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cmurray48
Happily married, retired Mama and Mema. Unapologet
06:43 PM on 02/23/2011
I truly feel for the folks in Wisconsin that did not vote for this guy. Florida has it's own new Republican Gov. who thinks the law begins and ends with him. I certainly did not vote for him. But I also feel sorry for the Republicans that did vote for him. I really don't believe that if the good folks in Wisconsin had really known how dangerous this guy is that they would have voted him in. I have to believe that, in order to believe there is any sanity left in America. Best of luck getting rid of him... you have my heartfelt support!
07:32 PM on 02/23/2011
Do you feel for us who did not vote for Obama and the rest of the progressive group!

“The deeper we get into the Obama administration, the more disenchanted I become”, Richard Hamilton
07:13 AM on 02/24/2011
No, you're getting a better president than you deserve.
07:37 PM on 02/23/2011
#367 My guess is you and I suffered through the W years in much the same way. Sickened because we didn't vote for him, and concerned for our neighbors who saw him as a viable choice.
06:42 PM on 02/23/2011
Good article Mr Kutler. This idea of the tax cuts for the rich and big business should be placed in the hands of the people, and not corporate elected officials. All tax cuts and increases should be on a ballot. We will see what the people really think. Also, all trade agreements should be voted on by the people.
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golfvue3
It's all ball bearings these days.
10:24 PM on 02/23/2011
Too bad this tax cut claim for the current deficit has been debunked.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/116507863.html
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faith
06:34 PM on 02/23/2011
Campaign Finance Reform now. Surely the citizens of the United States of America can supersede the Supreme Court, Congress, and the Executive Branch. All three hold their offices and serve the United States. The ridiculous greed, obfuscations, by the super rich who are controlling and ruining our economy is just beyond the pale. Ok, there are a few super rich out there who could help. They certainly seem able to direct positive outcomes in their business practices and philanthropies. Maybe it is time for Bill Gates or his equivalent to speak up about our national policies.
06:48 PM on 02/23/2011
If I remember correctly there was a little man from texas who did just that, and he foretold of a lot of our current problems. Ross Perot ring a bell?
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faith
07:12 PM on 02/24/2011
Yep.
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AwakeNow
just flew into town
06:55 PM on 02/23/2011
Agreed faith, getting the money out of the campaigns is the only chance we citizens have of claiming a democracy. Thought you might enjoy this link :-)
http://www.nader.org/index.php?/archives/2246-Time-to-Topple-Corporate-Dictators
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faith
11:06 PM on 02/23/2011
Thanks, AwakeNow !
06:27 PM on 02/23/2011
The truth!
06:22 PM on 02/23/2011
It's an act of war. Pure and simple. The Unions agreed to the cuts and the raise in premiums. That was fine. The only thing remaing is the RIGHT to collective bargin. The RIGHT to. You can't expect a 1st Term Govenor clearly purchased by the extreme Right Wing of the GOP trying to destroy their hard earned rights to go unnoticed. You can't expect these people to just lay down and say, "Hey that's cool, let's just go ahead become the Jamaica of North America"-bannana republic and all. The right always sreams about "FREEDOM!" Yeah, that's what this is about. The freedom to look at the investment class and demand NO! I will be paid fair.
06:33 PM on 02/23/2011
They abused their "right", like almost all public unions.
melnaz
What did you learn today - to believe or to THINK.
06:47 PM on 02/23/2011
You work 40 hours a week??? Have health benefits??? Pension Plan??? 401K Plan??? A minimum wage??? - ALL BECAUSE OF LABOR UNIONS!!!! You have cops and firemen/women risking their lives everyday for $50K a year - YOU SHOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR THEM!!!!
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traceymarie
the President is black, deal with it
06:56 PM on 02/23/2011
fox slop
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CommonSenseAmerican
Liberalism is an imposition on Freedom
07:30 PM on 02/23/2011
Do you people on this thread and this post realize that collective bargaining was for private companies and their labor because of the adversarial relationship and deplorable conditions that may have befallen the workers without proper intervention so they could get a proper share of the profits.

Public Sector Union workers have NO such relationship. They elect people to do what they want and continue to contribute to continue to get what they want. The Federal State or local Govs are not FOR PROFIT therefore there is no profit to share! The workers and management are on the same page all the time!
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mrpotatohead
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08:29 PM on 03/04/2011
Unfortunately, Walker doesn't want to have that debate.
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MichaelGuy
Swiis Canton, Dutch Republic, advocate
06:06 PM on 02/23/2011
. Are government contracts the new equivalent of a peace treaty with an Indian tribe?? What Congress is telling us is that we are forever bound to delterious free trade treaties like NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT etc but our employees contracts are liable for abrogation. Will America and its states resemble a banana republic when treaties, conntracts and bond issues can be reniged every a new majority comes to power? Our officials are telling us that the land owned by the state and federal government is sacrosanct but the debts owed to public servants are dispensible and disposable?? Isn't it ironic that billions can be found for the "too big to fail" plutocrats of Manhattan, yet we are penurous when common workers merely want a contract honored? The bail out recipients of Wall street award themselves millons in bonuses with your tax money without recrimination, yet we must now be frugal when a teacher or fireman wants to retire after 30 years of service? If the governments start this process of legalized lying, the loss of credidibility and reliability will reflect in the bond markets. If a legislator, mayor or governor wil lie to a teacher, fireman and policeman, what is to stop them from lying to banks and investors?
And perhaps instead of totally blaming unions for our economic shortfalls, we also ought to consider the deleterious effects of over regulation of American bisiness and the diasterous effectso f free trade?
Retired union construction worker and tea party conservative
06:34 PM on 02/23/2011
All contracts have a life span. Even treaties.
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traceymarie
the President is black, deal with it
06:56 PM on 02/23/2011
more fox slop
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xenofile
Micro-me
07:02 PM on 02/23/2011
Yes, but one party is not allowed to unilaterally re-write the contract.
05:56 PM on 02/23/2011
Wisconsin is still a fine state, known for its hard working, smart, fair people. What's goin' on you guys? Where did you get this Walker character from?
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The-Gnarly-Old-Oak
Pro-napper, don't wake me
05:56 PM on 02/23/2011
No wonder the David Koch imposter got an answer to his call!
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SkyeinColorado
GOPers Have to Cheat to Win
05:50 PM on 02/23/2011
"Before the tax giveaways, the fiscal agency predicted a surplus for the state."

Oh, Wisconsin, I grieve for you and wish you to best of luck.

Skye
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1johnf
What would Studs say?
05:47 PM on 02/23/2011
Eloquence that I can only wish I had.
05:31 PM on 02/23/2011
What Kutler wont tell you:


Wisconsin has a total state debt of $17,971,519,547 when calculated by adding the total of outstanding debt, pension and OPEB UAAL’s, unemployment trust funds and the 2010 budget gap as of July 2010.[2]
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You Are My Density
Independent--it's just ONE country.
05:55 PM on 02/23/2011
Oh, and we wouldn't want rich people to pay some higher taxes to try to take this down. It's all supposed to fall on the working people who are barely making it. Gotcha.
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CommonSenseAmerican
Liberalism is an imposition on Freedom
07:34 PM on 02/23/2011
You are absolutely correct! They already pay for over 70% of the total tax bill.

And your "working people" vomit isnt really a good analogy for Public Sector Union workers who make almost double what their private sector counterparts do, who are the true middle class. Not to mention that these private sector people LITERALLY pay the salaries, bonuses, healthcare and pensions for these Public Sector Union crybabies!

So let me get this straight, I should pay for my own life, healthcare and retirement WHILE i also pay for theirs????
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MiddleMolly
Working to better the USA!
05:57 PM on 02/23/2011
Link, please?
whochi
Liberals think 2 + 2 = Bush
06:19 PM on 02/23/2011
http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/State_budget_issues,_2010-2011 has the debt at about 11 billion, so when you add in the pension and unemployment the 17 billion is not unreasonable.
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Dosadi
Political agnostic
05:28 PM on 02/23/2011
$117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP.


There it is in a nutshell.  There is no financial crises.  This guy took the bribe and now is trying to get the workers of Wisconsin to pay up.  He needs to be brought up on charges.
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TexasDem0
USMC Vietnam vet,Veteran for Peace
05:35 PM on 02/23/2011
The corporate interests that bought the governorship for him expect, and are demanding, a return on investment.
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You Are My Density
Independent--it's just ONE country.
05:43 PM on 02/23/2011
Faved by a fan. Especially the charges part. A lot of that stuff he said in that phone call was very incriminating, seems to me.
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montemalone
oenophile, aquarist, francophone, radical moderate
05:24 PM on 02/23/2011
I just wanna see the pictures of Walker doing whatever, or whoever, it is he wasn't supposed to be doing but got caught doing.
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05:22 PM on 02/23/2011
Right on all the way down the line. Well written. One thing that comes to mid is this; If the governor wants non-union private sector people to be angry and jealous of unionized public sector workers, I suggest the following for those non-union people; start a union! Since unions fare much better than non-union employees, instead of killing the union, create your own so you can enjoy the same benefits and bargaining power they do. Just a thought. . .
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Dosadi
Political agnostic
05:29 PM on 02/23/2011
Makes too much sense.  Faved.
05:48 PM on 02/23/2011
hey, I have a better idea, why not just print money and give everybody a million dollars? Everybody would be a millionaire!

Of course, the price of bread would rise to $3m/loaf- which point out the fallacy of your argument.

If private sector jobs go union and demand increased pay the company will simply move to another state, or another country.
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MiddleMolly
Working to better the USA!
06:06 PM on 02/23/2011
Yep, life was simply grand before those mean old unions, wasn't it?

People worked for peanuts, there was no minimum wage, children were sent to the factory at an early age vs. to school. Workers worked 6 or 7 day weeks, many hours a day, with no overtime. There was no workman's comp; no oversight of worker's health and safety. If you died on your job, they'd simply dump your body out the back door.

And, yes, corporations have move to different states and different counties. But that isn't the fault of the unions; that, my friend, is the fault of the incredible greed that has overcome corporate America.

What we need are not fewer unions, but more.. all over the world. When everybody is organized and the workers of all countries are protected by decent wage, hour, and working condition legislation, the working and middle class workers of the world can actually get somewhere.

Why aren't you as incensed about hedge fund managers making billions and CEO's making millions as they lay off workers and off shore jobs as you are about a union worker asking for a fair deal?
05:14 PM on 02/23/2011
Looks like you are several days behind the news. Politifact looked into this several days ago and determined that Wisconsin does indeed have a budget deficit with or without the tax credits passed by Walker.

http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/feb/18/rachel-maddow/rachel-maddow-says-wisconsin-track-have-budget-sur/

In their words..
The cuts are not even in effect yet, so they cannot be part of the current problem.
06:09 PM on 02/23/2011
Good information to have. The budget gap is real. However the fact that the union workers agreed to give backs on pension and health care should have ended the issue. The problem is that Walker et al are going after the rights of the union members.
06:24 PM on 02/23/2011
Walker campaigned on that very issue and the public voted for him anyway. Democracy sux when you are in the minority. Had the previous (dem) gov not screwed up the state so badly Walker would not have been elected.