The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has this pronouncement-
KRM: Climb on board or get out of the way
Seriously, who died and gave these folks at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the right to speak this way to their fellow Wisconsinites.
Of course, the MJS editorial board would claim that they are talking to the politicians this way and not the people.
My guess is that the MJS editorial board has no clue that the politicians are actually representatives of the people.
In fact, not only do they not recognize this, they are demanding that the politicians defy the wishes of the people and advanced the KRM anyway-
And the political reality may well be that referendums are the only way to
get something done on rail, although we would argue that politicians are elected
to make tough choices.
Are they asking the politicians to ignore the people that elected them and cower in the face of the special interest businesses?
The MJS does seem to realize that the people should be on board, but they are telling the politicians to ignore the people anyway. They are calling it "tough choices"
The idea is to make sure that those who would be paying for transit have a say
in determining what kind of transit system is created.
understandable sentiment. And the political reality may well be that referendums
are the only way to get something done on rail, although we would argue that
politicians are elected to make tough choices.
Here are some more political realities for the MJS to ponder:
It's our money and if the people do not want to pay for it, why is it being shoved down our throats?
Politicians are to represent the people, if they do not honestly represent the people, they will be replaced!
Politicians work for the people, not Johnson Wax and Tax!
If Johnson Wax and Tax and the rest of their buddies want a commuter rail line, they can pay for it themselves. They can pay for the maintenance. They can even pay their own employees to ride it. If they choose to pay for it themselves, amazingly few people would say a peep about it.
I have to say, as I read thru this article, I could not help but giggle a little at this statement-
But that would mean that southeastern Wisconsin would fall further behind its competitors in the global marketplace.
Seriously, creating a commuter rail line between Kenosha and Milwaukee will turn us global?
The commuter rail line only covers about 50 miles. That does not exactly cover GLOBAL proportions.