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WI Gov. Scott Walker suggests stripping police and firefighter union rights


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Why, it was only yesterday that I posted about how Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and county staff collaborated after a teenage boy was killed by a 13-ton concrete panel that fell on him. Oops! Where's all that conservative compassion we used to hear so much about, hmm?

Now Scotty is once again doing his best to make himself as unappealing as possible by further alienating workers, the middle class, union members, Democratic voters, the usual. He's talking about extending the state ban on public sector union rights to police and firefighters. He must have gotten a call from one of the Koch brothers.

Then he backtracked the next day, because-- surprise!-- that plan bothered a few people.

Via the Wisconsin State Journal:

At a public event in Milwaukee on Monday, Walker said he would consider expanding the law, and that police and fire workers may now be willing to forgo union rights taken from other government workers — collective bargaining, paycheck dues withdrawals and arbitration to settle disputes with management.

“I think now, for those areas, having seen that the world didn’t come to an end for other municipal employees, there might be a greater opening going forward because they’d say, ‘Hey, you know, things worked out,’” Walker said at the annual Governmental Research Association policy conference.

Leaders of two police unions said their members wouldn’t accept any such change, and they believe the governor knows that.

I'msorrywhat?! "The world didn't come to an end for other municipal employees"?! Interrobang!

Nahh, those workers and their families are just dandy now that you yanked their rights out from under them, making it impossible to improve their situation, their lives, their livelihood as well as their children's, destroyed their dignity, all while spitting on democracy and Wisconsin families. Pfft, big deal, no skin off Scotty's nose.

Family values my ass.

Those union slobs and their kvetching. Honestly.

There you have it, voters: Walker 2016. Some might say he was appealing to his base. I say he is as appalling as his base.

Here's what else Scotty had the unmitigated gall to say: "The position I pushed is not unlike the principle that Franklin Delano Roosevelt — not exactly a conservative — pushed as well when it came to public sector collective bargaining.”

Yes, he said that. No, I'm not kidding.

Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the state AFL-CIO, didn't take kindly to that either, saying (among other things), "Scott Walker is drowning in a jobs deficit and to compare himself to FDR is laughably delusional.”

Truer words were never spoken...


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Michigan's big extreme anti-union, abortion restriction day



I'm here in Michigan, standing at the corner of One Party Rule and War on Civil Rights.

King Rick Snyder of Michigan of “strong medicine, financial martial law” and radical assault on Michigan's working families fame is also waging a fierce war on women. Think Progress is reporting that state lawmakers are likely to "revive an omnibus anti-abortion bill that sparked widespread protests after it passed the House this summer, in addition to a host of other restrictive abortion legislation they hope to force through the current lame duck session."

Because under Snyder, government hasn't been intrusive enough.

The state senate may consider multiple anti-abortion bills that aim to:

1) Regulate abortion clinics out of existence.

2) Limit abortion access for women in rural areas

3) Impose further guidelines for the disposal of fetal remains (treat them in the exact same manner as dead bodies).

4) Prevent private insurance companies from covering any abortion services.

5) Allow doctors to refuse to perform abortion services because of their personal beliefs.

More details at the link.

Republicans love to demand small government and whine and moan about Democratic overreach. Welcome to Hypocrisyville.


VIDEO: Mitt Romney's Tax Returns: When Will He Come Clean? We're Still Waiting.


Just because Willard Romney went on a big fat disastrous, gaffe-filled overseas photo-op fundraiser trip that attracted all the wrong kinds of attention doesn't mean we'll stop pestering him about those pesky tax returns that he refuses to divulge.

Keep 'em coming, Team Obama.


Mitt Romney has only released one full year of tax returns. Why hasn't he released more?

Is Romney willing to share any new information?


VIDEO ADDED: In Poland, Solidarity distances itself from Romney visit. In Israel, Ehud Barak gives Obama administration big props.


And now has jumped on it:

Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres discuss President Obama's record on Israel.

How's that Big Overseas Trip workin' out for ya, Willard? Your anti-union positions getting in the way of a good time?

(Reuters) - Solidarity, the trade union movement which led the Polish struggle against communist rule, distanced itself on Monday from a visit to Poland by U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, saying he supported attacks on unions in his own country. [...]

"Solidarity was not involved in organizing Romney's meeting with Walesa and did not invite him to visit Poland." [...]

[I]t may prove difficult in Poland for Romney to draw a sharp contrast with his Democratic rival in the presidential election because Polish leaders enjoy fairly strong ties with the Obama White House.

You know how Willard loves to say he's a better friend to Israel than President Obama is? And how the president is a big ol' meanie who isn't as supportive of the U. S. of A.'s BFF as he is?  Israel's own Ehud Barak would beg to differ:

(CNN)Israel's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak said the Obama White House has been the most supportive administration throughout the two countries' diplomatic relations on matters of Israeli security, in an interview to air Monday on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Barak -also a former prime minister of Israel - said that though historically administrations from both political parties have supported the Jewish state President Obama's support, security-wise, is unparalleled. [...]

"But I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past."

Asked by Blitzer if the president has been more supportive than previous administrations' Barak said, "In terms of the support for our security, the cooperation of our intelligence, the sharing of sorts in a very open way even when there are differences which are not simple sometimes, I've found their support for our defense very stable."

Mitt Romney can try lying to our allies overseas the way he does to Americans, but it appears that they won't buy into it like so many do here. He's delusional if he believes he's shown what a splendid commander in chief he'd be, or that he has foreign policy cred. So far, he's done nothing but make a fool of himself. May he continue to do that straight through to November.


Wisconsin Capitol cleanup will cost a whole lot less than Gov. Scott Walker estimated


Remember this?


Remember the millions of dollars of damage all those stinky, uniony protesters supposedly did to the Wisconsin Capitol building?

And remember the battle of the damage-to-the-Wisconsin-Capitol costs (State says damage to marble at Capitol could hit $7.5 million vs.DOA now estimate Capitol damage as low as $350,000)?

The Walker administration quickly acknowledged the $7.5 million cleanup cost was overstated, and had little more than some figures written on a sheet of notebook paper to back the estimate.

Hey, me too! But, oops, there's been another revision. The Sheboygan Press is reporting that... well, I'll let them tell you:

MADISON — Cleaning and restoring the state Capitol after last year's massive protests will cost about $200,000, according to the state Department of Administration, a total that's millions of dollars less than a state official's initial estimate of $7.5 million.

So, let's see... 7.5 million minus 200K, times GOP fail, plus anti-union bias, divided by idiocy, carry the talking points... Walker was only off by about $7,300,000.

Anybody could have made a tiny error like that. Scotty's made a bunch of 'em.

So the actual costs from those “slobs” practicing their First Amendment rights were even less than the first correction indicated. And a whole lot less than the RWNJ falsely claimed.


Standoff coming: Will Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker mass arrest solidarity singers right before Christmas?


On Monday, December 19th, there will be something to watch carefully, per Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice. At the Wisconsin Capitol, a Solidarity Sing-Along will take place, but this will be the first time that such an event will occur since (hopefully soon-to-be-recalled) Governor Scott Walker's new policy.

You remember that, right? It "would require demonstrations inside the Capitol of four or more people to request permits of the state 72 hours in advance, and could require protest groups to reimburse the state for the cost of policing them, at a cost of $50 per officer per hour."

Requiring payment for First Amendment rights, how democratic of him!


This dictatorial move by Scott Walker has already been asserted to be unconstitutional [...]

The restrictions are being taken as a direct response to the Solidarity Sing Along’, which has gotten under Walker’s skin to say the least. ... [E]very day since the mass protests started dying down there has been an average of 50-100 Wisconsinites who go back to the site of the occupation to use song in a continuous action against Governor Walker. [...]

It will represent a similar standoff that we have been seeing across the country (and world) with the movement stemming from Occupy Wall Street, and which we likewise saw consistently at the State Capitol occupation last spring.

I love that singing in the Capitol gets under Walker's skin. I think they should gather at his office door and sing this over and over and over again, just to see how long it would take for him to go completely bonkers (not much of a leap):