In Madison, cutbacks - and rage

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MADISON, Wis. - As four game wardens awkwardly stood guard, protesters, scores deep, crushed into a corridor leading to the governor's office Wednesday, their screams echoing through the Capitol: "Come out, come out, wherever you are!" Behind closed doors, Scott Walker, the Republican who has been governor for about six weeks, calmly described his ...
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LON

Lakeville, MN

#1 Feb 16, 2011
i wish this was happening in MN right now. wow if I called out to protest at my job i would be FIRED.

so sick of these dang Unions.

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Keen Observations

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Feb 16, 2011
True colors of unionists come out now! Greedy, self serving. Go Gov Walker, you speak for us in the private sector!

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Keen Observations

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Feb 16, 2011
Kim Hoffman, a middle school music teacher, said she and her husband, also a teacher, would lose $1,200 a month under the plan — too deep a cut to manage.
"I love teaching, but I'd have to start looking for another job, period," she said.

Well for God's sake lady then DO IT! Of course that's BS, she'll NEVER leave without having her fingers removed from the entry way with a claw hammer. I thought flight attendants were immature when they got cut but teachers are their equal.

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Not Your Way

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Feb 16, 2011
Stand firm WI Legislators, do not let the union bullies have their way!!

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Joey

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Feb 16, 2011
The Governor and Legislators better have a lot of protection, the union a s s e s WILL get violent, no question.
LON

Lakeville, MN

#6 Feb 16, 2011
Keen Observations wrote:
Kim Hoffman, a middle school music teacher, said she and her husband, also a teacher, would lose $1,200 a month under the plan — too deep a cut to manage.
"I love teaching, but I'd have to start looking for another job, period," she said.
Well for God's sake lady then DO IT! Of course that's BS, she'll NEVER leave without having her fingers removed from the entry way with a claw hammer. I thought flight attendants were immature when they got cut but teachers are their equal.
someone should give her figures what she would get drawing unemployemnt then, thats what she needs to be now UNEMPLOYED.

Again good for Wisc. its too bad bozo the clown got elected as MN gov. we would be seeing the samething.

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Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Feb 16, 2011
How very 1930s of the governor.

Regressive Party strikes again.

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Bruin

Tempe, AZ

#8 Feb 16, 2011
Truth wrote:
How very 1930s of the governor.
Regressive Party strikes again.
More like the beginning of 1917 in Russia. The thugs and union goons are putting out a call for the ignorant sheeple to join the 'cause'. Next oin the front lines will be the bewildered school children, and then the mothers with babies in their arms. The old tried and true progressive totalitarian way.

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Long overdue

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Feb 16, 2011
It's time for workers to storm the gates in both WI and MN to get in the faces of Republican governors and legislators whose total ignorance is apparent about the consequences of their social agenda (weaken or destroy unions). These fire breathing Republican freshman politicians need to wake up to the realities of governance, rather than dwelling in their T-Party induced hallucinogenic state believing that all policy solutions are so "black or white" simple that they can be stated on a bumper sticker. I'm highly amused by the schooling of these rookies that I see occurring over TV broadcasts of MN legislative committee hearings and floor debates. It's painfully apparent how ignorant these firebrands are about verifiable facts and the intricacies of state government. Their rigid ideology doesn't factor the consequences of the disastrous 1999 and 2000 tax cuts, the widening gap between rich and poor, and how the MN budget deficits all during the Pawlenty years can't be tied to the "all cuts and no new revenues" philosophy of T-Paw.

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Bruin

Tempe, AZ

#10 Feb 16, 2011
Long overdue wrote:
It's time for workers to storm the gates in both WI and MN to get in the faces of Republican governors and legislators whose total ignorance is apparent about the consequences of their social agenda (weaken or destroy unions). These fire breathing Republican freshman politicians need to wake up to the realities of governance, rather than dwelling in their T-Party induced hallucinogenic state believing that all policy solutions are so "black or white" simple that they can be stated on a bumper sticker. I'm highly amused by the schooling of these rookies that I see occurring over TV broadcasts of MN legislative committee hearings and floor debates. It's painfully apparent how ignorant these firebrands are about verifiable facts and the intricacies of state government. Their rigid ideology doesn't factor the consequences of the disastrous 1999 and 2000 tax cuts, the widening gap between rich and poor, and how the MN budget deficits all during the Pawlenty years can't be tied to the "all cuts and no new revenues" philosophy of T-Paw.
Alas, for the indoctrijnated progressive radical, the people are finally waking up to the bullying thugs from the government u8nions, who are strangling this nation in mountains of debt, just to satisfy the power needs of the goons at the heads of the labor movement. The labor movement was once honored by the common people of this nation, who held them in highest esteem. Like all unregulated thieves they have driven the movement and it's reputation into disgrace with their methods of extracting more and more from the pockets of the poor, and have placed our nation in severe danger of bankruptcy.

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Liberal Patriot

Lihue, HI

#11 Feb 16, 2011
For our fellow American workers under siege by Emperor Walker in Wisconsin -- If you have not already started this process, you can find information on doing so here:

http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/publica...

IMUA!

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Since: Apr 08

Osceola, WI

#13 Feb 17, 2011
Dear union thugs, the ride is over. Time for you to get back to earth.

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Evangilizer

Maple Grove, MN

#15 Feb 17, 2011
Bruin wrote:
<quoted text> Alas, for the indoctrijnated progressive radical, the people are finally waking up to the bullying thugs from the government u8nions, who are strangling this nation in mountains of debt, just to satisfy the power needs of the goons at the heads of the labor movement. The labor movement was once honored by the common people of this nation, who held them in highest esteem. Like all unregulated thieves they have driven the movement and it's reputation into disgrace with their methods of extracting more and more from the pockets of the poor, and have placed our nation in severe danger of bankruptcy.
I thought the bankruptcy was caused by economic conditions brought on by deregulation of the financial markets? To blame the unions for the problems caused by the politicians and the banks is contrived BS.

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mike

Winona, MN

#16 Feb 17, 2011
The gov could have had legislation passed reforming the pension system and health care payments by the unions but went for a plan to dismantle them. All this will lead to is problems in the future for the WI Republican party and who ever succeeds Walker. Administrations change as does the party in control. If this move was so necessary, why were law enforcers and fire fighters exempt?

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True Grit

Cumberland, WI

#17 Feb 17, 2011
I am a public sector union employee. It's about time that we also have to make some sacrifice. The blame should go on our former WI democrat assembly and Governor who got us in this mess. I fully support this move until the problem is fixed. I am ashamed to see the protests of my fellow public employees (although I am not a teacher-I don't make that much money). After this passes I can hold my head high amongst my friends who are private sector people who already feel the pain.

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sally

Turtle Lake, WI

#18 Feb 17, 2011
Wisconsin's powerful unions----ha ha ha ---0nly in the public sector!!!!!!!!!!
i didnt know

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Feb 17, 2011
that over priced public babysitters who read lessons off of pre-made teaching plans deserved a union. Isn't union for over worked? underpaid? For those that work with uncompensated risks? What risks do you teachers have from teaching? Catching lice?

I pay union dues, I see fellow lazy arse workers who through the union try and do less and less work everyday, til they do just barely enuf to not get fired. Which isn't much at all. You just have to show up and pretend to do a job.

Unions are a joke. I'm sorry but they are. THey served a purpose once, but unions themselves outlived their usefulness....

Do you know how much your local union rep is earning a year? More than you I can say....

Someone should tell union leaders to go setup shop in CHINA. Where they have billion workers. Then maybe Union will do something useful for once and bring jobs back to U.S.

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Crashthebus

Kansas City, MO

#20 Feb 17, 2011
Liberal Patriot wrote:
For our fellow American workers under siege by Emperor Walker in Wisconsin -- If you have not already started this process, you can find information on doing so here:
http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/publica...
IMUA!
Spoken like a true socialist. Karl Marx is blushing in his grave after hearing your statement.
Pizza Boy

Hudson, WI

#21 Feb 17, 2011
Truth wrote:
How very 1930s of the governor.
Regressive Party strikes again.
Utter BS. The union lapdogs still use the tired, unrealistic "if it wasn't for unions everybody would work 7 days a week" line?

It's about a 7% "cut." How do you think many in the private sector have faired with rising costs and cut pay?

These workers are being asked to pay about half of what the national average is for health insurance for public sector employees, 12.5%. Is there are private sector people here that wouldn't love to only pay 12.5% of their insurance costs?

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Crashthebus

Kansas City, MO

#22 Feb 17, 2011
Break the unions and then pass laws to ban them from any government function or facility.

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