"a democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws arebeing bought and sold"
, and that he really DOES BELIEVE the plutocrats, who happento include him and the MEN who wrote the corporate county takeover bill AB85/SB95,should rule the County. It was written with the help of Representative Joe Sanfelippo(and probably ALEC), and the Greater Milwaukee Committee, consisting of industry"leaders" and self-proclainmed "job creators" (who do not create any jobs, but send themoverseas and eviscerate unions at home and hire prison slave labor).They did not consult a single person acting as a CONSTITUENT during this process,according to a report by the Milwaukee Journal -Sentinel. They only talked amongst their business associates, and no constituents, apparently believing that what's good for business is good for Milwaukee. I tend to think that's a limited, elitist, job-killing view.The gist of this turn of affairs is that Abele vetoed a direct democracy referendum because he did NOT want to hear from We the People, all the while implying that it was because it was NOT a local issue and didn't want to spend taxpayer money (except for Jim's and Mine, decimating our retirement account), then turned around
it local byworking with his local old boys club, consisting of corporate power-brokers, on a statelaw that would give him autocratic powers to sell and/or lease Milwaukee County property (which includes our magnificent, famous parks), Milwaukee Harbor, and jobs programs for the poor and disabled.Undemocratic, elitist, truthLESS, self-serving.According toi AB85/SB95, which were passed despite many constituent protests to thecontrary at the County listening sessions, the County Board will no longer be able tonegotiate these sales or leases, only approve or vote against the final product. This is aform of democracy?I think not.It is corporate monarchy at it's worst. They would be more at home in China.The final lie is the referendum. It allows the public to vote only on cutting the CountyBoard Supervisors' salaries, to a POVERTY WAGE of $24,000.00/year. At that rate of pay, they'd better all stay single, have no children, or get paid off for deals from localcorporate interests.What do YOU think will happen? And what will happen to our county bus system, our parks, our harbor, our poor on welfare, our disabled in the County works programs, our airport which really makes the County some good money, one of the few solvent airportsin the U.S.? All we can do is watch, now.This was a State bill, and our Governor signed itWhat will happen to Milwaukee? It's like Abele hates Milwaukee as much as ScottWalker!Milwaukee will make temporary money from the sales, and then, like Texas, try to buy back what was ours when the price becomes too exorbitant to rent it. Meanwhile, Abele's books will look good - big income (and HUGE outgo/losses for we who love and livehere).What was wrong with Boston, anyhow, that Abele left it? He came to Milwaukee to runhis Dad's Argosy Foundation from Milwaukee? I don't get it.He made lots of friends by giving money to liberal causes, like Planned Parenthood andgay rights and the arts, simultaneously trying to take over all power for himself and hiscorporate buddies in Milwaukee. And disbelieving in direct democracy.