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Doug Henwood about Labor’s losing strategy of being sucked dry by the Democratic Party in Wisconsin

‘And as much as it hurts to admit this, labor unions just aren’t very popular. In Gallup’s annual poll on confidence in institutions, unions score close to the bottom of the list, barely above big business and HMOs but behind banks. More Americans—42%—would like to see unions have less influence, and just 25% would like to see them have more.’

‘Despite a massive financial crisis and a dismal job market, approval of unions is close to an all-time low in the 75 years Gallup has been asking the question. A major reason for this is that twice as many people (68%) think that unions help mostly their members as think they help the broader population (34%). Amazingly, in Wisconsin, while only about 30% of union members voted for Walker, nearly half of those living in union households but not themselves union members voted for him.’

Sad… Read the entire commentary here- Walker’s victory, un-sugar-coated.

Post mortem for Wisconsin’s election defeat- The Left needs to do more than just organizing inside the Democratic Party to win with the workers

Counterpunch just published a great post mortem about why the liberal Left lost electorally so big in the struggle against union breaking in the state of Wisconsin. One Year Weaker Wisconsin and the Left

The part of this commentary where the author underlines that the Left cannot just cede to the Republican Right Wing outside all the usual liberal enclaves is notable, too. In Colorado, the Left tends to hole itself up inside liberal Fortress Boulder just like in Wisconsin they do that inside liberal Fortress Madison. It don’t work, Liberal Lefties (talking to the likes of Michael Moore and Norman Solomon here)!

You cannot just leave the rest of the states outside the liberal enclaves to the Far Right Republican thing. And you don’t go forth while tying yourself down to the Democratic Party political establishment! IT DON’T WORK.

Wisconsin election close, but no cigar, if there was a cigar

The recall defeat in Wisconsin brings to mind Emma Goldman’s famous adage: “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”
Now we’ll never know if a Democrat majority in Madison would have behaved any different than a herd of Republicans. I doubt it. Activists are patting themselves on the back for their partial success, saying the effort was worth it, which is the usual consolation for losers, and ignores the fact that many of Wisconsin’s present Democratic Party legislators already betray their constituents. Here’s another quote, by a Japanese engineering professor I had in college who used to say in broken English: “You build bridge. It fall down. No partial credit.” Imagine what he’d have thought of a bridge to nowhere.

Republicans trying for another vote-fraud power grab in Wisconsin

supposedly, in a last minute miracle, Prosser and Scott Walker and their Corporate Overlords were SAVED by 7200 extra votes, all Republican, misplaced by Human Error.
Oh, please.
Walker, Prosser, other Koch-worshipers, you’re pathetic beyond belief.

THEY can’t afford feudal serfdom any more than US

Meaning the Corporates. Like Bush and Walker. They’ve sunk their assets and their asses into the credit economy deep. They broke it and expect US to make all the concessions so they can salvage enough of the system to support their luxury lifestyle. It’s gone, gone gone…
 
They’ll have real estate without tenants or maintenance, cars without gas or drivers, WideScreen MegaUltra-3D televisions without electricity or audiences. roads that nobody could drive on even if they DID have cars and gas, and no way to pay the Working Class people they’ve hired to guard their palaces.

Their “liquid” assets are phantoms, Credit Cards, Mortgages, car loans.

Bush is scheduled to ride his ass into town on what, Palm Sunday, Good Friday? I’ll have to check the date. Into a town they look upon as being the New Jerusalem, to be lauded by the New Priesthood at the New Temple to their god Mammon.

Blasphemy, yes. It is. And I’m sure they are aware of it. Gov Walker is actually from here, you know. They scheduled the “Lion’s Heart” award ceremony before Scott Walkers Putsch, although that was probably coordinated too, Maybe Sir Scott of Walker was going to present King George with the head of American Labor on a silver charger.

OK so the Royalist and religious metaphors overlap a lot and I, for one, can’t help the fact that their corporate church and corporate state are built on contradictions.

But I’m placing my bet that Scott Walker is on the scheduled Evenings Entertainment.

Mene, mene, tekel upharsim
Mene, Mene, tekel peres

Ballot Caging and the real difference between D and R

The R’s don’t want people to vote. More people politically active, means they lose. Very simple.

You might ask yourself

Self, what’s the worst that could happen?

What’s the difference between a D and an R?

What real difference does it make if large groups of

people are disenfranchised?

Why not ask the R’s?

I mean, they’re the ones who spend lots of effort making sure people don’t vote, right?
Like County Clerk Williams and his lapdog Kathryn Young making sure people who didn’t vote in Nov can’t vote in Apr. Mr Williams was elected in a mudslide last anointed High Priest of Republican Vote Suppression, and made sure as many people as possible couldn’t vote.
It’s his “official” job to do the opposite, but since he only represents Republican Voters the Official Version went out the window.
One of the things his term-limited former fuhrer Bob Balink (doesn’t that sound a lot like a Quayle?) did was move the Polling Place on the Westside, a strong Democratic district, across the Great Barrier Highway, to a warehouse district as far removed from a bus stop as you can get in this town, the only way you could get to it is up two streets, 21st street and Busch, UP A STEEP HILL with no sidewalks. Does that sound much to you like they actually wanted for instance DISABLED people to vote, especially when they were trying to rig the election in favor of people who want DISABLED Americans to just curl up and die? Hmmmm…
How many people who have no difficulty walking actually go by their polling place weeks or days early to make sure that nobody sneaked away with their polling place, which WAS conveniently located in the middle of the population center of the West Side and a short block away from a bus stop?

Miss Johnnie and I didn’t find out until election day in the afternoon. Fortunately at that point we had just gotten a car. I would have a great deal of difficulty navigating up that hill, Miss Johnnie would never have made it, somebody in a wheelchair would never have made it… somebody just getting off work, going to the West Middle School location and discovering the neat little signs that Boob Balink had put up saying “Ha ha, we SCREWED you out of an opportunity to vote, too bad so sad, you should have been born rich like the only people I represent were!”

Elections are held in April and November. Many people unfamiliar to Colorado Springs wouldn’t know that there is a strong statistical chance of SNOW in April and definitely in November. Can you imagine trying to get up that hill in the snow, especially with the usual weekday traffic of Redneck Ignorant Asshole Republicans driving by in their SUVs thinking that having a gas guzzler entitles them to every square inch of the road, every drop of oil in the world and every drop of blood from the people who object and the soldiers ordered to put down those “insurgents”? They’re the ones who think Disabled Americans don’t deserve to live in the first place. Their crackwhore mommas taught them that.

So now, if you missed your shot at voting in November, Bob-alongs’ appointed Heir to the Throne Williams and his lap-dog sellout Kathryn Young, get to suppress your vote once more by simply refusing to provide you with a ballot.

But, say some, marking a D instead of an R or simply not voting altogether, what could possibly go wrong with that?

Yeah, contrary to the whining and sniveling and pure racist hate speech the Tea Potty shrieks out about Obama, he did in fact continue Mr Bush’s Crime Spree,

But think… what if there had been no war for Mr Obama to take over the management thereof?

The West Side rejected the Tea Party Murderous Hate Freaks in November.
Even WITH the RepubliKlan repression and vote suppression (unofficial of course, but officially they didn’t arrange the murders of the Kennedy’s, Martin L King, 6 people in Tucson, Two people in Arivaca Arizona, Bill Sparkman in Kentucky, two more AMERICANS in Knoxville, the shooting at the Holocaust Museum… or the beating of Lauren Valle by Klan members for the benefit and amusement of Rand Paul)

Recommendations for the Denver rally tomorrow…

Find out if Fox News is finally realizing that their shit ain’t flying as well as they thought it would and if they’ve decided to charter a fleet of Greyhounds to bus in TeaBags for the “grass roots” counter rally, sponsored by Fox and the other Koch-suckers.
Then have REAL grass- roots people infiltrate and get a free ride to the rally, courtesy of the Korporate Diktatorship.
Tweet and Facebook that around.
It’s easy to pretend to be a Bagger, just wear one of those stupid “don’t tread on me” caps, carry a confederate battle flag and a sign that says “No munky presdnent!” “Unoins are Socalist!”
Make sure you misspell every word longer than 5 letters or two syllables. Talk really loud about shooting some more liberals. You’ll fit right in. Oh, and don’t take a bath first. Make their bus ride as pleasant as possible.
The Koch-suckers are now trotting out all their “philanthropic” donations, including to PBS… Remind them that the only reason there’s any record of that is because they take every dime of every donation off their taxes. Meaning WE, the worker class, have to pay THEIR advertising budget simply by not cheating on OUR taxes.
Finally, Governor Scott Walker gave us a truly inspirational speech that’s better, more inflammatory for US (if we use it right) in a prank phone call where he thought he was talking to his Whore-Master and major funding source David Koch…. in which he blatantly admits his allegiance to the rich and against the Workers, threatens the opposition legislators with a baseball bat, … none of it actually illegal in itself, but if any Union MEMBER far less an organizer or other official, were to say the same things then the Koch-suckers would have the FBI investigating every single Union member on RICO charges. The “justice” department provides equal protection to Every (billionaire) Citizen. Some are more equal than others.
The transcript: and note the part about the New York Times Slanted Journalism, where they (printed the) interviews of “every stereotype blue collar worker”. They try to hide their contempt for working class people, except when they think they’re in private conversations with their Rich-Bitch corporate sponsors. Typical. And they call US “elitists”.

Walker: Hi; this is Scott Walker.

Murphy: Scott! David Koch. How are you?

Walker: Hey, David! I’m good. And yourself?

Murphy: I’m very well. I’m a little disheartened by the situation there, but, uh, what’s the latest?

Walker: Well, we’re actually hanging pretty tough. I mean, you know, amazingly there’s a much smaller group of protesters almost all of whom are in from other states today. The State Assembly is taking the bill up, getting it all the way to the last point it can be at where it’s unamendable. But they’re waiting to pass it until the Senate’s — the Senate Democrats, excuse me, the assembly Democrats have about a hundred amendments they’re going through. The state Senate still has the 14 members missing but what they’re doing today is bringing up all sorts of other nonfiscal items, many of which are things members in the Democratic side care about. And each day we’re going to ratchet it up a little bit. The Senate majority leader had a great plan he told about this morning — he told the Senate Democrats about and he’s going to announce it later today — and that is: The Senate organization committee is going to meet and pass a rule that says if you don’t show up for two consecutive days on a session day in the state Senate, the Senate chief clerk — it’s a little procedural thing here, but — can actually have your payroll stopped from being automatically deducted —

Murphy: Beautiful.

Walker: — into your checking account and instead, you still get a check, but the check has to be personally picked up and he’s instructing them — which we just loved — to lock them in their desk on the floor of the state Senate.

Murphy: Now you’re not talking to any of these Democrat bastards, are you?

Walker: Ah, I, there’s one guy that’s actually voted with me on a bunch of things I called on Saturday for about 45 minutes, mainly to tell him that while I appreciate his friendship and he’s worked with us on other things, to tell him I wasn’t going to budge.

Murphy: [Expletive] right!

Walker: Mainly because I thought he’s about the only reasonable one over there, I figured if I talked to him, he’d go back to the rest of the gang and say you know, I know Walker and he’s not budging.

Murphy: Now what’s his name again?

Walker: Uh, his name is Tim Cullen —

Murphy: All right, I’ll have to give that man a call.

Walker: Well, actually, in his case I wouldn’t call him and I’ll tell you why: He’s pretty reasonable but he’s not one of us. So I would let him be. I think he is in a position where he can maybe motivate that caucus. But he’s not an ally, he’s just a guy. He was in the Senate years ago, he was actually the Senate Democratic leader back in the ’80s and (former Gov.) Tommy Thompson hired him to be the head of Health and Human Services. He went into the private sector, made real money and became a little more open-minded, and last fall he got elected to the Senate seat he was in 25 years ago. And he’s kind of one of these guys who he really doesn’t care, he’s not there for political reasons, he’s just trying to get something done. So he’s good to reach out to for me, but he’s not a conservative, he’s just a pragmatist.

Murphy: Now who can we get to budge on this collective bargaining?

Walker: Well, I think in the end, a couple of things. One, if the, I think the paycheck will have an impact. Secondly, one of the things we’re looking at next, we’ll probably announce in the next day or two — we’ve been working with our Republican leaders in the Legislature — we’re still waiting on an opinion to see if the unions have been paying to put these guys up out of state. We think there’s at a minimum an ethics violation if not an outright felony.

Murphy: Well, they’re probably putting hobos in suits.

Walker: Yeah.

Murphy: That’s what we do. Sometimes.

Walker: I mean paying for the senators to be put up. I know they’re paying for these guys to be here — I mean, people can pay for protesters to come in and that’s not an ethics code, but, I mean, literally if the unions are paying the 14 senators, if they’re paying for their food, their lodging, anything like that, we believe at a minimum it’s an ethics code violation and it may very well be a felony, misconduct in office. Because see technically, it’s not just a political contribution, it is, if they’re being paid to keep them from doing their job, we think that there’s legally an obstruction of justice, but an obstruction of their ability to do their job, and we still got, the attorney general’s office is looking into it for us. So we’re trying about four or five different angles. Each day we crank up a little bit more pressure. The other thing is I’ve got layoff notices ready, we put out the at-risk notices, we’ll announce Thursday, they’ll go out early next week and we’ll probably get five to six thousand state workers will get at-risk notices for layoffs. We might ratchet that up a little bit too.

Murphy: Beautiful; beautiful. Gotta crush that union.

Walker: Well it’s one of those where in the end, and I’ve had not only Cullen — I’ve talked to him myself — I had three or four of my other business leader friends who know him over the years and just kind of pass the message on to these guys, if they think I’m caving, they’ve been asleep for the last eight years because I’ve taken on every major battle in Milwaukee County and won even in the county where I’m overwhelmingly overpowered politically and it’s because we don’t budge.

Murphy: [Expletive] right.

Walker: If you’re doing the right thing, you stay firm. And in this case, we say we’ll wait it out. If they want to start sacrificing thousands of public workers to be laid off, sooner or later there’s going to be pressure on these senators to come back.

Murphy: Beautiful.

Walker: We’re not compromising. The other thing we may do, ‘cause the senator I mentioned thinks that these guys, you’ve got a few of the radical ones who unfortunately one of them is the minority leader, but most the rest of them are just looking for a way to get out of this. And they’re scared out of their mind, they don’t know what it means. There’s a bunch of recalls up against them. They’d really like to just get up back here and get it over with. So the paycheck thing, some of the other things threatened them. I think collectively there’s enough going on and as long as they don’t think I’m going to cave, which again we have no interest in. An interesting idea that was brought up to me this morning by my chief of staff, we won’t do it until tomorrow is putting out an appeal to the Democrat leader that I would be willing to sit down and talk to him, the Assembly Democrat leader, plus the other two Republican leaders — talk, not negotiate and listen to what they have to say if they will in turn — but I’ll only do it if all 14 of them will come back and sit down in the state assembly. They can recess it to come back in the room to talk to me, but they all have to go back there. The reason is — we’re verifying it this afternoon — but legally, we believe, once they’ve gone into session, they don’t physically have to be there. If they’re actually in session for that day, and they take a recess, the 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they’d have a quorum because they started out that way. So we’re double checking that. If you heard that I was going to talk to them, that would be the only reason why. We would only do it if they came back to the Capitol with all 14 of them. My sense is hell, I’ll talk to them, if they want to yell at me for an hour, you know I’m used to that, I can deal with that, but I’m not negotiating.

Murphy: Bring a baseball bat. That’s what I’d do.

Walker: [Laughs] I have one in my office; you’d be happy with that. [Laughs] I have a Slugger with my name on it.

Murphy: Beautiful.

Walker: But in the end, this is, and I even pointed it out last night ‘cause I’m trying to keep out as many of the private unions as possible. I said, this is about the budget. This is about public sector unions. Hell, even FDR got is. There’s no place for the kind of, I mean, essentially you’re having taxpayers’ money being used to pay to lobby for spending more of taxpayers’ money. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

Murphy: Beautiful.

Walker: So this is ground zero, there’s no doubt about it. But I think for us, I just keep telling my, I call any, I tell the speaker, the Senate majority leader every night: Give me a list of people I need to call at home, shore ‘em up. The New York Times of all things, I don’t normally tell people to read The New York Times, but the front page of The New York Times has got a great story, one of these unbelievable moments of true journalism, what it’s supposed to be objective journalism. They got out of the Capitol and went down, one county south from the Capitol to Janesville, to Rock County, that’s where the General Motors plant once was. They moved out two years ago. The lead on this story is about a guy who was laid off two years ago, he’d been laid off twice by GM, who points out that everybody else in his town has had to sacrifice except for all these public employees, and it’s about damn time that they do and he supports me. And they had a bartender, and they had every stereotypical blue collar worker type they interviewed, and the only ones that weren’t with us were people who were either a public employee or married to a public employee. It’s an unbelievable story. So I went through and called a handful, a dozen or so lawmakers I worry about each day and said, “Every one of you should get that story printed out and send it to anyone giving you grief.”

Murphy: [Expletive] right! We, uh, we sent, uh, Andrew Breitbart down there.

Walker: Yeah.

Murphy: Yeah.

Walker: Good stuff.

Murphy: Yeah. He’s our man, you know.

Walker: Well it has been amazing to me, the massive amount of attention. I want to stay ahead, so every day I do a five o’clock press conference, tonight I’m actually doing a fireside chat, the state TV stations are picking up and I guess a bunch of the national ones too. And in the last couple of days when I do the TV shows, I’ve been going after Obama because he’s stuck his — although he’s backed off now — but he’s stuck his nose in here. And I said, they asked me what I thought about it, and I said the last time I checked, this guy’s got a much bigger budget deficit than we do, maybe he should worry about that and not stick his nose in Wisconsin’s business. We’ve had all the national shows, we were on Hannity (“The Sean Hannity Show”) last night, I did “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show” and all that sort of stuff, was on “Good Morning Joe” this morning. We’ve done Greta (“On The Record with Greta Van Susteren”). We’re going to keep getting our message out; Mark Levin (“The Mark Levin Show”) last night. And I gotta tell you, the response around the country has been phenomenal. I had Brian (Sadoval), the new Governor of Nevada, called me the last night he said — he was out in the Lincoln Day Circuit in the last two weekends — and he was kidding me, he’s new as well as me, he said, “Scott, don’t come to Nevada because I’d be afraid you beat me running for governor.” That’s all they want to talk about is what are you doing to help the governor of Wisconsin. I talk to Kasich every day, John’s gotta stand firm in Ohio. I think we could do the same thing with Vic Scott in Florida. I think, uh, (Rick) Snyder, if he got a little more support, probably could do that in Michigan. You start going down the list there’s a lot of us new governors that got elected to do something big.

Murphy: You’re the first domino.

Walker: Yep. This is our moment.

Murphy: Now what else could we do for you down there?

Walker: Well the biggest thing would be — and your guy on the ground (Americans For Prosperity President Tim Phillips) is probably seeing this, it would be well, two things. One, our members, originally the guy that got freaked out about all the bodies here — although I told him an interesting story, I was first elected county executive in Milwaukee of all places. First budget I put through was pretty bold, aggressive and the union went nuts on me and got all sorts of grief. But a couple of weeks later I’m at a Veterans Day parade and I’m going down the line and usually unless you’re a veteran or marching with a veterans’ group, politicians will get polite applause but nobody gets up. I come down the line, 40, 50 people in a row, hands up, thumbs up, you know cheering, screaming, yelling, “Way to go, hang in there, Walker.” And then after about 40, 50 people like that, there’s a guy flipping me off. This goes on 40, 50 [break in recording] … right thing, the people who know it’s right will cheer you, they’ll applaud you, they’ll run through a wall for you. And the people who don’t like you, they’re going to flip you off. But stop worrying about them because the other day there were 70,000 — probably two-thirds were against the bill, one-third were for — 70,000 people at the Capitol. All week there’s been fifteen to thirty thousand a day. But I remind all our lawmakers that there’s five and a half million people in this state. And just because a bunch of guys who can jump off of work because of their union work rules doesn’t mean the rest of the people in your district are with them. So the one thing in your question, the more groups that are encouraging people not just to show up but to call lawmakers and tell them to hang firm with the governor, the better. Because the more they get that assurance, the easier it is for them to vote yes. The other thing is more long term, and that is after this, you know the coming days and weeks and months ahead, particularly in some of these more swing areas, a lot of these guys are gonna need, they don’t actually need ads for them but they’re going to need a message put out reinforcing why this was a good thing to do for the economy and a good thing to do for the state. So the extent that that message is out over and over again is obviously a good thing.

Murphy: Right, right. We’ll back you any way we can. But what we were thinking about the crowd was, uh, was planting some troublemakers.

Walker: You know, well, the only problem with that — because we thought about that. The problem with — my only gut reaction to that would be, right now the lawmakers I’ve talked to have just completely had it with them. The public is not really fond of this. The teacher’s union did some polling and focus groups I think and found out that the public turned on them the minute they closed school down on them for a couple of days. The guys we’ve got left are largely from out of state and I keep dismissing it in all my press comments, saying ehh, they’re mostly from out of state. My only fear would be if there’s a ruckus caused is that would scare the public into thinking maybe the governor has to settle to avoid all these problems. You know, whereas I’ve said, hey, we can handle this, people can protest, this is Madison, you know, full of the ’60s liberals. Let ’em protest. It’s not going to affect us. And as long as we go back to our homes and the majority of people are telling us we’re doing the right thing, let ’em protest all they want. So that’s my gut reaction. I think it’s actually good if they’re constant, they’re noisy, but they’re quiet, nothing happens. Sooner or later the media stops finding them interesting.

Murphy: Well, not the liberal bastards on MSNBC.

Walker: Oh yeah, but who watches that? I mean I went on “Morning Joe” this morning. I like it because I just like being combative with those guys, but, uh. You know they’re off the deep end.

Murphy: Joe (Scarborough) — Joe’s a good guy. He’s one of us.

Walker: Yeah, he’s all right. He was fair to me. I mean, the rest of them were out there. Although I had fun, they had (New York Sen. Chuck) Schumer over from New York on ripping me, and then they had a little clip of a state senator hiding out ripping me, and it was almost too easy. I walked in, Joe asked me a question and I said, well, before I answer that, let me just point out the amazing irony of the fact that you’ve got a United States senator from New York, a senator who by the way is part of a team that can’t seem to balance the federal budget talking about my budget. At least he’s coming into work to talk about something, although it’s mine. And you’ve got one of these 14 state Senate Democrats who can’t even bother to show up and deal with the budget he’s elected to do something about. And uh, so that kind of tells you the whole story right there.

Murphy: Beautiful; beautiful. You gotta love that Mika Brzezinski (co-host of “Morning Joe”); she’s a real piece of [expletive].

Walker: Oh yeah. A couple weeks ago, I’d known Joe before, but I was having dinner with Jim Sensenbrenner when I came into D.C. for a day to do an event and we’d gone over to do the “The Greta Show” and had dinner with Congressman Sensenbrenner and right next to us was the two of them and their guest was [Obama’s Senior Adviser David] Axelrod. I came over, I introduced myself.

Murphy: That son of a [expletive]!

Walker: Yeah no kidding huh? Introduced myself and said I figured you probably knew who I was since your boss was campaigning against me but it’s always good to let them know you know what’s going on.

Murphy: Well, good; good. It’s good catching up with ya’.

Walker: Yeah, well thanks. This is an exciting time. This is, I told my cabinet, I had a dinner the Sunday uh, excuse me, Monday right after the sixth. Came home from the Super Bowl where the Packers won, that Monday night I had all my cabinet over to the residence for dinner, talked about what we were going to do, how we were going to do it, we’d already kind of built plans up but it was kind of the last hurrah before we dropped the bomb. And I stood up and I pulled out a picture of Ronald Reagan, and I said, you know, this may seem a little melodramatic, but 30 years ago Ronald Reagan, whose 100th birthday we just celebrated the day before, had one of the most defining moments of his political career, not just his presidency, when he fired the air traffic controllers. And I said, to me that moment was more important than just for labor relations or even the federal budget. That was the first crack in the Berlin Wall in the fall of Communism because from that point forward the Soviets and the Communists knew that Ronald Reagan wasn’t a pushover. And I said, this may not have as broad of world applications, but in Wisconsin’s history — little did I know how big it would be nationally — Wisconsin’s history, I said, this is our moment. This is our time to change the course of history, and this is why it’s so important that they were all there. I had a cabinet meeting this morning, I reminded them of that. I said, for those who thought I was being melodramatic, you now know it was purely putting it in the right context.

Murphy: [Laughs] Well, I tell you what, Scott: Once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali (California) and really show you a good time.

Walker: All right, that would be outstanding. Thanks for all the support in helping us move the cause forward, and we appreciate it, and we’re doing it the just and right thing for the right reasons and it’s all about getting our freedoms back.

Murphy: Absolutely. And, you know, we have a little bit of a vested interest as well. [Laughs]

Walker: Well that’s just it, the bottom line is we’re gonna get the world moving here ’cause it’s the right thing to do.

Murphy: Alright then.

Walker: Thanks a million!

Murphy: Bye-bye!

Walker: Bye.

The Indiana State Legislature is following Wisconsin’s lead.

The R’s pushing Union-busting and the D’s walking out.
Yowza. Our Democratic “Socialist” Governor, Hickenlooper, is looking at cutting public school K-12 budgets.
BUT….
Nobody’s talking about the R.T. phrase. As in, Really and Truly pay the damn bills.
Industry makes beaucoup bux off having educated workers and public transportation and the niceties of a civilized society being available to everybody.
Especially the workers who ultimately pay the highest tax, it’s called Corporate Profit Margins and it’s exacted on us without representation. No Official representation, that is, we still have plenty of police protection from the onerous task of Freedom, actually being allowed to pool our resources, our lives and our labor in collective bargaining in order to assure us an equitable wage, one that allows us to be paid at least what it costs US to produce our labor for the profit of the Rich. In Texas it’s already illegal.
We have to sacrifice OUR quality of life, OUR retirement, OUR health care and that of our children and grandchildren for generations to come, or so the Tea Party Anti Tax Crusaders tell us. Insuring continued profits for the Parasite Class on the backs of the Working Class, as always.
The mill-workers backside fits the office chair far better than the mill-owners hand fits the shovel.

The spreading wave of Democracy… threatens Oil Companies.

To the point that Oil Corporation workers in Bahrain and throughout the Persian Gulf, North Africa and the Indian Ocean are on high alert. The people there know which side of their toast is buttered and they’re plenty swoll about being ripped off, enslaved, targeted by Oil Company hired goons like the Blackwater Thug assassins, Drone Operators bombing them from secret rooms halfway around the world: Video Gamers who were recruited from living in their moms’ basement with the promise that they can Kill Humans for real and not face any consequences or put their own cowardly lives in danger. Now the oilfields, refineries and shipyards of the world are under security lockdown. The ever-nearby British-American military bases also in danger.
The tactics– IEDs, car bombs, hijacked airplanes? nope.
People. There have been reports throughout the long long long Imperial Wars of the Imperial Stormtroopers being fired on by the Imperial-armed Slave Soldiers of the local provinces. BP and the old Standard Oil allegedly broken up, Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, Texaco, Gulf.. getting back together again just in time… They’ve spent trillions of other people’s dollars (guilders, francs, marks and pounds too) and hundreds of millions of other peoples’ lives and more than a century of time building up their Business Empire or Empire Business whichever term better suits.
The Slave Rebellion that can overthrow the Empire,

People. Pure and simple. Their fellow slaves in the Provincial Armies and police forces, even in the Home Provinces of the Emperors, like America and England, joining in with their fellow slaves, tired of fighting their fellow Working Class at the orders of the Big Boss Man.
Only to be spat upon, despised, and impoverished by their Masters.
Such has happened in Wisconsin. And now, in Denver, and Colorado Springs, workers are coming together to support their brethren, across America and around the world.

The Imperial Powers love ignorance, they love an uneducated populace, and have fought hard to dismantle Public Education, Public Communications Systems like PBS, NPR, and the Internet. Cut and cut and cut but they weren’t fast enough.

Now, just when they were close to their goal of privatized access to anything, especially information… from deciding who would be allowed to attend school to who can say what on the airwaves, and even on the Internet, “Freedom of the Press but only for those who own the presses”.

Wham, Bam, Jan25 comes along, Wikileaks, and the base of the Imperial Wealth, the provinces and satrapies, where the “president” or “prime minister” or even “king” of each, including America and Britain, was just a provincial governor appointed by the Empire and tolerated only as long as he or she did the bidding of the Empire.

All these latifundium slaves from beggar to so-called Kings, under the supposedly unbreakable grip of the Empire, have a window of opportunity. The Empire is collapsing under the weight of its wealth and greed, now is the time for everybody to get out from under their landing zone. Let the Giant fall but don’t be under it when it crashes.

Operation Chaos Backfired (also the TeaTard action in Wisconsin)

So, the DumFox leaders became so frightened of the hordes of non-white-anglo-saxons having the majority of the votes, if the representative districts were counted correctly, they thought of a brilliant (in their opinion) plan to skew the results of the census by getting the more ignorant of the White Anglo Saxon Protestant DumFox to boycott the Census, thereby giving them an excuse. Mind you, they’re still operating under the fiction that the Republican and Tea parties are somehow separate entities from each other and that NewsCorp is a separate entity from both. The most hard-core TeaBag morons know this, but prefer to lie about it.
Now, Bush’s anointed replacement as Governor of Texas, Tom DeLay and his ventriloquist dummy Rick GoodHair Perry, forced a redistricting 8 years early after the last census, to insure more Republican dominated districts. They did skew that census, really hard, by spreading a terroristic rumor in minority (but now combined MAJORITY) communities similar to the retarded ones they spread in the Redneck Hoam Skewl Ignorant communities with the current census. GoodHair and Co. ain’t barkin’ real loudly about redistricting almost a decade early this time. Instead, they’re going to make the motion that the Census be disregarded because they themselves broke it. Oh, yeah, that’s right, they’re still pretending that Fox News and Rush Limbaugh don’t actually work for them and Fox is saying they’re fair, balanced and have no agenda.

They’re using the same flawed interpretation of The Pottery Barn Rule “you broke it you bought it” that they used when they “suddenly realized” that their wars against the people of Iraq and Afghanistan were destroying their nations.
OOPSIE..

Problem with that is, the rule they cite isn’t “you broke it, you can now force other people to pay for it AND force them to pay to fix it and then you can have it for the small price of breaking it”.
With the Retardican “justices” on the Supreme Court, like Scalia and Clarence “uncle” Thomas, loyal like only really stupid people can be, subservient to the Korporate Klan Kartel, they might have a chance to get it “legally” approved.

But that assumes that the victims of their crimes, the American people, will tolerate it and meekly submit.
And the stupid bastards often make statements wondering why people would throw airplanes at their Temples to their god Mammon.
“Why don’t those peasants simply agree with our assessment of them as being Inferior Beings, and bow before our (non-elitist non-Racist) White Supremacy?”

Apparently, too, they couldn’t get enough TeaBags and other White Wing Freaks (but only in a non-racist non-elitist sense of White Supremacy)
to actually go and face the very angry Union workers who they’re trying to screw through legislation. Maybe they suddenly pulled their heads out of their collective Arse and realized that they miscalculated how far their Astroturf roots don’t really go.

Maybe DumFox News didn’t plan ahead and rent a fleet of Greyhounds to bus them in.
Or D) all of the above.