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Ear to the Ground

No Compromise in Wisconsin

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Posted on Feb 19, 2011
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Protesters make their stand at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Saturday rejected a compromise on a budget repair bill under which Democrats offered to accept cuts in health and pension benefits for public employees in exchange for retaining their right to bargain collectively.

Wall Street Journal

“Gov. Walker has repeatedly said that we won’t negotiate the budget,” Cullen Werwie, a spokesman for Mr. Walker, said. The Democrats “should stop shirking their responsibilities” and “come back to Wisconsin to do their job.”

The rebuff comes on the fifth consecutive day of protests by public employee union members who were joined on Saturday by several thousand counter demonstrators from the tea party waving “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and shouting “Pass the bill!” Officials estimated the total number of people in and around the statehouse near 70,000.

The clash of ideologies and values between the groups made for a loud and rambunctious afternoon which saw red-faced protesters screaming at—and frequently past—one another.

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By Clash, February 21, 2011 at 10:13 pm Link to this comment

dave with the large boca;

Rush is your neighbor right, the only greedy violent leeches there are in the tea party or figments of your imagination.

As far as your opinion regarding murder, get started big boca were waiting.

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By Big B, February 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

davein boca

By your faulty logic, all american servicemen should be excluded from voting. All judges, anyone who ever served on a jury. Anyone who ever worked for a local, state, or federal government and drew a paycheck? Do pinheads like you comprehend what it takes to build and run the infrastucture of a large nation of over 300 million people? A nation that is currently educating some 40-50 million children? And you, like all other narrow minded idiots, want to do it on the cheap! We already have a three tiered education system that is living proof of the power of money. The kids in private schools and those upper middle class white suburban schools do just fine in their ivory towers that, thanks to local property taxes, spend in excess of $10,000 a year per student. Our local rural district, without such local property resources, spends about $3500. city schools in our area can afford even less.

So it’s all those filthy union teachers fault that the system is going broke. Wake up! you cannot continue to cut taxes and expand services for a growing population. It just doesn’t work that way.

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By daveinboca, February 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment
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Union members, especially teachers, know they are worth less than what they are
paid.  Because of the violence and thuggery of unions, which has resulted in
political power as well as vast amounts of wealth, these greedy, violent leeches will
continue to do what it is they do.

Act like a mob, all the while convinced they are “good” people fighting “evil” men,
hence any and all action is justified including murder, like in Greece.

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By Clash, February 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment

What list should be used today, there are many actions being taken ignite the fires of class warfare in this country, and many other actions being contemplated and executed to destroy the land base we survive on. These are survival issues, not social issues.

Workers in Wisconsin have been pushed from their economic comfort zone and now are in the streets protesting the unfairness to their lot. Were are the people when big oil destroys whole sections of the world? What will be the reaction of all those who live down stream of fracture drilling,and coal ash ponds? Who really pays for the manufacturing, use and…lol the disposal of the waste? Were will all the progressives move to when their cities, (unsustainable land base’s at the population levels of today)when ass wipes like Pickens and multinationals are stealing the fresh water out from under foot and selling it at 100% profit? 

The “problem” is apparent only when enough of the educated, go hungry, thirsty, short of breath,diseased and poverty stricken will these actual survival issues be confronted.

The disease of ignorance is deep seated in this culture, new speak and double think have been instilled for so long (mainstream media, tea party, WTO) just a couple of examples, many more could be sited, though since they are so numerous it seems a waste of time to list them all here.

So, stoke the fire, but remember there are many other situations out side of social economic issues that should be kept at a boiling point regardless of the corrupted images projected by all media propagandist’s.

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By thethirdman, February 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment

Hey Vote:

Clinton signed NAFTA into law.  Dems suck too.  That’s the problem.

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By samosamo, February 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment

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Looks as if scottie wants to be the next herbert hoover or r or
slick willie or w or o in white house. Only, just maybe the
disaster of the newly elected ‘fed up’ ‘change the government’
tee partying pricks will have caught up to them by the 2012
election.

It would sure seem so, as their whole idea it give more, if that
were possible, power to corporate america which is doing a
mighty fine job of turning this country into a 4th world country.
But sadly to say, I doubt all the upcoming repressive measures
will get those 4th worlders to do a damn thing about it. That is
direct cause of how the mainstream media has made its well
fertilized and cultivated dumbstream garden to NOT KNOW HOW
TO THINK! Blindly and willingly go on to the showers and glue
factory.

Interesting is the idea that o may get bounced in 2012 and
scottie and hillbilly hillary are the msm’s choices on the ballot.

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By daveinboca, February 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment
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The whole concept of public unions should be illegal, in that it allows members to
be represented twice, once directly at the negotiating table as a union member,
and again at the polling booth as a citizen of the locality. Simultaneously, each of
those privately-employed citizens who together pay the bulk of the union
members’ salaries have but one vote, and effectively no power to fight off the
unions’ ever-greedier demands. One man, one vote? Not when there are public
unions, who offer nothing but specious rationalizations and thuggery when
challenged. Public unions are undemocratic in theory, and stink of nothing but
corruption in reality. They must all be dissolved.

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By rob, February 20, 2011 at 11:36 am Link to this comment
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public unions are bad for taxpayers. think about it without the private sector they would have no job. if the unions are there for our kids then why are schools so bad.

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By vote, February 20, 2011 at 10:55 am Link to this comment

Why do the democrats never do anything that causes tens of thousands of protesters to show up?  Where’s our CEO benefits reduction or North American Regulated Trade Agreement or budget adjustment that keeps helping the poor as long as there are people who can light cigars with $100 bills?

  I realize that people showed up to protest the health insurance bill, but that same bill was first proposed by republicans so I don’t count that.

  I can’t think of a single other time.

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By Leefeller, February 20, 2011 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

Of course no compromise, isn’t the word “no” the first word in the Republican mantra? .....“As well as all or nothing!” It would be a nice compromise if they recall this ass hole!

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By madisolation, February 20, 2011 at 9:08 am Link to this comment

I think they should tell the governor that they will NOT accept cuts so he can give tax breaks to his campaign contributor buddies. Those on the ground know best, though, on what to accept and what not to accept.
What I hope is that the petition to recall Walker catches fire. It’s time to get rid of these corporate front men posing as politicians—all of them, from the Supreme Court on down to the local level.

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By FRTothus, February 20, 2011 at 6:36 am Link to this comment

What is the point of retaining collective bargaining
rights if the democrats give everything away in
exchange for them?  If they are really rights, then
there is no giving them away, but then the democrats
never let an opportunity to betray their base go to
waste.

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