Right behind the flub where Obama confused Kansas with Texas, this was one of the funniest parts of his speech in Kansas today:
1. Obama cites “Republican” president, Teddy Roosevelt, as doing great things that his party didn’t like.
2. Obama says people called Teddy a “communist” back in the day. <pause> (the dramatic pause is implying that he and Teddy had to deal with the same types of evil people calling them communists) <laughter from his supporters>
3. Obama says Teddy helped enact a progressive income tax.
4. Obama stood oblivious to the fact that plank #2 of “The Communist Manifesto” is “a heavy progressive or graduated income tax”, and by pointing it out, he proved Teddy Roosevelt was supportive of communist ideology. Sadly, all the Obama supporters who laughed, proved that they too don’t know history.
How much of a socialist was Teddy Roosevelt? The title of the 1913 New York Times piece about Roosevelt’s socialist policies should provide some insight: “Roosevelt’s Super Socialism”. Read it below.
(Ever since the founders of the Marxist Frankfurt School realized their desired effect on the Grey Lady’s current occupants, a New York Times writer would get fired over such words.)
Irony can be a beautiful thing. While The Beatles are commonly viewed as part of the counter-culture that fueled political unrest in the 60s and 70s, the lyrics of their hit song ”Revolution” call into question exactly what their political views may have been.
While the song may have served as a battle-cry for America’s counter-culture of past generations, and some of those same antagonists are now part of the nation’s Leftist ”Ruling Class” (which has undoubetedly helped to fuel the fire that is OWS) it is time to turn the tables. How fitting that those Lennon-McCartney lyrics now serve as an excellent portrayal to expose the utter madness that is Occupy Wall Street.
While I don’t pretend to know exactly what message The Beatles intended to deliver, I offer my own interpretation of their expressions to illuminate the matter. One thing is for sure, they didn’t seem to care for the evils of Communism, which clearly gives them a leg up over many of the loonies currently “occupying” cities across the land.
I had fun poking around the socialist, Marxist, and anarchist #owslist (a Twitter hashtag I’m using) email archives after Andrew Breitbart published them here. For those who don’t know, this is the mailing list that the original Occupy Wall Street leftist organizers have been using for their left-wing vagrant parties, that they refer to as “occupying”.
Let’s see what a word cloud of the 300,000 lines of leftist email looks like, shall we?
Same tired old collectivist tropes, different day.
Some misguided people are now trying to claim that the Teaparty movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement have a lot in common, or are similar.
This assertion is absurd.
The Marxist “occupation” (apropos name for a collectivist movement) was organized and funded by hardcore leftist organizations and international socialists. The Teaparty movement, that I helped start, was grassroots, and we didn’t take outside money. Hell, I don’t even know the Koch brothers. Additionally, it’s been 2.5 years since the Teaparty movement started and no Teapartiers have ever been arrested at a Teaparty event, unlike this Marxist “occupation” movement, where thousands have already been arrested in just a couple weeks.
It was reported that big labor and its money is also in the game:
In just the last week several large labor groups have officially announced their support for the occupation. The NYC Transit Workers Union, with nearly 40,000 members, voted to back the protesters on September 28. And the SEIU’s massive 32BJ union, which claims to represent over 120,000 property service workers, recently decided to use an upcoming rally to show “solidarity” with the Wall Street occupiers.
This occupation on Wall Street calls into question the very foundation in which the capitalist system is based, and its relentless desire to place profit over and above all else.
Throughout the world, from Egypt to Greece, from China to Madison, Wisconsin, working class people are starting to rise up. The IWW welcomes this. We see the occupation of Wall Street as another step – no matter how large or small – in this process.
And now the illegal hacker group “Anonymous” has vowed to attack the New York Stock Exchange to support the Marxist occupiers.
The group posted a video message on YouTube declaring war on the world’s largest stock exchange in retaliation for the mass arrests of Wall Street protesters, and posted a link to the video on one of several Anonymous Twitter feeds.
See the occupiers’ list of idiotic Marxist “demands” here (Which they’ve since amended, stating that it isn’t an “official” list of demands – now that they’ve been blasted by every rational non-Marxist on the planet. But from all the other groups and individuals involved, you can easily see that these things are what they really want). $20 minimum wage? Forgiveness of all debt? Free (read: financed by those who actually produce in this country) college for everyone, a living wage regardless of employment, etc… all Marxist tropes.
Leftists in America (you remember Obama’s buddy Van Jones, right?) are referring to this as the “American Fall” (fall of America? ironical or intentional?) playing off the name given to the Arab Spring uprisings earlier this year. And who started the Arab Spring uprising? Marxists and socialists. Read my earlier piece on that here.
Don’t waste your time lecturing us on the similarities between our grassroots Teaparty movement and these Marxist fools, who are bought and paid for by international socialists and union goons. If these leftist demands were met, you’d see the insolvency of America in relatively short order. However, the Teaparty has been pushing for fiscal responsibility since day one.
I can break down the difference in ideology like this:
#TEAPARTY: Improve your station by hard work and perseverance.
#OCCUPYWALLSTREET: Improve your station by demanding the property of others.
Not AT ALL the same as the Teaparty movement, so spare me, and the rest of the country, your ignorant indignation if we thumb our noses at this very anti-American occupation.
UPDATE: Here are the Marxist, socialist, and trade unionist organizations that the occupiers are proud to be protesting with (hardly the 99% – more like 1%):
- AFL-CIO (AFSCME)
- United NY
- Strong Economy for All Coalition
- Working Families Party
- TWU Local 100
- SEIU 1199
- CWA 1109
- Communications Workers of America
- CWA Local 1180
- United Auto Workers
- United Federation of Teachers
- Professional Staff Congress – CUNY
- National Nurses United
- Writers Guild East
- Community Voices Heard
- Alliance for Quality Education
- New York Communities for Change
- Coalition for the Homeless
- Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP)
- The Job Party
- NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
- The Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center
- The New Deal for New York Campaign
- National People’s Action
- Human Services Council
- Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State
- Citizen Action of NY
- Common Cause NY
- New Bottom Line
- Tenants & Neighbors
- Democracy for NYC
- Resource Generation
- Tenants PAC
- Teachers Unite
From New Zeal:
Videos Exposing How ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Was Organized From Day One by SEIU/ACORN Front – The Working Family Party, and How They All Tie to the Obama Administration, DNC, Democratic Socialists of America, Tides and George Soros
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America; and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, with Liberty and justice for all.” We all know this verse as our national pledge. We recite it at court, at school, and at various other gatherings. But how many of us truly understand the words and their import to our form of government?
The American form of government is commonly referenced as a democracy, both among it’s citizens and abroad. However, a true democracy has never existed for any length of time in the history of civilization, due largely to that fact that it requires the full participation of the people in all legislative and governmental processes. By nature, individuals will become too occupied with their own daily routines and obligations to make time to participate at the level required by a true democracy. The larger the population grows, the less likely it is to have the people’s full participation. The same is true as a society or nation grows in physical size, either through conquest or exploration.
In contrast, a Republic can support the growth of a nation in both size and numbers. One of America’s Founders, James Madison, defined a republic in this way: “… a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior.” Essentially, the people are grouped together based on population and geography to elect their governmental representatives, who then assemble with the other elected representatives to do the bidding of those whom elected them. In this representative form of government, the mass of the people have a direct voice in the public affairs while not needing to devote countless hours to the process.
Over one hundred years ago, an ideological war was erupting in America, very similar to what can be seen occurring today. In the early 1900’s, the spread of socialism was approaching pandemic proportions across the globe. And in 1905, a group of about 100 people gathered together in New York and formed what they called the ISS, or Intercollegiate Socialist Society. This movement spread quickly across America, and soon had charters on over 60 college campuses from coast to coast. One of the ISS co-directors, Harry Laidler, claimed his group’s mission to be to “throw light on the world-wide movement of industrial democracy known as socialism.” Their slogan was “Production for use, not for profit.” However, in 1921, the USSR and the violence associated with their involvement in World War I, had given the word ‘socialism’ a sour taste, especially in America. It was for this reason that the ISS decided to change it’s name to ‘The League for Industrial Democracy’. But socialism is defined as government control of the means of production and distribution of goods, quite the opposite of the classical meaning of a democracy. The word ‘democracy’ was being misused to carry the idea that through the nationalization of production and distribution of goods, all of America’s resources would be the property of ‘the people’.
Several device were utilized in an effort to convey to the people the distinctions, in fact the sharp contrasts, between socialism and democracy, and republics, including a U.S. Army training manual. Despite these efforts, America continued to be identified as a ‘democracy’, primarily in the media and in school text books. President Woodrow Wilson didn’t help the matter when he declared The Great War to be our effort to “make the world safe for democracy.” Of course, Wilson had surrounded himself with many of the ISS’ early recruits, who likely encouraged this slogan.
Following World War II, as Americans were readjusting to a normal life, they also began to see the word ‘democracy’ in a new light. Throughout the war, the Communists, National Socialists of Germany, and other socialist across Europe had all blatantly abused the word democracy so much that had become virtuously synonymous with socialism. Additionally, socialism was beginning to look far less appealing to the everyday American. Between their reputation of violence and vitriol and their fully evident economic shortcomings, Socialist states around the world were proving to be utter failures, as far as Americans were concerned. With this came a very subtle adjustment to the American general way of thinking. Although they still referred to the United States as a democracy, mentally the word was being more and more equated with the traditional Constitutional Republic that America truly is.
Decades have passed since then, and many things have changed and evolved in American political culture. The rise and growth of the Progressive movement, for example, shares many similarities with the League of Industrial Democracy, simply under a new name. ‘Progress’ has taken the place of ‘democracy’ in a sense that those in the progressive movement who seek to bring about a socialistic change have realized that there is still a connection between socialism and democracy, and have elected to simply rename the same old story.
Sadly, one need only step foot outside America to realize that the words ‘democracy’ and ‘socialism’ are still very much intertwined elsewhere throughout the Earth. Many socialists, though they also refer to America as a democracy, believe that we are not “democratic enough”. Their definition of democracy very much mirrors that of the ISS, that by government control, possession then belongs to the people. There are even some in America that share these sentiments; that equate socialism to democracy, and therefore urge the socialization or nationalization of America.
The left would have you believe that the teachers union protests in Wisconsin and elsewhere are simply about “the people” and “the middle class”. The union supporters have denied that these protests have anything to do with socialism or Marxism, even though we know that America’s unions were created by socialists and Marxists. What is the “Solidarity Forever” song that the unionists all sing about? Who wrote it? Who published it? Here are the unionists singing “Solidarity Forever” in the Wisconsin capitol building:
And here they are singing the same song as they’re being dragged out of the capitol one-by-one:
By Ralph H. Chaplin, 1915
(Tune: “John Brown’s Body”)
When the Union’s inspiration through the worker’s blood shall run,
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun.
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one?
But the Union makes us strong.
But the Union makes us strong.
Is there aught we hold in common with the greedy parasite
Who would lash us into serfdom and would crush you with his might?
Is there anything left for us but to organize and fight?
For the Union makes us strong.
It is we who plowed the prairies; built the cities where they trade.
Dug the mines and built the workshops; endless miles of railroad laid.
Now we stand, outcast and starving, ‘mid the wonders we have made;
But the Union makes us strong.
All the world that’s owned by idle drones, is ours and ours alone.
We have laid the wide foundations; built it skywards, stone by stone.
It is ours, not to slave in, but to master and to own,
While the Union makes us strong.
They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn.
But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn.
We can break their haughty power; gain our freedom when we learn
That the Union makes us strong.
In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold;
Greater than the might of armies, magnified a thousand fold.
We can bring to birth the new world from the ashes of the old,
For the Union makes us strong.
Cute, the songwriter, Ralph Chaplin, calls capitalists, “greedy parasites” and then goes on to regurgitate rehashed Marx and Engels in the style of the typical, self-entitled, collectivist everyman – hence why the song is so appealing to the Wisconsin unionists – they can relate to it. What would one expect from unionists living in Wisconsin, “the birthplace of American progressivism”?
Chaplin was originally a communist who would later work for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organization, which was created by two hundred socialists, anarchists, and radical trade unionists. The IWW’s members are known as Wobblies… fitting. Later, Chaplin became a socialist, because his communist paradigm was shaken by the fact the Marxist revolutionaries killed people to meet their goals in the Russian Revolution. Ralph was yet another collectivist idealist ignorant to history and human nature.
The IWW had a newspaper named, “Solidarity” and Chaplin, a poet, was one of their leaders and he worked as an editor, “journalist”, and illustrator. Chaplin illustrated his first Solidarity cover (top below) in 1915, and he also created the widely used IWW “wildcat strike” icon (middle below). Note the IWW’s recent “general strike” illustration (bottom below), in Arabic, marketed to those participating in the socialist uprisings in the Middle East.
“Solidarity Forever” was originally published in IWW’s “Little Red Songbook” (songs from which are embedded in a Scribd document at the bottom of the article), the purpose of which is to “fan the flames of discontent” – red being the color of socialists and communists. The song has been recorded by Pete Seeger, Joe Glazer, and the Almanac Singers – all communists. The song has also been performed numerous times by lefty fave, Utah Phillips, another communist. Other songs in the “Little Red Songbook” hail socialism and Sam Gompers, a Marxist, who created the AFL (now the AFL-CIO, America’s largest union organization). The IWW’s Preamble (which is on the inside cover of every Little Red Songbook) states:
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage system. We find that the centering of the management of industries into fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests in common with their employers. These conditions can be changed and the interest of the working class upheld only by an organization formed in such a way that all its members in any one industry, or in all industries, if necessary, cease work whenever a strike or lookout is on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to one an injury to all. Instead of the conservative motto, “A fair day’s wages for a fair day’s work,” we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, “Abolition of the wage system.” It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism. The army of production must be organized, not only for the every day struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old. Knowing, therefore, that such an organization is absolutely necessary for our emancipation, we unite under the following constitution:
The IWW’s preamble is straight-up Marxism. And these words are the basis for many legal actions taken against the group because it proves that the IWW is a subversive organization and a threat to American liberty.
Chaplin was arrested in 1917 under the Espionage Act. He, along with 117 others were all charged with 100 crimes, including conspiring to overthrow the U.S. government and impeding America’s war effort . The jury returned a guilty verdict for all charged within an hour.
Ironically, there was a minor point of agreement between Chaplin and conservatives. Chaplin, and his hardcore leftist counterparts, were against the industrial union mandates in the Wagner Act, passed in 1935, and not for the same reasons conservatives would obviously be against Marxist ideology (add to the reason conservatives would be against the Marxist inspired Act… the Wagner Act is also racist!), but because Chaplin felt the Act didn’t give unions enough control over the means of production.
Now when you hear the word “solidarity” in relation to unions, or hear the song “Solidarity Forever”, you’ll know what’s really going on. The agenda of those who support “solidarity” is at the heart of the battle between supporters of American liberty (conservatives, libertarians, independents) and collectivists (socialists, Marxists, progressives). As the IWW preamble says, the unionists want to overthrow America (they were arrested for such) and give workers control of production.
Please share this article with a union worker. Chances are, he or she only knows part of this story, if any – ironically, this applies to many teachers. Friends don’t let friends join unions.
Sound off below! Comments from trolls will be deleted.
Time and time again, the collectivist left in America chooses hyperbole when championing their economy-killing objectives. Most recently, as in the case of the socialist union (yes, they were created by socialists and Marxists) protests in Wisconsin, you see many signs being wielded by the neo-Marxist rubes stating, “Hitler banned unions”. The purpose of this urban legend-styled disinformation, of course, is a weak attempt to paint Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as a Nazi, even though the Nazi’s were national socialists who subscribed to most of the tenets of modern American leftists.
What are the roots of this “Hitler banned unions” urban legend? We have to understand what was going on in Germany at the time. Any economist will tell you, prior to Hitler’s rise to power, that the Weimar Republic struggled under severe hyperinflation. The Weimar’s hyperinflation is required study for every college student wishing to become an economist. What is hyperinflation? Webster’s defines inflation as, “a continuing rise in the general price level usually attributed to an increase in the volume of money and credit relative to available goods and services”, and defines hyperinflation as, “inflation growing at a very high rate in a very short time”.
When Hitler came to power, he moved to correct this hyperinflation while keeping his national socialist views front and center. In 1933, the Nazis disbanded the Weimar unions and replaced them with the new and improved union, the German Labor Front (Deutsche Arbeitsfront, DAF), which was comprised of 2 primary entities, the National Socialist Factory Organization and the National Socialist Trade and Industry Organization. The labor contracts that were Weimar contracts were now DAF-honored contracts. The Nazi’s funded the DAF’s coffers with the Weimar unions’ stockpile of wealth (the existing unions were part of that inflation problem). One of the new unions’ most popular programs was the Strength through Joy (Kraft durch Freude, KdF)) program, which developed the KdF-wagen, that later became the Volkswagen, or People’s Car.
The primary goal of Germany’s national socialists was to “create a classless” society. Hitler’s unions were central in this cause. In fact, Hitler gave the unions their long-awaited demand, one that the Weimar unions were never able to pull off, a National Labor Day, May 1, 1933.
“Bless now our fight for our freedom; the fight we wage for our German people and Fatherland.” – Adolf Hitler’s speech, May Day 1933
The Nazi unions even had this nifty little logo.
And here’s Hitler’s own words from his book, Mein Kampf:
I think that I have already answered the first question adequately. In the present state of affairs I am convinced that we cannot possibly dispense with the trades unions. On the contrary, they are among the most important institutions in the economic life of the nation. Not only are they important in the sphere of social policy but also, and even more so, in the national political sphere. For when the great masses of a nation see their vital needs satisfied through a just trade unionist movement the stamina of the whole nation in its struggle for existence will be enormously reinforced thereby.
Before everything else, the trades unions are necessary as building stones for the future economic parliament, which will be made up of chambers representing the various professions and occupations.
Yet another leftist urban myth busted!
While Wisconsin teachers throwing their own Greek styled socialist hissy fit is both telling and troubling, it also serves as a microcosm of various economic challenges, political battles and societal shifts all taking place simultaneously.
What to say about those lovable teachers and union drones protesting in Wisconsin? I must admit, I consider it bizarre that people believe they have a right to a pension and benefits to begin with, or even a job for that matter. Stranger still, the striking teachers in Wisconsin seem to believe that they have the right to extract it from tax-payers, regardless of whether or not the state has enough money to go around.
But the teachers’ egregious behavior went beyond refusing to show-up for work. Some took it upon themselves to infect young impressionable minds with their destructive (progressive) attitudes, dragging students along to their protests.
About now, I’m trying to imagine the position of the average hard working middle-class family in Wisconsin who just voted some grown-ups into office to instill some necessary fiscal discipline into state matters. Working in the private-sector, they probably pay twice as much as state workers do for benefits and receive less.
With teachers and school officials shutting-down the schools in protest, these tax-paying parents now find themselves having to take-off work to be home with a child who should be at school.
In sum, these teachers have provided a perfect example of why public employees should not be unionized. At the end of the day, tax-payers are effectively being held hostage by those intended to serve them.
It requires no more than basic math skills to understand the economic equations here. One only need take a cursory glance at American History to see that it was an independent spirit, not a dependent one, that built this greatest of nations. From Wisconsin, a look across the lake to neighboring Michigan clearly illustrates where union dominance inevitably leads.
Yet, these simple lessons are beyond the people hired to teach the young throughout an entire state, saying a great deal about the misguided priorities of today’s public education system. It also raises larger questions. Such as – Just when did we as Americans come to believe that others owe us that which we are not willing to provide for ourselves?
As we look across our nation, the fiscal state of government at all levels tells us that we have more government than we can afford. What’s going on in Wisconsin is just one indication of very real economic challenges confronting America. Taxpayers are increasingly realizing that government must spend responsibly and they’re putting people in office who will effectively deal with these issues. To delay is to only magnify the scope of sacrifice that ultimately must be made.
For teachers or any other public-sector employees who genuinely deserve what they believe they have a right to, they would do well to go and seek it out. No one else chose their profession or made career choices for them. There is a free-market out there. If you can find a better deal for what you have to offer, more power to you. You do have the right to pursue it.
With utter disregard, the reactionary liberal retort to dealing with fiscal reality continues to decry “tax cuts” for the “ultra wealthy”. Look around the blogosphere and news comment sections; they are infested with angry protestations that are long on emotion and short on validity.
For those who are determined to punish whoever they imagine is “wealthy”, they should examine the harsh realities taking place in like states like Michigan, California and New York where productive citizens and business owners are escaping in droves.
In short, the party is over and it’s time to tighten the belt.
Tea Party Reinforcements
As is typical, unions working in conjunction with leftist activist groups such as Organizing for America, (formerly Organizing for Obama…ahem!) directed the anti-Walker protest efforts in Wisconsin, complete with comrades bused in from out-of state.
Interestingly, the crowds were reported from 40,000 – 60,000. Surprise, surprise – Big Media is into projecting crowd sizes again, as opposed to the generic “thousands gathered” phraseology reserved for Tea Party events.
What has changed is mobilization on the Right. Conservatives intend to stay engaged, a recent shift that is not going away. Finally, by Saturday a smaller counter-effort was mounted by “Tea Party” groups, intruding upon the sacred protest ground that the Left formerly solely maintained. Though the Right also bused people into the state, it is worthy to note that conservatives muster volunteer troops, unlike their counterparts on the Left.
Teachers and Doctors – Honorable Professions?
We would like to believe that teachers and doctors are honorable individuals who have responded to a higher calling, guided by a desire to help others and care for their fellow man. While chances are likely that this holds true in most instances, let us not assume that it does for every professional.
In Wisconsin, a place known for its progressive activism, throw in a politically charged issue in and voila, suddenly hundreds of teachers and no less than five doctors were openly practicing deception that is shocking.
From an AP story Sunday morning that was quickly scrubbed as the scenario in Madison continued to unfold, we find this gem:
Doctors from numerous hospitals set up a station near the Capitol to provide notes covering public employees’ absences. Family physician Lou Sanner, 59, of Madison, said he had given out hundreds of notes. Many of the people he spoke with seemed to be suffering from stress, he said.
“What employers have a right to know is if the patient was assessed by a duly licensed physician about time off of work,” Sanner said. “Employers don’t have a right to know the nature of that conversation or the nature of that illness. So it’s as valid as every other work note that I’ve written for the last 30 years.”
Sanner and a handful of other doctors were found on the street corner soliciting free-passes like they were Halloween candy. In this instance the noble physician’s “assessment” of their “patients” amounts to assisting them with filling out a form on the sidewalk. The scene is played out over and over in various videos circulating the web.
This too represents change. Increasingly, the left has become ever more brazen with their tactics, seemingly unhinged as they are challenged from the right. With modern technology, it no longer matters whether or not Big Media cares to share what actually takes place. Conservatives now have the means to routinely expose the cheap stunts of their political adversaries.
Part of the problem of rising health insurance premiums is society’s insistence of including elective services in their health plans, made all the easier when someone else pays the bills. For anyone who believes that the demands of public employee unions are limited to tax-payers providing them basic services, think again.
From last August comes a tasty tidbit from Wisconsin, when the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association filed a lawsuit to reinstate benefits for erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra and Cialis. The school district previously cut the benefit from their insurance plan hoping to save nearly $800,000 a year.
According to ABC News, “Officials said too many teachers were using the expensive drugs for recreation, swelling their insurance rates. An estimated 1,000 of the 10,000 school’s staff, which includes employees, dependents and retirees, were using the drugs.”
Wanna bet that some of the Viagra poppers in Milwaukee were among the throng intent on raiding empty public coffers in Madison last week?
We pointed out previously that Wisconsin’s incoming Governor Scott Walker was facing a daunting task in fixing the state’s out of control spending. In addition to lowering taxes and courting new businesses, Walker introduced a budget adjustment bill targeting public union benefits. Highlights include asking union members to contribute 5.8% towards their pension, 12.6% towards their healthcare, and restricts collective bargaining to salary only. This approach helps shore up the budget shortfall while retaining all state workers and avoiding layoffs. The contributions also amount to roughly half of what the average private sector worker contributes.
This didn’t sit well with the public unions, particularly WEAC, the very powerful Wisconsin Education Association Council. Their Madison-area teachers orchestrated a “sick-out” on Wednesday with nearly 40% of them absent, forcing the closing of schools. Amazingly many of these same teachers showed up at the capitol to protest while they were “sick.” (Can you imagine calling in to work sick and then showing up in front of your place of business to protest your employer?) The “sick-outs” have now extended to Milwaukee and other areas for Thursday and are expected to continue through Friday. This isn’t sitting well with parents, even those who support the teachers’ cause.
Governor Walker had anticipated that the unions’ response would be, let’s say, “vociferous.” He alerted the Wisconsin National Guard to be ready in case things got out of hand. Of course the unions seized on this as an opportunity to demonize both Walker and the National Guard as a dictator with jack-booted storm troopers.
As if blowing off work and abandoning kids wasn’t bad enough, some of the teachers who did show up forced their classes to attend the protests in support. Many of the students had no idea why they were even there.
Unsurprisingly, an angry group of unions and clueless students has also attracted Madison’s local chapter of socialists who are always looking for useful idiots to nudge in the “right” direction. They’re holding an event next Wednesday titled “From Cairo to Madison” aimed at teaching people to organize against the Republic.
While union members may have congregated in the state capital of Madison to protest, many apparently neglected to vote in Tuesday’s primary election. In the race to replace the conservative Walker as county executive in very liberal Milwaukee County, it was another conservative, State Representative Jeff Stone, who garnered 44 percent of the votes in a 5-way race. He now faces liberal millionaire philanthropist Chris Abele who took in 25 percent of the vote in the general election. In the statewide primary for supreme court, sitting Justice David Prosser, another conservative, also coasted to a win and will square off against Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg.
In a showing of their true colors, the minority senate democrats fled the capital today in an effort to prevent senate quorum. That is, 20 members of the senate must be present to proceed with the proposal and the republicans number 19. The capital police and state troopers were sent to retrieve the AWOL senators but they had fled out of state to Rockford Illinois. It is ironic that a party that sprung a member from jail in an attempt to push through union legislation just last December would find themselves skirting the law to prevent passage of the same. Even more amusing was the fact that this cadre of fiduciary fugitives fled a bastion of liberalism only to be sent packing by Rockford’s Tea Party.
As I write this, I am receiving text messages from a state representative that read: “All hell is breaking loose down here! Someone tried to storm the assembly chamber” followed by ” We have huge numbers of officers here helping. We have to be escorted everywhere.” And finally “In this room I am watching history being made. Not just Wisconsin history, this will ripple nationwide and could just change the course of our country.”
He has good reason to be cautious. Unlike the Tea Party movement that has been a model of civil discourse, there have been at least 9 arrests at Wisconsin’s capital. Signs clearly equate Walker to Hitler, Mussolini, and Mubarak and some read “Death to Tyrants.” (with the word ‘political’ scribbled above as an afterthought.) Imagine how the media would react if a Tea Party rally looked like this:
Not everyone came to support the unions though. This young man is dynamite!!!
Governor Walker held a press conference at the end of Thursday to chastise the absent senators and ask them to return to the work the citizens of Wisconsin pay them to perform. He also reemphasized that he was holding firm to his original proposal and would not compromise. If Walker succeeds, he just may spark a grassfire that sweeps across other states strangled by public sector unions. Furthermore, with the unions spending copious amounts of resources defending themselves at the state capital, will they have anything left in the tank for 2012? Buckle up and stay tuned.