Monday, February 21, 2011

The Battle For Wisconsin

If any of you still has any doubts about just which class the Republican Party and it's extreme off shoot ,The Tea Party is serving...Take a look at what's going on in Wisconsin right now. If that and the fact that the very first thing the new Republican dominated House attempted to do once swore in was make sure the very rich continued to get Bush Administration tax cuts doesn't show you...well then you're like the two guys in the new Geico commercial...You're living under a rock!

Plans by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and his mostly republican legislature to gut collective bargaining – the tool by which public unions secure pay and benefits – for most public employees could spill into other Midwest states as a wave of small-government conservatives elected last year take on some of the Democrats’ most cherished ideals.

No region of the country was more comprehensively recast by the 2010 elections than the seven states of the upper Midwest that arc from Minnesota to Ohio. Where before Democrats had held the upper hand, Republicans now have a virtual stranglehold on politics, controlling both houses of the legislature and the governors’ chairs in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

The full import of that switch has become apparent on the streets of Madison, Wis., this week. At least 25,000 union Wisconsin protesters amassed Friday morning in and around the Capitol to protest the governor’s plans. Earlier in the week, there had been as many as 40,000. Schools have been canceled, and one rally lasted a marathon 17 hours.

With the state's tea party activists set to counter protest soon, this drama has set the scene for the streets of Madison, Wisconsin to become a surrogate for the clash of broader forces that currently define America's divisive brand of politics.

Egypt, Take note...This is how messy democracy can get. Still want it? House Speaker,
Cryin John Boehner has naturally backed the union busting Governor Scott Walker,even as President Barack Obama denounced the Wisconsin bill as an "assault on unions." The AFL-CIO, the country's largest union, vowed a national protest to support Wisconsin public employees.

One political scientist has gone so far as to compare the Wisconsin protests with what transpired in Cairo earlier this month. Yet for the Midwest, the protests hint at a conflict that could extend well beyond this weekend and beyond Wisconsin. With state legislatures redrawing congressional and legislative district maps this year, Midwest Republicans have an opportunity to change the political landscape for years to come. If they are allowed to? Where are the young people in America? Why aren't they on Facebook and Twitter organizing and spilling into the streets Cairo style?
Oh that's right...they're more concerned that Justin Beiber didn't win a Grammy!

"The elections this past November brought to the fore a lot of small-bore conservatives … under a very bad economic environment,” says Robert Bruno, a labor movement expert at the University of Illinois in Champaign. That “presented a perfect opportunity to attack institutions [like unions] that will push for more Great Society programs – that government should be taking care of the poor, regulating the economy, and helping people who are unemployed."

The Republicans tell you that the government as we know it is too big and that it is ruling your life...They say that they are the true friend of the working class and that with smaller government , you will have more freedom to pursue your happiness.
They've been singing this same song since the year I was born....It's old hat now...But a large amount of Americans still buy it.

The Workers of Wisconsin aren't buying it...They don't have a doubt in their mind who is looking out for their class interests...The question is..Does the rest of America?


Vanessa said...

Tell em Keith!

James Perkins said...

Once again, you're hittin em hard
good Brother!

Brenda said...

Thank You for always championing the working man and woman!

Sean said...

Still doin the damn thing over here!

Captain Jack said...

You are givin it to the people,okayyy!

Cheryl said...

It's getting crazy out here!


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