February 14, 2011
Walker the bully II
Of all the nonsense I have seen in Wisconsin politics, nothing rises to the level of Scott Walker wagging his finger at state employees and warning them he will send National Guard troops into the prisons and into the streets of Wisconsin. Whoa Nelly!
Think about it. A national guardsman, now active in Afghanistan or Iraq, would be asked to run a prison in Boscobel? Are you kidding me? Walker has lost his mind. Dan Quayle once said "A mind is a terrible thing to lose--if you have one."
Today a small rally but a good one in Milwaukee: Sponsored by 9-5, at the State Office building 819 N. James Lovell Street at 11:30. I will be there for the presentation of an award to Walker on Valentine's day.
Demonstrations all over the state. Bottom up. We must resist this anti-democratic plot.
Lombardi and Packers: Scott Walker probably never played sports in school, so he naturally envies those who did and especially those who excelled. In his State of the State address he quoted Vince, had former shop steward Mark Murphy, Packer president and former union leader, appear via big screen. He did his best to sneak into the Packer tent. Maybe, just maybe, he helped the Packers!
Well, Scott--the QB for the Packers is Aaron Rodgers and he is the union leader as well. He was eleted player rep,and the alternate is Charles Woodson. Two stars who were elected to help the team! Imagine if the coach called the National Guard to play QB in Dallas. Learn your labor history, Scott. Bart Starr supported the union. Lombardi encouraged his team to lead the union. Want some quotes, Guv? Grow up!
Headache for Prosser: The New York judges adopted a rule against outside influence. If a litigant gave $2,500 in campaign contributions that judge would be disquallified from hearing the case. Prosser opposes such a rule no matter if the candidate got a dollar or ten million dollars. It is up to the Justice and no one else. Yikes!
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Walker is certainly a bully but is he smart? Is he arrogant or are we seeing someone who is shrewd and cunning?
-Maria Caliente | Middleton | February 14, 2011
Public employees are still a minority of all workers and don't expect the general public to give much support.
Demonstrations, vigils, candlelight vigils, etc. How nice. How naive. May as well go to church and say your novenas for all the good this is going to do. Don't you guys ever get out of the 60's? Is that really the best you can do? No wonder guys like Walker pull this stuff. The reaction is known ahead of time and known to be a big joke and nothing more than feel good crap for nostalgic liberals. That isn't a fight, it is a surrender! How pathetic.
Surprise us. Surprise him. Is this all the liberals can really come up with? Sheesh.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | Happily No Longer From Walkerville, WI. | February 14, 2011
The only effective response to the current Republican/Blue Dog Dem sell out are boycotts of products that they are making overseas, and finding ways to support small businesses at home.
The voter rejection of Republicans that was expressed when the Republicans were tossed out after the Cheney-Bush years was quickly abandoned when the US population was duped into accepting that it was Democrats' fault since they were now in office for less than a year. With that kind of thinking that does not go beyond beer and ball game, or immediate gratification, it evidently will take further demise, (depression?), to get people boycotting, marching, and voting (if allowed). There will not be the kind of economy our past generations enjoyed. The country missed the march when they did not hold Republicans and some Dems' feet to the fire on these issues: The oil boys should be building the solar grid, auto companies should be forced to build electric cars ; "preemptive war" should require a referendum; vauge and unending abuse and use of US troops and military industrial funding overseas to prop up US companies' overseas expansion must become illegal; lobbyists must be much more restricted off of political turf in DC...totally; voting must become an educated habit by every citizen; manufacturing must return to the US; those who have located most or all of their major manufacturing overseas should be tried for economic treason, stripped of licenses, and deported to those countries. What are they doing for the US? To accomplish anything, we, the people must boycott, march, and educate.
-m h | madison, wi | February 15, 2011
My prediction is that the state worker rally will take a turn to proclaiming that they will make all the concessions the state wants as long as the bargaining laws are not changed. There will now be enough republican senators who will see that they can get the concessions they want without looking ant-worker rights, and they will then kill the bill. The state workers take another hit, Walker wins but the republican party loses the support of many union workers which it once had.
-tck | iron county, wi | February 15, 2011