We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wisconsin Republicans latest tricks exposed

Click here to access article by Mark Pocan from The Progressive.

In a stealth legislative maneuver Governor Walker is trying to ram his attacks on public spending through an emergency session of the Wisconsin legislature.
Governor Walker’s Republican budget includes a $1.6 billion cut to schools, a $500 million cut to health care programs, a $250 million cut to the University of Wisconsin system and a 30 percent cut to out state’s technical college system, and the list goes on.