Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Alberta Darling: I Don’t Listen to People at Hearings on Walker Budget

Alberta Darling: I Don’t Listen to People at Hearings on Walker Budget

Of course not. Why would she want to represent their interests?

Darling Also Says She Knowingly Scheduled Meetings When Working Families Couldn’t Attend

MADISON – It’s shocking in its candor, but Joint Finance Committee Chairwoman Alberta Darling, whose committee is now holding a series of hearings and public meetings around the state of Wisconsin, is now acknowledging she has no interest in the voices of those who show up to testify at her public hearings. Just last night, hundreds were turned away in West Allis, as Darling and other legislators scurried away from the crowd still waiting to testify on Walker’s budget.

Shamefully, Darling admits she believes the voices at her hearings have no meaning because the verdict on Scott Walker’s budget was pre-judged last November by a “silent majority”:

[Sen. Alberta Darling] “a committee co-chairwoman, said most people express their budget preferences at the ballot box, rather than by coming to committee hearings. ‘There is a silent majority,’ Darling said.”

Except that Scott Walker’s extreme and dangerous agenda for Wisconsin – reflected both in his budget repair bill and his draconian cuts to critical state services – was explicitly not discussed during the last election. Nevertheless, Darling has said she’d “absolutely” vote for Scott Walker’s budget repair bill again, despite hundreds of thousands who have voiced opposition and are now pushing to recall her over that very vote to assault workers’ rights.

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