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D-Day in Wisconsin: Best of luck to Walker and Kleefisch, and may you not only win, here’s hoping you crush them!

June 5, 2012

5 Reasons Why Labor Has Already Lost the Wisconsin Recall Election

by Rick Moran

Regardless of the outcome, labor’s agenda has been slowed or defeated outright.

All Eyes on Wisconsin — Some Thoughts From Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch

by Stephen Kruiser

If Big Labor prevails in Tuesday’s gubernatorial fight, recall might well become the featured weapon in its arsenal.

On Wisconsin! The Meaning of the Recall Effort

by Ron Radosh

November implications.

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WISCONSIN:  Twas the night before Scott Walker Recall Day, at the Capitol Square.“Not a protester was stirring, but the media were there.”

In Walker recall, road to White House runs through  Wisconsin

                  Seth McLaughlin

National Republicans think that if Wisconsin  Gov. Scott Walker survives his recall election Tuesday, it will be much harder  for Mr. Obama to keep the state in the Democratic column in the November  election.

Walker  foe runs from Obama in Wisconsin recall

Breitbart News    Sunday, June 3, 2012

    Tom Barrett, Scott Walker’s challenger in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall  election, told CNN that he didn’t ask President Obama to stop by the state to  rally Democrats in his support.

Obama avoids Wisconsin while fundraising in Chicago,  Minneapolis – TheDC

Barack Obama Campaign
The president has avoided weighing in on Gov. Walker’s  recall election

Wisconsin’s Temper Tantrum 

By George Will Sunday, June  3, 2012

    This state, the first to let government employees unionize, was an incubator of progressivism and gave birth (in 1932 in Madison, the precursor of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) to its emblematic institution, the government employees union — government organized as a special interest to lobby itself to expand itself. But Wisconsin progressivism is in a dark Peter Pan phase; it is childish without being winsome.     Read More
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4000 TEA PARTIERS RALLY in Caledonia, Wisconsin. Plus, a report from Milwaukee.

AFL-CIO  shifts to mobilize Wisconsin voters

The Hill    Monday, June 4, 2012

The AFL-CIO’s super-PAC is shifting gears Monday to encourage voters to head  to the polls for the recall against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

IN WISCONSIN, another creepy political letter.

Fighting for a better WisconsinTim Phillips President, Americans for Prosperity: Scott Walker’s reforms have made a real difference for Wisconsin families.

Republicans are too complacent about Wisconsin’s recall election Ann Coulter 6:40 PM 05/30/2012

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Obama’s “Chicago Thug Way” Invades Wisconsin

As Chairman of The Campaign To Defeat Barack Obama, I just returned back home to Florida from Wisconsin which is ground zero in the battle to stop Obama’s ruination of America. […] Read more

Wisconsin unions see ranks drop ahead  of recall vote

Published May 31, 2012  The Wall Street  Journal

Public-employee unions in Wisconsin have experienced a dramatic drop in  membership — by more than half for the second-biggest union — since a law  championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker sharply curtailed their ability to  bargain over wages and working conditions…

Last-Minute Smear of Scott Walker Falls Apart

June 4, 2012 by Bryan Preston

Did you hear the one about WI Gov. Scott Walker fathering and then abandoning a child during his years in college? Evidently a last-minute attempt to damage Walker’s ability to defeat Tuesday’s recall attempt, it popped up and fell apart all over the weekend. The Wisconsin Citizen’s Media Co-op launched the attack, which was based entirely on mistaken identity plus a desire to defeat Walker at all costs. The personal attack fell apart almost as quickly as it arose, and may end up rallying even more voters to Walker’s side.

The left has tried everything to stop Walker, from shutting down the state government to threatening businesses that stuck with Walker, and now a June surprise to assault his character. How about just focusing in policy and results? Well, because those don’t help the Democrats. Under Walker’s tenure, Wisconsin has added thousands of jobs. And once people were given a choice on union membership, thousands chose not to send their hard-earned money off to extremely highly paid union bosses. It’s that second result that has Big Labor in a full terror.

Desperate Dems: Vote against Scott Walker because according to  an unconfirmed rumor published on some left-wing website, he fathered a love  child 24 years ago

This kind of crap didn’t work before and it isn’t going to work this time either!

Family Security MattersJune 03, 2012  10:21 AM

With two days to go before Wisconsin’s recall election,  Gov. Walker is looking very strong in the polls. According to Intrade, he has a  96 percent chance of winning on Tuesday. Democrats clearly aren’t winning on the  issues, but they hope they have found something else that can turn the tide for  them. Late Saturday […]

York: On wrong side of issues, Obama now avoids Wisc.

PJM Exclusive: Marine Vet Arrested at Wisconsin Labor Rally Speaks Out

by Bryan Preston

This disturbing video shows the arrest of a man who has done no apparent wrong. He attended a public rally in Wisconsin on Friday carrying an inoffensive political sign, encountered many who opposed his views, and was arrested by police.

It turns out that the man, David Willoughby, is a veteran of the US Marine Corps. Today he has released a statement about his arrest.

It begins: My name is Dave Willoughby. I am the one in the video.

Without being told what I had done, I was handcuffed and escorted off premise. Placed in a squad car and taken to a police station. I asked if I should have my rights read to me and was told “You’re not being arrested.” My personal property was taken from me, I was fingerprinted, mug shot taken and locked in a dark jail cell (lights off) still handcuffed.

I sat in that jail cell, looking out of a meshed wire window, at a large American flag flying in the background. Where am I? How can this be happening? What did I do wrong? I prayed for strength.

When I swore the oath to protect and defend the Constitution, I never realized until recently, how vulnerable our precious freedoms actually are.

I did nothing wrong. There were literally hundreds of cameras at this event. I challenge all media to find one shred of evidence, which would support the actions of the Milwaukee PD officers.

Does Mayor Barrett approve?

In an interview with PJ Media today, Willoughby said: “I went to this rally on Friday. I stood my ground. I was poked, prodded, cursed at, every nasty word that could be thrown my way was thrown my way. I stood in the same spot for the entire time. As I was walking, I felt this arm grab me and I felt this fist and I turned around and it was a cop! He told me ‘You’re gonna get your ass kicked.’ All the while I was asking the police officer if he was going to uphold his oath to protect and defend the Constitution? He never answered me.”

“The whole time I’m asking ‘What did I do wrong?’ No answer. They handcuffed me. They took me into a car. I asked ‘Am I being arrested?’ and they said ‘No, you’re not being arrested.’ But they handcuffed me, and put me in a dark jail cell, all the while not arresting me.” You can hear much of the exchange in the video. Willoughby says police took personal property from him during the encounter.

According to the police citation, which Willoughby read to me over the phone, Willoughby (seen at left at a Tea Party rally) is accused of the following: “During a political rally, subject raised a protest sign above his head in a manner that created danger to the public. Subject’s actions caused a disturbance during a political rally.” The citation carries a $185 fine and has a July court date. Mr. Willoughby is not in jail, but says that he will fight the citation on the grounds that he did absolutely nothing wrong and was exercising his free speech rights.

Willoughby served in the United States Marine Corps from 1992 to 2000 and was honorably discharged. He was also a firefighter for 10 years in the state of Florida. Willoughby says that his time as a non-union firefighter has led him to suspect that the Wisconsin police officers may be acting as union members first and police officers second.

#WIRecall: Photos of Wisconsin Protesters Holding Signs Above Their Heads

Marine veteran David Willoughby is charged with holding a political sign above his head. In the interests of helping maintain the public order, I thought it might be a good idea to find and assemble visual evidence of other protesters holding political signs above their heads throughout the recall saga. A threat’s a threat, right? Google image search + amused/concerned blogger = helping out the poh-leece.

Signs in the foreground and in the distance, held up above protesters’ heads.

Signs above heads from both sides.

Sign above head attached to a big ol’ stick. That’s gotta be a threat.

Sign above head, big stick, and an implied death threat: the trifecta! I’m sure this protester was arrested, right?

She’s a threat to common sense.

How two freeloaders — Greece and the Golden State — are dragging  down a union and a nation (Post  Opinion)

Good old reliable Shelly And in NY: Good old reliable Shelly

If union interests are endangered, trust Shelly Silver to come to…

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Sabotage: Labor’s Weapon of Choice and Opportunity?

Radical activist groups and labor unions associated with President Obama have  launched a campaign of economic sabotage.  Saboteurs usually choose their  targets with two things in mind: objective and means.

The Government Employee Scandal

Monday, 05 Mar 2012 By Wayne Allyn Root is a former [Conservative] Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He now serves as Chairman of the Libertarian National Campaign Committee. Read more reports from Wayne Allyn Root — Click Here Now.

How would you like to retire with $6 million? $8 million? $10 million? All you have to do is become a government employee to hit the jackpot.

You don’t believe me? Do the math. I recently talked with a retired New York City toll taker. His salary averaged about $70,000 per year over 20 years. But in his last few years he worked loads of overtime and added in accumulated sick days to get his salary in those final years up to $150,000. His pension is based on his final years’ salary.

This is a common pension-padding ploy.

This retired toll taker will now get a taxpayer-funded pension of $120,000 a year for the rest of his life. He’s only 50 years old. The average 50-year-old male has a life expectancy of almost 80. With automatic cost-of-living increases, that’s a bill to taxpayers of $5 million for the next 30 years — for not working. Three times what he earned while working!

But here’s a frightening question: What if he lives to 90? Or 100? His pension could rise to $6 million or $8 million or higher.

Multiply this times 21 million government employees (on the federal, state, and local level) and you now get a sense of one of the biggest spending problems bankrupting America.

President Barack Obama constantly boasts that he has “saved” government employee jobs. Well that’s not a positive. It’s a negative. Every government job you saved costs taxpayers millions in bloated salary, obscene pension, and free healthcare for life.

Are these stories the exception, rather than the rule?

Over 77,000 federal government employees earned more than the governor of their state.

On the federal level, it was just reported by USA Today that the average federal civil servant compensation is $123,049 per year. That’s more than double what private-sector workers earn (average of $61,051).

Since 2000, federal government employee compensation has grown by 36.9 percent versus 8.8 percent for private-sector employees.

But it’s at the state and local level that the worst problem exists.

In Las Vegas (Clark County) the average firefighter earns $199,678 per year. When he retires at age 45 or 50, we owe his pension for life. But here’s the clincher — when he finally dies, the taxpayer has to continue paying the pension to his spouse. Add up the damage to the economy. It is catastrophic. Talk about a 1 percenter — a single firefighter could retire with $8 to $10 million for not working for the rest of his life. This is madness.

Now I agree that policemen and firefighters are heroes. But should all heroes retire on 6-figure pensions, paid by taxpayers? It would be nice if they could, but it’s unaffordable. It will bankrupt a nation. Ask Greece. Or ask California.

But the reality is that police and firemen make up a small portion of government employees. Recent studies prove the average janitor that works for government makes over $600,000 more in his career than a private-sector janitor. Are janitors heroes too? This goes on at every level of government.

The Las Vegas Review Journal had three stories in one day recently that sums up this national outrage.

Let’s start with the Las Vegas teachers union. It was reported that more than a third of the union’s entire $4.1 million annual budget went to pay just nine union leaders (http://www.lvrj.com/news/leaders-of-clark-county-teachers-union-see-big-jump-in-pay-140472673.html). The Teachers Union Executive Director received $632,546, while the CEO of the union-created Teachers Health Trust was paid $546,133. So next time you hear educators scream “it’s for the kids,” you’ll know the truth. It’s for the unions.

Article number two was about those highly paid Las Vegas firefighters. It turns out they weren’t satisfied with making almost $200,000 per year. They also abused sick leave, rigged work schedules to pump up their pensions, and appear to have engaged in widespread disability fraud (www.lvrj.com/opinion/firefighters-gamed-the-system-again-140473303.html). Do you understand this kind of abuse is going on across America?

Article number three was about a now-retired Las Vegas homicide detective and possible police brutality (www.lvrj.com/news/retired-lieutenant-demands-inquiry-into-las-vegas-police-shootings-140467923.html). It had nothing to do with pensions. But interestingly, the retired homicide detective they quote in the story is 47 years old. He’s 47 and already retired? Want to bet that you and I are on the hook for $5 million to $10 million in pension and health benefits from now until the day he dies — for not working.

These aren’t CEO types. These are average government employees retiring with the equivalent of $5 to $10 million. Do you know any small-business owners who retire with $5 to $10 million? They are few and far between. But that’s exactly what a private-sector employee would need in the bank on the day of his or her retirement to match the $100,000 per year pensions (plus healthcare benefits and cost-of-living increases) of government employees paid out over 30 to 50 years.

Keep in mind that government employees never risk a dollar of their own money. They have lifetime job security. And they rarely work beyond 9 to 5, let alone weekends or holidays.

Yet government employees are paid millions by taxpayers to retire early, often on pensions fattened by gaming the corrupt system. This is a national disgrace that is bankrupting America.

This is the scandal that makes Bernie Madoff look like a small-time crook.

 

Did Community Organizers Bus Out Of State Protesters In To Support Chicago Teachers’ Unions?

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 7:57pm by

Remember when the Tea Party was being accused of being a deceitful, astroturf organization that was secretly on the payroll of secretive right wing organizations, and whose protesters weren’t genuinely interested? Sure, you do. It was just one of the many evidence-free smears used by the Left to try and keep the nascent movement out of the mainstream.

Good Jobs Now, a Detroit Area Community Organizing Organization, Bused Protesters To Chicago to Support Teachers UnionsWhat terrifying subversives look like, according to the Left

Naturally enough, it didn’t work – largely because there was no evidence for it, and because the Tea Party movement‘s motives weren’t specific or myopic enough to have come from interest groups. However, the same cannot be said for the numerous Leftist protest movements, most of which are focused on getting goodies for one particular interest group, and thus often require more than just the members of those groups to support them.

Exhibit A: Chicago‘s Teachers’ Unions, who recently protested against Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, for doing something or other they didn’t like, and embarrassed themselves in the process. Not only that, but a few of the protesters inadvertently disclosed something suspicious about their affiliations.

EAGnews put up two videos showing the absurdity of the protests – the first hints at the suspicious element while also showing some highly amusing clips of the protesters, but the second goes further into depth and really shows where it comes in. First, the highly entertaining summary clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOvC8T2Jk3c&feature=player_embedded

EAGnews’ description of this video should suffice as a preview:

EAGnews caught some humorous sights and sounds from the day, including protesters bused in from Detroit to hold up signs they didn’t understand, as well as a union activist marching uniformly, chanting in rhythm with the collective, only to explain she’s an individual and not a robot!

Other hilarity includes the familiar “Yes We Can” chant, as well as a failed attempt to employ the “mic check” tactic of the Occupy protests.

And then there’s the second video, which takes a shorter segment from the first video and extends it to demonstrate something rather odd:

Good Jobs Now, a Detroit Area Community Organizing Organization, Bused Protesters To Chicago to Support Teachers UnionsDid you catch that? The protesters claim they’re not even from Chicago (despite holding signs that say “This is our Chicago”), but were bussed in from Detroit by a group called “Good Jobs Now.”

So the question arises – who exactly is “Good Jobs Now?” The answer is that they are a Detroit-specific Community Organizing outfit apparently devoted to such standard Leftist hobbyhorses as preventing Voter ID laws and protesting pay cuts for public sector workers. Take a look at some photos from some of their previous events to get a general idea of the tenor of the group’s attitude:

Good Jobs Now, a Detroit Area Community Organizing Organization, Bused Protesters To Chicago to Support Teachers Unions Good Jobs Now, a Detroit Area Community Organizing Organization, Bused Protesters To Chicago to Support Teachers Unions

Good Jobs Now, a Detroit Area Community Organizing Organization, Bused Protesters To Chicago to Support Teachers UnionsGood Jobs Now, a Detroit Area Community Organizing Organization, Bused Protesters To Chicago to Support Teachers Unions

And that’s just in Detroit. Heaven knows where else they’ve been. However, one niggling question remains – why are they involved in Chicago? How does this help a group like this at all, given that the group’s mission statement says nothing about involvement in other states? After all, those bus tickets don’t come cheap. Wouldn’t their efforts be better spent elsewhere?