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We win in Wisconsin!

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Progressives should not be disheartened or daunted tonight.

Tonight, 18 Repugnican Tea Party members of the Wisconsin state Senate voted to strip the state’s public servants of their collective bargaining rights. One of the Repugnican Tea Party senators, probably sensing the inevitable political backlash, voted against the Repugnican Tea Party’s union-busting legislation, and the state’s 14 Democratic senators (to my knowledge as of this moment) remain outside of the state.

The Repugnican Tea Party owns this. It’s all theirs.

Separating the union-busting provisions from the state’s budget legislation, thus requiring only a simple majority and not a quorum (which the Democratic 14 have been preventing), is a short-term win and a long-term loss for the Repugnican Tea Party in Wisconsin — and probably elsewhere throughout the nation.

In 2012, there will be repercussions in Wisconsin– if not before then, because recall efforts already have been under way in the state. There will be some national repercussions as well; the Repugnican Tea Party promised to bring back jobs, but instead is attacking those of us whose jobs just aren’t miserable enough for the Repugnican Tea Party’s sadistic and plutocratic tastes.

In a statement, Repugnican Tea Party Gov. Scott Walker said, “In order to move the state forward, I applaud the Legislature’s action today to stand up to the status quo and take a step in the right direction to balance the budget and reform government. The action today will help ensure Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs.”

The last sentence is what it’s really about: Walker has delivered a better “business climate” for his corporate pimps.

The union-busting legislation won’t create 250,000 jobs, though, and nor has this battle ever been about balancing Wisconsin’s budget. As Rachel Maddow points out, Walker gave Wisconsin’s rich and super-rich tax cuts before he decided to “drop the bomb” (as Walker put it in his telephone conversation with “David Koch”) on the public-sector labor unions. If you truly want to balance a budget, you don’t hand out tax cuts to the wealthy like candy. 

Nor is Walker — whose truthfulness was revealed in what he thought was a telephone conversation with one of his super-rich sugar daddies — out to “reform government.” He’s out to destroy his state’s government so that the corporate pimps that fund the Repugnican Tea Party have even fewer obstacles to their obscene profiteering. The corporate pimps have bought Wisconsin’s governorship and Legislature.

Walker, politically speaking, is a dead man walking, and he has taken many other Repugnican Tea Party politicians with him.

Walker & Co. won the battle, but they will lose the war.

Update: Democratic Wisconsin state Sen. Jon Erpenbach tells Rachel Maddow tonight that all 14 state Democratic senators remain in solidarity and that all of them plan to remain outside of Wisconsin because, he said, “we don’t trust the Senate Republicans” and “we don’t trust Gov. Walker,” adding that “the entire state of Wisconsin is ashamed” of what the state Senate Repugnicans did tonight. 

Maddow also shows must-see video from the shoved-through, probably-illegal vote of the 18 Repugnican Tea Party state senators to strip public servants of their collective bargaining rights — even though it never was about union-busting, remember?

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Poll shows Walker’s overreach

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Embattled Repugnican Tea Party Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has the support of only a third of the nation in his attempt at union-busting, according to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll.

Politico reports today on a nationwide poll taken by The New York Times and CBS News that shows that only 33 percent agree with Wisconsin Repugnican Tea Party Gov. Scott Walker’s contention that it’s acceptable to strip public-sector union members of their right to collectively bargain.

Further, a sizeable majority of 56 percent oppose cutting public workers’ pay or benefits as a way to deal with state budget deficits, which also blows out of the water Walker’s contention that it is acceptable to deal with a state’s budget deficit by making members of the working class pay for the problem that they didn’t create.

Walker, if he is able to remain in office for a full first term, certainly won’t see a second term. His political career is toast.

The Times/CBS News poll shows that Walker has the support of only the roughly one-third of Americans who are wingnuts, who go along with whatever the ringleaders of the right are doing at the moment, and the right-wing “cause” du jour is union-busting, as evidenced by this graphic from a fundraising e-mail that I received today from the National Repugnican Senatorial Committee:

The one-third or so of Americans who are wingnuts are loud and obnoxious, no doubt, but they are the minority, and the rest of us are — or, were until recently, anyway — truly the silent majority, those of us who are sick and fucking tired of being told that we are the cause of the nation’s economic problems while the treasonous Wall Street criminals who put us into this mess (and who have the full support of the Repugnican Tea Party) remain unprosecuted.

It is the plutocrats’ wet fucking dream to destroy our federal, state and local governments, which are the last barrier to our becoming serfs to our corporate feudal overlords.

So devoid of any decency whatsofuckingever are the plutocrats that they’re attacking even our public-school teachers. They are doing this for several reasons, of course: one, they want to privatize our schools because they hate to see any operation from which they are not profiting obscenely, and they are perfectly OK with decimating our public-school system to the point that only the children of the rich and the super-rich get anything like a decent education, while the rest of our children, like the children of third-world nations, get grossly substandard educations or none at all; two, they want total control of what is taught and what is not taught in our schools, even though corporations already have undue influence over our public-school curricula; three, they want the American educational system to make the masses even more ignorant and even more obedient, which the schools, under their command, would do; and four, they constantly are on the lookout for supposed internal enemies, be they non-heterosexuals, non-Christians, “illegals” — and yes, even our public-school teachers.

But back to Scott Walker.

Clearly his political calculations were grossly in error. His colossal fucking ego prevents him from admitting this, but I have no doubt in my mind that, if he could go back in time and do things differently, he would.

He claims that it doesn’t bother him that he has drawn protests in Madison the size of which haven’t been seen since the Vietnam War — as many as 100,000 protesters there on Saturday, which saw protests of varying sizes in the capitals of every state of the nation — but I have no doubt that privately it disturbs him greatly that his state’s capital, thanks to him, resembles one of the Middle Eastern nations whose dictators are toppling like dominoes.

Thankfully, the more that Walker digs in his heels, the more that the political noose that he has looped around his neck tightens; give a fucking fool enough rope and he’ll hang himself.

At this point, Walker is fairly trapped. Wanting, in his own words, to be the next Ronald Reagan, he has alienated the majority of the people of Wisconsin, but he also wants to show the national Repugnican Tea Party what a bad-ass he is. He probably could succeed with that in a red state, but he is in a purple state: Wisconsin went to the Democratic presidential candidate in the past six president elections; the last Repugnican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin was Reagan in 1984. (Barack Obama in 2008 garnered 56 percent of the vote in Wisconsin, which was a better showing than Bill Clinton or Michael Dukakis had in the state in 1988, 1992 and 1996.)

Walker took a huge political gamble — and he lost.

Rather than destroying the nation’s labor unions, which is the goal of the Repugnican Tea Party and the plutocrats who fund it, Walker, by being such an incredibly craven asshole, has inspired the center, the center-left and the left — not only in Wisconsin but nationwide — in a way that President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party could not do in the mid-term elections of 2010.

Now, not only is Obama’s re-election almost guaranteed, but Wisconsin’s next governor will be a Democrat, and I will be surprised if at least one of the state’s two houses doesn’t revert to Democratic control in 2012.

For Scott Walker, it’s all over but the crying — but he is, I’m sure, crying on his pillow at night right now.

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Plutocrats have declared class war

Wisconsin Repugnican Tea Party Gov. Scott Walker — brought to you by (and bought off by) the Billionaire Brothers — has claimed that his legislation that attempts to destroy Wisconsin’s public-sector labor unions isn’t about destroying Wisconsin’s public-sector labor unions.

(It’s simply and only about the state’s budget, he has claimed, even though the 20-minute recording of him believing that he’s speaking to one of his billionaire benefactors demonstrates that he’s a fucking liar whose word is worthless.)

Supposedly it’s not about union-busting, yet the Repugnican National Committee today put out a fundraising e-mail (yes, I’m on the enemy’s e-mail list) under the signature of the new RNC head Reince Priebus (a Richie Rich frat boy) with the subject line of “Fight Obama’s Union Bosses.”

The fundraising e-mail (which asks for as much as $2,012) reads:

Over the past week, Democrats and their Big Labor Union Bosses [you have to love the strategic capitalization there; why didn’t they just use all caps?] have been subverting the democratic process, intimidating taxpayers and walking out on the job in order to secure generous taxpayer-funded benefits for themselves at a time when everyone else is cutting back. [Of course, the rich and the super-rich aren’t cutting back. They always do just fine, regardless of the nation’s economic situation.]

Classrooms have been left empty and Democrat [sic] lawmakers in Wisconsin and Indiana are literally running away from their responsibilities [they’re not protecting their constituents or anything like that…] — fleeing their states instead of making the tough choices required to move our country forward. [They’re not caving in to plutocratic pressure like good little peacenik-y liberals usually do, those assholes!]

Enough is enough. Now is the time to stop Barack Obama’s Union Bosses and to show your support for Republicans who are standing up for the taxpayers and middle class families. [Because clearly, the Repugnican Party has a history of helping the working and the middle class! Even though they fight for tax cuts for the rich and the super-rich and are engaged in a national union-busting campaign right now!] Robert, I’m counting on GOP grassroots leaders like you [hee hee hee…] to help us win this fight.

The Republican National Committee has a new ad campaign that is taking the fight to the Obama Democrats and their Big Labor Union Bosses. But we need your help to spread our commonsense [sic — and ha!], conservative message of fiscal discipline [again, the rich and super-rich, such as the treasonous Wall Street fat cats who put our nation into economic collapse, are exempt from fiscal discipline, but the rest of us are not] to voters in every corner of the country….

This obviously is a nationally coordinated Repugnican Tea Party attack on what is left of the middle and working class after Ronald Reagan, George Bush I and George Bush II did their best to destroy it. (And no, the triangulating Bill Clinton wasn’t much of a friend to labor, either.)

According to the Repugnican Tea Party traitors’ propaganda, it’s perfectly fine for the Repugnican Tea Party to take millions upon millions of dollars from the rich and the super-rich, like the Koch brothers — and to send out fundraising e-mails asking for as much as $2,012 — in order to get their pro-plutocratic, anti-worker, anti-middle-class legislation passed via paid-off, corrupt politicians like Scott Walker.

But when labor unions — no, wait, that’s BIG BAD LABOR UNION BOSSES! — put money into the political process on behalf of the members of the middle class and the working class whom the labor unions exist to protect, it’s a gross abuse of power!

So, under the Repugnican Tea Party plan, the rich and the super-rich get even more undue influence in the political process, while the working class, the middle class and the poor get even less influence. Consequently, the rich continue to get richer and the poor continue to get poorer.

Yes, it’s an all-out class war. No doubt. And the plutocrats, through the Repugnican Tea Party, have declared this war upon the middle and working class.

The plutocrats and the Repugnican Tea Party traitors are playing the victim, too, claiming, later in the e-mail that I referenced above that “These Union Bosses have sent thousands of out-of-state union jack booted [sic] thugs into Wisconsin and and [sic] Indiana to try and [sic] intimidate lawmakers and thwart the will of the people.”

Oh, fuck me and call me a waaaaambulance!

“Union Bosses,” “union jack booted thugs.” Which century are we living in?

These so-called “union jack booted thugs” are nurses, teachers and other government employees and other unionized workers standing up for workers’ rights, and the vast majority of the protesters live in the states in which they are protesting, but speaking of shenanigans from “out of state,” it’s perfectly fine for the plutocrats from out of state to meddle in Wisconsin, but according to the fascists on the right, none of their opponents are allowed to.

The Repugnican Tea Party traitors want those of us on the left to unilaterally disarm.

Fuck them.

The right wing started it. We need to end it.

I encourage you to attend an anti-fascist rally at your state’s capital at noon tomorrow if you can. Click here for more information.

I’ll be at the rally here in Sacramento, and I even have my sign ready to go already:

“Tea Party” Traitors (Word document)

If you like it, feel free to use it, too.

This is class war, and we of the middle class and working class can’t afford to lose.

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The Conversation (starring Scott Walker and ‘David Koch’)

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Power-drunk Repugnican Tea Party Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gives what he called a “fireside chat” the night before a damning recording of him believing that he was speaking on the telephone with his billionaire campaign contributor David Koch was released. The recorded 20-minute phone conversation must be listened to to be believed (and you can listen to it here). The conversation is a window into Walker’s soul.

Not long after I wrote today about how a “Tea Party” ringleader of the Sacramento area had planned to plant “Tea Party” traitors disguised as labor-union members in last night’s pro-Wisconsin-labor gathering here in Sacramento at the California state Capitol in order to paint labor-union members in a blatantly false light, I read the news that Wisconsin Repugnican Tea Party Gov. Scott Walker in a recently recorded telephone conversation told a left-wing website editor whom he had thought was his billionaire sugar daddy David Koch that he and his team also had considered doing the same in Madison, Wisconsin.

WTF?

The good news is that the “Tea Party” traitors are so unpopular right now that they’re resorting to underhanded tactics like this. I mean, if your position is strong, you don’t have to resort to dishonorably dishonest shit like this — stupid shit, too, shit that drunken frat boys would come up with. (Which, of course, is what the power-drunk wingnuts like Walker, this supposed “new generation” of Repugnican governors — and the literal drunkards, like John Boehner — are like.)

Scotty Walker is one wingnutty dipshit, and he cannot simply dismiss the revelations that were made public by the release of his recorded 20-minute telephone conversation with a man whom he thought was billionaire Koch.

In the recording, among other things, Walker also:

  • States that he supports withholding the absconded 14 Democratic Wisconsin state senators’ paychecks and locking the paychecks in their desks on the floor of the state Senate in order to cause hardship for/pressure on the senators
  • States that he supports pursuing felony charges against the absconded Democratic senators if labor unions have contributed to their food or lodging “or anything like that” while they have been out of state; “the attorney general’s office is looking into [this] for us,” he reports, adding, “Each day we crank up a little bit more pressure.”
  • States that he plans to issue soon between 5,000 and 6,000 state-worker “at-risk” (for lay0ff) notices in order to put political pressure on his Democratic opposition (as state workers were just political pawns for Repugnican former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, they are the same to Walker, quite apparently)
  • States that he is considering trying to lure the absconded Democratic state senators back to the state’s Capitol on false pretenses and then holding the labor-union-killing vote unbeknownst to them
  • Relishes what he claims is the phenomenon of “stereotypical blue-collar worker type[s]” from the private sector going on the record against their unionized public-sector counterparts
  • Talks about his plan to conduct a “fireside chat,” as though he were some great statesman (and, of course, the original “fireside chats” were conducted by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose progressive politics were diametrically opposed to Walker’s backasswards, wingnutty politics)
  • Very apparently compares himself to Ronald Reagan, whom he idolizes, and states that he admires Reagan’s firing of air-traffic controllers 30 years ago, which he calls “the first crack in the Berlin Wall and the fall of Communism,” because that supposedly showed the then-Soviets and the Communists that “Ronald Reagan wasn’t a pushover” — and refers to introducing his labor-union-crushing legislation as “drop[ping] the bomb” and “[changing] the course of history”
  • Agrees to accept a trip to California sponsored by the faux Koch in return for his successful destruction (or at least crippling) of Wisconsin’s labor unions (“That would be outstanding,” he responds to the offer)

While Walker does indicate in the telephone conversation that his largest concern is the state’s budget and “doing the just and right thing” — as well as “getting our freedom back,” also, of course (cue screeching bald eagle!) — he also agrees with the fake Koch’s assertion that Wisconsin is “the first domino” and he proclaims, “This is our moment.” Which certainly points to a top objective of union-busting to me, as does his overall bravado and his interesting word choice throughout the recorded conversation.

But perhaps the most damaging aspects of the recorded phone conversation heard ’round the world are that (1) Walker was stupid enough to have the rather lengthy phone conversation with an impersonator in the first place — this raises significant questions about his intelligence and his judgment — and (2) that the phone conversation begins with the fake David Koch asking Walker to ask for an update on the situation in Wisconsin, and Walker dutifully gives him a long update like he is Darth Vader reporting to the Emperor.

After the recorded phone call’s wide release, it would be very difficult for Walker to deny that he answers to his big campaign contributors more than he does to the people of the state of Wisconsin — and that far above what’s best for the most number of people in the state of Wisconsin, the cocky-without-cause Scott Walker puts his own bald political ambitions — even casting himself as the next Ronald Fucking Reagan.

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Labor-union members: the new Jews

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Little Egypt? Thousands of Wisconsinites protest, inside and outside the state’s Capitol in Madison, the plutocratic assault on labor-union members by their state’s plutocratic Repugnican politicians. The state’s Repugnican governor stupidly has threatened to call on the National Guard to stop the protests — just like a despot in the Middle East would do.

Come and get me with your pitchforks and torches, because I am — gasp! — a government employee. And a member of a labor union!

Indeed, we labor-union members are the Jews du jour.

Yup. Just as the Nazi Party blamed Germany’s economic woes on the Jews (and on other relatively powerless minorities), the Repugnican Party today blames the nation’s economic woes on unionized public/government employees.

In 2004, according to the Repugnican Party and its wingnutty allies, it was gay men and lesbians wanting equal marriage rights who were the largest threat to the nation. Then, it became the “illegals.” (With, of course, the “Islamofascists” being an omnipresent threat since the unelected Bush regime failed to prevent the events of Sept. 11, 2001.)

Now, it’s public/government workers, whose ranks include not just the stereotypical governmental bureaucrats but also teachers, nurses, cops, firefighters, doctors, custodians, construction workers, trash collectors, dog catchers, et. al., et. al., who are the cause of the nation’s problems.

Why public/government workers?

Well, they’re (we’re) unionized. Because they’re/we’re unionized, they/we tend to do better — have better working conditions, better pay and better benefits — than do those workers who aren’t in unions.

But is the solution to kill (what’s left of) the unions? No. The solution is to get every American worker in a union so that working conditions and economic conditions can improve for everyone.

The resources are there for everyone. It’s not a problem of a lack of resources. It’s a problem of the grotesquely inequitable distribution of resources. Labor unions help to level the playing field, which is why the pro-plutocratic Repugnican Tea Party fights against labor unions tooth and nail.

The assault on public/government employees works to some degree for the Repugnican Tea Party because:

  • There are many, many dipshits in the lower and working classes who gladly follow the corporately funded and corporately led assault on labor unions, who buy the right-wing propaganda that labor unions are the enemy — when instead they should be pushing for (more) union protection for themselves. (Although misery loves company, the solution to miserable conditions isn’t to help the plutocratic power elite to create even more misery for others, but to try to lessen your own misery. Duh.)
  • There are many, many dipshits in the lower and working classes who buy the plutocrats’ argument that privatization is the best thing (and that government is evil), even though privatized workers are the most miserable workers and government/public workers generally are happier than are their privatized counterparts. (The plutocrats of the Repugnican Party push privatization only because they want to squeeze profits out of everything, but they hide their agenda of profiteering by proclaiming that the private sector can do things better when reality demonstrates that whenever ever-increasing profits is the No. 1 goal, the operation, whatever it is, only gets worse — except for the plutocratic thieves and thugs at the top.)
  • There are many who don’t know any unionized public/government workers, who have no real idea of what it’s like to be a public/government worker, and who thus buy the right-wing noise machine’s myths about public/government workers, such as that all of them (us…) are lazy and enjoy benefits fit for royalty.

I, for one, can tell you that my decade as a unionized public/government worker here in California has not been what I would call glamorous. Last year, under Repugnican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who came to power only because of an unethical, right-wing-orchestrated do-over election in 2003, I took a 15-percent pay cut due to furlough days (forced days off without pay).

Now, I have what amounts to a 5-percent pay cut due to furlough days — and I’m very happy that California now is led again by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who got the state’s workers unionized in the first place.

I had to pass state job examinations to get where I am (many if not most of California’s state-worker-haters couldn’t pass such an exam…), and for my education and my skills I am quite underpaid. But I cherish the fact that I cannot be fired unfairly, that I have actual rights as a worker, and I have benefits that no money-grubbing, employee-hating corporation would provide. (However, my benefits have been eroding, not increasing, due to the state’s budget crisis.)

I am a public/government worker mainly for the reason that I do not want to be treated like chattel, like a wage slave, by some fucking corporation. I would rather serve the public than make some fat-cat plutocrats even fatter with the fruits of my labor.

And before you whine that you pay my salary, well, I fucking pay state income tax, too, so I pay my salary as well!

If you are employed by a corporation and you find yourself miserable (and you probably do), the answer to your corporately caused misery is to join a union or fight to form a union and to combat abusive corporations, not to combat those of us who are unionized.

The way out of the nation’s mess is not to further weaken our labor unions, but to strengthen them. The super-rich among us need to be de-fanged, not empowered even further.

Just as I admire the people of Egypt for having steadfastly stood up to U.S.-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak for more than two weeks until he finally fled Egypt, I admire the people of Wisconsin for standing up to Repugnican Gov. Scott Walker, who is leading the right-wing charge to strip the state’s labor-union members of their collective bargaining rights that they achieved in 1959.

The Associated Press today reports that

The nation’s most aggressive anti-union proposal has been speeding through the [Wisconsin] Legislature since Republican Gov. Scott Walker introduced it a week ago. After clearing a major legislative hurdle [last] night, it was headed to votes in the Senate and Assembly.

Hundreds of protesters massed outside the Senate chamber on the second floor of the Capitol early [today], hours before the planned vote. Republican leaders said it has the votes to pass in both the Senate and Assembly.

The bill marks a dramatic shift for Wisconsin, which passed a comprehensive collective bargaining law in 1959 and was the birthplace of the national union representing all non-federal public employees

Thousands of protesters, including children and teachers from more than two dozen schools forced to close due to high [coordinated] absences [in protest], were expected in and outside the Capitol for a third day of protests. Schools in Madison, the state’s second largest district with 2,600-union covered employees, closed for a second day.

Hundreds of people, many of them students from the nearby University of Wisconsin campus, slept in the rotunda for a second night leading up to the vote.

They chanted “Kill the bill!” and “Recall Walker!” early [today]. But there appeared to be little doubt the bill would pass.

The AP also notes:

While other states have proposed bills curtailing labor rights, Wisconsin’s measure is the most aggressive anti-union move yet to solve state budget problems. It would end collective bargaining for state, county and local workers, except for police, firefighters and the state patrol. [Emphasis mine.]

Wisconsin has long been a bastion for workers’ rights. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees was founded in 1936 in Madison.

Gov. Scott Walker has threatened to call out the National Guard on the protesters. Note that plutocrats like Walker recognize that they need thugs to protect them from the angry masses (and firefighters to protect their private property from the angry masses) — thus, as the AP reports, the collective-bargaining rights of state and local police officers and firefighters in Wisconsin very conveniently are not threatened.

Walker is a fucking fool who just might find himself Mubaraked.

Speaking of which, Ted Rall is right, of course, that any revolution in Egypt has only just begun. Thus far, the people of Egypt don’t have a government by, of and for the people. But they’ve taken the first step by ousting their despot.

The plutocratic powers that be here at home aren’t used to massive uprisings of the American people. Among many other things, they got away with stealing two presidential elections in a row last decade and they launched a bogus war on Iraq — and they tell us now, after they’ve spent hundreds of billions of our tax dollars on their bogus war profiteering, that we don’t have the resources to take care of our own working class and our poor.

These traitors, who because of their disproportionate amount of wealth and power are far removed from the average American’s daily experience, obviously take Americans’ continued passivity for granted. I guarantee you that they are not prepared for massive uprisings here at home.

Who’s going to protect them? The same overworked, underpaid cops and soldiers whom they also shit and piss upon? Will these cops and soldiers accept the plutocrats’ bribes, such as exempting them from labor-union-killing legislation? 

How are these underpaid and overworked (and bribed…) cops and soldiers going to feel about being ordered by their plutocratic masters to turn upon their fellow Americans who are only fighting for better working and living conditions?

It might not be too long before our treasonous plutocratic elite find out.

P.S. I love this news photo that I came across. It was taken last month during Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s inauguration. In the poignant photo, a protester with a paper sack on his head makes his point, while a lone state cop apparently guards the Capitol from this “threat.”  

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It doesn’t look all that much different from the images that we’ve been seeing out of the Middle East as of late, does it — the working-class thug protecting the status quo?

Again, I have to wonder how far our cops and soldiers will go to prop up their plutocratic masters.

Those cops and soldiers who ever do turn against the people who are fighting for their rights are despot-enabling traitors and need to be treated as such. They need to serve the will of the people — not the will of the overprivileged, treasonous few.

P.P.S. Rachel Maddow, one of the only actual journalists we have left, yesterday reported brilliantly on the right-wing phenomenon of assaulting public/government workers, of making them scapegoats for the nation’s ills. (This phenomenon, by the way, is not new but has been going on for a while now. Billionaire bitch Repugnican Nutmeg Whitman made blaming California’s state workers for the state’s problems a centerpiece of her failed bid for the governorship for which she spent more of her personal wealth [well, the wealth that she stole from her employees and from consumers, not really her wealth] than any other candidate in U.S. history.)

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