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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Protests over state budget cuts, anti-union bills spread throughout U.S.

By Washington Post editors

Timeline

Friday, Mar. 11, 2011: Wisconsin governor wins battle
Thursday, Mar. 10, 2011: Wisconsin Republicans bypass Democrats
Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2011: Fines imposed on AWOL Democrats
Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2011: Wis. gov. proposes compromise
Monday, Mar. 7, 2011: Wisconsin Democrats to return soon
Sunday, Mar. 6, 2011: Supporters of anti-union bill hold rally

Saturday, Mar. 5, 2011: Gov. Walker begins process for layoffs
Friday, Mar. 4, 2011: Ohio GOP may invite backlash with tough stance
Thursday, Mar. 3, 2011: Union battles highlight debate over schools
Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011: Ohio bill weakens union rights
Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2011: Protests grow in Ohio
Monday, Feb. 28, 2011: Government workers vs. taxpayers
Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011: Gov. Walker steps up his defense

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011: Gov. Walker does not back down
Friday, Feb. 25, 2011: Wisconsin Assembly passes anti-union bill
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011: Wisconsin Assembly to vote on bill
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011: Wisconsin governor gets 'pranked'
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011: State budget clashes spread to Indiana, Ohio
Monday, Feb. 21, 2011: Walker refuses to compromise
Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011: Protests continue for 6th day

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011: Counter-demonstrators support governor's bill
Friday, Feb. 18, 2011: Protesters continue to flood Wisconsin Capitol
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011: Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011: Thousands protest anti-union bill


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Friday, March 11, 2011
Wisconsin governor wins battle
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won his drive to strip the state's government workers of nearly all of their collective-bargaining rights Thursday, after a three-week standoff that brought tens of thousands of protesters to the Capitol. The state Assembly passed Walker's proposal a day after Republican senators outmaneuvered the 14 Democratic senators who had fled Wisconsin to deny a quorum needed for passing a budget measure. By stripping the bill of its spending language, they were able to pass it with only Republicans present.

Opinion: Right Turn: Sen. Ron Johnson denounces 'mob rule'

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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wisconsin Republicans bypass Democrats
The Wisconsin State Assembly approved a bill Thursday that would slash union rights for public workers. The vote comes a day after the state Senate used a legislative maneuver to pass the bill without the 14 Democratic senators who fled the state in an effort to block it.

Opinion: Dionne: What Wisconsin Democrats can teach Washington Democrats

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
GOP imposes $100 fines on AWOL Wisconsin Senate Democrats
Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate have voted to fine the chamber's AWOL Democrats $100 for each day they miss of the legislative session. Wednesday's vote comes nearly three weeks after the Senate's 14 Democrats fled the state to block a vote on legislation that would strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights. Republican Gov. Scott Walker says the GOP remains committed to the bill.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Wis. gov. proposes union compromise
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has offered to keep certain collective bargaining rights in place for state workers in a proposed compromise aimed at ending a nearly three-week standoff with absent Senate Democrats, according to e-mails released Tuesday by his office. The e-mails, some dated as recently as Sunday, show a softened stance in Walker's talks with the 14 Democrats who fled to Illinois to block a vote on his original proposal that would strip nearly all collective bargaining rights for public workers and force concessions amounting to an average 8 percent pay cut.

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Monday, March 7, 2011
Wisconsin Democrats to return soon
The State Senate Democrats who left Wisconsin to block a vote on a bill that would severely curb collective bargaining for most public employees are planning to return soon, one of the lawmakers said. State Sen. Robert Jauch said the 14 Democrats are convinced that passing the measure would severely damage their Republican opponents.

News: Lawmaker: State Senate Democrats will return soon to Madison
Analysis: Are we nearing an endgame in Wisconsin?

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Sunday, March 6, 2011
Supporters of anti-union bill hold rally
About 700 people rallied Sunday in support of Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his anti-union plan to balance the budget - a demonstration meant to counter three weeks of large anti-Walker protests in and around the state Capitol.

News: Supporters of bill hold rally in Wisconsin
Opinion: The Wisconsin union fight isn't about benefits. It's about labor's influence.
Opinion: Who's winning the fight over public-employee unions?

Video: Michael Moore rallies protesters

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Saturday, March 5, 2011
Wisc. governor begins process for layoffs
Gov. Walker sent letters to state employee unions saying that layoff notices would go out to state employees in 15 days. The governor also said that actual layoffs would occur a month from now if legislators do not pass his "budget repair" proposal.

News: Layoff process begins, escalating standoff in Wisconsin
Analysis: New ads turn up the heat on Wisconsin Republicans

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Friday, March 4, 2011
Ohio GOP may invite backlash with tough stance on unions
State Republicans took the toughest line yet against public-sector unions this week, delivering an early and significant victory for a slew of lawmakers elected in November.

News: State, local pension funds understate shortfall by $1.5 trillion or more
News: Some Democratic state legislators have recently embraced a simple tool to gain leverage: the empty chair.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Midwest union battles highlight debate over improving schools
The Republican faceoff with labor unions in the Midwest and elsewhere marks not just a fight over money and collective bargaining, but also a test of wills over how to improve the nation's schools. GOP governors are pushing to limit teacher bargaining rights, dismantle teacher tenure and channel public money toward private schools. All are direct challenges to the teachers unions and their mostly Democratic political allies in Congress and in statehouses across the nation.

Opinion: Dionne: No glory for governors trying to do the right fiscal thing

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Ohio bill weakens public employee union negotiating rights
The Ohio Senate approved a bill that would weaken the powers of public workers unions to negotiate their contracts. The vote came as union supporters protested the measure for a second day on the grounds of the state capitol in Columbus.

Opinion: The Plum Line: Wisconsin Dems throw their weight behind drive to recall GOP Senators

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Protests grow in Ohio as vote on union rights nears

Thousands of union supporters descended on the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday to protest a proposal that would dramatically curtail bargaining powers of government workers, as the state becomes the latest flash point in the fight over union rights.

News: GOP groups seek to raise $120M to spend against Obama and other Democrats
Opinion: The Fix: Unions winning battle for public opinion in Wisconsin
Opinion: The Plum Line: GOP ad badly distorts history of Wisconsin standoff
Panel: Wisconsin has two fiscal problems
Opinion: Thiessen: Wisconsin and the GOP revolution

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Monday, Feb. 28, 2011

Interactive graphic: States in crisis

A state-by-state look at budget shortfalls, pensions liabilities, and proposed spending cuts. A screen grab is below; click on the link above to view the interactive version.

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Government workers vs. taxpayers
The divide between government worker unions and their opponents, playing out now in several state capitals, highlights a critical aspect of the evolving labor movement. Throughout U.S. history, the most prominent union clashes largely involved employees squaring off against big corporate owners over how to share profits. The recent state budget controversies feature union members bargaining against state and local governments over wages and benefits provided by taxpayers.

News: Ohio, Wisconsin shine spotlight on new union battle
News: Police stop short of evicting demonstrators from Wis. capitol
Opinion: Wisconsin's history with unions


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Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
Gov. Scott Walker steps up his defense

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) defended his position on curtailing collective bargaining rights for public employees during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.

Asked about exemptions for police officers and firefighters, Walker argued that "this is not a value judgment about employees, but it is ultimately about preserving public safety." Walker stood by his remark that "this is our moment in Wisconsin's history," saying," I make no apology for the fact that this is an important moment in time." Asked about how the standoff may end, Walker described himself as "an eternal optimist" and predicted that "at least some" of the state senators who have fled the state will return. He cautioned, though, that if the bill fails to pass by Tuesday, the state will lose $155 million in savings, and "if we continue down that path, we start seeing layoffs."

Walker also said he had rejected the idea of planting troublemakers into the crowd of protesters. "The bottom line is we rejected that because we have had a civil discourse," he said.

-- By Felicia Sonmez

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Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011
Gov. Walker refuses to back down
As state leaders gather in Washington for an annual gathering of the National Governors Association, protests continue in Wisconsin, Ohio and elsewhere over state government spending cuts and collective-bargaining rights.

News: Gov. Walker threatens to trigger layoffs for thousands of public workers
News: Facts are in short supply in debate over union bill
News: Democratic governors try to enlist labor's help in dealing with budget crises
News: Gov. Walker and other leaders are set to appear on "Meet the Press" tomorrow
Opinion: Scott Walker's unprincipled rigidity
Opinion: Gov. Scott Walker can thank Michelle Rhee for making teachers unions the enemy

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Friday, Feb. 25, 2011
Wisconsin Assembly approves anti-union bill
The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill that would strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights--the first significant action on the new Republican governor's plan. The vote put an end to three straight days of punishing debate, but the political standoff over the bill is far from over. In Washington, Democratic governors gathered for a national conference assailed Republican Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.

News: State spending cuts slow US economic growth in Q4
News: Some GOP leaders soften attacks on public unions
News: Democratic governors try to enlist labor's help in dealing with budget crises
News: Palin, Gingrich, other possible 2012 GOP Presidential candidates weigh in
News: Virginia groups criticize McDonnell's support of Wisconsin's Walker
Editorial: Gov. Scott Walker could win in Wisconsin by compromising
Video:

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Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Wisconsin Assembly reaches deal; state troopers sent to missing senators' homes

Republicans and Democrats in the Wisconsin Assembly agreed to a deal shortly before dawn on Thursday morning that sets the stage for a vote on a controversial bill taking away collective bargaining rights for public workers. Wisconsin state troopers were dispatched to the homes of the missing Democratic senators in an attempt to pressure them to return to break an impasse
on a budget bill.


Analysis: Wisconsin governor urging others to take stands against unions
Opinion: The Fix: For Walker, cause and celebrity don't necessarily mean cause celebre
News: 44: The blogger behind the Scott Walker prank call


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Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011
Wisconsin governor gets 'pranked'

As the standoff continued in Wisconsin and union leaders began organizing for nationwide protests in every state capital on Saturday, the Internet was abuzz Wednesday with rumors (later confirmed) that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got pranked by a caller claiming to be David Koch. In the call, Walker reveals that he and other Republicans are looking at whether they can charge an "ethics code violation if not an outright felony" if unions are paying for food or lodging for any of the Democratic state senators. He also says he's sending out notices next week to some 5,000 to 6,000 state workers letting them know that they are "at risk" of layoffs.

Opinion: Meyerson: Wisconsin is only part of the GOP war against unions
Opinion: The Fix: Why Wisconsin matters so much to labor
Opinion: Stromberg: Wisconsin governor's -- and the GOP's -- strange 'budget discipline'
Audio: Prank call


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Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011
State budget clashes spread to Indiana, Ohio

Democrats in Indiana took a page from the playbook of their counterparts in Wisconsin on Tuesday, refusing to show up and at least temporarily blocking a Republican-backed labor bill. In Ohio, protesters descended on the state capitol in Columbus in opposition to a bill put forward by GOP lawmakers that would restrict collective bargaining rights for public employees. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ratcheted up the pressure on state employees by linking relief from property taxes to sharp increases in what government workers pay for health insurance.

Opinion: The Plum Line: It's just about crushing the unions
Opinion: Pearlstein: Making sense of Wisconsin's union showdown
Opinion: Klein: Wisconsin is about power, not money
Analysis: Behind the Numbers: Unions and the Obama administration

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Protesters gather at the Ohio Statehouse voice their opposition to a bill that would strip public employees of collective bargaining rights. (AP)

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Monday, Feb. 21, 2011
Walker refuses to compromise

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said at a news conference that he won't negotiate over his plan to strip most collective bargaining rights from nearly every public employee.

Opinion: Editorial: Public employees must help rein in unaffordable pension and benefits costs
Opinion: Robinson: Starving Wisconsin's unions
Opinion: Will: Out of Wisconsin, a lesson in leadership for Obama

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Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011
Protests continue for 6th day at Wisconsin Capitol

As union supporters moved inside for a sixth straight day of protests at the Wisconsin Capitol, Gov. Scott Walker reiterated that he wouldn't compromise on the issue that had mobilized them, a bill that would eliminate most of public employees' collective bargaining rights.

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Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
Wisconsin protests continue; counter-demonstrators support governor's bill

Some of the largest crowds yet descended upon Wisconsin's state capitol to march, chant and shout about Republican Gov. Scott Walker's controversial proposal to trim benefits and curtail collective-bargaining rights for many of the state's unionized workers. The overwhelming majority of protesters were teachers, students and other public-service workers who spent the better part of a week demonstrating against Walker's bill. But Saturday's throngs included a sizable and vocal collection of tea party activists who arrived to show support for the embattled governor.

Opinion: Klein: How long can Scott Walker hold out?
Analysis: Balz: In Wisconsin and Washington, budget battles could reshape political landscape


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Friday, Feb. 18, 2011
Protesters continue to flood Wisconsin Capitol amid budget impasse

Tens of thousands of protesters jammed the Wisconsin capitol and many schools closed for a third day. State troopers were enlisted in the hunt for 14 Democratic state senators whose disappearance has prevented a vote on the new governor's controversial budget proposal.

Video: Public worker protests spread from Wisconsin to Ohio
Video: Wisconsin governor on protests and cuts
Opinion: Klein: Unions aren't to blame for Wisconsin's budget
Opinion: Stromberg: Wisconsin's governor is not Hitler
Opinion: Dionne: Governor Scott Walker's overreach http://voices.washingtonpost.com

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Protesters fill the State Capitol in Madison. (AP)


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Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill

As the Wisconsin protests swelled to 25,000, President Obama thrust himself and his political operation this week into Wisconsin's broiling budget battle, mobilizing opposition Thursday to a Republican bill that would curb public-worker benefits and planning similar protests in other state capitals. Obama accused Scott Walker, the state's new Republican governor, of unleashing an "assault" on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would change future collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, including teachers.

Photos: Wisconsin protests fill state capitol

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Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011
Thousands protest Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union bill in Wisconsin

Teachers, students and prison guards descended on the Wisconsin Capitol on Wednesday to fight a move to strip government workers of union rights in the first state to grant them more than a half-century ago, but Republican leaders said the changes they sought would not be made. The Statehouse filled with as many as 10,000 demonstrators who chanted, sang the national anthem and beat drums for hours in demonstrations unlike any seen in Madison in decades. The noise in the rotunda rose to the level of a chainsaw, and many Madison teachers joined the protest by calling in sick in such numbers that the district -- the state's second-largest -- had to cancel classes.

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By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2011; 10:30 AM ET
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Comments

Fact: Public employees are paid far more and receive far better benefits than private sector employees.
Fact: The higher salaries and benefits enjoyed by public sector employees is a result of government not having the incentives to negociate like the private sector does. In many cases the public sector union is bargaining with the politicians they elected!
Fact: Public sector and especially teachers have held the American people (especially children) hostage too many times
Fact: It is the American people working in the private sector who pay for the higher salaries and benefits enjoyed by public sector employees.

It is time to for the American people to take control of this situation. The situation in Wisconsin should serve as a model for the rest of the state, local, and federal government. It is time for the American people to put an end to the higher salaries and benefits paid to public employees.

We must continue to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Posted by: AngryMobVoter | February 24, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Fact: Public employees are paid far more and receive far better benefits than private sector employees.
Fact: The higher salaries and benefits enjoyed by public sector employees is a result of government not having the incentives to negociate like the private sector does. In many cases the public sector union is bargaining with the politicians they elected!
Fact: Public sector and especially teachers have held the American people (especially children) hostage too many times
Fact: It is the American people working in the private sector who pay for the higher salaries and benefits enjoyed by public sector employees.

It is time to for the American people to take control of this situation. The situation in Wisconsin should serve as a model for the rest of the state, local, and federal government. It is time for the American people to put an end to the higher salaries and benefits paid to public employees.

We must continue to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Posted by: AngryMobVoter | February 24, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Mr/Mrs. Angry mob voter I know for a fact that teachers in a wealthy sububarn St. Louis school district, with Collective Bargaining, starting pay for teacher for is $25,000. Where are you getting your facts? Not answer!!! I know Glenn Beck and Rush Limbuagh.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Forgotten Values of a Just Society

I guess some responders have missed the basic obligations of Catholic Social teaching as endorsed by the United States Council of Bishops: "The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers. The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected--the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative."

Or do these values only apply when trying to help people in third world countries fighting oppressive regimes and oligarchies/monopolies?

Where are the Family Values supporters now for the "Call to Family, Community, and Participation where The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society—in economics and politics, in law and policy—directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable."

Posted by: jbuzzelli | February 24, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Fact: NONE of AngryMobVoter's facts are actually, uh, facts.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Salary+Benefits+Pension+3-month vacation,
plus guaranteed employment for teachers.
No other workers have tenure, or guaranteed employment.
And yet, our education system is a FAILURE.
You think, just maybe, if things weren't so "cushy and comfy" for teachers...maybe if they had to worry about keeping their jobs.. they'd be motivated to be better teachers.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 25, 2011 2:22 AM | Report abuse


If you don't have health insurance and get sick, the tax payers have to pay for it anyway- so go get health insurance please- search online "Wise Health Insurance" and learn how you can get insurance at discount price.

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Note to US citizens & Congress:

1. Equal healthcare for constituents as for members of Congress (and staff) is freedom/justice/liberty.
2. Employer based insurance is not working if the goal is to create jobs.
3. A US Constitutional amendment is in order.
4. Each US Congressional office should immediately release 2009 health care expense(s) from budget(s).
5. ……………………………….

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Here is a site you can inform yourself on the estimated $4 TRILLION dollar shortfall of government union pensions that big government has had the taxpayers guarantee:

http://www.pensiontsunami.com/

The unions’ war on taxpayers
http://letters.ocregister.com/2011/02/27/the-unions-war-on-taxpayers/

Posted by: Bubbette1 | February 28, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I think Gov Walker should have his bank frozen and audited to see if he owes state or federal taxes taxes, and if he was money laundering Koch family campaign donations.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 28, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

For what its worth in a sea of comments... wouldn't it be better to eliminate tax loopholes that businesses use to end up paying little or nothing in taxes at all?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 28, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I think we should provide a 700 Billion dollar bailout to State and Local governments, just like we did for Wall Street Firms.

Posted by: emyren | February 28, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

we dont need unions thats why this county is broke as a tax payer tell them all to back to work quit crying they are lucky they have a job...

Posted by: Anonymous | February 28, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Corporations used to pay 27% of cost of the budget. Now they pay around 10%.
Exxon-Mobil made more money than other Corporation in the history of the world and
paid nothing in incomes taxes last year. Warren Buffet said that his effect tax rate is less than his secretary. Go ahead conservatives keep blaming the unions you fools!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 28, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Wisconsin is broke. The reporters and the union don't understand that; only taxpaying citizens do. Wisconsin Sen. Jon Erpenbach, one of the 14 Democrats who fled to Illinois, abondoned his elected office. Voters should hold a special election and replace the 14 Democrats who have proven they can't perform. In addition, Erpenbach lied when he misrepresented the Governor's balanced budget proposal, saying the Governor disregarded public employees acceptance of concessions; the fact is that the union members did not agree to all of Governor Walker's steps to restore fiscal health to Wisconsin. Stop telling bright Americans otherwise; we know better.

As for that prank call the media distorted Governor Walker's intentions, the Governor meant he wanted to be prepared for hostile actions and the possibility of negative behavior by the protestors. Governor Walker's first and only thought was to protect the public from radical union members who would harm innocent others to get their self-proclaimed entitlements.

The media needs to understand that there are some Americans who are not among the stupid herds of sheep who believe what Al Franken, Jerry Springer and Charlie Sheen claim...but who will post the truth for sheep to read in hopes they dumocrats will become bright enough to cast semi-intelligent votes in the future. We are broke; it's time to man-up; it's time to close down public-servent unions.

I too was a democrat once; but the democratic party left me; I didn't leave the democratic party. The only way for real Americans to fix this unionized welfare state is to vote for people like Governor Walker and vote against the 14 dumocrats who left their post when hard decisions are to be made.

Hats off to Governor Walker. He is today's version of Governor Ronald Reagan, and maybe another President Reagan if voters stick with him. I'm looking forward to contributing to his future campaigns as we need great Americans like Walker to reset the damage done by liberals, unions and career politicians in both parties!

Posted by: Joy44Kirk | February 28, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

This is the United States of America. People get what they vote for. I'd bet many of those protesting people voted for the representatives they are now protesting against. Next time, they need to be sure to vote, and to vote for someone else.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | February 28, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of Spiro Agnew, but the phrase "silent majority" comes to mind. These union thugs can shout and disrupt, but I suspect the vast majority of voters have little sympathy for them. Turn out the lights, the party's over.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 28, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse


I have a thirteen year old girl, and honest to god every day I wake up I am thankful that I have an incredible insurance policy that pays for my medical insurance. I found insurance from Wise Health Insurance website and it doesn’t pay 100% on everything, but when I receive the bill and find out just how much I would have had to pay had I not been insured I realize that there is no way in the world that I could have afforded kind of care without it.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 1, 2011 2:29 AM | Report abuse

A Wisconsin Democrat Assemblyman turned to a Republican Assemblywoman in the middle of a legislative session Friday and said, "You are f--king dead."

Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, called Rep. Michelle Litjens, R-Winneconne, Monday morning to apologize for his comments that Litjens described as containing an obscenity and the words “you’re dead.” Last week, he accepted responsibility for being issued an ordinance violation for visiting a massage parlor in Appleton that was the subject of a prostitution sting.

As of 12:30 AM Tuesday, according to LexisNexis, no major news outlets reported this event other than Fox. Closed-caption records for ABC's "World News," CBS's "Evening News," and NBC's "Night News" also found no coverage of this issue.

Stop Liberal Media Bias and Deception!!!!


Posted by: Anonymous | March 1, 2011 4:26 AM | Report abuse

you can help solving these crimes with a Criminal Justice Degree, search the internet for "United Forensic College"

Posted by: Anonymous | March 1, 2011 6:10 AM | Report abuse

Government workers? What work? Why are the 14 flee bags still employed? Hello things are tough all over! Try getting a real job! No wonder lazy Dems just suck off the taxes of the real men they could not handle it in the real world! As an example look at their leader Obama he has done a terrible job. Then he gets upset because other complain about how poor his work is! Anyone think Obama ever had a real job? See what a joke he is? I say just start firing some of the teachers! Lets start with the liars who pretended they were sick. I do not want there kind teaching my children so why should I pay for liars that refuse to do their job? Anyone? As always you can contact me at work http://www.bestmichiganbusinesses.com and yes keep those jokes coming.
Flee party and the punter....not even a good name for a punk band
Gov. Walker is a great man the only people that do not like what he is doing are the ones getting their pockets lined! Same old Dems still the party of evil. Why should my tax dollars go to organized crime? Can you tell me why? This is the begining of the end of unions and it is a wonderful thing for America! Gov. Walker is going to go down in history as one of the greatest Americans of all time! Just think of the millions of jobs he is creating, jobs that other wise would go over seas. Stop being such a greedy Dem and try acting like an American for a change! Maybe you would stop hating yourself if you stopped supporting evil.

Posted by: Loxinabox | March 1, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

@Loxinabox

I'm not much of a betting man but if I were I'd be willing to wager that, had you paid attention to the teachers you're rallying against, you could have written a more grammatically correct comment and perhaps would know the difference between 'there' and 'their'.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 2, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Impeach Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (Republican)

Posted by: Anonymous | March 2, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

It is sad to watch the destruction of unions, which initially were formed to bring justice to American workers. It is sad because unions were formed to address the abuse of workers via deaths, long and harsh hours of work, children dying in factories, deaths from the working environment, slave wages, and other forms of atrocities which have made capitalists rich. The lack of a workers' consciousness in this country is paving the way for slavery and serfdom to return. People better wake up and smell the coffee!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 2, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Poverty is caused by the lack of equitable distribution of resources. To look for a cause or root to poverty is to evade the issue. People need to remember why unions were formed in the first place. They were formed to addressed impoverished conditions.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 2, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

pcow

The people protesting are the most selfish anti-americans around. And now they are attacking the republican representatives, filming it, and posting it to YouTube:

http://fms.nu/hTtuo0

Everyone has sacrificed in this economy, and they are the only ones who think they are privileged. In my book, the privileged are the Military, who we should always look out for... otherwise, cuts in spending everywhere else is always on the table.

Posted by: webcontent2011 | March 2, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Unions are a cancer upon the land and need to be cut out.

Posted by: richard36 | March 4, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

How are ya biorobots? Since you are enthusiastic about history, I want to share with you that experts discovered that every individual gets a program at birth. These programs are documented within Collection of Mountains and Seas or Shan Hai Jing. Basically, every piece of information is recorded by the use of images. It lists and describes them. Additionally, they discovered that I Ching (Chinese classic text I Ching) and Chinese classic text Dao De Jing (by Lao zi) are commentaries to Shan Hai Jing. Tao Te Ching

Posted by: Carmen Casacchia | March 5, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

...hey, let's just listen to Boehner and the failed GOP, and go back to cut taxes / cut govt that we tried for the 3 decades of the Reagan/Bush era. In fact, let's get ANOTHER big tax cut to the wealthiest as we did in 1981 and 2001.

I mean, that worked SO well to deliver Trickle Down prosperity. Almost nobody is unemployed now. And the banks and oil drillers and health insurers, heck - they POLICED THEMSELVES!!! Get government out of the WAY by golly!

Abe Lincoln would have said;
"You can fool some of the people, ALL of the time"... ;^)

- Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | March 5, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

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