Why would a long-time Republican and former legislator vote for Democrats Tom Barrett and Lori Compas? Because a national agenda is at work in our state and community that has little to do with us and a lot to do with changing how we will look to the rest of the nation.

Of the many issues that have upset and angered so many, including dismantling public employee unions, I worry most about the undermining of public education. Just like good medical care and roads, good education costs a lot. The draconian slashing of funding and targeting of teachers has made me sad and dismayed.

Did the governor not have just about everything that he wanted when he was offered concessions from the unions? And why have teachers been made scapegoats for everything that is perceived to be wrong with Wisconsin? Where is this coming from?

I served with Tom Barrett in the state Senate. He was well liked by Republicans and Democrats. He is smart and decent and would be a healer and consensus builder. I have met with Lori Compas and have the same impression of her.

We need people in Madison who will restore our faith and confidence, who will govern with even handedness and open minds. Barrett and Compass are such people.

— Barbara Lorman, Fort Atkinson

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Barbara Lorman is one Republican who understands Wisconsin and its traditions nuch better than all current Republicans in the Senate she once served in. Her criticism of Scott Walker and his cronies, especially in the field of education, is so right that no one in their right mind can disagree with it.

Education is truly about the FUTURE of our children. It should be off limits when it comes to politics. The Republicans talk so much about leaving a future for the kids better than what we have. Unfortunately, their actual policies do not match their rhetoric.

Barbara proves that there ARE right minded Republicans in WI who understand the values and traditions of Wisconsin. We need for them to flock to the polls tomorrow, temporarily forget their normal political affiliation, and do the right thing by voting out a Republican Governor who clearly has done wrong to our state AND has divided it like no one ever could before. The truth is the truth.

foreverWI
foreverWI

i agree with you Barbara. Well said.
middleoftheroad: The children are our future. Yet what young man or woman would want to be a teacher in WI? We need the best and the brightest. That will not be the case under a governor like Walker.
ALSO well said from unlmtdsky: "And finally, Scott Walker has repeatedly shown that he is completely comfortable with putting the needs of special interest groups above the needs of his citizens - this entire crusade against Wisconsin workers is evidence of that. So, if you truly want to be "middle of the road" as your screen name claims, you had better aim your scrutinizing eye at Scott Walker before you cast your vote on Tuesday. If not, I think your "middleoftheroad" screen name needs changing because your views are anything but."

unlmtdsky
unlmtdsky

middleoftheroad: Your complaint of Barrett is faulty: "How open can your minid [sic] be when you put one special interest group ahead of the needs of the taxpayers?" Firstly, union members are taxpayers. I'm not sure why people forget that fact, but people who are in unions do in fact pay the same taxes as everyone else. Secondly, the "unions who bankrolled [his] campaign" get their money from union members, who are taxpayers and citizens of Wisconsin. Unlike Mr. Walker whose campaign was bankrolled by wealthy Republicans, mostly from out of state (nearly 66% of his money is from out of state donors as compared to 26% of Barrett's money). Also, Barrett has already pointed out that unions actually endorsed Falk, not him, and that he will negotiate with unions, not simply "give in to their demands," as the saying goes. And finally, Scott Walker has repeatedly shown that he is completely comfortable with putting the needs of special interest groups above the needs of his citizens - this entire crusade against Wisconsin workers is evidence of that. So, if you truly want to be "middle of the road" as your screen name claims, you had better aim your scrutinizing eye at Scott Walker before you cast your vote on Tuesday. If not, I think your "middleoftheroad" screen name needs changing because your views are anything but.

yes barrett wasn't the unions first choice, but after he defeated Falk he bacame their man. Be realistic. You think they would pour $30 million behind him and not expect and get it back in CB? Yes the unioin members are taxpayers, but for every dollar they take in, 6 belong to non-union members, so they know this works in their favor. Its all out in the open now. You rea incorrectly only talking about the donations directly to Barrett and are leaving out the piles of union moeny in the PACs. When you add that in the Dem money is much more slanted to out of state and larger sums

A2 Barbara who said -
Did the governor not have just about everything that he wanted when he was offered concessions from the unions? And why have teachers been made scapegoats for everything that is perceived to be wrong with Wisconsin? Where is this coming from?
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Walker correctly shot down this little falicy during the debate Friday. This just is Not true. the unions claimed after the fact that they would have accepted the contributions. They Never actually agreed to it at any point before hand. There are dowens of different groups involved. Many of them rushed through extentions without these concessions, which proves they were NOT in agreement of them. If Walker had even attempted to negotiate his way through this with them we would still be in court over it and would never have balanced our budget. The continuos stream of $$ the unions funnel to the Dems and its influence needed to be broken and stopped. Mission occomplished for Walker and this is a win for the taxpayers of theis state. Now on a level playing field we will run our schools and local governments in the most efficient manner for the good of all.

How open can your mind possibly be when your first priority is to serve the unions who bankrolled your campaign? How open can your minid be when you put one special interest group ahead of the needs of the taxpayers? More importantly, we need solutions to our problems. the dems have shown for years that they are not up to the task of making spending cuts. At every level of Government their focus is on spending on programs with money we don't have. Then they tax and borrow to pay for it. We are mortgaging our futures and that of our children by following these failed policies. Like spoiled kids they just can't stop buying the shiny things on their christmas lists. They rail that the rich are getting the breaks, but who do you think is paying the bills? Surely not the poor. It is the middle and upper classes. Apparently the public unions think they ARE the middle class, but the other 86% of us will tell them otherwise on Tuesday.

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