Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

In Wisconsin, it's the unions vs. the people
Washington Examiner ^ | 2-18-11 | Timothy P. Carney

Posted on 02/19/2011 7:56:50 AM PST by radioone

The ferment in Wisconsin is no workers' uprising against the rich and powerful. It is instead political muscle-flexing by a well-funded special interest group, which is limbering up for President Obama's re-election bid. Obama's campaign, operating as Organizing for America, is bussing protesters to the state capitol and manning phone banks to apply pressure to state legislatures. Obama himself has called Gov. Scott Walker's bill curbing government-sector collective bargaining "an attack on unions."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: articleivsection4; communists; obama; unions; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown

1 posted on 02/19/2011 7:56:54 AM PST by radioone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: radioone

Stand tall, Wisconsin.


2 posted on 02/19/2011 8:04:33 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: radioone
This is a telling sign if Obama has a chance.

Its unreal that a President would even be involved in a state's budget its time to tell these Progressives we are a nation of laws.

3 posted on 02/19/2011 8:05:01 AM PST by scooby321
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: radioone

I think the push Gov Christie put on in N.J. caught the left by surprise.

They now look at Wisc. as ground zero, the main battle they now cannot loose or the entire public union facade erodes down around their necks.

This is a battle the people must win.....the Tea Party better saddle up once again, their work is not done.


4 posted on 02/19/2011 8:05:19 AM PST by sbark
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sbark

This is the golden opportunity to destroy POTUS Obama, the Democrat Party and the greedy teacher & public service labor unions!!! Stand strong, Pubbies, the nation’s future rests in your hands!!! The overwhelming majority of the American people are with and behind you!!!


5 posted on 02/19/2011 8:10:44 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: radioone
As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, campaign contributions by government-sector unions, collected through mandatory dues, help elect the public officials who are then supposed to negotiate with them: "The unions sit, in effect, on both sides of the bargaining table."

Public sector unions should be outlawed as a conflict of interest.

6 posted on 02/19/2011 8:11:35 AM PST by oldbrowser (Blaming the prince of fools shouldn't blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that elected him)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: radioone

This moment in Wisconsin and other states bears symbolic resemblance to Gettysburg. This is a pivotal moment in our country’s history.


7 posted on 02/19/2011 8:12:07 AM PST by lurk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: radioone

What’s going to be the Left’s battle cry?

“We support the right of a tiny elite to force the rest of the taxpayers to cover their over-inflated salaries and benefits”? How can these turkeys win with that? And how can the media defend that stance??

Eventually it becomes like the movie “Network” and the Joe Taxpayer just says “Enough!”


8 posted on 02/19/2011 8:14:57 AM PST by canuck_conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sbark

Reagan shut down the entire air-traffic controllers union and it was a big win.

Teachers are easier to replace with less dire consequences.

Close the schools for a couple of months and hire replacement teachers with reasonable contracts. Make up the school time during the summer.

Arrest violent union protestors and put them in the “tough” prisons. Let them explain their “union rights” to their cellmates.

Game, set, match.


9 posted on 02/19/2011 8:15:22 AM PST by cgbg (No bailouts for New York and California. Let them eat debt.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: radioone
The Administration's taking sides pits the interests of one group of citizens, the unions, against the interests of the entire community--"We, the People" who create the wealth and pay the bills. That is a pattern. The same can be said for the so-called "waivers" on Obamacare being offered by Sebellius for certain picked special interests or companies.

"Ideas have consequences"

- Weaver

Americans who, in 2008, voted for abstract, fill-in-the-blanks concepts of "hope" and "change" might have dug a little deeper into the philosophy upon which those concepts were based. They might have explored the associations and the voting record of the one who promised, instead of substituting their own hopes and dreams for his illusory promises.

The ideas of Mao, Marx, and Lenin, implemented with the strategies of Alinsky, cannot be expected to yield liberty, opportunity, and plenty. On the other hand, a pledge of return to the principles of liberty expressed in America's Declaration of Independence, the 1787 Constitution, and the 200-year history of American freedom, accompanied by a record of study of those ideas and a voting record which supported the promise, would have been a better foundation for measuring a leader worthy of the role.

"I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple, applying all the possible savings of the public revenue to the discharge of the national debt; and not for a multiplication of officers and salaries merely to make partisans, and for increasing by every device the public debt on the principle of its being a public blessing." --Thomas Jefferson to Elbridge Gerry, 1799. ME 10:77

10 posted on 02/19/2011 8:18:21 AM PST by loveliberty2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: radioone

Fleeing Wisconsin lawmakers bring circus to Illinois resort Democratic Senators who decamped to stall an anti-union bill briefly interrupt a chocolate festival, and a leprechaun, in Rockford, Ill.

11 posted on 02/19/2011 8:20:11 AM PST by KeyLargo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: radioone

Government unions vs. taxpayers who fund them.

Hey unions, what if we went on strike?

Since the unions want to play hardball, the good Governer ought to starve them out. They won’t take cutbacks, then cut it all back. Be done with it. Don’t fire them, just quit paying them. Put that money toward cleaning up the state’s contsitutionally required balanced budget.


12 posted on 02/19/2011 8:20:32 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sbark
I think the push Gov Christie put on in N.J. caught the left by surprise. They now look at Wisc. as ground zero, the main battle they now cannot loose or the entire public union facade erodes down around their necks. This is a battle the people must win.....the Tea Party better saddle up once again, their work is not done.

Christie and Walker have the smarts, honesty, and backbone lacking in almost everyone in Washington. Let's get them on the slate for 2012.

13 posted on 02/19/2011 8:20:39 AM PST by immadashell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: cgbg; radioone

Two people who absolutely get it. Thanks. This IS the turning point. The domino effect. Right here in River City.

Now hum a few verses of “God Bless America”


14 posted on 02/19/2011 8:21:55 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: radioone

15 posted on 02/19/2011 8:22:05 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KeyLargo

Tea Partiers...doing the job morally-bankrupt bottom-feeding journalistas won’t do...


16 posted on 02/19/2011 8:24:22 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

the protesters in Wisconsin are almost all white, why aren’t they labeled RACISTS like the Tea Party ????


17 posted on 02/19/2011 8:24:54 AM PST by falcon1966
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Eric in the Ozarks

“Stand tall, Wisconsin.”


Standing as low as the union is standing in Wisconsin, in public opinion, is such a gift to us that we may not have to stand at all. The gang in Wis have singlehandedly destroyed Obama’s re-election chances!

The union, DNC, and OFA (organizing for America) has made the case for everything the conservatives have said.


18 posted on 02/19/2011 8:26:06 AM PST by RitaOK
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: radioone
This is Obama as community agitator. He will cheerfully destroy Wisconsin if it advances his agenda of remaking and largely destroying the US. His agents were involved in destabilizing Egypt. He would do no less to the US.

One of the tactical issues is that the right is generally polite and employed in the private sector. They plan a demonstration today from Noon until 3pm. The left is disruptive and violent when needed. They block the Wisconsin legislature from doing business. (The Assembly has recessed because of fears for physical safety). They stay for days and public employees call in sick to demonstrate and paralyze public services. Some teachers even brought their students under the guise of citizenry study field trips.

The right needs effective strategies to counter these disruptions and constant media coverage.

19 posted on 02/19/2011 8:29:25 AM PST by Truth29
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cgbg

Forcing overworked parents to have to use vacation time or lose pay staying home with their kids can’t be garnering the rats too much sympathy.


20 posted on 02/19/2011 8:32:25 AM PST by txhurl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: txhurl

In my workplace they are garnering zero sympathy from anyone.


21 posted on 02/19/2011 8:39:05 AM PST by creeping death
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: scooby321

Obama is a card carrying member of the Black Congressional Caucus and the union caucus. He is intent on being president to these two special interest groups. Whites and non-union types need not apply to him for representation. Not going to happen.

Recall when he injected himself into the police incident regarding the Harvard professor, and then he tried to save face by holding his “beer summit.”

It is the Chicago way! Call out your union thugs when you can’t prevail with reason. Obama is a textbook example of lack of leadership. He just can’t break his “community organizer” habits.


22 posted on 02/19/2011 8:39:09 AM PST by Saltmeat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Saltmeat
Recall when he injected himself into the police incident regarding the Harvard professor, and then he tried to save face by holding his “beer summit.”

Yeah, I also recall after the meeting, the cop helping the disabled professor down the steps while Obama ignored him.

23 posted on 02/19/2011 8:41:37 AM PST by Richard Kimball
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: radioone

The left is crying about a possible end to collective bargaining but they fail to see how they are the ones trying to undermine the People’s right to bargain in regards to how their tax payer dollars are spent. As usaul the democrat party is fighting against the People’s ‘right to representation’. The People are tired of the corruption that comes with public sector unions and the ‘pay to play’ type corruption of politicians making unsubstainable deals with special interest unions in order to get re-elected.


24 posted on 02/19/2011 8:50:48 AM PST by TheBigIf
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: radioone

In Wisconsin it is just a mob trying to overturn democratic elections...just like the Bolsheviks in 1917.


25 posted on 02/19/2011 8:51:25 AM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Eric in the Ozarks
Stand tall, Wisconsin.

Please do stand tall. It is a fight to destroy King Obama and his communists organizations, including Unions. Unions are no longer protecting their members but are using them for communists overthrow of America. Redistribution is a communists plot. Look up communism. We have almost become a slave to the Government.

26 posted on 02/19/2011 8:58:53 AM PST by Logical me
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: radioone

Does zero have to prove to in Wisconsin that he is a natural born citizen?


27 posted on 02/19/2011 9:48:09 AM PST by devistate one four ( AARP: Anti America Retired People Kimber CDP II .45 OORAH! TET68)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: txhurl

Bingo! And this has been missed, even on Fox and radio shows.


28 posted on 02/19/2011 9:59:36 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson