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Posted on 02/25/2011 12:40:51 PM PST by Sub-Driver
NJEA president at rally accuses Gov. Christie of trying to start a 'middle-class civil war' Published: Friday, February 25, 2011, 2:30 PM Updated: Friday, February 25, 2011, 3:25 PM Matt Friedman/Statehouse Bureau
TRENTON In front of a crowd of thousands of protestors, the president of the states largest teachers union accused Gov. Chris Christie of trying to foment a civil war within the middle-class.
All of New Jerseys middle-class is hurting, but this governor and his right-wing supporters are trying to start a middle-class civil war, said New Jersey Education Association President Barbara Keshishian.
As she spoke, thousands of public workers filled the street in front of the Statehouse, wearing ponchos and holding umbrellas to keep as dry as possible in the pouring rain. State Police estimated the crowd at 3,100.
The rally, organized by the state AFL-CIO, was both aimed at pushing back against benefit concessions demanded by Christie, and in support of Wisconsin public unions, who are fighting Gov. Scott Walkers attempt to roll back their collective bargaining rights.
In his budget address earlier this week, Christie said private sector workers support the rich benefits of public employees. Hes pushing for major givebacks from the workforce, including paying more towards their health premiums and downgrading future pension benefits.
Local union officials spoke one after another at todays rally, each handing over checks to Wisconsin AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Stephanie Bloomingdale, who told the crowd our fight is your fight, and our fight is for the middle-class.
The featured speaker, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, compared Christie to Walker and other Republican governors, saying they were not elected to dictate.
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The collective union (much pun intended) of the corrupt, dumb, stupid & easily swayed for the cause of SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM.
“Unionized” government workers are like parasites on the middle class. Parasites eventually kill the host if not removed or brought under control.
Fat low-skill C-students demanding that the world owes them a living because they can work a idiot proof machine on an assembly line.
And why aren’t these “saviors” of the American economy not at work?
The Teachers Unions and their thug leaders appear to need a bit more ‘education’. We’re more than happy to oblige.
Looters, parasites, blood suckers! If anybody is starting a class war, it’s them with their cushy protected jobs and fat-cat retirement and health insurance plans. Eff all of you!
You're so right, Jim.
I believe the country is now going through a collective 'UP-CHUCKING' from an overdose of 'SEIU-ITIS' of so many years of these parasites leeching off the public treasury.
Walker is 'shining the light of truth' on these parasites, trying to 'exorcise' them out of the public system, and to his credit - they're frosting at the mouth, showing the entire world what they truly are....
That’s the second time I’ve heard that out of some stupid union thug today! That’s their NEW meme obviously. Threaten war and violence by claiming their opposition is “causing” it.
Well bring it on you fat moronic mouth breathing scum! Sick of you leeches and more than ready for any “civil war” you clowns seem to think it going to materialize out of thin air due to Tea Party votes.
Anyone else notice that this past week?
ou're talking about teachers, nurses, cops, firemen, as well as a host of other professionals. They do deserve to earn a living.
Dear Barb; I'm about up to here with unions spewing "middle class" at me.
Simply put union workers are not the middle class!
Union workers are usually highly paid (ready?) workers, sometimes they are (sadly) government workers, and most often they have little or no say about their individual contract with their employers.
They are made to pay dues and usually must join a union because misguided policy makers gave those unions special privilege in opposition to (evil) employers. They are serfs being kept happy at the expense of all the rest of us.
Those workers who are not organized to your socialist liking aren't middle class either - yet. However, they are responsible for their own fate and can aspire to it. They can learn, invest, work harder and/or seek promotion. They can even give their political donations to something other than the democrat party (imagine that).
The middle class is an amalgam of merchants, craftsmen (AFL/CIO merger aside), professionals, higher level managers and others like them. They are the people who have risked, have studied, have risen, have invested, or simply have skills beyond the norm. They do not want or need people like you handing them perks and goodies in exchange for some of those goodies in return.
The manager of the textile mill you might be qualified to work in is middle class, so are the small time grocer down the street and most doctors and (even) lawyers. Some are quite wealthy, others not so much but they are the members of society who make up the core of both capitalism and democracy. They are people who make decisions on their own and answer for the consequences when necessary. You will rarely find several hundred of them all in one place and wearing the same Tee Shirts!
You, Babs, are not. Your organized workers are not. And, the size of your recreational vehicle and number of overseas cruises you've taken during those boring summer breaks doesn't change that one iota.
The Liberals act and sound a bit cultist these days. They need to be deprogrammed.
Those "major givebacks" are to middle-class taxpayers who don't have someone to dump their health premiums and pension contributions on.
Funny thing is, we won't fire the first shot. But we WILL fire the last ones. With prejudice. And without remorse.
Who's firing the first shot? The union thugs? Or is this just more hateful rhetoric coming from the left?
Don’t you thugs mean that if Christie does what he was elected to do you are threatening him with a violent war?
That is unacceptable.