First, Sinderbrand is defending his family, as he should. It's nice that he is even-handed enough to note that the term "holocaust" to describe something other than the actual Holocaust is as improper as comparing Gov. Scott Walker to the evil most responsible for said Holocaust. (We're going to have to agree to disagree about "thugs" given that that is precisely how union activists have been acting in Madison and elsewhere.)
Another point, however, comes from two comments:
Both comments get to the crux of what has been happening in Madison for much of 2010 and all of 2011 so far. Sinderbrand seems to miss the blowback that has been the logical result of an electorate that believes it was ignored by the previous occupant of the Executive Residence and his Democratic, union, environmentalist and, yes, trial lawyer buddies, which completely controlled state government in the late 2000s. There is no other explanation for the Nov. 2 election results, which were the biggest election-to-election voter reversal I've ever seen in my lifetime of living in this state.
(As it happens, Sinderbrand does not seem to be a trial lawyer based on his biography, but the difference between "lawyer" and "trial lawyer" is a distinction without a difference among most non-lawyers. And Sumi is not "answerable to no one," since judges in this state, from Sumi's circuit court level to the Supreme Court, are elected by voters.)
Many people voted as they did Nov. 2 out of a belief that the regulators, attorneys and judges have been running things in this state to the detriment of us taxpayers for a long time. Sinderbrand mentions having lived in this state for 35 years; that would be the same approximate time that Wisconsin's annual per capita income growth has trailed the national average. Some people have done well; many have not, and the state has underperformed in such measures of business vitality as start-ups and incorporations and venture capital for so long that several think tanks and both nominated candidates for governor noted the state's poor business climate.
Sinderbrand is right that "Political discourse in 2011 has lost its integrity, morality, and sense of honor." That is because politics is about one thing, only one thing, and nothing but one thing: Winning. The losers do not make laws; the winners do. The previous winners raised taxes by more than $2 billion while still succeeding in creating more red ink than Wisconsin has spring flood waters. That made all of us Wisconsinites losers.