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Here’s what Class War looks like – a Chart

I picked up a very good comparison of the amount of money Scott Walker and his allies in Wisconsin are ready to cut from the budget that effects middle class and union workers to the amount of money given away as tax breaks for the wealthy (reprinted from a Daily Kos post by greywolfe359):

On the left you have the “shared sacrifices” and “painful cuts” that the Republicans claim we must make to get our fiscal house in order. On the right, you can plainly see WHY these cuts are “necessary.” The reason? Because we already gave away all that money to America‘s wealthiest individuals and corporations.

This just mirrors what we’re seeing in Wisconsin, where Governor Walker (R-Koch) claims that ordinary public sector workers need to fork over at least $137 million to save the budget. Problem is, he just gave away $117 million in tax breaks for his corporate pals. This is out and out class warfare. The big corporations in America have decided that they can get even richer by raiding the public treasury. It’s time for the middle class to stand up and defend itself!

Greywolfe359 also gives us this music video for Unions standing up to the Wisconsin Class War:

Big News From HuffPo: White House Wins Labor Support For Health Care

This hit just before 6 PM… looks like we’re on the way to getting this Health Care compromise finished.

Here’s a clip, but you might want to read the whole thing:

clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
Leaders of the labor movement announced Thursday afternoon that they have reached a compromise agreement with the White House and congressional leaders to address union concerns with the health care reform bill.

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The most contentious issue facing the negotiators was the excise tax on high-cost, “Cadillac” insurance plans. The tax was not eliminated, as many union members had called for, but was scaled back so that it won’t hit as many labor households.
For an eight-year period, plans that are the result of collective bargaining – union plans – will be exempted from the tax.
“Let’s go on and actually pass this bill,” Anna Burger of the Service Employees International Union said in a conference call union leaders held with reporters to announce the deal. The AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka cautioned, however, that full labor support is “subject to the final bill.”
The deal was reached with the White House, they said, but Congress is also on board.
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Obama is pushing Health Care in a much stronger way than he has so far…

He is speaking at an AFL-CIO meeting in Pennsylvania, announced upcoming appearances on all 4 major Sunday Morning News Commentary shows (ABC,CBS,NBC and CNN), and he is doing Letterman on Friday Night, believe (somebody correct me if I have the wrong night.) So he IS pushing. Whether or not the Congress can be pushed far enough remains to be seen.

Baucus has announced that his committee’s plan gets released tomorrow, without any public option or any trigger mechanism for one in the future… at the same time the Journal of the AMA has revealed that most doctors nationwide WANT that public option.

The House of representatives is in Recess right now (Lunch and Caucus Meetings) but is supposed to come back this afternoon to debate a resolution disapproving of Rep. Wilson’s “You Lie!” exclamation at the President’s Joint Houses speech. This will keep tem away from debating anything relating to Health Care this afternoon… and they are likely not to get back to it until next week. This might mean that the President’s television and union activities may have a major play in what they decide to do when they get back to it.

AFL-CIO: Gov’t option an absolute must

I don’t usually push posts from Politico… it just leans too far to the right for me… but this piece by Carrie Budoff Brown, whose writing has been relatively fair to Obama’s Administration, brought up an important factor. Here’s part of the piece:
clipped from www.politico.com

Democratic lawmakers will not be able to count on the AFL-CIO‘s support if they drop the public insurance option from the health care reform legislation, union officials said Tuesday.

The AFL-CIO’s incoming president, Richard Trumka, outlined “three absolute musts” in any overhaul package: a public option, an employer mandate and no tax on employer-provided health benefits.

Asked if the union would work against any bill that did not hit those targets, Trumka told reporters during a briefing: “That means we won’t support the bill if it doesn’t have the public option.”

Incoming AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says unions 'won't support' a health bill sans a public option.

Losing support of the AFL-CIO, one of the Democratic Party’s most powerful allies, would rob Obama of a significant resource for grass-roots mobilization.

“Otherwise we don’t get health insurance reform, we don’t break the stranglehold of insurance companies, and that system goes on and on and on as it has,” said Trumka, who is currently the union’s secretary-treasurer. “Costs go up, quality of care goes down.”

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