Unions' Fight in Madison Is a Disgrace

Feb 19, 2011 Full story: TownHall.com 3,483

The Democratic/government-union days of rage in Madison, Wis., are a disgrace. Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan calls it Cairo coming to Madison.

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IGNORANT UNION BASTARDS

Fort Leonard Wood, MO

#45 Feb 21, 2011
Progressive Liberal union bully bastards are now getting a taste of their own medecine.

I LMAO at you fools....
Rambeaux

Philadelphia, PA

#46 Feb 21, 2011
Today is Presidents' Day. But no holiday pay for Wisconsin schoolteachers. This is a waiting game. The teachers cannot live for long on the union fund payments. Soon they will HAVE to go back to the classroom.
Selfemployed

Cudahy, WI

#47 Feb 21, 2011
Rambeaux wrote:
Today is Presidents' Day. But no holiday pay for Wisconsin schoolteachers. This is a waiting game. The teachers cannot live for long on the union fund payments. Soon they will HAVE to go back to the classroom.
...but do we want these ungrateful bastards indoctrinating our children with their effed up ideas?
GodlessLiberal

Sioux Falls, SD

#48 Feb 21, 2011
Roudy wrote:
<quoted text>Kentucky may have not officaly declared it`s self pro union. I have my facts straight. Kdentucky supplied troops and money to the Union. i was born and raised in Scott County ,Tenn. I understand my civil war history very well.
Also you other or no other jerkwad can make shut up.I hope we are clear on that.It is a free country and we got a free press, expect to see my comments frequently on this site.
Let me guess, English is not your first language. "Also you other or no other jerkwad can make shut up." Maybe you should rethink your education?
Deng

Nanjing, China

#50 Feb 21, 2011
WHAT'S A DISGRACE IS PEOPLE ARE SITTING ON THEIR BRAINS WHILE THE CORPORATE-STATE AND THEIR BACKERS RUNS OVER THE BASIC HUMAN RIGHT TO ORGANIZE IN ONE'S OWN INTERESTS.
Roudy

Penn Valley, CA

#51 Feb 21, 2011
GodlessLiberal wrote:
<quoted text>
Let me guess, English is not your first language. "Also you other or no other jerkwad can make shut up." Maybe you should rethink your education?
Could care less what you think about my grammer. Same goes for you that I said on the other post.I will continue on ,voting straight Conservative Republican. I also spent some time is South Dakota. Not that impressed with many people I met there. You got the ugliest women in the world and I have seen a lot of the world.
GodlessLiberal

Sioux Falls, SD

#52 Feb 21, 2011
Roudy wrote:
<quoted text>Could care less what you think about my grammer. Same goes for you that I said on the other post.I will continue on ,voting straight Conservative Republican. I also spent some time is South Dakota. Not that impressed with many people I met there. You got the ugliest women in the world and I have seen a lot of the world.
Wow, you are very angry aren't you? Actually, SD is VERY conservative, so I'm not really impressed with many people here.
Paying your salary

Chicago, IL

#53 Feb 21, 2011
BREAKING NEWS; Picketers hired by union, for below minimum wage because the union is hypocrites, are forming a union to strike against the union.
Whathell

Denver, CO

#54 Feb 21, 2011
An excellent piece by a senior analyst and columnist at CNN about this issue. He is also the author of a book about "wing nuts", and is no Tea Party fan, but he is honest about how liberals are behaving very badly in the face of the states' financial needs. They are the "new" wing nuts, I guess!

http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/02/21/avlon.w...
Chill Out

Piercy, CA

#55 Feb 21, 2011
The other part of the Scott Walker plan:

Firesale of Wisconsin state assets!!!

Via Mike Konczal, more explanation of why big corporations like Koch Industries are going to such lengths to support Gov. Scott Walker's budget. There's some sweet deals in it for them. Ed at ginandtacos highlights one:

The lion's share of attention regarding Scott Walker's legislative proposal has been paid to the effort to revoke Wisconsin public employees' collective bargaining rights, but the 144-page bill (more reliable link here) is a far more exhaustive and inclusive list of the fundamentals of Republican politics in the 21st Century. Not many people have the time to plow through the whole bill but those who do will be rewarded with plenty of gems like this:

16.896 Sale or contractual operation of state-owned heating, cooling, and power plants.(1) Notwithstanding ss. 13.48 (14)(am) and 16.705 (1), the department may sell any state-owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best interest of the state. Notwithstanding ss. 196.49 and 196.80, no approval or certification of the public service commission is necessary for a public utility to purchase, or contract for the operation of, such a plant, and any such purchase is considered to be in the public interest and to comply with the criteria for certification of a project under s. 196.49 (3)(b).

If this isn't the best summary of the goals of modern conservatism, I don't know what is. It's like a highlight reel of all of the tomahawk dunks of neo-Gilded Age corporatism: privatization, no-bid contracts, deregulation, and naked cronyism. Extra bonus points for the explicit effort to legally redefine the term "public interest" as "whatever the energy industry lobbyists we appoint to these unelected bureaucratic positions say it is."

Walker's budget—and his intention—goes well beyond crippling public employees' unions. He's selling the state to the highest bidder (or more like it, the largest campaign contributor, since bids won't be required for the acquisition of state assets). The new slogan: What's good for the Koch brothers is good for Wisconsin. Breaking the back of labor is one part of that end goal, but not the whole of it.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/21/9479 ...

Walker & his Republican buddies were trying to jam this bill through the legislature before anybody in the media could read or report about it.
Frankie3233

Kenosha, WI

#56 Feb 21, 2011
The issue here is not the loss of collective bargaining rights, it's loss of capital in the form of dues that state employees will no longer have to fork over. State workers already contribute 6% to their health insurance which means the tax payees of Wisconsin are asking these workers to contribute an addition 6.9%, with no deductible I might add. Then, 5.8% to their pension. Even with this increase state employees would only be contributing 25% of the national average.
This is public work force, not a private work force. The demands these unions make are on the tax payers, not large corporations. Yearly pay increase would be based of of a national medium index. If more is wanted it would go to a referendum for the tax payers to vote upon. Grievances, discipline, and other works rights including merit hiring would still be protected under a bill passed in 1905 which means that even without the unions Wisconsin State employees have the
strongest civil service laws in the country.

It might surprise some people to know that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt counseled against public-sector unions because "militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees." Even the late AFL-CIO President George Meany expressed reservations.
Roudy

Penn Valley, CA

#57 Feb 21, 2011
GodlessLiberal wrote:
<quoted text>
Wow, you are very angry aren't you? Actually, SD is VERY conservative, so I'm not really impressed with many people here.
Just at liberals.soe of SD is conservative, but you gave us McGovern.

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#58 Feb 21, 2011
Ever notice that the female protesters in Madison are all fat and look gay?

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#59 Feb 21, 2011
rider

Marquette, MI

#60 Feb 21, 2011
LMAO! These are the guys that Scott Walker wants to keep UWM students safe
If you haven’t heard yet, it’s being reported Gov. Scott Walker is planning on abolishing the UWM Police and replacing with Wackenhut as of July 1, 2011. No doubt the replacement of sworn law enforcement officers with rent-a-cops will have a
negative impact on campus safety, given that the Milwaukee Police Department’s 5th District is already understaffed with slow response times.

For those of you unfamiliar with Wackenhut, then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker contracted with Wackenhut to provide security services at the Milwaukee County Courthouse after Walker fired the County’s unionized security officers, and Wackenhut put a convicted criminal in charge of the County’s security operations.

As if hiring a convicted criminal to supervise Milwaukee County’s security operations weren’t bad enough, Wackenhut was also embroiled in controversy in 2009 over the behavior of its employees providing security at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. In fact, here’s the kind of behavior those Wackenhut employees were engaging in (the photos below are not exactly work safe):

http://bloggingblue.com/2011/02/21/these-are -...
taxpayer

United States

#61 Feb 21, 2011
lotus_in_the_hills wrote:
<quoted text>
Which is why so many of them have come out in support at the protest with signs saying "We love our teachers"...
actually over 60% of wis. residents agree with governor Walkers bill the people at the rallies protesting are teachers who should be at school teaching and paid unoin thugs who dont belong there but since they are unemployed they have nothing better to do

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#62 Feb 21, 2011
You are fired wrote:
<quoted text>
Really? Higher standards? You are joking...right?
Doctors writing fake notes, hateful signs, Democratic politicians hiding, a state in financial trouble, teachers screaming and yelling like animals and spitting in the face of taxpayers because they are being asked to share the burden. And then while keeping a straight face...proclaim this is "for the kids".
Brace yourself union parasites... cause you are not going to be winning this war.
^5!

“Nutz”

Since: Sep 07

Toms River, NJ

#63 Feb 22, 2011
lotus_in_the_hills wrote:
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So...you're faulting me for getting an education? Hey Wisconsin parents, don't send your kids to UW-Madison or they'll become free loading egg-heads!! Yes, my parents helped me out with education, and I will love them until the day I die for it. What parent doesn't want to see their child educated and successful? But I've also worked hard to get where I am. Peddle your anti-intellectual hatred elsewhere. And the word is suckle, by the way.
Teachers Assistant Union? LOL. Unions are gonna get hit hard in a couple years. I hope they are dissolved. Why do you need a third party for profit organization in between the government worker and the tax payer when laws to protect employees already exist. Soounds like a waste of money. The waste will be disposed of shortly so start saving now.
UnionLeeches

Toronto, Canada

#64 Feb 22, 2011
Minimum wage is too good for union leeches. Reagan fired union blackmailers and is the most admired American president. Support for unions is lower now than in the Reagan administration. Unions are all bark and no bite. Time to neuter these annoying little yap dogs. One good solid kick in the teeth and they'll run with their tails between their legs.
slimjim

Tulsa, OK

#65 Feb 22, 2011
Tax cuts for friends is a republican trade mark, finger pointing is another trait. Its time to pay the bills created by the legislature, not bust unions. The republicans will attempt to repeal minimum wage, thats the next step, Who will stand to gain from that, of course the wealthy.

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