Here is the source article to the OPs opinion piece that is presented. Wis. DMV says
closure decisions aren't final
From the article above, it seems the opinion writer has formulated a large amount of speculation based on one quote,
One Democratic lawmaker [Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Fort Atkinson] said Friday it appeared the decisions were based on politics, with the department
targeting offices for closure in Democratic areas and expanding hours for those in Republican districts.
The article continues to state that Rep. Jorgensen is calling on the Wis. DOT "to reconsider its plants to close the Fort Atkinson DMV center. The
department plans to expand by four hours a week the hours of a center about 30 minutes away in Watertown."
While I was researching for a response, I found out that Fort Atkinson, WI has a population of about 12,000. Their median income is approx.
$50,000/year (above WI. median income and certainly not part of the "poor disenfranchised voters". The average age is 36, and while they do have
elderly within Fort Atkinson, we see that from the 2000 census (2010 data unavailable), is about 12% of their population.
As for their political leanings, I am not sure what Rep. Jorgensen is getting at. According to
Jefferson County Election Results
Atkinson has a party preference of Republican. The 2nd Congressional District, which Fort Atkinson is apart of, has two Republican and one Democratic
representative. All wards in Fort Atkinson show support for Gov. Walker.
Interestingly, the OP article conveniently left out the rebuttal comment made by a Wis. DOT official that politics are not at play. Of course, this
isn't to say one way or another, but if we are to be informed citizens, stop sourcing opinion pieces that are putting "partisanship at work here" as
Mr. Dayden says in the OP article.
Mr. Dayden then continues, in a bit of irony considering his view and stance upon this issue by saying "[T]he partisanship at work here is so
transparently obvious. In Democratic areas, DMV offices are closing. In Republican areas, they’re expanding their hours."
If this is true Mr. Dayden, then how come the Fort Atkinson area, according to election data, vote heavily in the Republican party? If what you say
Mr. Dayden, through crafty wording by blanketing your statement to take one representative's quote, about a specific area and turn it into what your
article is spewing; a big horse's hockey puck.
I doubt 5% of those that read your post, the article and even my response will even move beyond the emotional knee-jerk reaction that Mr. Dayden
intended to receive and fail to use their brains. ATS posters are notorious for posting opinion pieces as fact and truth.
edit on 26-7-2011 by ownbestenemy because: Fixed some data and link to reflect a better cross-section of data.
26-7-2011 by ownbestenemy because: Typos