With Madison in chaos, enter the tea ...

With Madison in chaos, enter the tea party

There are 722 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 19, 2011, titled With Madison in chaos, enter the tea party. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

In a capital city overrun for much of the past week by union supporters, state employees and students - all objecting to the Republican governor's plan to cut collective bargaining rights and benefits for public workers - a new element was introduced Saturday: opposition to the opposition.

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nosake

Honolulu, HI

#1 Feb 19, 2011
Let them eat cake.
e-boogers

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Feb 20, 2011
If "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" played it would be shouted down by elements from both sides.

Since: May 10

Mckeesport, PA

#4 Feb 20, 2011
I LOVE IT finally a Government it seems that is willing to stand up to the thugs and bullies that claim to represent the working man (ONLY IF YOU WORK FOR THEM AND PAY YOUR DUES)
Unions represent less than 25% of all employees in the nation why are they better than the rest of US
Look out or the socialist label under their union pin.

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Sam Walton

Eden Prairie, MN

#5 Feb 20, 2011
Unions are bad. Greed is good. These public employees are lazy and greedy....lets privatize the whole thing....all of it including cops and firefighters.....even the military! we can hire mercenaries! I have always hated unions. That is why I was able to amass an obscene family fortune. Unions never did people like me any good....billions of dollars that should have gone into billionaire barons of industry pockets instead of middle class union members homes proves that.I can never be too rich. The rest of the world needs to be thankful I exist and I am generous enough to hand out non-livable wages.

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Sam Walton

Eden Prairie, MN

#8 Feb 20, 2011
KNOW 1 CARES wrote:
I LOVE IT finally a Government it seems that is willing to stand up to the thugs and bullies that claim to represent the working man (ONLY IF YOU WORK FOR THEM AND PAY YOUR DUES)
Unions represent less than 25% of all employees in the nation why are they better than the rest of US
Look out or the socialist label under their union pin.
Are you really as stupid as you seem or are you working deep undercover?

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txliberal

San Angelo, TX

#9 Feb 20, 2011
It is the job of the parties involved to sit at a negotiation table and come to an agreement that works for both sides. The governor needs to see that this is done. HE needs to do HIS job also. For ALL people of the state.

Union members of private enterprise didn't have the support you have and they have no strength. Other states' union members are depending on you too. Even the republicans in US Congress are trying to gut the collective bargaining rights of the Homeland Security employees to kill union activity.

Bring our opposition to the table for negotiation.

Walk like an Egyptian.
Ms J

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Feb 20, 2011
Tea partiers should keep their closed minds out of this!! What this really is...is the big corporations wanting to pay Americans $8.00 an hour! They cannot do that with the competitive wages of a union worker!!!!!!!!!! Americans fought hard for a decent wage and such through unions. Now the corporations want the unions to give up their barganing rights. This in itself would hurt every WORKING american. I think all state employees...teachers, governers, house & senate employees, Dept. of commerce....ALL should take paycuts, reduced pension, etc. BUT, DO NOT TAKE AWAY ONES RITE AMERICA FOUGHT SOOOO HARD FOR!!!

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Bob Williams

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Feb 20, 2011
FIRE those who did not show up for work. And recall the legislators who hid from their duties. Unions...if we ever get back to the 1920's we will call you. We haven't needed you for decades. You are nothing but a drain on taxpayers wallets and we are tired of your arm twisting and bully tactics. Be Gone.

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Ms J

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Feb 20, 2011
Sam Walton wrote:
Unions are bad. Greed is good. These public employees are lazy and greedy....lets privatize the whole thing....all of it including cops and firefighters.....even the military! we can hire mercenaries! I have always hated unions. That is why I was able to amass an obscene family fortune. Unions never did people like me any good....billions of dollars that should have gone into billionaire barons of industry pockets instead of middle class union members homes proves that.I can never be too rich. The rest of the world needs to be thankful I exist and I am generous enough to hand out non-livable wages.
I read your comment and the biggest a$$ that came to my mind was walmart!!! You are right on with your comment!!!!! If you were to work at a walmart or sams club, and even say the word "UNION", you would be fired. This is a fact!. You are so right on the button!!!!!!
Sam Walton

Eden Prairie, MN

#16 Feb 20, 2011
Bob Williams wrote:
FIRE those who did not show up for work. And recall the legislators who hid from their duties. Unions...if we ever get back to the 1920's we will call you. We haven't needed you for decades. You are nothing but a drain on taxpayers wallets and we are tired of your arm twisting and bully tactics. Be Gone.
Bob, I would like to offer you a job at my Hannibal, MO WalMart as an assistant manager. I see big things for you, including 32 hrs a week and no benefits. But you will be making ALMOST $8.00 an hour! We non-union people get eachother, we get the agenda. Thanks, Bob. Let me know if you want the job....it wont last long.!!!!!!
Sam Walton

Eden Prairie, MN

#17 Feb 20, 2011
Ms J wrote:
<quoted text> I read your comment and the biggest **** that came to my mind was walmart!!! You are right on with your comment!!!!! If you were to work at a walmart or sams club, and even say the word "UNION", you would be fired. This is a fact!. You are so right on the button!!!!!!
If I even think you are thinking of the word UNION, you will be fired immediately. You will get what little you get, if anything, and be very appreciative of it as long as you have the luxury of working for me. Understood?

Sam

“I blog about Buddhist news.”

Since: Apr 08

USA

#18 Feb 20, 2011
Yes, fire all the teachers protesting these days and then hire...who??

I've been at the protests every day this week and can tell you these are good, decent, hardworking Wisconsin families out here (and their kids, and their pets!!). Some of the nicest strangers I've met in my life, which is why, as an east coast transplant, I love this state!! And I don't recognize the Wisconsin I love in the mean-spirited comments calling people parasites or greedy elites. Plumbers and firefighters elites?? Seriously, now. And where are these millionaire teachers with lavish benefits and pay? I certainly don't know any. Maybe they're out on their yachts. Oh wait, no, that's the folks funding the Tea party.

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Since: May 10

Mckeesport, PA

#19 Feb 20, 2011
Sam Walton wrote:
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Are you really as stupid as you seem or are you working deep undercover?
No I am not stupid at all, but I am in touch with the MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY and of those in the state of Wisconsin when I express the disgust we feel when unions refuse to be a part of the economic troubles we all face.
People that work for private Business must suffer the ebbs and flows of the economy. Why should public employees and unions be exempt
So are you really that stupid or are you just that selfish that you would be willing to screw your neighbor to stuff your own pockets

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Since: May 10

Mckeesport, PA

#20 Feb 20, 2011
txliberal wrote:
It is the job of the parties involved to sit at a negotiation table and come to an agreement that works for both sides. The governor needs to see that this is done. HE needs to do HIS job also. For ALL people of the state.
Union members of private enterprise didn't have the support you have and they have no strength. Other states' union members are depending on you too. Even the republicans in US Congress are trying to gut the collective bargaining rights of the Homeland Security employees to kill union activity.
Bring our opposition to the table for negotiation.
Walk like an Egyptian.
I thought it was the job of Government to represent the people, not unions and special interests when they come to the table after stealing all the food from the kitchen and there is no food left for the family to eat.
Ms J

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Feb 20, 2011
Sam Walton wrote:
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If I even think you are thinking of the word UNION, you will be fired immediately. You will get what little you get, if anything, and be very appreciative of it as long as you have the luxury of working for me. Understood?
Sam
I have heard that walmart will soon be opening convenience food stores in the states to try and take over, in a monepoly, to wipe out other convenience stores. Who is this Walton family? and Why are they in America? Walmart, I mean Walton...be gone!!!

“I blog about Buddhist news.”

Since: Apr 08

USA

#22 Feb 20, 2011
As if Gov. Walker isn't serving special interests by giving huge corporations tax cuts to "create jobs." Make Wisconsin attractive and lucrative to big business by making it easy for them to abuse their workers, take money out of the state, and then split whenever they like. Right-to-work...for less! That's not the kind of jobs this state needs.

Since: May 10

Mckeesport, PA

#23 Feb 20, 2011
lotus_in_the_hills wrote:
As if Gov. Walker isn't serving special interests by giving huge corporations tax cuts to "create jobs." Make Wisconsin attractive and lucrative to big business by making it easy for them to abuse their workers, take money out of the state, and then split whenever they like. Right-to-work...for less! That's not the kind of jobs this state needs.
And Who do people work for? please tell me. Is a spot a field an entity or business that can earn a guilt free profit for their investments?

Please remember you are free to make donations to the FED, If you feel bad having too much give more of your free will, Lead by example you cheap #^%$^&^ &*&^
Ms J

Minneapolis, MN

#24 Feb 20, 2011
txliberal wrote:
It is the job of the parties involved to sit at a negotiation table and come to an agreement that works for both sides. The governor needs to see that this is done. HE needs to do HIS job also. For ALL people of the state.
Union members of private enterprise didn't have the support you have and they have no strength. Other states' union members are depending on you too. Even the republicans in US Congress are trying to gut the collective bargaining rights of the Homeland Security employees to kill union activity.
Bring our opposition to the table for negotiation.
Walk like an Egyptian.
It would be only right for the Wisc. legislatures to sit and negotiate a fair deal. But this will not happen!! The minute ONE SENATE MEMBER walks through that door, that's all the republicans need, just one more senate member in the room. They do not need a vote, they don't want a vote, all they need is one democratic member to walk through that door and without any negotiations, the teachers will lose their barganing rights!! The only way the senators could stand up for these workers, was just to stay away! Something is wrong with this picture!!!
Earl Warrens Bustier

Montgomery, AL

#25 Feb 20, 2011
Don't listen to these Tea Baggers! These teachers should not have to contribute to their own pensions in any way. They are greater heroes than the 9/11 responders! Just lay the cost on the backs of the non-union saps working at Walmart!
serfa up

Plano, TX

#26 Feb 20, 2011
Sam Walton wrote:
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Bob, I would like to offer you a job at my Hannibal, MO WalMart as an assistant manager. I see big things for you, including 32 hrs a week and no benefits. But you will be making ALMOST $8.00 an hour! We non-union people get eachother, we get the agenda. Thanks, Bob. Let me know if you want the job....it wont last long.!!!!!!
Sam, those 8 bucks an hour jobs that are widespread is the reason the public unions are now in the cross hairs with massively reduced revenues. If you are a progressive, democrats had the last four years to change all the laws on the huge corporate structure. The fact is, government employees are to expensive in today's America. It seems we were sold out by many people, including ourselves.

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