irony,” Allahpundit quips, supporters of the truant Senators “are screeching, ‘This is not democracy!’“
And via CNN, I learned yesterday at the gym, Chris Larson, one of the truant Senators who had chosen to flee to Illinois whined that the Republican action “was an affront to democracy.” That’s rich. That’s rich. As one blogger quips, “Holding a vote on legislation that has been under public scrutiny for weeks is apparently an ‘affront to democracy’.” Sorry, Mr. Larson, you had the opportunity to criticize this bill, to debate this bill, to try to change the bill and you chose instead to prevent a vote on this bill.
Instead, Mr. Larson, it is your very actions — and those of your partisan colleagues which are the real affront to democracy.