Friday, February 25, 2011

Wisconsin Union Protests - #2673 - VIDEO: Wisconsin Assembly Passes Controversial Budget, Union Bill - The Blaze (2) Heritage and Reason Deflate Myths in Public Education Unions - Hot Air

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Controversial Budget, Union bill - The Blaze - Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to strip most collective bargaining rights from most public workers, abruptly passing the measure early Friday morning before sleep-deprived Democrats realized what was happening. The vote ended three straight days of punishing debate in the Assembly. But the political standoff over the bill – and the monumental protests at the state Capitol against it – appear far from over. The Assembly’s vote sent the bill on to the Senate, but minority Democrats in that house have fled to Illinois to prevent a vote. No one knows when they will return from hiding. Republicans who control the chamber sent state troopers out looking for them at their homes on Thursday, but they turned up nothing. Read more........  Link to more video from early this morning.........  I am appalled, how were demonstrators allowed in the Assembly chambers during this vote, or for that matter, allowed in there at all, what happened to any type of security?  When I attended the reading of the Constitution in January at the Capitol in Washington, we were not allowed to have keys, cell phones, cameras, video cameras, were not allowed to talk, to read, or to write.  When I have attended sessions at the House Chamber at our Virginia State Capitol, we were allowed in the gallery upstairs only.  How was this allowed to happen??AW.

Heritage and Reason Deflate Myths in Public Education Unions - Hot Air - Are public-school teachers underpaid? Is the Battle of Mad Town really not about money? Heritage Foundation and Reason TV take a look at both claims coming from the protests in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as a more fundamental myth that only Republicans are talking about cutting budgets and reducing the power of PEUs. Nick Gillespie focuses attention on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a staunch Democrat who is also telling constituents hard truths about the unsustainable levels of public spending in his state and the need for reform. Don’t expect this impulse to remain localized to Wisconsin, New Jersey, and New York, either — not with massive state budget shortfalls across the US:  Read more........  Great video and story about the truth behind all the protesting with the unions, please watch.

Obama's Badger States Blues - Karl Rove - Wall Street Journal -  Why is the president trying to bully the Wisconsin governor? After all, Arizona, Utah, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and West Virginia are among the states to explicitly prohibit collective bargaining for public employees, which is far beyond what Mr. Walker is seeking. The answer is found in four digits: 2012. Unlike those states, Wisconsin is a 2012 battleground. Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, told a reporter from this newspaper last week that a union defeat in Wisconsin "can put [Mr. Obama] in some danger" of losing the next election.  Read more.........

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