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Monday, February 21, 2011

HERE IS WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN WISCONSIN:

Koch Brothers Behind Wisconsin Effort To Kill Public Unions


By RICK UNGAR

As the nation focuses on the efforts of Governor Scott Walker to take away collective bargaining rights from public employees in Wisconsin, new information is coming to light that reveals what is truly going on here.

Mother Jones is reporting that much of the funding behind the Walker for Governor campaign came from none other than uber-conservatives, the infamous Koch Brothers.

What’s more, the plan to kill the unions is right out of the Koch Brothers play book.

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. Several of these groups have urged the eradication of these unions. The Kochs also invited Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, an anti-union outfit, to a June 2010 confab in Aspen, Colorado;

Via Mother Jones

If you are reluctant to believe that this is a coordinated attack, consider this-

This afternoon, Marty Beil, executive director of the Wisconsin Public Workers Union, sent a message to the Governor’s office agreeing to the cuts to pension & welfare benefits sought by Walker in his bill. The governor’s response was “nothing doing.” He wants the whole kit and kaboodle – the end of the collective bargaining rights of the public unions.

As noted in my earlier post, this is, indeed, the first shot in the final battle to end unionism in America.

UPDATE: The Americans for Prosperity group, a Tea Party group that is a Koch Brothers front, has put up a website and petition called www.standwithwalker.com. The website attacks all collective bargaining – not just for public employees’ unions. Americans for Prosperity is also organizing a rally tomorrow in Wisconsin to support Gov. Walker....

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Wisconsin Gov. Walker Ginned Up Budget Shortfall To Undercut Worker Rights


Brian Beutler
February 17, 2011, 1:47PM31K

Wisconsin's new Republican governor has framed his assault on public worker's collective bargaining rights as a needed measure of fiscal austerity during tough times.

The reality is radically different. Unlike true austerity measures -- service rollbacks, furloughs, and other temporary measures that cause pain but save money -- rolling back worker's bargaining rights by itself saves almost nothing on its own. But Walker's doing it anyhow, to knock down a barrier and allow him to cut state employee benefits immediately.

Furthermore, this broadside comes less than a month after the state's fiscal bureau -- the Wisconsin equivalent of the Congressional Budget Office -- concluded that Wisconsin isn't even in need of austerity measures, and could conclude the fiscal year with a surplus. In fact, they say that the current budget shortfall is a direct result of tax cut policies Walker enacted in his first days in office.

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2 comments:

St. John the Evangelist said...

Well fortunately Scott Walker is not killing the unions. He is only putting the control on Collective Bargaining. It has to happen. This is what truly caused many of our manufacturing jobs to go to Mexico and Asia. There will always be unions but with a more conservative type of collective bargaining.

I have this blog set as my HOME setting on my Internet Explorer. I am considering removing it because this blog went from being a Roman Catholic blog to a pro New World Order political blog.

Pope St. Felix III said...

What?

Killing collective bargaining IS KILLING Unions!

The Catholic Church has stated under Pope Leo that it is the duty of the State to PROTECT the workers right to Collectively Bargain.

To support this move is to go contrary to the Catholic Faith!

The reason our jobs are going overseas is to INCREASE PROFITS - and exploit workers. What do they pay people in Mexico or China - is it a Just Wage? Would you work for what they pay people in Mexico an China?

To support paying people slave wages is also contrary to the Catholic Churches teachings on a Just wage.

If you doubt what I am saying regarding this - I suggest you look it up or give Bishop Louis a call some time.

It would be one thing if all Walker wanted to do is have the workers accept cuts in pay and some benefits - THEY HAVE AGREED TO THIS - but that is not enough - he wants to end their right to collectively bargain!

HE IS PART OF THIS NEW WORLD ORDER - why do you think that he met and had dinner with the President of Communist China? Do you think he discussed the evils of Communism with him? or do you think he discuses sending more of our jobs to china to further break the back of the United States?

Don't be a fool - this move to end collective bargaining - IS A MOVE TO HASTEN the new world order and to give more power to the government!

Don't abandon your faith for petty politics!