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Middle WI News - December

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Middle Wisconsin
December 22, 2011
Christmas.. . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Recall Stories . . . . . . . . . .2
Survey Analysis . . . . . . . . 4
The Moral Question . . . . . 5
Last Weapon . . . . . . . . . 6
Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Winning . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Robin Hood . . . . . . . . . .11
The Literary Page . . . . . .12
Recipes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Public Statement . . . . . .15
Rep. Duffy Survey. . . . . .16
Challenging The Myth . . 17
© 2011Middle Wisconsin
eace on Earth
Good Will towards men. These simple words are the hope
 the dream of Christmas. This is a Christian day of remembrance of course, but peace and good will towards others are basic tenets of all the world’s great reli-gions. The values of fairness, and respect, and the community of man are univer-sal. How heartbreaking that the wealthy power structures in America and aroundthe world are doing everything in their power to kill the dream of Christmas
toconvince us that it is every man for himself and survival of the fittest.Let us find strength and courage in the struggles ahead knowing that we are thevoice of Christmas. We are the hope
the dream. We are the fairness, the respect,the community of man. So to all
be we Christian, Jew or Muslim, Buddhist, Hin-du or Unitarian
Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Joyful Holiday
Stories From The Recalls
By Nate Timm
Canvassing door to door always has the potential to produce the unexpected. And,that’s just what I experienced this past weekend.
After having lived in the same neighborhood for over 40 years one tends to settleinto some patterns. I have lived with most of my neighbors for the majority of thistime. One of these neighbors has always supported my request to place Democraticsigns in his yard. So when I pulled up to his house this weekend with a RecallWalker Petition in hand, I was sure of a positive result. As expected, I was met atthe door by a friendly greeting and invited in. I asked the lady of the house who hadgreeted me if she had signed a recall petition yet. She seemed unsure so I advisedher to sign again. I next turned to her husband with the same question. His re-sponse was the surprise of the day. My neighbor’s reaction reminded me of an ap- plicable Russian proverb:
One day a Russian serf was plowing a field with a walking plow. He wassurprised to strike a hard object which pitched him over the plow handle.He immediately dug the object from the ground. To his amazement it wasa brass urn. Upon pulling the stopper, a magic genie appeared.
The genie informed the serf that he would be given one wish. After somethought, the serf said “My neighbor has a goat which gives milk fromwhich he makes cheese. He is becoming wealthy by selling the cheese.”The genie interrupted, “So you would like a goat?” “No” the serf replies,“I want you to kill my neighbor’s goat.”
My neighbor too was victimized by this mean
spirited Walker agenda of turningneighbor against neighbor. Average people experience wage cuts and job losseswhile the Governor gives tax breaks to corporations.
He informed me that he had long ago experienced the transfer of health care and pension costs from his company to himself. Therefore, it seemed only fair that pub-lic employees be faced with the same demands. His wife then reminded me that thecompany had gone into bankruptcy and still owed him back wages.
I empathized with their comments and then expressed my reason for supporting therecall. “Yes, many people like you are hurting under the Walker economy. Unem- ployment has gone up from 7.4% to 7.9% not down as he had promised.
Middle Wisconsin
December 22, 2011
Page 2
Hope beginsin the dark,the stubbornhope that if you just showup and do theright thing,the dawn willcome. Youwait andwatch andwork; youdon’t give up.
Anne Lamott
Bird By Bird
© 2011Middle Wisconsin
Continued on Page 3
Stories Continued . . .
“Even worse, rather than supporting the train project which would have created jobs, he supported tax breaks for corporations, $122 million at the very start of hisadministration. Not to mention the opening of the Las Vegas loop hole which al-lows large companies like M&I Bank to avoid paying their State Corporate tax.What do you think of that?” The husband replied, “It’s not right.” “But” I said,“most of all I personally think Walker should be recalled because he is attacking our democracy.”
“Just think about all the people the age of our parents who have worked hard raisingtheir families and paying their taxes all of their lives. And now when they are in anursing home without a driver’s license or ID, they are denied the right to vote byWalker and his allies.”
“John, didn’t you go to Viet Nam and risk your life to give them the right to vote?And now the Governor is going to deprive your parents of this very right. ThisGovernor is depriving his own people of their democratic rights. And for that alone,he should be recalled.”
At that point I turned to the wife to ask her if she would like to sign. At which pointthe husband grabbed the clipboard from my hand saying “I want to sign.”
He had found another reason for the recall.
 Nathan Timm, Wisconsin Recall Task Force/Wisconsin Grassroots Network 
Middle Wisconsin
December 22, 2011
Page 3
I don’t agree witheverything your Occupy Movementdoes, but I sympa-thize with your cause and agree onour common ene-my,” declared anOctober internet posting by a“former tea
 partier” from ruralMinnesota.
, November 2011
© 2011Middle Wisconsin

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