Had a lovely dinner last night in Madison, WI, site of the latest round of American democracy in action. Some of our dinner guests are 70+ years old, and have been peacefully protesting with thousands of other folks for the last 2 weeks against a gubernatorial attempt to return America to the age of the 19th century robber barons. Gotta love democracy in action.
As an aside, the protests have been against recently elected Governor Scott Walker's attempts to eliminate the collective bargaining power of State workers unions, along with eliminating their pensions and benefits. In the bill, there is also a provision for allowing the Governor to sell State-owned utilities to whomever he wants without putting the contract out to bid (which normally awards the contract to the highest bidder, thereby helping the State actually make money). Conveniently, Governor Walker's biggest campaign contributors are two brothers who own a number of companies crucial to Wisconsin's economy (petroleum refining, paper mills, etc.), and it's very likely they would benefit greatly from buying Wisconsin's utilities at a cut rate. Hmmm, conflict of interest? The really amusing part of the whole mess is that Governor Walker is also a darling of the newly formed Tea Party, whose proponents espouse smaller government (at the expense of the people).
Ya gotta love democracy, with all its foibles.