My heart is aching this morning.
I awoke to the news that the Wisconsin Assembly had passed the "budget repair" bill, unamended, in a sudden rush vote after midnight last night. They ran the roll-call so quickly that not all legislators even had the chance to push their button to register a vote.
Then I saw this article in Madison's Capital Times:
Walker warns Medicaid payments to nursing homes could be delayed if bill not passed
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is now holding senior Medicaid recipients hostage over the passage of a bill (which can no longer be amended -- the struggle is now to scrap it altogether) that would turn future decisions on Medicaid over to his own appointee Dennis Smith, who has taken positions hostile to Medicaid. His aim is to force the return of Democratic Senators who have left the state, to complete the forcing of this bill upon the state of Wisconsin.
This is wrong. This is so very wrong.
P.S. As pointed out by Suze in the comments, there's an inspiring and heartbreaking Capital Times story online today:
Disability rights activists stage protest inside state GOP headquarters