behalf of Wisconsin workers and unions
From a distance, we can see the people gathering at the Municipal
Services Building Plaza opposite City Hall. It was a lunchtime
gathering, so it didn't last very long. The declaration for the
gatherinng was "Today I stand with the teachers, nurses, and all
employees of Wisconsin who are fighting for their rights."
24 Feb 2011
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was
duped by a liberal blogger pretending to be right-wing billionaire
David Koch and said a number of troubling things. Primarily, that he
didn't object to putting "troublemakers" into the crowd and causing
a disturbance that might end up endangering public safety. He appeared
to be concerned entirely with the damage it might cause him
politically. And why the heck is the governor of a state apparently
coordinating strategy with an out-of-state donor? Walker had a few
um, rather, interesting
statements on the call. With Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate out
of state and thus denying Republicans a quorum, House members have
submitted some 50 or so amendments to the budget repair bill that would
deny collective bargaining rights to unions. None
of the amendments have succeeded.
Looks like the news will feature aerieal views tonight of the crowd.
I reviewed a piece from our local paper:
The AP article “Layoffs
” demonstrates once again why the left blogosphere/the netroots
exist. This is a piece that is very highly slanted against the unions
in Wisconsin, it simply accepts all of the conservative talking
points at face value and completely fails to explain that the unions
have already agreed to all of the demanded conditions (Pension and
health care concessions) with the sole exception of the right to
bargain collectively. Unions can't surrender that last item without
losing their whole reason for existence.
The piece adopts the passive tense when
it describes how Governor “Walker warned that state employees could
start receiving layoff notices.” No indication there that the
Governor himself would decide exactly which workers would be let go.
How do we know that layoffs wouldn't be part of an automatic and
Later in that same paragraph, we read
“Walker wouldn't say which jobs he would go after first.” In
other words, the Governor has complete discretion as to which jobs
he'll cut in response to union “insubordination.”
Nor does the piece explain that the
$137 million that Wisconsin is short on and that has allegedly caused
the crisis there was created entirely by the Governor's own actions.
Wisconsin Capital Times
showed on February 16th
the Governor “did not inherit a budget that required a repair bill”
and then specified the spending that he and his cronies engaged in,
knowing full well that the Wisconsin budget would thereby be pushed
into a deficit by their actions.
We get a chart showing just how
Walker plans to attack unions in his current budget. Not a very
pleasant picture at all. Very disturbingly, Walker wants to take
Medicaid spending away from the state legislature and put it directly
under the Governor's office. "This is blatant overreach on the part of
conservatives who are coming at state budgets with all the drunken
gusto of Tea Party fever."
Wait, what's that sign in the middle of the picture?
Oo-eewww!!! I guess people see that as how Republicans are
treating the public these days! I do like the "Walk like an Egyptian"