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So, Sen. Janet Bewley thinks her constituents are stupid?

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — Senate Minority Leader Janet Bewley thinks her constituents who don’t vote for local tax increases “are not smart.”

The Ashland Democrat said as much at a Wisconsin Counties Association Roundtable this week.

Bewley shared a story about communities in her northern Wisconsin district that couldn’t afford to operate an ambulance service.

“It’s a mandated service and they can’t do it. They’re heart sick and begging for help,” she said.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) asked, “Have they gone to referendum already and asked voters to increase their own revenues?”

“They haven’t had time but they are thinking about it,” Bewley answered.

“So they have the option now?” Vos followed up.

Bewley agreed they do but that the “voters will turn it down, then they’re going to be in the same position they’re in right now.”

“So, if the voters turned it down, doesn’t it mean they don’t support what you’re advocating for?” Vos asked.

“No, it means they’re not smart,” Bewley sharply answered.

Then the senator summed up the left’s elitist attitude on governance, saying the state should step in when local residents err in their judgment. In short, the state helps those who don’t have the good sense to help themselves.

“Sometimes we have to do things to allow them the ability, we, as a state, have to do things that are part of the state’s responsibilities that should not always be linked to one group… If they can’t provide it, don’t we have some collective responsibility to help those communities that depend on volunteer emergency services?” Bewley stammered.

Vos asked Bewley if she might want to rethink her accusation.

“I disagree with people a lot but I don’t think people who disagree with me are dumb,” the speaker said. “Basically, you just said your constituents are dumb because they don’t agree with you.”

Vos and Bewley joined Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu  (R-Oostburg) at the roundtable discussion.

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7 thoughts on “So, Sen. Janet Bewley thinks her constituents are stupid?

  • Brewley isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, is she, and I suspect her constituents will be smarter at election time. I’m curious though, why does she think it’s a “mandated” service? Whose mandate, hers? Also, who’s “heartsick and begging for help”? And why? Inquiring minds want to know…

  • Emme – exactly right – distance learning works, check out Arizona State University and others. Teachers and their unions are going to put themselves out of business and good riddance.

  • Here is my questions? With all of the people that can’t work, or small business can’t open.
    Why are we paying politicians full time pay?
    Why are we paying teachers full time pay, when they are working part time?
    Why are we letting a illegitimate governor pass unconstitutional executive orders.
    Have you ever read the Bill of Rights?
    All I hear at my job is about extremism. I don’t hear of a definition that is defined by a Federal Statute or a state statute.
    “Reasonable accusations” “Reliable source” are you kidding me?
    I am a Cold War soldier, this is the New National Socialist Party.
    We are being told to report our neighbors, we are being told to tell people to wear a mask. Where is the proof? Now we need to wear two masks? Wake up our rights are being taken away, day by day.
    It’s time to stand up and say “NO”.
    It’s time to say what if I don’t?
    It’s time to take America back to pre 2020. If we keep letting politicians take our rights away we no longer have freedom.
    The are “NOT LEADERS” the are supposed to be our “ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES”. If there not representing the people, then they need to go.
    We are living in the times that our founding fathers warned us about.
    This is a government by the people for the people. This is a government of how much money can we make off of the people.

  • Just looking at her make me remember psycho 101 when we studied the defense mechanism called projection, something most Democrats have perfected to the level of excellence.

  • Since teachers don’t want to go back to work, take the school money and pay for an ambulance service. From state superintendent of schools to many local school superintendents we have learned virtual is just as good so bulldoze the schools or turn them into apartments for homeless. Think of the savings! No busses, no carbon footprint, no school shootings or bullying. Money saved could give every street in Sen. Brewley’s district an ambulance.

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