Dem Rep Gordon Hints: “Are you seeing a pattern here?” Wow! The totalitarian grab going on in Wisconsin. MSNBC

Wow. This is the most powerful, most cogent…the best.

Today. On MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell: A video of Dem Rep Gordon Hints on the huge totalitarian (my word, not his) power grab and threat to democracy going on in Wisconsin right now.

This is the text, as the video is not yet available. I will post the video when it is available as you will not get the impact without seeing it. But here is the text till then, anyway.

Also, watch the show tonight, as it is replayed again on MSNBC.

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>>> The wisconsin state senate
has yet to debate the budget
repair bill, but the state
assembly has been visibly
involved in a heated back and

On friday, republican state
representatives voted on
governor walker’s bill, before
start time,
and before democrats had shown
up on the floor.

That prompted this frustrated
response from democratic
representative gordon hints.

>> Got an e-mail from the
gentleman from the 69th that
said be here by 5:00.

It was three minutes to 5:00.

I was walking here from caucus,
saw that we were voting.

Again, when you send an e-mail,
Says 5:00, 5:00 means 5:00.

Once I heard you guys already
decided to vote on things, then
I realized that, you know, why
would that happen, and then I’m
like oh, that’s right, it is
consistent with how everything
else has been handled.

Like last friday morning, when i
was driving to a school business
administrator’s meeting in
depeer, and I turned on the
radio, and there was an ad
saying hey, support governor
walker’s budget republican bill,

Guess what.

I had never been given a bill,
hadn’t even been given talking

I know we are in the minority,
but I am elected the same way
you’re lek ted, the same public
from the state of wisconsin and
I deserve better than that.

It is bad enough hi to hear it
from a radio ad from washington,
, and then show up at a
meeting with no details.

So what we heard that we may or
may not get an emergency bill,
may get a repair bill, I found
out from the radio, from a
washington, d.c. interest group.

What does that have to do with

And then it is 144 pages.

And then we get briefed on
monday, and I’m told we are
going to vote on thursday or

And then when we asked for
public hearings, and the public
wants to speak out, you cut them

This isn’t how we do things to
each other, it is not how things
get introduced.

And it is simply not what we do
to the public.

If you want to jam through a
bill, you got to sift through
the messy process that is

When we sat in 4th grade,
we learned how amazing it was
they came together.

We also learned it was bloody,
people had to fight for it, and
they wanted to make it hard to
do big things.

You are supposed to be a
deliberative body, have
discussions, and supposed to be
transparent, because the public
matters in all of this input.

And then when we keep the
hearings going and honestly look
at the bill, it is 144 pages, we
find out that there’s things
like $47 million of federal aid

And then we will have to close
the bus system.

Have an honest amendment to
carve that out and I want to get
it submitted, we show up here,
and you are going to vote
without us three minutes before
you told us to be here.

Are you seeing a pattern here?

I find out from the radio, from
some group I don’t even know who
it is.

Then when the public wants to
talk, you cut them off.

Then when we show up to vote,
when we show up to vote, I get
it, I am in the minority, you’re
right, there’s a bunch of us.

But if you want to know why
there are 35,000 people here,
look at yourself in the mirror.

And how about a little respect,
at least for your colleagues.

>> That was wisconsin state
assemblyman expressing his
exasperation with how the budget
battle is playing out there.


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