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It’s A Matter of Take and Take

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on July 11, 2010

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported that one of the 400 teachers to receive a pink slip was Kris Barrett, wife of Mayor Tom Barrett, who is the presumed Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

It’s never a good thing when people get laid off, whether it is in the private or public sector. However, as disappointed as the Barrett’s might be in this turn of events, the hit probably won’t affect them as much as it would most families.

But as one of the commenters at the JSOnline site put it:

It is sad to see anyone lose their job,in this difficult economy. It is refreshing to see though that Tom Barrett and his wife, Kris, did not ask for or receive any special favors. I wish her well in her job search.

In other words, the Barretts took it on the chin, without pulling the “do you know who I am” card, or trying to rig the system to how her special favors, just because she is the mayor’s wife.

Compare and contrast that to one of the two Republican gubernatorial candidates, Scott Walker.

Walker decided he couldn’t make it on a $80,000 a year and decided to renege on another one of this campaign promises, effectively helping himself to another $50,000 of tax payer money each year, so that he could buy a McMansion with a huge swimming pool.

While the Barretts took it on the chin, without complaint, the Walkers just took it from the tax payers.

Who do you want leading the state?


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