2.10.2009

If politics is perception, is 92% of the state legislature selfish and arrogant? Probably.

A $2,530 pay raise for state legislators may be a drop in the bucket compared to the $5.4 billion deficit, but sometimes it is not so much about the money as it is doing the right thing. Wisconsin lost more than 60,000 jobs last year - 33,000 of those in December alone - and our lawmakers have the audacity to take a pay raise.

In politics, leadership is about priorities and setting the right example. Apparently 92% of the legislature are looking out for themselves first.

The State Journal has an editorial admonishing the 122 legislators who took the raise and praising the ten who did not. While $25,300 doesn't solve our problems, at least a small percentage of our legislators still realize they serve the people, not the other way around. The ten members who aren't politically tone-deaf:
  • Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills
  • Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Waunakee
  • Sen. Ted Kanavas, R-Brookfield
  • Sen. Dan Kapanke, R-La Crosse
  • Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan
  • Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center
  • Rep. Steve Hilgenberg, D-Dodgeville
  • Rep. Dan Knodl, R-Germantown
  • Rep. Margaret Krusick, D-Milwaukee
  • Rep. Keith Ripp, R-Lodi