Skip to comments.Wisc. Gov. Walker calls for return of union refs
Posted on 09/25/2012 10:37:53 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
MADISON, Wis. (AP) If there's one thing that can unite political foes in Wisconsin, it just may be the Green Bay Packers.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who made a national name for himself by going after public employee unions last year, posted a message on Twitter calling for the return of the NFL's locked-out unionized officials after a disputed call led to a Seattle Seahawks 14-12 victory over the Packers on Monday night.
"After catching a few hours of sleep, the (hash)Packers game is still just as painful. (hash)Returntherealrefs," Walker tweeted early Tuesday.
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The NFL is not the government. You have a choice to watch it or not. Government unions want a hand in your pocket for life and want it to be that those who work for the government make more than those who pay taxes.
Very savvy move.
I don’t blame Belichik for taking a swing at the ref Sunday, either.
Roger Goodell and David Stern are big time libs yet both are big union busters.
The NFL is not a government organization and refs are not civil servants, so I don’t see what the big deal is. But I guess the press is probably too dumb to see the difference.
Everything every republican does is to be twisted into something negative. Half the people here fall for it.
The big deal is he dares to be a republican.
aren’t most teams/ stadiums at least partially subsidized with government money?
Leave it to the clueless AP to not understand the difference between a public employees’ union and a union of NFL officials.
“Leave it to the clueless AP to not understand the difference between a public employees union and a union of NFL officials.”
The NFL is at best a quasi private entity as Ryan’s beloved Green Bay Packers are “community owned” and almost every NFL team takes in hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars to build their stadiums.
Moreover, the NFL enjoys an Anti-Trust Exemption from Congress.
For one to say that the NFL is private free enterprise in ludicrous,
“arent most teams/ stadiums at least partially subsidized with government money?”
Not partially, but rather almost entirely.
It is tough to call yourself a private entity when the tax payer builds your stadium or factory.
Yes, if you look at them with your eyes closed, they are pretty much the same thing.
(For one to even hint that an NFL officials' union is even comparable to a public employees' union is ludicrous.)
The government builds the facilities where their production takes place (stadiums) and grants the NFL an anti trust exemption.
The NFL is Socialism.
Your line of argument is inapposite to my original statement. You have constructed a strawman argument to try and disprove something that I never stated to begin with.
Do the NFL officials get a paycheck directly from the .gov?
Are their salaries and benefits determined through collective bargaining with the .gov?
Do they get civil service protection?
I didn’t think so.
They are not members of a public employees’ union. The AP article’s attempt to conflate the two in order to make a completely nonsensical political point about Governor Walker clearly illustrates the lack of professionalism that we have come to expect from a formerly-trusted organization.