Today’s “Stand with Walker” – The ongoing Wisconsin affair and all things related
Protesters fill the Capitol rotunda in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker’s stand against public unions and bloated state payrolls is showing signs of spreading as rapidly as the Mideast revolts. (AP Photo)
President Barack Obama’s numbers have plunged in all 50 states, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. Overall, the the president’s average approval rating fell from 58 percent in 2009 to 47 percent in 2010. The news came as the revolt against public unions that Gov. Scott Walker started in Wisconsin showed signs of moving to more states. That doesn’t bode well for the president’s polls going forward.
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- Zogby: Majorities Support Gov. Walker Plan
- Rasmussen: Almost Half of US Backs Scott Walker (and that doesn’t mean the other 1/2 supports the unions, they don’t)
- RGA Rolls Out Website to Support Walker (and we support both)
Gov. Scott Walker Can Be Tough, But Fair (and this is Lanny Davis saying this)
Unions Are Holding Taxpayers Hostage (by Michael Reagan. You’re darn right they are!)
- Jonah Goldberg: Public Unions Must Go (unlike the private sector, they never should have been to begin with)
- Mona Charen: What Madison Revealed: Teachers as Rent Seekers
- Governor Scott Walker on Fake Sick Leave: State Employees Will Be Terminated, Doctors Will Be Investigated
- Senate Republicans to Withhold Wisconsin Democrats’ Pay
Where’s Civility Now? Mass. Dem Calls for Blood Amid Protests
After the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., last month, Democrats excoriated some Republicans and tea party activists, accusing them of overheated rhetoric and alleging that such contentiousness contributed to the tragedy. Now, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano is singing a different tune — saying protesters might need to get bloody, The Hill reports.
Capuano made the comment Tuesday as he defended the public unions in Wisconsin that oppose Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to curb their collective-bargaining rights in an effort to combat the state’s budget crisis.
Addressing a group of union members in Boston Tuesday, Capuano said, “I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an e-mail to get you going,” according to the Dorchester Reporter.
“Every once in a while, you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.”
Meanwhile, in the Badger State, inflammatory rhetoric and signs amid protesters at the Capitol have raised concerns about security there.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – Patriot Post Chronicle
The Wall Street Journal: “For Americans who don’t think the welfare state riots of France or Greece can happen here, we recommend a look at the union and Democratic Party spectacle now unfolding in Wisconsin. Over the past few days, thousands have swarmed the state capital and airwaves to intimidate lawmakers and disrupt Governor Scott Walker’s plan to level the playing field between taxpayers and government unions.”
With the entire nation watching, Wisconsinites are now debating whether the state’s public school teachers ought to be required to pay 5.8 percent of their wages to support their own retirement plans and 12.6 percent of their own health-insurance premiums, and also whether their union ought to be able to negotiate a pay increase on their behalf that exceeds the rate of inflation without letting voters approve or disapprove that raise in a referendum.
What Wisconsin ought to be debating is whether these public school teachers should keep their jobs at all.
Then every state ought to follow Wisconsin in the same debate.
It is time to drive public schools out of business by driving them into an open marketplace where they must directly compete with schools not run by the government or staffed by members of parasitic public employees’ unions.
The well-documented incompetence of America’s public schools — including Wisconsin’s — is damaging our nation. Their educational product is simply not good enough for our children. In some cases, it is toxic.
By Warner Todd Huston: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has decided to flock to the side of thug Wisconsin teachers on Friday. This should not be much of a surprise. Trumka understands that this battle could serve to galvanize anti-union sympathies all across the country, and rightfully so. With the hate and “violent rhetoric” being employed with very little legitimate…
-By Warner Todd Huston Every so-called teacher in Wisconsin needs to be removed from the classroom and should not be allowed to return until she can prove that she’s become educated enough to understand that no politician in Wisconsin is “just like Hitler.” These thugs latest claim is that “it’s not about the money” but the facts speak pretty clearly that it is all about the money. The Unions want legalized theft, plain and simple…
-By Warner Todd Huston In Wisconsin teachers are calling everyone that opposes them a Nazi, they are creating signs with crosshairs over the faces of their political enemies, like the grown-ups they are they are calling political foes “dicks,” calling Republicans “terrorists,” and saying that they “hate people.” And why all this vitriol from the Party whose president wants more “civility” in…
In the Center of the Storm – By George Will · Tuesday, February 22, 2011
MADISON, Wis. — Hitherto, when this university town and seat of state government applauded itself as “the Athens of the Midwest,” the sobriquet suggested kinship with the cultural glories of ancient Greece. Now, however, Madison resembles contemporary Athens.
This capital has been convulsed by government employees sowing disorder in order to repeal an election. A minority of the minority of Wisconsin residents who work for government (300,000 of them) are resisting changes to benefits that most of Wisconsin’s 5.6 million residents resent financing. Read More
Columnist Michelle Malkin: “Welcome to the reckoning. We have met the fiscal apocalypse, and it is smack dab in the middle of the heartland. As Wisconsin goes, so goes the nation. Let us pray it does not go the way of the decrepit welfare states of the European Union. The lowdown: State government workers in the Badger State pay piddling amounts for generous taxpayer-subsidized health benefits. Faced with a $3.6 billion budget hole and a state constitutional ban on running a deficit, new GOP Gov. Scott Walker wants public unions to pony up a little more.”
Wisconsin Public Unions Protest: Myth vs Facts
Dangers of Public Unions