This really blows a hole in what the Tea Partyers claim is the real desire of the American People.
This from Alternet:
- Madison Rally Bigger Than Biggest Tea Party Rally (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Rep. Kucinich Fires Up Madison Workers’ Rights Rally (redantliberationarmy.wordpress.com)
- Largest Wisconsin protests ever: 85,000+ people in Madison’s streets (boingboing.net)
- Chomsky: Why the Fate of Democracy Is at Stake in Madison | | AlterNet (chomskywatch.wordpress.com)
…screws the Union workers, too. Screws Wisconsin actually.
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.
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.
- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Rejects Dems’ Meeting Proposal (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- The name for what Scott Walker, The Wisconsin Republican Senators and David Koch are trying to pull is called “structural adjustment” (iflizwerequeen.com)
- Scott Walker, Wisconsin GOP, wavering under recall pressure (dailykos.com)
- Quote of the Day – Russ Feingold, former Wisconsin Senator, to Scott Walker, Wisconsin Governor (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Wisconsin Republican: attacks on unions aim to defeat Obama (dailykos.com)
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:
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.
- Solidarity Is More Than Shouting Slogans, So Lend a Hand! (beavercountyblue.org)
- Rachel Maddow Says Wall Street Journal Story on Possible End of Wisconsin Standoff Was ‘Bad Reporting’ (mediaite.com)
- Jauchstrap returns briefly to Wisconsin (apostleislands.wordpress.com)
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:
- Commentary: Gov. Tom Corbett might fight more for natural gas drillers than against unions (pennlive.com)
- Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education faculty members condemn Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker’s tactics (pennlive.com)
- Rallies for Labor, in Wisconsin and Beyond (annlrd.wordpress.com)
- “Union Supporters Remain in Wisconsin Capitol” and related posts (afscmeblog.org)
- U.S. rallies decry Wisconsin efforts to weaken unions (ctv.ca)
- Chicagoans Show Solidarity For Workers in Wisconsin (chicagoist.com)
- Wisconsin Debate Spurs Albany Rally… And More… (dave-lucas.blogspot.com)