“There are two things you don’t want to see being made—sausage and legislation.”-- German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck
We don't know anything about sausages, but last night's / this morning's legislative doings prove once again that von Bismarck hit the nail on the head about lawmaking.
The Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, where the budget was finally locked down at 5:30 a.m. this morning, on the usual party-line 12-4 vote, had some interesting exchanges. Here's how Wispolitics.com reported part of the debate:
Rep. Robin Vos, R-Caledonia, made an attempt at a filibuster speech by reading the Yellow Page list of attorneys, claiming that lawyers are "the biggest beneficiaries of this budget."
When the chair ruled he was out of order, Vos decided to read the bill out loud verbatim.
"You guys might think it's a joke the way you're screwing business, but I'm going to finish," he said.
Vos’ tactics drew an angry response from Dem Rep. Jen Shilling of La Crosse.
"We need to take a deep breath. We are grown ups," she said. "We do not need to go down the road you are preparing to go down."