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Dane County, Wisconsin Judge Maryann Sumi issued a stern warning to out-of-control governor Scott Walker and the lemming-like Republicans who follow him: Obey the court or their ass is grass.
Sumi obviously didn’t like Walker’s attempt to circumvent her injunction blocking implementation of his efforts to strip the state’s public employee unions of collective bargaining rights so she clarified her position Tuesday in a stinging rebuke of the governor and the Legislative Reference Bureau, which published the law last Friday and gave Walker an excuse to try and implement in violation of the court ruling.
Sumi lashed out, saying “apparently that language [in the ruling] was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation [of the collective-bargaining bill] was enjoined. That is now what I want to make crystal clear.”
Sumi warned Walker and his fellow Republicans that “willful defiance of a court order” will subject them to sanctions from the court.
Legislative Reference Bureau head Stephen Miller testified at the Tuesday hearing and said he felt his agency could publish laws without the approval of the Secretary of State, which he did with Walker’s union busting legislation. Under cross examination, however, Miller admitted the agency had never done so in the past, suggesting he caved under pressure from the governor and GOP legislators.
So Sumi expanded her ruling to specifically prohibit the Secretary of State from publishing the law in a state newspaper — the final step needed for the bill to become enforceable. A follow-up hearing is set for Friday.
What we have here is another example of Republican arrogance when it comes to imposing the GOP’s repressive political agenda on others. They don’t give a damn about the law, as George W. Bush proved with the many criminal acts of his administration, including the launching of an illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq based on a lie about weapons of mass destruction that did not exist.
Walker has become a hero of the GOP, which embraces sleazeballs, hacks and extremists as stars and uses them to con a gullible public that — incredibly — believes these scam artists actually care about them.
In reality, the GOP severs only the uber-rich and the rabid right-wing. They don’t give a damn about ordinary Americans and they haven’t for a long time now.
Walker, however, is not backing down. His aide, Mike Huebsch, in a prepared statement, says “we will continue to confer with our legal counsel and have more information about how to move forward in the near future.”
In other words, they will continue to look for ways to circumvent the court and try to find a way to proceed. Like Bush, Walker’s creed is “damn the law, full speed ahead.”
Just the kind of corrupt, morally-corrupt type of politician that Republicans so often embrace.