May 29, 2009

Vos filiubusters with the Yellow Pages

“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 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."


  1. Good for Vos.

  2. Fed up in Caledonia5/29/2009 9:58 AM

    Vos has this one correct.

  3. I'm sure the readers of the Racine Post would be interested to hear of the many votes cast by Senator Lehman last night that will raise taxes and fees on Racine citizens.

    Why bother doing that when another hit piece on your favorite target is so much easier.

    Thank you Representative Vos for fighting for the citizens.

  4. Thank you Rep. Vos...thank you!!!!!

  5. And in other news....

    When asked how to balance the budget Vos collapsed into a small ball, stripped naked, cried and kept repeating "tax cut" to himself over and over again.

    Me Vos, tax bad, ugh, ugh.

    Robin Vos - ideas so simple they don't even qualify as complete sentences.

  6. StopthemadnessNOW5/29/2009 5:45 PM

    I am soooo tired of Rep. Robin Vos.

    It's gotten to the point where he's completely irrelevant. Unless, of course, you count all these stunts, press releases and blather as his upcoming bid for State Senate in 2010.

  7. Keep up the Great Work Robin. Thank you!

  8. Thank you Vos for standing up for the people you represent. Lets regulate the lawyers more. Maybe they will leave Wisconsin.

  9. StopthemadnessNOW, let me guess... are you a democrat that wants to be taxed into oblivion or just a democrat that craves entitlements? Anyone that has no concern for our state and the "all in" attitude of the dems (who are 'protecting the middle class' (where all the tax money comes from)) probably would not support Mr. Vos.

  10. Was Vos wearing a top hat and tap shoes? Sounds like he was trying to perform instead of legislate.

    For all of you who think this was amusing keep in mind that Vos can't argue with reason and facts so he whips out some silly stunt and you are paying for don't like your taxes wasted, but you think it's okay for someone to live off your tax money and act like a performing monkey instead of an adult, educated, well reasoned representative.
    If you wanted to hire a performance artist to represent you, you could have done much better with someone actually trained in theater. They probably would be smarter too.