Wisconsin: Troopers to bring in AWOL Dems; Obama’s Union Led Regulatory Army; Rhetoric and Violence; and much more leftist madness
“[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.” –John Adams, An Essay on Man’s Lust for Power, 1763
Wisconsin state troopers were dispatched Thursday to try to find at least one of the 14 Senate Democrats who have been on the run for eight days to delay a vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to strip collective bargaining rights from nearly all public employees. Meanwhile, the state Assembly appeared close to voting on the union rights bill after two days of filibustering the measure with a blizzard of amendments…
Police get their morning briefing in a hall at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday. Opponents to the governor’s bill to eliminate collective-bargaining rights for many state workers are in their 10th day of protests. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) announced the closer scrutiny that the GOP intends to level upon the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the federal entity that is supposed to act as a mediator for disputes between labor. That closer scrutiny is a result of Obama’s appointees moving the NLRB from mediator between business and labor to outright advocate in favor of Big Labor.
Showing what he truly thinks of the business sector, Obama’s NLRB has been punishing businesses as much as possible and attacking worker’s rights in the process…
Feb 23, 2011 03:29 pm | Nice Deb – The Blaze headline screams, ” Shocking Level of Influence Exposed”, and shocking it is, that according to Trumka, he visits the White House 2-3 times a week, and talks to someone from the White House every day.
Aside from proving that Gov. Scott Walker doesn’t really know billionaire David Koch, what did this prank phone call prove? I think Walker’s spin is not far from the truth, saying the call “shows that the governor says the same thing in private as he does in public.” Read More
As Americans, we’re often taught that trusts and monopolies are the product of big business and are bad. However, if trusts and monopolies are bad when Big Business engages in monopolistic ways, why isn’t it bad when Big Labor engages in the same sort of behaviors that are condemned when committed by Big Business?
For over a week now, the nation has watched tens of thousands march in protest to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s budget plan. Democrat lawmakers (aka Fleebaggers) have fled the state in order to avoid doing their duty, while Obama’s OFA has bussed in the astroturf from out of state. While the union meme has been that Walker’s plan is “union-busting,” perhaps a more apt description would be “trust-busting.”…
Wisconsin Teachers Earned Average $75,587 in Total Compensation in 2010
(CNSNews.com) Public school teachers in Wisconsin earned a combined $75,587 in total average compensation wages and benefits in 2010, according to figures from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The average compensation of Wisconsin public school teachers is up 9 percent from $69,321 in 1998, the earliest figures available from the DPI, adjusted for inflation.
Wisconsin Budget Would Allow Collective Bargaining for Wages
(CNSNews.com) – An analysis of Republican Gov. Scott Walkers proposed changes to his states collective bargaining rules shows that state employees would maintain the ability to collectively bargain for wages.
Only 39 Percent of Wisconsin Public-School Eighth Graders Proficient in Math, Says Department of Education
(CNSNews.com) – Only 39 percent of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools are proficient or better in mathematics, according to the U.S. Department of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest. Math test scores of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders have remained almost flat since 1996 while inflation adjusted per-pupil spending has significantly increased.
Supporters of Wisconsin teachers get basic facts about teaching completely wrong — The Democratic Party of Wisconsin and other supporters of the state’s teachers union need to check their math: In Facebook posts and twitter messages, union supporters have been “promoting statistics that would suggest that collective bargaining for teachers is correlated with higher scores on standardized academic tests,” according to Politifact. More specifically, union supporters claim that the five states that do not have collective bargaining for teachers have the following SAT/ACT ranks: South Carolina -50th/ North Carolina -49th/ Georgia -48th/ Texas -47th/ Virginia -44th,” and that Wisconsin ranks second. According to Politifact, the claim is completely bogus. For starters, the data used to assemble the ranking is from 1999. In data from 2010, Virginia places higher (34th) and Wisconsin places slightly lower (3rd) on the SAT. The rest of the non-union states do much worse, but not because of collective bargaining. More likely, it’s because only 4 percent of Wisconsin students took the SAT in 2010, compared to 74 percent of Georgia students, 67 percent of Virginia students, 66 percent of South Carolina students, 63 percent of North Carolina students, and 53 percent of Texas students. Hell, every state in the country would have a shot at the podium if it excluded 96 percent of its students from standardized test rankings.
Lindsey Burke & James Sherk: Walker’s plan would protect children from union special interests — For far too long, teachers’ unions have stood in the way of education reform.
Wayne Allyn Root: Walker should fire striking Wisconsin teachers — Reagan fired striking air traffic controllers. If air traffic controllers can be replaced, so can teachers.
The Truth About Teaching
by Coach Dave Daubenmire – I spent twenty-five years as a public school teacher and I think I have a pretty good handle on what the profession is all about. I left public education in 2000 as a result of my battle with the ACLU for my God-given right to pray with my football teams. I walked away, I was not fired. In fact, my last year of coaching, our football team went undefeated. The “public” schools no longer represent the values of the public…….
AS THE PUBLIC SECTOR RALLIES AGAINST THE PUBLIC! here’s todays word from RUSH:
Obama Focuses Like a Laser on Jobs… Union Jobs
He cares about jobs that protect his own political power.
MJS 2009: State Jobs Benefit Most From Stimulus
Civility? Democrat Congressman: Get “Bloody”
Rep. Capuano ignores Obama’s post-Tucson orders and urges union people to spill blood. (Rush 24/7 Members: Listen)
This is Not a Fight Against Some Fat Cat: Public Sector Workers Conspire to Steal Money from Their Neighbors
WSJ, James Taranto: The Means of Coercion
Yesterday, Massachusetts Democrat Representative Mike Capuano encouraged union members to go out in the streets and get a little bloody, as Guy Benson at TownHall reported earlier.
Firstly, oh, the irony in saying that throwing a coffee cup – at a human – is okay if it’s for human rights. Secondly, I suppose if throwing a coffee cup and “getting a little bloody” are just fine and dandy, it’s no surprise that union thugs decided that throwing phones and hitting a woman are just as proper…
Today, union thugs descended on the FreedomWorks office. It was the middle of the day, and there was some excitement outside as all the buses pulled up and people started to fill the courtyard. We decided to go out and show our support for freedom. Intern Steve was quickly suited up.
We wandered around talking to people, and saw the buses lined up on the street. NEA, AFT, SEIU, and CWA signs dominated – a veritable “who’s who” of union thuggery, to be sure. They all had on matching tee shirts and printed signs, as is to be expected.
I was taking pictures and video with my phone, and I heard my coworker getting into a heated exchange with one of the protesters. I turned on my iPhone camera and headed over to film it. They were going back and forth, the protester called my colleague a “little sh*t” just as I walked up, which is where the video starts. Then he noticed I was filming. Here’s what happened . . .
Forums and Blogs on Tea Party Nation
TPN Member Dr. Rich Swier wrote a blog post detailing the Smith Act and how it can be used against Union Thuggery. You can read about it here on Tea Party Nation.
Retired fireman receiving pensions of $640,000 a year? TPN Member Jack Kemp reports on Richard Cohen and the Cross of the Gold Pensions Speech.
And finally, TPN Member Joe Newby has started a forum discussion regarding an article in the Examiner reporting on a Democrat calling for unions to “get bloody”. You can read and comment on that forum posting here.
Feb 23, 2011 02:00 pm | Walter Hudson – The ongoing union protests against Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin have inspired comparisons to the Tea Party movement. Apparently, for some commentators, people at a capitol building holding signs is inherently “grassroots.” However, beyond the superficial similarity of people protesting, there is nothing these union demonstrations have in common with the Tea Party. Quite the contrary, the unrest in Wisconsin is the antithesis of everything the Tea Party stands for.
Feb 23, 2011 12:51 pm | TomT – By Michael Pinson Americans For Freedom Taxpayers should understand that the AFL-CIO, SEIU and other Unions have such hard line contracts with many city and county governments that the Unions have a financial stranglehold on the taxpayers. Under current union contracts, the Unions are telling the city government what they will be paid and no cutbacks for years. If they cannot agree…
Feb 23, 2011 10:33 am | TomT – Whereas the principles and policies that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is fighting for are one in the same with the tea party movement, American Solutions decided to work with leaders from around the country to send him a letter of support and encouragement. Below is the result – crafted and signed by leaders from over 50 tea party, 912 and grassroots groups from California to New Hampshire…
Feb 23, 2011 07:25 am | Kenric Ward – By: Kenric Ward Sunshine State News As Florida teachers and other government workers lay plans for Wisconsin-style protests, a tea party coalition announced it will stage its own rally on March 8 in Tallahassee. Taxpayer and tea party groups say they will rally under a “Save Our State” banner at the Capitol on the opening day of the 2011 Legislature.
MADISON, WIS. – On a Tuesday afternoon in September 2003, during Scott Walker’s first term as Milwaukee County executive, scores of union workers gathered at the local courthouse to protest layoffs he had ordered as part of an aggressive effort to balance the budget and avoid what he said would otherwise be necessary tax increases.
They shouted anti-Walker chants, and union officials and Democratic officeholders took turns denouncing his approach.
Despite the deep cuts and the union uproar, Walker cruised to reelection the following spring and remained in his post six more years, until his successful gubernatorial run in the fall…
“[Scott Walker] was tea party before there was a tea party.” -Mordecai Lee, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee political science professor.
Feb 23, 2011 12:18 pm | Matthew Vadum – Contrary to what the Left says, it is not a sign of mental disturbance to believe that President Obama is deliberately fomenting crises in order to advance his radical agenda. The evidence is there for anyone who cares to look. There is a plan to smash America’s longstanding institutions and render the U.S. Constitution meaningless. And as Wisconsin goes, so goes the nation.
Feb 23, 2011 01:00 pm | Lisa Graas
Feb 23, 2011 11:43 pm | Rich Trzupek – From violent rhetoric to refusal to do one’s duty, every tactic is in play in Wisconsin and Indiana.
Union Fables – Feb 23, 2011 11:32 pm | Ann Coulter – Public sector unions are nothing like those in the private sector.
Public Unions Force Taxpayers to Fund Dems
Michael Barone: Everyone has priorities. During the past week, Barack Obama has found no time to condemn the attacks that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has launched on the Libyan people. … more
Big Unions and Big Business might as well be the same thing — “The notion that Big Labor is cancelling out Big Business — well, that’s a Big Lie,” writes the Examiner’s Tim Carney, in response to wild and heartfelt claims that the unions in Wisconsin and Indiana are the only things standing between us and a Banana Republic. “The 10 industries that contributed the most during the 2010 elections — from Wall Street to government unions — all gave more to Democrats than to Republicans.” Oh! There’s also this: “The top donor to House and Senate campaigns in the 2010 elections — the Service Employees International Union — is otherwise known as ‘Obama’s Union.’ The company that spent the most on lobbying in 2010 — General Electric — is also known as ‘the for-profit arm of the Obama Administration.'” But hey, progressives! Keep flogging that dead horse!
The Left has misread the post-bailout populist sentiment all along, assuming public anger was directed at the rich. But American anger, I suspect, is directed not at some people who have money or success, but at those who profit through cronyism and their connections to power.
In other words, anti-bailout anger is not anger at the rich, but anger at those unfairly getting rich — at the taxpayer’s expense.
lastly, let’s not forget the usual media bias:
|Media Reality Check: Wisconsin Unions vs. The Tea Party: A Classic Double Standard CBS Host’s False Attack on Wisconsin Governor Falls Flat
Networks Stand with Wisconsin Unions, Ignore $1-3 Trillion Pension Deficit for Five Days
David Freddoso – In defense of fake doctors’ notes
The Sanctity of Contracts? Seriously?