On the floor of the State Assembly, Republicans recently accused Democrats of political theater because we had the courage to call Republicans out on their lack of focus on job creation.
If anything, it’s Republicans who are specializing in the performing arts.
Governor Walker is the director and Republican legislators are the actors.
Walker wrote a short little play in which his actors pretend to address bills that will fix our economy during a “special” session of the legislature to create jobs.
Only thing is, politics isn’t theater in the round. At the end of the day, people actually expect you to do your job. Based on their performance, I called them “thespians of the best degree.”
Rather than focusing “like a laser” on jobs, Wednesday, the Assembly took up a resolution honoring “crisis pregnancy centers,” which fail to provide a full range of medical advice or care to pregnant woman, we dealt with the ability to drink wine at the county fair and we debated how early in the morning a store can sell liquor.
And this isn’t the first time they’ve tried to pull the wool over our eyes. I previously posted a video blog criticizing Governor Walker’s first “special session” on job creation. Here we are again, several months after Walker’s first special session on job creation and still we’ve got record numbers of people out of work.
So where are the jobs?
It doesn’t appear the tort changes, tax credits and liability waivers are helping our economy. Republicans tell us not to worry, that they’ve got it all figured out, and that this special session on job creation really will make a difference.
I wait with baited breath as Governor Walker writes the final scene of this play.
Wisconsin State Representative Mark Pocan (D-Madison), who coined the term FitzWalkerstan on the floor of the State Assembly, served three terms on the state’s budget committee, including one as its co-chair. He also served as the vice-chair of the non-partisan National Council on State Legislature’s Budget and Policy committee. Pocan’s Assembly district includes both the State Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion, making Governor Scott Walker his most infamous constituent.