TCD’s weekly winners and losers (12/16/11)
Rep. Paul Ryan, who this week was listed as a Runner-Up for TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year, is also making news for a new proposal in efforts to reform Medicare. Along with Democratic representative Ron Wyden of Oregon, Ryan presented a new plan before Congress on Wednesday that would “provide financial support allowing seniors to select insurance through a new, regulated exchange intended to foster competition and reduce costs,” according to Reuters.
It’s been a big week for lawsuits in Wisconsin. This week, the ACLU sued the state over the new Voter ID law, set to go into effect on Feb. 21 of next year. The Milwaukee police union also filed suit against the Milwaukee Police Association and the City of Milwaukee over changes in their health plan. The contentious nature of Wisconsin politics continues to spill into the courtroom.
United Wisconsin and Wisconsin Democrats announced on Thursday that they have collected more than 500,000 signatures for the petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker. That comes out to more than 16,000 signatures collected per day since the recall began on Nov. 15. United Wisconsin also said that its new signature collection goal is 720,277, which is 200,000 more than the required number to move forward with the recall.
My how quickly things can change.
First, it was the frustrating disaster that was Game 5 in St. Louis, followed shortly by the abrupt end to the Crew’s storybook season. I was there for Game 6 at Miller Park, and as my Brewer-crazed family and I looked on in disbelief, we saved our last cheers for Prince Fielder, who we knew would be playing his last game as a Brewer, and left the stadium trying to hold onto hope, saying “at least we have Braun.”
Unbeknownst to us, something far worse than being outplayed in the playoffs was brewing. A legacy was being destroyed.
By now, you surely know that Ryan Braun has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for synthetic testosterone during the 2011 playoffs. You’ve surely heard the arguments and the evidence from each side and if you’re anything like me, you’re still well-entrenched in denial.
Whether or not Braun has a case in contesting the results, it remains highly unlikely that the suspension will be overturned, as that hasn’t happened once in a case of PED-related suspension. So in all likelihood, the Milwaukee Brewers will be starting the 2012 season without Prince Fielder or Ryan Braun. What’s next, Bernie Brewer checking into AA?
But perhaps those most effected in this terrible saga are the young fans who looked up to Braun as their hero; the face of the franchise, the MVP, the Brewer for life. One particular account of this lost innocence was passed along from TCD visual arts writer, Judith Ann Moriarty.
She writes, “My grandson is about to be twelve, a delicate age to say the least; the age when bodies change rapidly and emotions run rampant. Ryan Braun is his hero. He cried when he heard about the PED scandal, and for him and many other youngsters who worship Braun, perhaps it was the first brush with the real world of adults. His dad sat him down and explained how adults ensnare themselves and after a few more tears, grandson seemed to grasp (though not fully of course), the gist of the message. In a world of so few heroes, did Braun blow it, and if so, he blew a hole in the celebrity dreams of a youngster.”
That is something that cannot be appealed.