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20 lies (and counting) told by Gov. Walker

Russ’ Filtered News gave us the very popular An Open Letter To Conservatives and Muslims In America: The Shocking TruthNow it seems Russ has done it again with his new post entitled: 20 lies (and counting) told by Gov. Walker.

Here is an excerpt from Russ’ latest post:

We’re used to politicians stretching the truth, but the level of deception and dishonesty Wisconsin’s governor has exhibited in the battle over his union-busting budget repair bill (even the name is a falsehood) sinks to astounding new lows.  What follows are the 20 lies I’ve identified in a quick review of the record.  If you find or recall others, please let me know.  We’ll keep updating.Walker: His bill is about fixing a budget crisis.

The truth: Even Fox News’ Shepherd Smith couldn’t swallow that one, declaring that it’s all about politics and union busting, and “to pretend that this is about a fiscal crisis in the state of Wisconsin is malarkey.”

Walker: says he campaigned on his budget repair plan, including curtailing collective bargaining.

“We introduced a measure last week, a measure I ran on during the campaign, a measure I talked about in November during the transition, a measure I talked about in December when we fought off the employee contracts, an idea I talked about in the inauguration, an idea I talked about in the state of the state. If anyone doesn’t know what’s coming, they’ve been asleep for the past two years.”

The truth: Walker, who offered many specific proposals during the campaign, did not go public with even the sketchiest outline of his far-reaching  plans to kill collective bargaining rights. He could not point to any statements where he did.  In fact, he was caught on tape boasting to what he thought was his billionaire backer that he had “dropped the bomb.”

Walker: keeps saying that “almost all” of the protesters at the Capitol are from outside the state

The truth: “The vast majority of people protesting are from here — Wisconsin and even more from Dane County,” said Joel DeSpain, public information officer for the Madison Police Department.

Walker: He wants to negotiate.

The truth: He won’t negotiate, but he’ll pretend to so he can trick the 14 Dem senators into allowing a vote on his bill. Walker recently offered to actually sit down and speak with the minority leader – something he should have done anyway and long ago – but only if the rest of the senators came back with him. Why?

“…legally, we believe, once they’ve gone into session, they don’t physically have to be there. If they’re actually in session for that day and they take a recess, the 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they’d have a quorum because they started out that way…But that would be the only, if you heard that I was going to talk to them, that would be the only reason why. We’d only do it if they came back to the capital with all 14 of them. And my sense is, hell, I’ll talk to them. If they want to yell at me for an hour, you know, I’m used to that, I can deal with that. But I’m not negotiating.”     More…

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Ohio’s Turn…

Whatever happened to the respect that civil servants like teachers, fire fighters, police officers, et al used to get when they went on strike or disputed an issue pertinent to their jobs or salaries?  Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio puts it all into perspective:

The Randi Rhodes Show

The Ohio State Senate has just passed a bill that prohibits public employee unions from collective bargaining over health benefits and pensions. The union-busting Ohio bill is expected to pass the Ohio House and be signed into law by Governor John Kasich. The only difference between what’s happening in Wisconsin and Ohio is that it’s more likely to happen in Ohio. And soon.

In Ohio, Republicans sympathetic to the union were removed from key committees just before the vote was taken, and replaced by anti-union Republicans in order to advance the bill. They gamed the system to rig the results. Ohio Republicans conduct votes the way that Bill O’Reilly thinks that polls should be conducted.

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Breaking News – Wisconsin Capitol Updates By writechic – Great News!

Writechic is a frequent commenter on this site.  Her website is worth checking out!   Writechic has some great news and I wanted to share it with you:

#1 by writechic on February 27, 2011 – 7:27 PM

I’ve been reading a live stream and tweets from Wisconsin. A police spokeswoman says there won’t be arrests. :-D

 

 #2 by writechic on February 27, 2011 – 7:29 PM

Oh, and the Koch brothers who helped fund Governor Walker and union busting efforts…here’s a Kos Diary detailing what the brothers make:

  • http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/08/24/895947/-Boycott-Koch-Products

    I’ll never buy any of their garbage.

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    #4 by writechic on February 27, 2011 – 7:40 PM

  • 6:37 wiscnurse: It was just announced Republican Dale Schultz is voting against the bill. Email and call him with our thanks and support

    This is live and Republicans lie…but that’s the latest from Wisconsin. They need two or three more Republicans to kill the bill.

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    #5 by writechic on February 27, 2011 – 7:47 PM

  • Mother Jones just confirmed: Higher-up with AFL-CIO in Wisconsin confirms to me that Wisc GOP senator Dale schultz not voting for walker bill #wiunion

    Hee, hee, hee.

    Also read a blurb from a police officer: I won’t be arresting people. I’ll be sleeping there.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/MotherJones  
  • #7 by writechic on February 27, 2011 – 8:19 PM

    Here’s Mother Jones. Schulz is probably in hiding. I’m sure he has a number in the Madson captial building. I’d check, but I have to work now.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/MotherJonesYou can post my comments, of course.The live stream for the Wisconsin rally is here:

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/afl-cio-2010-rally

    Oh…and a hactivist group called Anonymous brought down the Koch Brothers website today. Naughty.

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    What’s Happening in Wisconsin Explained

    Now that the public service workers have conceded to two of the three demands Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker presented for their State Budget, the only thing left on the table is taking away “collective bargaining” for the unions.   Scott said this was all about saving money for the state.  Yet, if he refuses to omit the collective bargaining issue then it is obvious even to a non observer that Scott simply wants to dismantle the Unions in Wisconsin.

    Mother Jones

    If you need to know the basics of what’s going on in Wisconsin, read on. If you’re already up to speed, you can follow the action on Twitter or jump straight to today’s updates from our reporter on the ground in Madison.

    With additional reporting by Nick Baumann and Siddhartha Mahanta

    The basics:

    For days, demonstrators have been pouring into the streets of Madison, Wisconsin—and the halls of the state’s Capitol building—to protest rookie Republican Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union proposals. Big national unions, both major political parties, the Tea Party, and Andrew Breitbart are already involved. Democratic state senators have fled the state to prevent the legislature from voting on Walker’s proposals. And the protests could soon spread to other states, including Ohio.

    Is this like Egypt?

    No.

    What’s actually being proposed?

    Walker says his legislation, which would strip most state employees of any meaningful collective bargaining rights, is necessary to close the state’s $137 million budget gap. There are a number of problems with that argument, though. The unions are not to blame for the deficit, and stripping unionized workers of their collective bargaining rights won’t in and of itself save any money. Walker says he needs to strip the unions of their rights to close the gap. But public safety officers’ unions, which have members who are more likely to support Republicans and who also tend to have the highest salaries and benefits, are exempted from the new rules. Meanwhile, a series of tax breaks and other goodies that Walker and the Republican legislature passed just after his inauguration dramatically increased the deficit that Walker now says he’s trying to close. And Wisconsin has closed a much larger budget gap in the past without scrapping worker organizing rights.

    What’s really going on, as Kevin Drum has explained, is pure partisan warfare: Walker is trying to de-fund the unions that form the backbone of the Democratic party. The unions and the Democrats are, of course, fighting back. The Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein drops some knowledge [emphasis added]:

    The best way to understand Walker’s proposal is as a multi-part attack on the state’s labor unions. In part one, their ability to bargain benefits for their members is reduced. In part two, their ability to collect dues, and thus spend money organizing members or lobbying the legislature, is undercut. And in part three, workers have to vote the union back into existence every single year. Put it all together and it looks like this: Wisconsin’s unions can’t deliver value to their members, they’re deprived of the resources to change the rules so they can start delivering value to their members again, and because of that, their members eventually give in to employer pressure and shut the union down in one of the annual certification elections.

    You may think Walker’s proposal is a good idea or a bad idea. But that’s what it does. And it’s telling that he’s exempting the unions that supported him and is trying to obscure his plan’s specifics behind misleading language about what unions can still bargain for and misleading rhetoric about the state’s budget.

    Walker’s proposals do have important fiscal elements: they roughly double health care premiums for many state employees. But the heart of the proposals, and the controversy, are the provisions that will effectively destroy public-sector unions in the Badger State. As Matt Yglesias notes, this won’t destroy the Democratic party. But it will force the party to seek funding from sources other than unions, and that usually means the same rich businessmen who are the main financial backers for the Republican party. Speaking of which….

    Who is Scott Walker? 

    Walker was elected governor in the GOP landslide of 2010, when Republicans also gained control of the Wisconsin state senate and house of representatives. His political career has been bankrolled by Charles and David Koch, the very rich, very conservative, and very anti-union oil-and-gas magnates. Koch-backed groups like Americans for Prosperity, the Cato Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Reason Foundation have long taken a very antagonistic view toward public-sector unions. They’ve used their vast fortunes to fight key Obama initiatives on health care and the environment, while writing fat checks to Republican candidates across the country. Walker’s take for the 2010 election: $43,000 from the Koch Industries PAC, his second highest intake from any one donor. But that’s not all!:

    The Koch’s PAC also helped Walker via a familiar and much-used political maneuver designed to allow donors to skirt campaign finance limits. The PAC gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which in turn spent $65,000 on independent expenditures to support Walker. The RGA also spent a whopping $3.4 million on TV ads and mailers attacking Walker’s opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Walker ended up beating Barrett by 5 points. The Koch money, no doubt, helped greatly.

    More on this article…

     

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