Walker Isolated

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), today:

I'm not sending the state police after anybody. I'm not gonna divert a single trooper from their job of protection the Indiana public. I trust that people's consciences will bring them back to work. ... For reasons I've explained more than once I thought there was a better time and place to have this very important and legitimate issue raised.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), today:

My belief is as long as people know what they’re doing, collective bargaining is fine.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), tonight's "fireside":

The missing Senate Democrats must know that their failure to come to work will lead to dire consequences very soon.   Failure to act on this budget repair bill means (at least) 15 hundred state employees will be laid off before the end of June.  If there is no agreement by July 1st, another 5-6 thousand state workers -- as well as 5-6 thousand local government employees would be also laid off.

Tone.  Deaf.  Someone has been giving Walker some very bad PR advice.  The real fight at this point is whether Republicans in the legislature will do the walking back, letting Walker save face, or if they'll let him shoulder the over-reach alone.  Walker, legislative Republicans or Democrats, someone has to back down, and momentum is behind the state Democrats standing their ground.  And the longer the fight continues, the more discussion around Walker's proposal -- designed as a reactionary, quick, "crisis" driven move, not ready for prime time scrutiny -- the better the position for unions and Democratic lawmakers.

Public support for union bargaining rights nationwide is high, the unions have agreed to the financial concessions, and rally's from Colorado to New Jersey to Montana in support of Wisconsin workers have drawn headlines.  Walker's only hope here is that the toxicity the battle he and state Republicans have chosen doesn't hang with them for the next four years.

But here's hoping it does.

Tags: Wisconsin, AFL-CIO, Bargaining Rights, Koch Industries, Union workers, union busting, Union workers, union busting (all tags)

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This truly underscores something Jerome said a while back

Jerome said something a while back, that I fully agree with. He said.. "It's not liberal vs. conservative, it's people vs. corporations"..

Scott Walker's actions to attempt to remove a person's right to bargain , truly underscores the ability of the Republican party in their quest to become the party of the corporation.

 

But from our side  - first, accession to the balanced budget that was put on the table - agreeing to all of the financial elements of a strong financial plan - and then , as it was slowly unveiled that the governor was attempting to strip people of their rights -  this shows that the democrats are the party of the people.

 

It is no coincidence that instead of mega-big buck defense contractor dollars being spent in the middle east, and nothing being gained - that under a democratic administration we are seeing real and historic change is sweeping across the land both here and abroad.  And it costs very little.

 

This is the reason why the economy is turning around after being crashed into the ground by the Bush republicans and nearly destroyed.

 

Keep up the good work.

 

by Trey Rentz 2011-02-24 12:37PM | 0 recs
You realize

That both Franklin Roosevelt and George Meaney opposed collective bargaining by public sector unions right?

by BuckeyeBlogger 2011-02-24 09:26PM | 0 recs
You realize

That both Franklin Roosevelt and George Meaney opposed collective bargaining by public sector unions right?

by BuckeyeBlogger 2011-02-24 09:26PM | 0 recs

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