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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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