Many people call my town of Madison, Wisconsin “67 square miles surrounded by reality”. Honestly, if you can handle certain things it is a nice place to live. One of the things you will need to be able to handle is the super liberal culture that you will be immersed in once here. I have a lot of fun with it. I moved here from Rockford, Illinois 15 years ago and to this day am amazed at what goes on. The two cities are separated by only 70 miles, but are worlds apart.
The Madison City Council is famous for wasting time on declarations that have no effect other than making a statement. They have had votes on impeaching presidents, taking stands on foreign conflicts, and many other things that will drive most normal people insane. All of the hand wringing and time wasting costs MONEY – and, in the end, it is my tax money that they are wasting. It is enough to drive one crazy unless you get used to it. Remember, the city council is made up of mostly Democrats and “Progressives”.
Of note this week are two ordinances that made me laugh when I read about them in the paper. First, booze.
We have a small population of bums here in Madison, and they usually congregate on State Street and around the capitol area. Our bum population is migratory, of course as winters here are too harsh for them to lay around by the lakes year ’round. To try to stop the panhandling, the city council has decided to limit the sales of certain types of booze in the downtown area. The types of booze that will not be for sale downtown will be anything less than a six pack of beer or malt liquor (except imports or microbrews!) fortified wine, and less than a pint of hard liquor.
Of course this will do pretty much zero to curb the bums doing what they do, but if it makes the council feel good, so be it.
Unrelated is the new chicken ordinance that a certain alder is pushing. If you own a single family home you are allowed to raise chickens in your back yard here in Madison, but the alder is looking to add multi family dwellings to the eligible list to raise them. Talk about mindboggling.
I have never raised chickens, but don’t they stink like pretty much every other farm animal? I know they make a lot of noise from the time I spent on farms as a youth.
Like I said, you just have to get used to legislation such as this if you are going to be able to tolerate living in Madison.