Posts Tagged ‘Tim Carpenter’

Give illegal immigrants driver licenses

June 22, 2009

You know you’re on the good guys team when the dairy farmers support you. Yeah, the subsidies they get might be a little unfair, but dammit, unless your kid is one of 75% of humans who is lactose intolerant, he needs his milk! Also, they selflessly help us find kidnapped people.

Representatives from law enforcement, the dairy industry, labor groups and religious organizations urged lawmakers this morning to approve a provision in the state budget that would provide limited driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

No wonder the Democrat who axed the deal, Sen. Tim Carpenter, comes from Milwaukee, where cows are only found between the buns of a big mac and people probably assume that milk is made at the Miller Brewery. In an email leaked to the press, Carpenter bragged about convincing other Democrats to retreat from this safety proposal, as well as nix a provision that would allow children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition in the UW system.

Although I disagree with Democrats on a variety of issues, it truly is disheartening when they not only water-down good policy, but abandon it all together. This is not a surrender to more moderate or even conservative philosophy, this is a surrender to knee-jerk right wing maniacs and talk radio hosts.

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Senate Democrats: a gang of sell outs

June 21, 2009

Forward Thinking hits the nail on the head: disgusting, despicable.

An email leaked from State Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) shows the senator boasting about his efforts to remove a provision of the budget that would have allowed the children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition for college. In addition, a proposal to allow illegal immigrants to get driving cards was taken out by Senate Democrats. Ironically Senate Democrats have made “common-sense” driving safety issues somewhat of a theme in their budget talking points, including a new law that will allow cops to pull over drivers without seat belts and a provision to make auto insurance mandatory.

Furthermore, a very comprehensive article in the Journal-Sentinel discusses the Senate Dems surrender on the oil tax, which could have raised the price of gas up to 4 cents a gallon. Their alternative, which will raise capital gains taxes on about 9% of state residents, is a reasonable plan, but it’s nauseating to listen to them justify it by alleging that they are protecting “Wisconsinites at the pump.”

At least the Senate Dems have gone ahead and endorsed a plan to create domestic partner registries.