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And the Truth will set you Free…

This really blows a hole in what the Tea Partyers claim is the real desire of the American People.

Madison Wisconsin, March 12, Protest of Gov. Walker's elimination of union bargaining rights.

This from Alternet:

clipped from www.alternet.org

Madison Rally Bigger Than Biggest Tea Party Rally

Police estimated up to 100,000 people turned out in Madison, WI yesterday to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) assault on unions, making it bigger than any protests the city has witnessed, even those during the Vietnam War. The Madison rally is part of a much larger Main Street Movement of average Americans demanding fairness in labor laws, social spending, and taxation that has emerged in Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, and elsewhere. But yesterday’s rally in Madison is noteworthy because at 85,000-100,000, it was bigger than the biggest tea party protest, the September 12, 2009 rally in Washington, D.C., which turned out only an estimated 60,000-70,000.
For two years, tea party activists and their allies in the GOP have claimed that the hard-right movement represents the true beliefs of the American people. But the crowd in Madison and numerous polls tell a different story.
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Walker screws the Democratic Senators… and the People of Wisconsin…at the last minute…

…screws the Union workers, too. Screws Wisconsin actually.

He’s using a “nuclear option” to just bring up the anti-Union section of the bill to a vote, which will not require a quorum )since they now claim it is NOT budget related.)

It was also a 180-degree reversal by Walker and state Senate Republicans, who have insisted for the past three weeks that the collective bargaining provision was designed to help alleviate the state’s budget problems. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) had previously said he would not attempt to pass any portions of the bill without Democrats present.

Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate voted 18-1 to strip Union rights and no Democrats were present.

These are outrageous bullying tactics, done without saying anything to the press or public (even though there is a Wisconsin law saying such a maneuver would require a 24 hour public announcement.

From HuffPo:

University of Madison-Wisconsin student journalist Talya Minsberg, who is at the Capitol, told The Huffington Post that there are vastly more people stuck outside than inside due to “airport-style” security measures. Those outside crowded around a window near where the vote was taking place, to shout and protest Republican lawmakers: “You lied! You lied! You lied to Wisconsin!” went one chant. “Shame!” went another.

A mockery has been made of the rule of law and Scott Walker will pay a huge political price for this.

Show support for the Wisconsin 14…

Andrew Leonard pointed out in a Salon article today that the real value of the 14 Democratic State Senators in Wisconsin who are carrying out their Northern Illinois stall is that they have given the whole country time to see what is really happening in the US Economy. Here’s a clip from his article:

Andrew Leonard in Salon:

The question of who has won or lost Wisconsin, ultimately, will await the next election. But after mulling Hall’s McClatchy article, it’s clear that no matter what the outcome, those renegade senators did achieve a very real thing. They gave the entire nation the time to take a close look at what’s happening — to really examine the figures on pension funds and the role of unions, both private and public, in the U.S. economy. We have the chance now to compare the Republican political agenda with reality. Will we take it?

If you want to thank these heroes for their ongoing stance in support of collective bargaining with public employee unions… with the preservation of unions themselves… here are their e-mail addresses. Let them know they have the support of the majority of Americans.

Sen.carpenter@legis.wisconsin.gov, Sen.coggs@legis.wisconsin.gov,
Sen.Cullen@legis.wisconsin.gov, Sen.erpenbach@legis.wisconsin.gov,
Sen.hansen@legis.wisconsin.gov, Sen.Holperin@legis.wisconsin.gov,
Sen.jauch@legis.wisconsin.gov, Sen.Larson@legis.wisconsin.gov,
Sen.lassa@legis.wisconsin.gov, Sen.miller@legis.wisconsin.gov,
Sen.risser@legis.wisconsin.gov, Sen.taylor@legis.wisconsin.gov,
Sen.Vinehout@legis.wisconsin.gov, Sen.wirch@legis.wisconsin.gov

Did you hear Michael Moore’s Speech in Madison on Saturday?

I reproduce it here. Moore was in front of approximately 50,000 protesters as he spoke from the steps of the Wisconsin capitol building. It was brilliant… and related to the economic disaster that has been brought on to our whole country. It’s about half an hour, but I recommend you listen to it all:

“I Am Wisconsin” – 92-year-old woman, former Wisconsin resident, at Pennsylvania support rally last weekend…

Marge Holicek joins 1000 Pennsylvanians in saying “I am Wisconsin!” Capitol steps, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania:


There are other YouTube samples from all over the country popping up… perhaps Scott Walker will get the idea.

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