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Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill
WaPo ^ | February 18, 2011 | Brady Dennis , Peter Wallsten

Posted on 02/18/2011 8:46:58 AM PST by ColdOne

MADISON, WIS. - President Obama thrust himself and his political operation this week into Wisconsin's broiling budget battle, mobilizing opposition Thursday to a Republican bill that would curb public-worker benefits and planning similar protests in other state capitals. Obama accused Scott Walker, the state's new Republican governor, of unleashing an "assault" on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would change future collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, including teachers.

The president's political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to get thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: bhofascism; brownshirts; collectivebargaining; democrats; govtabuse; liberalfascism; obama; obamaastroturf; pensions; protest; setup4martiallaw; taxes; tyranny; unions; unionthugs
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1 posted on 02/18/2011 8:47:00 AM PST by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

He has mobilized his brownshirts.


2 posted on 02/18/2011 8:48:44 AM PST by Yankee (Welcome to Obama's Fourth Reich.)
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To: ColdOne

Community Organizer in Chief! What a uniter!


3 posted on 02/18/2011 8:49:37 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: ColdOne

Arrest every single paid agitator and charge them with insurrection.


4 posted on 02/18/2011 8:50:07 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Yankee

He has unleashed the dogs of a real war. It is going to get real nasty.


5 posted on 02/18/2011 8:50:40 AM PST by rovenstinez (.)
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To: ColdOne

Impeach Obama!!! He and his Democrat Party are destroying the economic base of America!!!


6 posted on 02/18/2011 8:51:14 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: ColdOne

He has to support the union, it is their week in the time-share.


7 posted on 02/18/2011 8:51:22 AM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: ColdOne

Come to arms! This is a Test! Come to arms! ...


8 posted on 02/18/2011 8:51:22 AM PST by bronxville
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To: ColdOne
What's going on in Wisconsin on our side? Are Tea Partiers and others planning counter-protests? I hope so.

And for that matter, since I'm in Illinois, what do I do if I run across a pack of runaway Democrat legislators? Can I make a citizens arrest? Or must I restrict myself to shouting "COWARDS!" at the top of my lungs while chasing them?

I saw the signs this morning that teachers had, asking people to care for them, like the teachers cared for their students. Cared so much they walked out on them. Yeah, that's going to play real well in peoples' minds. Idiots.

9 posted on 02/18/2011 8:51:47 AM PST by Liberty1970 (Thanking God for many blessings :-))
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To: Yankee

Is this right? Should a president go against a governor who is trying to do the best he can for his state?


10 posted on 02/18/2011 8:51:53 AM PST by DooDahhhh (hH)
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To: ColdOne

We have been in a low level civil war between the federal government along with it growing power and the US population for several years.

It won’t take much to turn it ‘hot’.


11 posted on 02/18/2011 8:51:57 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: ColdOne

The President of the United States sends his private mercenary army to attack the elected officials of one of the states and the Washington Post reports it as a good thing?

My, oh, my.


12 posted on 02/18/2011 8:52:01 AM PST by chickadee
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To: ColdOne

I guess you do what you’re best at. He sucks at foriegn policy, domestic policy, economic policy, but he’s one Cracker Jack community organizer/rabble rouser.


13 posted on 02/18/2011 8:53:16 AM PST by tbpiper
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To: ColdOne
The president's political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to get thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.

All you need to know about this commie scumbag, his associates, his supporters and his hangers-on. Leninist scum, all of them.

14 posted on 02/18/2011 8:53:44 AM PST by mojito
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To: ColdOne

Obama just made a huge Political mistake. He will allienate almost all of the Independents.


15 posted on 02/18/2011 8:53:57 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: ColdOne

- FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com -

Union Fascism on Full Display

Posted By Rich Trzupek On February 18, 2011 @ 12:45 am In Afternoon Edition, FrontPage | 17 Comments

The hypocrisy of the American left is on full display in the heart of America, as the teachers’ union in Wisconsin continues to show how it will use any tactic, no matter how reprehensible, to try and get its way. Threats, intimidation, violent imagery and inflammatory rhetoric – all of the sorts of tactics that the left and the mainstream media routinely accuse conservatives of using – are on full display in Madison. But, rather than condemning such behavior, left wing champions from Barack Obama to Michael Moore are falling over themselves to show solidarity with the teachers’ union.


16 posted on 02/18/2011 8:54:13 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Le Chien Rouge

State job number on upswing despite recession
By George Avalos
California’s state government has managed to add thousands of jobs
during this past year, defying a mammoth budget deficit and a brutal
recession.
The job growth for state workers contrasts with the loss of 759,000
jobs in California’s private industry in the past 12 months
&http://www.mercurynews.com/topstories/ci_12984385?nclick_check=1&forced=true
not to mention gubermint employees and their pensions...
Reform advocates are spotlighting those with extravagant pensions
— $100,000 or more — as a way to get the public’s attention and
emphasize that the current system is unsustainable.
http://www.modbee.com/editorials/story/803636.html
Perhaps the real reason why public-sector pension costs have not been tackled is that the full bill has never been revealed to taxpayers.
** The great public-sector pension rip-off **
http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13988606
From The Economist print edition
July 9, 2009
JOIN a private-sector company these days and you will be very lucky if you get a pension linked to your final salary. In Britain almost three out of four companies that retain such schemes have closed them to new employees. The cost of paying such benefits, which are partly linked to inflation and offer payouts to surviving spouses, is simply too high now that many retirees are surviving into their 80s.
Yet most new public-sector employees in Britain and America continue to benefit from pensions linked to their salaries. The pension costs facing the public sector are roughly the same as those facing the private sector; their employees are likely to live just as long. But because of the presumed largesse of future taxpayers, governments seem under much less pressure to reduce their pension costs. In 2005 a reform package in Britain raised the retirement age for new state employees, but still left existing employees able to retire at 60.

just wait till reform comes to CA...it will make WI look like nothing.


17 posted on 02/18/2011 8:54:28 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: DooDahhhh

Of course he should. President Obama has nothing else to do besides plan his next party and attack Governors who are required to have a balanced budget.


18 posted on 02/18/2011 8:54:31 AM PST by All Blue State
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To: ColdOne

At last, Barry is doing something he is good at, rabble-rousing.


19 posted on 02/18/2011 8:54:31 AM PST by pallis
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To: ColdOne

I thought Obama said we weren’t allowed to use words like “assault” anymore in this new world of civil discourse.


20 posted on 02/18/2011 8:54:41 AM PST by Shorthair
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To: ColdOne
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21 posted on 02/18/2011 8:54:55 AM PST by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: ColdOne

You can’t spend what you don’t have. Why is that so hard for even dimwits to understand? I’ve got an idea. Pass a law that will give these demonstrators everything they want and then tax JUST THEM for what it costs and leave the rest of the citizenry alone.


22 posted on 02/18/2011 8:56:20 AM PST by New Jersey Realist (Congress doesn't care a damn about "we the people")
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To: ColdOne

Organizing illegal activity is violation of the Rico Act.


23 posted on 02/18/2011 8:56:25 AM PST by AU72
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To: Liberty1970

The Cloward-Piven Plan counts on there being a ready force of welfare recipients who can protest at the drop of a hat because they aren’t tied down by jobs. As I understand it, the counter-protests will be on Saturday, which is when people who have jobs can be there.

Unlike teachers who can take their whole class off to a field trip in support of the mob, most people can’t just take their office with them to protest. If they tried they would probably be fired. One more illustration of why these people are NOT asking for “equal rights”. They are asking to have rights that are more “equal” than everybody else’s.


24 posted on 02/18/2011 8:58:16 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: ColdOne

Can a state say they will only hire non-union employees?


25 posted on 02/18/2011 8:59:14 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: ColdOne

Calling this anti-union is just silly. He hasn’t fired anyone. He’s asking for a higher level of employee participation in paying for their health insurance and retirement.

The state is upside down with spending, and cuts need to be made. Why should the public sector union members be free from any impact from Obama’s failed policies? Why should they be free from any negative impact from the parasitic agreements that are eating up the state’s funds?

Union members are a real hoot. They expect to be free from any negative economic downturns no matter what.

Life doesn’t work that way children... “it isn’t fair” is something most of us have dealt with by the time we’re 21.


26 posted on 02/18/2011 8:59:14 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for our 3 branches...btoncerning)
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To: Shorthair

I was thinking the same thing! Why, just a few weeks ago, the Messiah was here in Tucson, preaching about “vitriol” and hate speech..... Guess that’s all forgotten now.


27 posted on 02/18/2011 9:00:26 AM PST by Borax Queen
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To: Kozak; All

The Average Wisconsin Taxpayer makes $33,140.
http://www.simplyhired.com/a/local-jobs/city/l-Milwaukee,+WI

The average Teacher in Wisconsin makes $46390+ Benefits of $20-$30K
http://teacherportal.com/salary/Wisconsin-teacher-salary

The Average Madison, Wisconsin Teacher makes $67K+ $30-$40k In benefits, for 180 days work @ 7.5 hours per day, with 13 Paid Days off.

ANYBODY SEE A PROBLEM HERE????


28 posted on 02/18/2011 9:01:21 AM PST by tcrlaf (Democrats Outforced America's Jobs for 40 Years. Now The Bill Is Due)
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To: ColdOne

Seems like the President is “interjecting” himself into state issues....he got nothing else to do


29 posted on 02/18/2011 9:01:25 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: butterdezillion

I’d love to see a bunch of parents band together to file kidnapping charges against any teachers that took students off campus without their permission.


30 posted on 02/18/2011 9:02:14 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for our 3 branches...btoncerning)
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To: ColdOne

How the hell can this be a smart political move for Obama?


31 posted on 02/18/2011 9:05:15 AM PST by woofie
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To: ColdOne

This jackass has no idea at all what the phrase “President of the United States” means.


32 posted on 02/18/2011 9:07:42 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: tbpiper

Once an organizer always an organizer. Agitation is Barry’s only real skill. An old friend of mine used to say “There’s a sh%t stirer in every crowd”. Now I understand.


33 posted on 02/18/2011 9:07:55 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: woofie

I figure it all has to do with the tens of millions of dollars that he will now get in kickbacks from those same unions during his re-election campaign.


34 posted on 02/18/2011 9:08:52 AM PST by JerseyDvl (Sometimes the road less traveled.... is less traveled for a reason.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

We aren’t even a federal republic any more. Obama wants to be a dictator. Why do we even have that old sheepskin parchment called the Constitution in DC under glass and lasers? It says that all powers not described within are to be left to the states!!! Our government employees (EMPLOYEES OF US!!) “swear” to uphold that silly old parchment! Yet THIS crap occurs.

WHEN ARE WE GOING TO WAKE UP AND TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK? When??


35 posted on 02/18/2011 9:09:54 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: tcrlaf

To put it in to terms even the braindead liberals might understand that’s OVER $50 per hour, with almost $30 an hour for Bene’s!!!


36 posted on 02/18/2011 9:11:10 AM PST by tcrlaf (Democrats Outforced America's Jobs for 40 Years. Now The Bill Is Due)
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To: woofie

How the hell can this be a smart political move for Obama?

Obama is not smart, just managed.


37 posted on 02/18/2011 9:11:57 AM PST by Chickensoup (“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face — forever.” Orwell)
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To: ColdOne
I looked through the photo gallery linked from that article, and noticed that the ComPost was very careful to not include any pictures of the signs equating Walker with Hitler, or superimposing crosshairs over his image.
38 posted on 02/18/2011 9:12:07 AM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: tcrlaf
ANYBODY SEE A PROBLEM HERE????

Yes. We now have,and not just in WI, the public sector vs. the private sector. Why would we in the private sector, who get NO BENEFITS, want to pay for these public sector workers to receive over a million dollars in retirement, when we are wanting to use that money for our OWN retirement??

39 posted on 02/18/2011 9:14:55 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: ColdOne

The street punk in the WH is having an adolescent temper tantrum because the Gov of Wisc is actually displaying some Adult Supervision so the whole damn state doesn’t go Bankrupt!

Of course he would object, just a 16 year old teenager would when their parent force them to get a job instead of laying around the house all day surfing the Net, watching TV, or playing Video Games.

The party is over punk, someone’s got to manage the budget and pay the biils so they all don’t go Bankrupt.

Ten again - aren’t the Democrats NOW The Party of BANKRUPTCY!!!

In fact, if I were the Gov - I would have an all out assault on the DNC as the Party of Bankruptcy, go on TV with a speech and lay it to them.


40 posted on 02/18/2011 9:14:55 AM PST by R0CK3T
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To: ColdOne
It is beginning to look like the battle between the Marxists and Constitutionalists is finally joined in Wisconsin.

Glad it is the teachers union representing the Marxist, teachers represent the worst of the worst in union (marxist) labor. The education given our kids is terrible, they can't read, write, do math or think for themselves. They score consistently at the bottom on international tests. So we could not ask for a better union to take on.

I am kindof surprised Obama threw in with the Teachers Union in this fight, guess he is trying to make this a nation wide battle, hmmmm, mean while unemployment is up, inflation is up and tax revnue is down. Things can't go on like they are for much longer, something has got to give soon.

41 posted on 02/18/2011 9:18:25 AM PST by jpsb
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To: Borax Queen

The hypocrites have been on full display in regards to all the hate speech that has been going on. I think most normal people realize that the media cannot be trusted anymore.


42 posted on 02/18/2011 9:19:09 AM PST by JerseyDvl (Sometimes the road less traveled.... is less traveled for a reason.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

First, I don’t think he cares.

Second, the media will spin this as Obama being the hero.

Third, independent voters are political idiots who are uninformed, so it doesn’t matter. :)


43 posted on 02/18/2011 9:21:37 AM PST by Carling (Obama: Inexperienced and incompetent, yet ego maniacal. God help us all.)
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To: ColdOne
Unions and Obama...piss be upon both!
44 posted on 02/18/2011 9:21:52 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: Yankee

So lets see if I have this all sorted out, OK?

0bama is baiting the GOP in the House get into a very public political war if the GOP shuts down the Federal Government over HIS Economy Killing/Government Collapsing Budget, WHILE at at this very same time FULLY endorses the Wisconsin DNC and send his forces to help there while they in effect Shut Down the Wisconsin process of Government?!

Boy this guy is really inconsistent and exceptionally dim if he thinks there no hypocrisy with this picture.


45 posted on 02/18/2011 9:29:13 AM PST by R0CK3T
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To: ColdOne
Isn't it unconstitutional what Bambi's doing? Whatever happened to state's rights? This is in addition to Obama firing up the entire mideast.

Barack Obama, the trainwreck president.

46 posted on 02/18/2011 9:29:25 AM PST by floriduh voter (I miss my flip flops and summer clothes. Mr. Weatherman, do something!)
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To: Yaelle

Where are the working Citizens in WI?

WHERE IS THERE BATTLE CRY? They need a few hundred thousand tax paying citizens to come out on Saturday and overwhelm the state house!!


47 posted on 02/18/2011 9:29:25 AM PST by Texas4ever (Good Lord.)
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To: chickadee; ColdOne

I don’t think we’ve ever had a president do something that so blatantly violates the rights of a state. This is not a situation that threatens national security, this is not an emergency, and the Federal government should have no involvement in it.

In addition, since when did a president get the right to call out private people (the unions) to attack a political figure (Walker) he doesn’t like? This is outrageous.


48 posted on 02/18/2011 9:29:26 AM PST by livius
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To: ColdOne

I figured he would insert himself into this.

So it’s the soakers (union thugs) vs. the soakees (average over-taxed citizen).

This will get ugly. Hopefully there still is a “silent majority”, and they stop being silent.


49 posted on 02/18/2011 9:29:43 AM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: tcrlaf; All

The Superintendent of Madison Schools makes $256,715 + $80+K BENEFITS!

The Governor of Wisconsin only makes $137,092.

ANYBODY SEE A PROBLEM HERE??


50 posted on 02/18/2011 9:31:32 AM PST by tcrlaf (Democrats Outforced America's Jobs for 40 Years. Now The Bill Is Due)
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