Daily Archives: February 20, 2011

Cartoon(s) of the Week – What we do with our money…

Dan Wasserman in the Boston Globe:

As we budget, let’s not forget what we’re wasting on the military…

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Pat Oliphant of Universal Press Syndicate:

… of course, it’s the example we set for armies in the Middle East

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Mr. Fish at Truthdig:

…then again, maybe peace and freedom will eventually triumph over military might.

But I doubt it.

And this from Trinlay Khadro: We should be THANKING Unions…

This was posted in The Political Carnival today from one of their readers:

Even if you’ve never been a member of a Union, YOU BENEFIT everyday from what Unions have done. Even if you’ve never had kids, called 911, needed the fire or police department: YOU BENEFIT from public workers.

got employer paid/sponsored benefits: like, health care/retirement plan? (even if you pay a share)
thank the Union
got a day or two off every week?
thank the Union
8 hr work day, and paid overtime?
Thank the Union
Workman’s Comp?
Thank the Union
A safe workplace?
Thank the Union
Got an employer who needs a REASON to fire you?
thank the Union
Unemployment benefits?
thank the Union.

This is not just about teachers, it’s about firemen, law enforcement, Ambulance drivers, EMTs… people who put themselves in danger to keep you safe, and protect society.
It’s about the public health nurses, National Guard, water treatment workers, electrical system workers, sewer workers, roads repair…

Do you want the electrical grid maintained by a minimum wage guy who *might* have finished high school ? Do you want a union certified roofer to fix your house, using the proper safety equipment (so he doesn’t sue you) and won’t make a mess of your roof, or are you OK paying the contractor’s Son-in-Law minimum wage to do the job?

Ever use the public health office to get your kid vaccinated? get health information? alerts about outbreaks in your area? That Public Health office, that nurse, the person that sends out the news release about out breaks of measles or influenza, or whooping cough in your town… that’s a public employee and someone protected by the union.

Drive on public roads, flush the toilet, have a driver’s license, use the city bus… all are public workers…

All these public workers, ALSO pay taxes, and usually make less than the would doing the same sort of job for a much higher wage.

IF their wages and benefits are an issue (in Wisconsin the “crisis” was CREATED by the new gov. giving perks to the cronies who got him elected… NOT the public employees)

IF the wages and benefits are an issue, NEGOTIATE, don’t break the unions, and then knock the employees who SERVE US ALL, down however it happens to be handy.

Why Do Republicans Hate Working Americans?

Wisconsin and its college flunk-out Republican governor has decided to make hard working teachers and other government employee union members the target of Tea-Bagger insanity. Fortunately, the unionized Police and Firefighters are supporting those hard working Americans, as are the minority Democrats in the State Senate who have maintained an absence in another state in order to keep disastrous legislation from being voted on.

And it’s not just Wisconsoners who are battling for their rights to be responsible workers. As Ethan Rome, Executive Director of Health Care Now has said:

The battle of public employees for their rights in Wisconsin is about fairness, the preservation and expansion of the middle class and keeping the American Dream alive. In the face of a vicious Republican, corporate and brazenly political assault on the ability of workers to negotiate for a better life, Wisconsin’s workers are fighting back. They’re standing up for their right to collectively bargain and they’re standing up for all of us.

This was not the first time that Governor Scott Walker has brought his anti-Union efforts into play. You can trace it back 8 years to his term as Milwaukee County Executive. According to the Washington Post:

On a Tuesday afternoon in September 2003, during Scott Walker’s first term as Milwaukee County executive, scores of union workers gathered at the local courthouse to protest layoffs he had ordered as part of an aggressive effort to balance the budget and avoid what he said would otherwise be necessary tax increases.

They shouted anti-Walker chants, and union officials and Democratic officeholders took turns denouncing his slash-and-burn approach.

The layoffs Walker had announced that summer decimated the county’s public parks staff and also reduced the number of county social workers, corrections officers and janitors. As a result, park bathrooms were shuttered and pools were closed. Trash was piled up so high in the Milwaukee County Courthouse that visitors had to sidestep apple cores and coffee cups, and some judges resorted to cleaning toilets, a local newspaper reported.

So we know he is ready to trade benefits to the public… ones that effect health, lifestyle and education, for purely right-wing political reasons. I’ll never understand why Republicans want to raise their children in such a world.

For Your Sunday Morning Pleasure – What Republicans Think of Women

Representative Dan Burton (Republican-Indiana)

Dan Burton says No Contraception for Women...but let's have contraception for Wild Horses. You figure it out!

This from MoveOn.org:

Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP War on Women

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

5) In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8 ) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up).
Doesn’t that make your day?… and you women who voted Republican: How do you feel about it now?