Hot Topic on Fastnote – Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin
|March 10, 2011||Posted by sarahayars under Top Names|
Without a doubt the hottest topic on Fastnote right now is Governor Scott Walker – he’s the Top Name for the past 30 days even though his name hasn’t been on Fastnote for 30 days yet. As of this writing there are 104 notes to him. All of the notes have been written in the past 20 days, and 101 of them have been written in the past eight days. 68 of the notes are active, which means that the non-active/archived notes were written by someone who has since written an new note that is currently active. The oldest active note is 8 days old.
Those statistics aren’t surprising, given how Governor Walker has stepped up onto a national stage in the past week as the Republicans in the Wisconsin State Senate and state workers unions came head to head over a controversial bill – it seems that every one of the notes is related to this one issue. From where I am in the UK, it’s not easy to make sense of what’s going on – every article about it seems to be highly polarized in one direction or the other.
On the one hand, it’s being lauded as a difficult but necessary push for the budget. This is the most agreed with positive note from the past two days:
To: Governor Scott Walker – Stand Firm!
Dear Honorable Governor Walker, We firmly support you and your efforts to balance the budget by whatever method is appropriate. The rank and file tax payer has almost no say in state or federal activities. You are my voice, please stand firm!
11 people agree with this note, two disagree, and one marked it well said. There are many notes like this one – 58% of the notes written to Governor Walker are positive – but the the voice of support is not the only one out there, and the voice of dissent is a bit more emotional, mostly angry. Fastnote users, as of this writing, are definitely biased in Governor Walker’s favor, as evidenced by the number of “disagree” votes on every note that offers an opposing view – but that hasn’t stopped people from calling him disgusting, a crook, a liar, and outrageous. There certainly is disagreement, though it’s hard to see that from votes alone – most of these writers don’t seem to have read and voted “disagree” with the notes on the other side. There are also a number of suggestions – this one is the most poignant:
To: Governor Scott Walker – Not What You Are Doing, But How.
I have worked both union and non union. In my job not much difference. If this is only about the budget why not take the readily given concessions. If we are more in debt you are as much to blame. Democracy is not about forcing a pre-determined vote.
Five people agree with this note, two disagree, and one voted it well said. Regardless of what side you take, it does seem that something is amiss in Wisconsin right now – with the Democrats absent to delay the vote, the vote being pushed through anyway, and accusations of cheating all around. Personally I think it’s a shame that the whole thing wasn’t handled in a more professional way by all sides, but, as another note says:
To: Governor Scott Walker – We’ll All Be Watching
It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out over time – and who really benefits from this. If it is budget motivated, that’s a good thing and will show in time, if it’s about corporate backing, that will come out too, in time.
There’s a lot of emotion around about this, certainly, with some people thrilled and others devastated, and only time can show us what the real results will be.
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