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:
- Labor Lambasts Walker, GOP Senators (thepage.time.com)
- Scott Walker’s real agenda in Wisconsin | Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers (guardian.co.uk)
- Michael Moore On Wisconsin: ‘This Is War’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Union-Busting: ‘An Attack on All Working People’ (beavercountyblue.org)
- Wisconsin Protests Spark Ad War (huffingtonpost.com)
- Wisconsin Protesters Removed From State Capitol By Police (huffingtonpost.com)
Here’s a clip, but you might want to read the whole thing:
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.