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The Republicans in Wisconsin finally gave up trying to reason with the missing Democrats and took the item concerning collective bargaining for public employees out of the budget bill.  By removing this item from the finance bill they could vote on the item  without a Democrat being present.  This is what they did and of course the item passed.  Wisconsin teachers will not have the right to collectively bargain for pension and health care benefits but they will still be able to collectively bargain for wages.  This is by no means union busting , or maybe it is because now employees can decide for themselves if they want to join the union and fork over several hundred dollars every year to an outfit of thugs with whom they may not agree.  This morning on FOX and FRIENDS   they showed the figures of all the money the union had collected in dues in Wisconsin last year and that money would have hired 151 teachers!   Remember that in Wisconsin and most other states where the unions control people are forced to join and pay dues and they then have no say how their dues are spent. BB

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Wisconsin GOP Finds Way Around Fleebaggers; Senate Votes to Strip Bargaining Rights for Public Workers

By Doug Powers  •  March 9, 2011 08:44 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill Moves to Assembly for Final Passage

by Brett Healy

Three weeks after Senate Democrats fled the state, the Wisconsin State Senate passed the bulk of the Budget Repair Bill in a series of swift and deliberate moves Wednesday.

Late in the afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and the GOP lawmakers assembled for the Special Session voted to send the bill to a bipartisan Senate-Assembly Conference Committee.

“This afternoon, following a week and a half of line‐by‐line negotiation, Sen. Miller sent me a letter that offered three options: 1) keep collective bargaining as is with no changes, 2) take our counter‐offer, which would keep collective bargaining as is with no changes, 3) or stop talking altogether,” said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).  “With that letter, I realized that we’re dealing with someone who is stalling indefinitely, and doesn’t have a plan or an intention to return. His idea of compromise is “give me everything I and the only negotiating he’s doing is through the media.”

Shortly after 6pm, the Conference Committee convened and quickly approved Fitzgerald’s changes to the budget bill over the forceful objections of Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha).

Democrats fled the state on February 17th in an extreme parliamentary maneuver to prevent a 3/5th quorum from being present.

The Wisconsin Constitution requires more than a simple majority for passage of appropriation bills.  A quorum of 3/5 of each house of the legislature is needed to pass any bill that “imposes, continues or renews a tax, or creates a debt or charge, or makes, continues or renews an appropriation of public or trust money, or releases, discharges or commutes a claim or demand of the state.”

To dispatch the 3/5th quorum concerns, the Conference Committee amended the bill, stripping it of appropriations and bonding authority but retaining the collective bargaining changes and other provisions.

It was a move many had speculated for weeks that the GOP could make. On Wednesday, Senate GOP leaders pulled the trigger.

From Illinois, Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) issued a statement, “Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people,” Miller said. “We will join the people of Wisconsin in taking back their government.”

Among the items removed from the bill were nearly $250 million in debt restructuring and lapses of authorized spending to the Department of Administration, as well as a reversal on the sale of state power plants to private entities.

Increased funding to the Department of Corrections and the state’s Medicaid programs, needed to forestall shortfalls in those programs were also not included in the Conference Committee report. Planned changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit and an audit of eligibility requirements for state entitlement programs were also scrapped.

Despite the presence of financial provisions in the bill, Fitzgerald said in the Conference Committee the move to vote was reviewed and cleared by three important non-partisan state agencies – the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the Legislative Council and the Legislative Reference Bureau.

“The people of Wisconsin elected us to do a job,” Fitzgerald said. “They elected us to stand up to the broken status quo, stop the constant expansion of government, balance the budget, create jobs and improve the economy.”

The unamendable bill now awaits action in the State Assembly where passage is expected.

» Unions Storm Madison, Break Windows: Capital in Chaos – Big Government.

This is the capital of Wisconsin today:

Unions Storm Madison, Break Windows: Capital in Chaos

by Publius

From Big Government correspondent on the scene:

We have almost completely lost control of the Capitol building. We now only control the 3rd and 4th floors.

Teachers Unions are sending out robo calls and emails to all their members, asking them to get to the capitol NOW. We know this as a fact.

Democrat Senators are opening windows and letting protesters in. Door’s have been ripped off their hinges.

Next 6-8 hours will determine who controls the capitol. If we lose control, the assembly can’t meet tomorrow.

Quasi-military forces are the only option to win back control of building. They are very close to being called in.

Law enforcement are leaking legislators whereabouts to protesters. No one is safe.

Today they escorted State Senators across the street via an underground tunnel. It’s top secret, but protesters were waiting for them.

National Guard may be called in….plans have been set. We are running out of options.

More from Wisconsin:

America 2011: Security Forces Struggle to Get Control of Wisconsin Capitol

by Publius

A mob currently controls the Wisconsin capitol building. They are trying to prevent an elected legislature from convening. If the left will go this far to protect their own pampered status in one state, imagine what they’ll do when we have to tackle the federal budget crisis.

From BG’s man-on-the-scene, Josiah Cantrall:

[The Assembly] are still planning on convening at 11 am CST.  If they can get control of the building…  As of right now, even the legislators themselves aren’t sure of it’s status.

Police control the lobby to the Assembly Chambers. They think they are in a position to take back control of the actual Chambers. However, right now all they control is the lobby.

Today members of the Assembly will be going to Madison though.

At a certain time, security forces will pick up legislators from their houses, proceed to Madison, drop them off at another secure location where they will receive new instructions.

Madison police won’t be used due to their lack of cooperation.  State troopers and other statewide security forces will provide the escort.

If they get inside, they will give the Democrats a set time when the vote will take place.  No amendments.  Democrats are free to do whatever in the meantime. Go into caucus, scream at the Republican etc. But once they reach the set time, if the building is still secure, the vote will be taken.

For security reasons, exact time of vote will not be released until 11 am.

Note that ’security forces’ will be escorted legislators to the capital.

Wisconsin GOP Senators Face Death Threats; MSM Ignores

by Publius

From 620AM Radio in Wisconsin:

Since the MSM appears intent on downplaying the growing intimidation and escalating threats of violence around the union power issue, I am reprinting verbatim an email that was sent to Republican senators. The email was signed, but I have deleted the name pending what I hope will be a thorough police investigation.

From: XXXX

Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM

To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen

Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes [sic] will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.

We have all planned to assult [sic]you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic [sic]process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.

This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why thisis happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!

Remember, again, the proposal in Wisconsin would give state workers slightly more rights than federal workers currently enjoy. Their pay is not being cut. No one will be laid off. But, they will have to contribute something to the health and retirement benefits.

Wisconsin Capital in Meltdown

by Publius

From Josiah Cantrall, BG’s man-on-the-scene in Madison:

Capitol is in an uproar! A man sported a sign, “burn Walker”. Complete with a drawing of Gov. Walker withering in flames of fire.

Protesters recognized me from my Fox News appearances. One lady refused to leave me alone and began yelling my name and position to anyone who’d listen.

She approached a burly union man and continued with her, “Josiah” rant. He then followed me around for over ten minutes. I went up three floors, turned corners, visited every wing of the building and yet, he remained on my trail. He was at least two inches taller and 100 lbs heavier than me.

Approximately 3,500 protesters are present. When I left they had dragged a sound system into the capitol building. The first speaker was outraged by the “unconstitutional metal detectors”. He followed it up by declaring that any windows screwed down “violate the American Disabilities act”.

Much to the crowds delight, the main speaker promised ” we will break in tonight, the next night and the next night if we have too”. I left the scene as they began chanting, ” we wont leave”.

At 5:00 pm the entire Democrat caucus is rallying with crowd at State street and Carrol.

Wisconsin Educators Association Council is bringing in 15 busloads of teachers for the rally.

A man just dropped his pants….In defiance of Gov. Scott Walker.

The Republicans in Wisconsin finally gave up trying to reason with the missing Democrats and took the item concerning collective bargaining for public employees out of the budget bill.  By removing this item from the finance bill they could vote on the item  without a Democrat being present.  This is what they did and of course the item passed.  Wisconsin teachers will not have the right to collectively bargain for pension and health care benefits but they will still be able to collectively bargain for wages.  This is by no means union busting , or maybe it is because now employees can decide for themselves if they want to join the union and fork over several hundred dollars every year to an outfit of thugs with whom they may not agree.  This morning on FOX and FRIENDS   they showed the figures of all the money the union had given to politicians in Wisconsin last year and that money would have hired 151 teachers!  BB

 

If you like a more spicy read you might want top follow Michelle Malkin on this .

Wisconsin GOP Finds Way Around Fleebaggers; Senate Votes to Strip Bargaining Rights for Public Workers

By Doug Powers  •  March 9, 2011 08:44 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill Moves to Assembly for Final Passage

by Brett Healy

Three weeks after Senate Democrats fled the state, the Wisconsin State Senate passed the bulk of the Budget Repair Bill in a series of swift and deliberate moves Wednesday.

Late in the afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and the GOP lawmakers assembled for the Special Session voted to send the bill to a bipartisan Senate-Assembly Conference Committee.

“This afternoon, following a week and a half of line‐by‐line negotiation, Sen. Miller sent me a letter that offered three options: 1) keep collective bargaining as is with no changes, 2) take our counter‐offer, which would keep collective bargaining as is with no changes, 3) or stop talking altogether,” said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).  “With that letter, I realized that we’re dealing with someone who is stalling indefinitely, and doesn’t have a plan or an intention to return. His idea of compromise is “give me everything I and the only negotiating he’s doing is through the media.”

Shortly after 6pm, the Conference Committee convened and quickly approved Fitzgerald’s changes to the budget bill over the forceful objections of Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha).

Democrats fled the state on February 17th in an extreme parliamentary maneuver to prevent a 3/5th quorum from being present.

The Wisconsin Constitution requires more than a simple majority for passage of appropriation bills.  A quorum of 3/5 of each house of the legislature is needed to pass any bill that “imposes, continues or renews a tax, or creates a debt or charge, or makes, continues or renews an appropriation of public or trust money, or releases, discharges or commutes a claim or demand of the state.”

To dispatch the 3/5th quorum concerns, the Conference Committee amended the bill, stripping it of appropriations and bonding authority but retaining the collective bargaining changes and other provisions.

It was a move many had speculated for weeks that the GOP could make. On Wednesday, Senate GOP leaders pulled the trigger.

From Illinois, Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) issued a statement, “Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people,” Miller said. “We will join the people of Wisconsin in taking back their government.”

Among the items removed from the bill were nearly $250 million in debt restructuring and lapses of authorized spending to the Department of Administration, as well as a reversal on the sale of state power plants to private entities.

Increased funding to the Department of Corrections and the state’s Medicaid programs, needed to forestall shortfalls in those programs were also not included in the Conference Committee report. Planned changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit and an audit of eligibility requirements for state entitlement programs were also scrapped.

Despite the presence of financial provisions in the bill, Fitzgerald said in the Conference Committee the move to vote was reviewed and cleared by three important non-partisan state agencies – the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the Legislative Council and the Legislative Reference Bureau.

“The people of Wisconsin elected us to do a job,” Fitzgerald said. “They elected us to stand up to the broken status quo, stop the constant expansion of government, balance the budget, create jobs and improve the economy.”

The unamendable bill now awaits action in the State Assembly where passage is expected.

» Unions Storm Madison, Break Windows: Capital in Chaos – Big Government.

This is the capital of Wisconsin today:

Unions Storm Madison, Break Windows: Capital in Chaos

by Publius

From Big Government correspondent on the scene:

We have almost completely lost control of the Capitol building. We now only control the 3rd and 4th floors.

Teachers Unions are sending out robo calls and emails to all their members, asking them to get to the capitol NOW. We know this as a fact.

Democrat Senators are opening windows and letting protesters in. Door’s have been ripped off their hinges.

Next 6-8 hours will determine who controls the capitol. If we lose control, the assembly can’t meet tomorrow.

Quasi-military forces are the only option to win back control of building. They are very close to being called in.

Law enforcement are leaking legislators whereabouts to protesters. No one is safe.

Today they escorted State Senators across the street via an underground tunnel. It’s top secret, but protesters were waiting for them.

National Guard may be called in….plans have been set. We are running out of options.

More from Wisconsin:

America 2011: Security Forces Struggle to Get Control of Wisconsin Capitol

by Publius

A mob currently controls the Wisconsin capitol building. They are trying to prevent an elected legislature from convening. If the left will go this far to protect their own pampered status in one state, imagine what they’ll do when we have to tackle the federal budget crisis.

From BG’s man-on-the-scene, Josiah Cantrall:

[The Assembly] are still planning on convening at 11 am CST.  If they can get control of the building…  As of right now, even the legislators themselves aren’t sure of it’s status.

Police control the lobby to the Assembly Chambers. They think they are in a position to take back control of the actual Chambers. However, right now all they control is the lobby.

Today members of the Assembly will be going to Madison though.

At a certain time, security forces will pick up legislators from their houses, proceed to Madison, drop them off at another secure location where they will receive new instructions.

Madison police won’t be used due to their lack of cooperation.  State troopers and other statewide security forces will provide the escort.

If they get inside, they will give the Democrats a set time when the vote will take place.  No amendments.  Democrats are free to do whatever in the meantime. Go into caucus, scream at the Republican etc. But once they reach the set time, if the building is still secure, the vote will be taken.

For security reasons, exact time of vote will not be released until 11 am.

Note that ’security forces’ will be escorted legislators to the capital.

Wisconsin GOP Senators Face Death Threats; MSM Ignores

by Publius

From 620AM Radio in Wisconsin:

Since the MSM appears intent on downplaying the growing intimidation and escalating threats of violence around the union power issue, I am reprinting verbatim an email that was sent to Republican senators. The email was signed, but I have deleted the name pending what I hope will be a thorough police investigation.

From: XXXX

Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM

To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen

Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes [sic] will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.

We have all planned to assult [sic]you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic [sic]process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.

This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why thisis happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!

Remember, again, the proposal in Wisconsin would give state workers slightly more rights than federal workers currently enjoy. Their pay is not being cut. No one will be laid off. But, they will have to contribute something to the health and retirement benefits.

» Organizers Recruiting Workers from Washington DC to Run Recall Efforts Against GOP Senators – Big Government.

It is getting dirty people; real dirty.  These thugs we are having to deal with will do anything and I suspect cracking knee caps is among the  anything they will do.    Republican Congressmen and state representatives have been threatened and their homes picketed and now when will the fire bombs start  flying in.  If they bring in the unemployed criminals from the DC slums  this just might be next.  Are We the People tough enough to fight back?

See the article below. BB

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Organizers Recruiting Workers from Washington DC to Run Recall Efforts Against GOP Senators

by Brett Healy

Despite claims to the contrary from state Democratic officials, the recall efforts against eight Republican Senators could be coordinated by workers from Washington, DC, the MacIver News Service has learned.

“These aren’t being run by national operatives,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Mike Tate on the statewide UpFront with Mike Gousha television program. “This is not some prefabbed, manufactured effort.”

However the MacIver News Service has obtained a recruitment advertisement which solicited applicants from the Washington, DC area for the positions of “Field Organizers” for the Wisconsin Recalls.

The ad, for the Madison-based “Wisconsin Progress ” organization, was listed on the website of The Brad Traverse Group.

The Traverse site, operated out of Falls Church, Va, bills itself as “the leading resource for anyone seeking a job on Capitol Hill and off the Hill in the fields of government affairs, public affairs and communications.”

Although Tate asserted the recalls were organic and outside interests from Madison and Washington, DC were merely assisting with the efforts, the Wisconsin Progress advertisement says the duties for the positions include, but are not limited to: “Execute a field operation in a targeted state senate district–Manage a volunteer effort to collect recall signatures–Operate and Manage phonebank–Implement mass canvassing operations–Outreach to other progressive organizations to recruit volunteers–Data Management.”

Here is the job listing

According to the Wisconsin Progress website, their executive director is Kristen Crowell. In 2006, she became the Political Director for Progressive Majority Wisconsin, working to help train and elect candidates into offices ranging from School Board to State Senate. During her three years with Progressive Majority, she worked directly with over 125 different candidates in over 23 counties.

Kathy Daggs is the group’s political Director. From their website: “Getting her start in politics as an intern for Senator Herb Kohl, she went on to serve as an Eau Claire area volunteer coordinator for then Attorney General Jim Doyle. In 2004, she was named Campaign Director for the 68th district in the Wisconsin Assembly Coordinated Committee. In 2006, she joined the State Senate Democrats Committee, working as the Campaign Director for now [former] Senator Pat Kreitlow helping to defeat an 18-year incumbent in a top targeted race. Following the 2006 races, she went on to work for Senator Kreitlow in the State Senate, serving as his Chief of Staff for three years. In 2008, she dove back into campaign life as the Deputy General Election Director for Barack Obama’s Campaign for Change in Wisconsin.”

On Upfront this weekend, DPW’s Tate asserted of the recall operatives, “These are average, normal people…”

Walker’s Big Bet | The Weekly Standard.

People are asking why gov. Walker is still holding out to stop the unions from being able to bargain for their pay and benefits now that the unions have offered to pay some of their own retirement benefits and some of their health care insurance.  the following article is a good own and explains just what and why the Governor is holding out.  Remember this why reading this article: unions have made a lot of verbal promises and then changed their “minds” later.  As Gov. Walker knows this is a battle he MUST win.

Have you notice it is our state governments and governors who are showing backbone in tackling problems?  I hope the Congress people;e in Washington are watching how it is done and maybe will try a bit of back bone stiffening themselves—-especially the Old Dogs who will be voted out in 2012!

I hope you have also noticed the thuggish moves of the unions during all this.  AND, the unions are also busing in their people to capital cities in other states to protest.  Note the signs and protest methods then ask yourself how they compare to the Tea Party Movement.  Now I wonder why these people aren’t being vilified by the Main Stream Media (MSM) big three news channel (ABC< NBC< CBS)?  BB

So teachers are offering to accept Walker’s proposal that they contribute 5.8 percent of their salary to their pension (up from almost nothing) and pay about 12 percent for health insurance premiums (up from about 6 percent). That’s real money: about $4,000 before taxes for a teacher making $50,000 in base pay. But the increased contributions would still be only about half what a typical worker pays. With these two changes, Walker’s office projects school districts would save about $1 billion over two years—roughly the same amount by which the new budget will reduce state outlays to the schools.

If teachers are willing to make these concessions, why is it necessary to curtail collective bargaining? While Walker’s legislation would require all public employees, including teachers, to contribute more to the statewide pension program, its increase in health insurance premium payments does not apply to teachers unless implemented by school districts. The bill gets rid of collective bargaining for benefits in order to give the districts the option of increasing health insurance premium payments.

Get that?  If the unions keep their ability to legally bargain for benefits then the school boards and counties and tax payers all over the state are still able to be held up for ransom.

Please read the entire article.  It is a good one.  BB

I have gotten emails asking me to please explain what all the noise is about in Madison, Wisconsin.  I think the following article explains it well.  BB

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Madison Madness: Taxpayers Have Had Enough

by Larry Kudlow

The Democratic/government-union days of rage in Madison, Wis., are a disgrace. Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan calls it Cairo coming to Madison. But the protesters in Egypt were pro-democracy. The government-union protesters in Madison are anti-democracy; they are trying to prevent a vote in the legislature. In fact, Democratic legislators themselves are fleeing the state so as not to vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget cuts.

(Check out the tee shirts and the whole story is told in those few words:  the unions did indeed buy their Democrat legislatures and Congressmen and yes, even and most certainly their President!  BB)

That’s not democracy.

The teachers’ union is going on strike in Milwaukee and elsewhere. They ought to be fired. Think Ronald Reagan PATCO in 1981. Think Calvin Coolidge police strike in 1919.

The teachers’ union on strike? Wisconsin parents should go on strike against the teachers’ union. A friend e-mailed me to say that the graduation rate in Milwaukee public schools is 46 percent. The graduation rate for African-Americans in Milwaukee public schools is 34 percent. Shouldn’t somebody be protesting that(Teachers can not be fired after one two or three years of teaching in a district because they get tenure and then no matter how bad they are even if they go insane they can not be fired!   I mention the insanity because I know of a case where this happened and the teacher was under psychiatric care but still the school district could not fire him and he continued to get a pay check. BB)

Governor Walker is facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit, and he wants state workers to pay one-half of their pension costs and 12.6 percent of their health benefits. Currently, most state employees pay nothing for their pensions and virtually nothing for their health insurance. That’s an outrage.

Nationwide, state and local government unions have a 45 percent total-compensation advantage over their private-sector counterpart. With high-pay compensation and virtually no benefits co-pay, the politically arrogant unions are bankrupting America — which by some estimates is suffering from $3 trillion in unfunded liabilities.

Exempting police, fire, and state troopers, Governor Walker would end collective bargaining over pensions and benefits for the rest. Collective bargaining for wages would still be permitted, but there would be no wage hikes above the CPI. Unions could still represent workers, but they (UNIONS)  could not force employees to pay dues. In exchange for this, Walker promises no furloughs for layoffs.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is also pushing a bill to limit the collective-bargaining rights of teachers for wages and wage-related benefits. Similar proposals are being discussed in Idaho and Tennessee. In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich wants to restrict union rights across-the-board for all state and local government workers. More generally, both Democratic and Republican governors across the country are taking on the extravagant pay of government unions.

Why? Because taxpayers won’t stand for it anymore.

In an interesting twist on this story, even private unions are revolting against government unions. Private unions pay taxes, too. And they don’t have near the total compensation of the public unions. It’s no wonder they’re fed up.

So, having lost badly in the last election, the government-union Democrats in Wisconsin have taken to the streets. This is a European-style revolt, like those seen in Greece, France, and elsewhere. So it becomes greater than just a fiscal issue. It is becoming a law-and-order issue.

President Obama, who keeps telling us he’s a budget cutter, has taken the side of the public unions. John Boehner correctly rapped Obama’s knuckles for this. If the state of Wisconsin voters elected a Chris Christie-type governor with a Republican legislature, then it is a local states’ rights issue.

But does President Obama even know that the scope of collective bargaining for federal employees is sharply limited? According to the Manhattan Institute, federal workers are forbidden to collectively bargain for wages or benefits. Instead, pay increases are determined annually through legislation.

Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker said it would be “wise” for President Obama to keep his attentions on Washington, not Wisconsin. “We’re focused on balancing our budget,” he said in a television interview. “It would be wise for the president and others in Washington to be focused on balancing their budget, which they’re a long ways from doing.”

Amen.

Obama should stay out. And Governor Walker should stand tall and stick to his principles. A nationwide taxpayer revolt against public unions can save the country. Otherwise, the spiraling out-of-control costs of state public-union entitlements will destroy the local fisc, just as surely as the unreformed federal entitlements of Social Security and health care are wrecking our national finances.

Is This How a President Should Act? – Hit & Run : Reason Magazine.

Wow.  A great article on what presidential decorum  Obama would do well to follow.  But, there is no hope for Obama since he began running all over the world bad mouthing America and apologizing for us and of course bowing to Muslims.  This article is also a good history lesson.

I have to thank Spag ( Spagnola Report )  for sending me to this article.BB

Is This How a President Should Act?

| February 18, 2011

From the Washington Post:

The president’s political machine (Organizing for America) worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to mobilize thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.

Their efforts began to spread, as thousands of labor supporters turned out for a hearing in Columbus, Ohio, to protest a measure from Gov. John Kasich (R) that would cut collective-bargaining rights.

By the end of the day, Democratic Party officials were working to organize additional demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana, where an effort is underway to trim benefits for public workers. Some union activists predicted similar protests in Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. [...]

The White House political operation, Organizing for America, got involved Monday, after Democratic National Committee Chairman Timothy M. Kaine, a former Virginia governor, spoke to union leaders in Madison, a party official said.

The group made phone calls, distributed messages via Twitter and Facebook, and sent e-mails to its state and national lists to try to build crowds for rallies Wednesday and Thursday, a party official said.

Just think–there once was a time (for more than a century, actually), when the president of the United States thought it too imperious to deliver the State of the Union via a speech to a joint session of Congress, since that would smack of telling a co-equal branch of government what to do. Now we have a president not just taking rhetorical sides in a state issue, but actively mobilizing his political organization to affect the outcome(s), even though (to my knowledge) nothing that Gov. Walker or any other belated statehouse cost-cutter is doing has a damned thing to do with federal law.

Actually, "Hosni Hitler" is not a bad band nameI have written in the past about how libertarians are pretty lonely in the political scheme of things in terms of constantly being challenged to defend themselves against the “logical conclusion” of their philosophy. But I think it’s time to amend that. We are witnessing the logical conclusion of the Democratic Party’s philosophy, and it is this: Your tax dollars exist to make public sector unions happy. When we run out of other people’s money to pay for those contracts and promises (most of which are negotiated outside of public view, often between union officials and the politicians that union officials helped elect), then we just need to raise taxes to cover a shortfall that is obviously Wall Street’s fault. Anyone who doesn’t agree is a bully, and might just bear an uncanny resemblance to Hitler.

The president’s heavy-handed involvement, along with House Republicans’ refusal to sign off on any new bailout of the states, means that this may very well be America’s biggest and most widespread political fight in 2011. It’s a cage match to determine first dibs on a shrinking pie. A clarifying moment.  (This statement is right on.  This is as I see it the most important moment in the fight to save our nation.  If Wisconsin fails then the nation is in dire straits. If Wisconsin Republicans and Gov. Walker hold then it might be what is needed to the other state governors who are facing this problem the needed support to get control of their state and local employees.

 


What ever happens in Wisconsin will also have a great deal to do with how the national government will handle the national debt. This is why it is so important to the Democrats and Obama that the Republicans and Gov. Walker do not get their legislation passed.  This is why they are sending in thugs from outside the state of Wisconsin to march and create chaos.  This people is war regardless of whether  anyone is ready to use that war.  This is a civil war and class warfare.  The unions are saying to simply tax the “rich”  and keep paying them their  outrageous salaries and benefits.  BB)

Another post and the comments from a great blogger.  Spag stays on top of what is happening and says little himself but makes people aware of so much that is happening behind the scenes.   Be sure and read the comments as these are intelligent people who are more than able to analyze any situation.

Several reporters have stated that they had heard that Obama and the Democratic National committee were gearing up to send in thugs but did not report because they did not believe it.  Well the union thugs are out in force in  the demonstration with the teachers in Madison, Wisconsin.  BB

02/18/2011

Meddling In State Affairs

Obama is criticized for meddling in state affairs stemming from the Wisconsin union standoff.  As an added bonus, we are treated to a photograph showing the tolerant, non-Hitler comparing Democratic core constituent in action.

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Beau

Obama is criticized for meddling in state affairs stemming from the Wisconsin union standoff. As an added bonus, we are treated to a photograph showing the tolerant, non-Hitler comparing Democratic core constituent in action.

It is reported that the DNC has sent in the obamination’s attack dogs, can you only imagine the RNC doing that! The MSM would have it all over the place, JR at the News & Recordless would have had it in bold letters, front page, but you hear merely a peep out of the MSM! NADA! Beau

Posted by: Beau | 02/18/2011 at 05:33 PM

Spag

It’s all Sarah Palin’s fault.

Posted by: Spag | 02/18/2011 at 06:53 PM

jaycee

Indeed, there is a good correlation for using Hitler as a symbol in this fight as Obama is following in the footsteps of another well-known politician:

“As things stand today, the trade unions in my opinion cannot be dispensed with. On the contrary, they are among the most important institutions of the nation’s economic life. Their significance lies not only in the social and political field, but even more in the general field of national politics. A people whose broad masses, through a sound trade-union movement, obtain the satisfaction of their living requirements and at the same time an education, will be tremendously strengthened in its power of resistance in the struggle for existence.”

Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1926

Posted by: jaycee | 02/18/2011 at 06:54 PM

Stormy

I thought that Obama called for a new era of civility? I guess not.

We now know that when teachers unions say “It’s for the children”, we know that they really mean “It’s for the union”. These are the people teaching our children? Makes a good case for charter schools and home-schooling.

Posted by: Stormy | 02/18/2011 at 07:27 PM

Stormy

By the way, when was the last time that a sitting president unleashed his political party campaign organizing apparatus against a state government and meddled in the conduct of its legit and legal financial business? I’m not sure that it has ever happened, at least in this country. Someone help me, if I am wrong.

Posted by: Stormy | 02/18/2011 at 07:33 PM

bubba

“Someone help me, if I am wrong.”

Let’s ask Buie. He’s the expert on EVERYTHING, except when he’s not.

Posted by: bubba | 02/18/2011 at 09:08 PM

Stormy

I suppose this pretty much says it all:

In total, unions spent in excess of $400 million electing Barack Obama in 2008. If the Obama campaign wants to raise $1 billion for the 2012 campaign, they’re going to have to do everything they can to get unions on board.

So here’s the Wisconsin public sector union showdown in a nutshell: A newly-elected GOP governor is trying to rein in a special interest by enacting reforms that he explicitly campaigned on.

And the Obama administration is siding with the special interest.

Posted by: Stormy | 02/18/2011 at 09:55 PM

axelskater

A toast to our Right to Work Status in NC!

Posted by: axelskater | 02/18/2011 at 11:33 PM

Spag

Stormy, although I think Obama does have some socialist tendencies, I don’t believe he is a true socialist. I do believe that he is a unionist- which simply means he uses government to force the private sector to do its dirty work. That’s the union mentality, highly regulatory and coercive action.

Posted by: Spag | 02/19/2011 at 12:03 AM

Stormy

Spag, you are much too charitable when it comes to Obama. I think that at a minimum he is a statist; the practice or doctrine of giving a centralized government control over economic planning and policy.

And, when you think about it, trade unions arose basically out of Marxist theory, in essence, the struggle of the economic classes. Trade unions are good as training grounds for the class struggle, and the Democrat Party is first and foremost about class struggles. You see it in their speeches and legislation all of the time. So, if Obama is a unionist at heart, he is in the range of Marxism and Lenonism Theory. He certainly cannot be confused as a capitalist or free market person.

Posted by: Stormy | 02/19/2011 at 12:00 PM

Brenda  Bowers

I am not yet ready to start blogging so am taking others posts to my site. Stealing this one Spag. :) BB

Posted by: Brenda Bowers02/19/2011 at 03:38 PM


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