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WI: 5 things we are happy to say goodbye to in 2012

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By Wisconsin Reporter

We all have a lot to be thankful for, of course. But here are five things we’re happy to say goodbye to in 2012:

Gov. Scott Walker this year became the first governor in the country to survive a recall election — an episode Wisconsinites, for various reasons, are happy to put behind them.

5. Uncertainty — Whether you like the end result or not, the November elections and the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), cleared several things up. We will, for at least another two years, have a divided federal government. Wisconsinites affirmed that they like Gov. Scott Walker in the governor’s mansion and the GOP in charge of the Legislature, at least for now. And the Affordable Care Act will be implemented, despite the GOP’s hopes to the contrary. Walker has talked a lot about businesses needing political certainty. Job done.

4. Rising unemployment  The national unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Granted, that’s hardly a cause for cheer. But it is the lowest joblessness rate since February 2009. And the national unemployment rate steadily dropped throughout the year, starting at 8.3 percent in January. Job growth has been slow, but steady, throughout the year. Here’s hoping that trend continues.

3. Political insanity  We’re hardly expecting 2013 to be a year of moonlight and roses. After all, the state and country remain deeply divided. But when little girls are being harassed at the state Capitol, or campaign volunteers say they’d been beaten up for their political views, but then recant … well, it might be time to cool things down a bit. The new year undoubtedly will bring its own tales of political craziness. But with two years of nearly endless electioneering finally over, maybe Wisconsin can get a little peace and quiet.

2. Endless, endless, endless campaign ads  It’s one thing to be a TV viewer in a swing state leading up to a presidential election. It’s a whole other thing to be a TV viewer in Wisconsin, where the glut of presidential-campaign ads were accompanied by those for the Tammy Baldwin-Tommy Thompson U.S. Senate race, the most negative race in the country according to a to a Kantar Media CMAG analysis and one of the most expensive, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And thanks to a contentious state Supreme Court race and the string of recall elections, Wisconsinites already were tired of elections long before the big election arrived. Enough.

1. The “r” words —  How do we spell relief? By ridding our vocabulary of every other “r” word that has dominated the conversation over the past couple of years. Recession. Recounts. And, yes (sigh), recalls. The 2013 state Supreme Court race may yet be a doozy. And America may yet fall off the fiscal cliff. But it appears that Wisconsin finally has grown tired of recall elections, at least. And that alone is enough reason to be thrilled 2012 is over.



Kirsten formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • grge61

    I hate to tell you this, but the real unemployment rate is not 7.7% Millions have dropped out of the job market; they’ve just given up and the official number doesn’t account for that. Maybe the mainstream media and government types won’t be using the “r” words, but that doesn’t mean it’s so. Many of us out here no longer trust or pay attention to either because we’re just sick of the lies and the “official” narrative.
    I say good luck to you Wisconsin, but I don’t believe that things have gotten better or are going to get better for anyone in this country other than the ruling class. We’re still struggling out here and our voices are ignored by the very people who we have sent to capitols around the nation. You may not see it and you may not recognize what it is, but people are fed up and pissed at the continuing dog and pony show meant to distract us from what is really happening to this country.
    We’re tire of our children’s futures being pissed away in order to buy votes for those who contribute nothing to society. We will find ways to do what we have to do without paying into the great federal machine. We will barter and trade and work for cash when we can and do our best to starve the beast that is killing any hope of a brighter tomorrow full of opportunity for us, our children and grandchildren.
    To the parasites in this nation, government “workers” and other people sucking on the federal, state and local teat I say, enjoy it for now, but it will all come crashing down around you much sooner than you think. Our debt to GDP ratio is higher than any other nation in the world and your good times will end. Let’s just hope it’s sooner than later so future generations will be able to learn the lesson in it and set things right again for liberty’s sake.