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Wisconsin Republicans Show What They’re All About

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If you’ve been following along in my last post, you know the news: the Wisconsin State Senate rushed through and passed a bill that strips collective bargaining rights from most public employees. The vote in the State Senate, entirely composed of Republicans, was 18-1; only moderate Dale Schultz voted no. The budget repair bill was split at the last minute, cleaving the “non-fiscal” anti-union piece from the fiscal components of the bill. The non-fiscal piece did not require a quorum, so the Senate was able to pass it.

So what happens now? There are a host of potential implications…

Those implications include legal challenges, a battle for control of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court (which, bizarrely, is elected), a possible general strike, recalls of the 8 Republicans eligible and also possibly of Gov. Scott Walker in 2012, and hopefully a massive energizing of Democrats and progressives in Wisconsin and around the country to start – finally! – fighting back against the teahadists, Koch-funded flunkies, etc. To quote David Dayen of Firedoglake, “This is the beginning, not the end of this fight.” At least, let’s hope that’s the case, because for the moment, working people and Democrats appear to have suffered a significant short-term setback in Wisconsin.

P.S. So much for Gov. Walker’s argument that this was all about the Wisconsin budget, as the bill passed tonight stripped out all “fiscal” components in order to pull off this trick play.

P.P.S. Also, for anyone clueless enough to believe that not showing up to vote is without consequences, or that elections don’t matter, or that “all politicians are the same so why bother,” I refer you to the situations both in Wisconsin and in Congress right now. Case closed.

  • on Facebook:

    Thanks Gov. Walker for enlightening the nation on what the GoP in 2011 represents. You have assured that Wisconsin, a battleground state, votes for President Obama in 2012 and Democrats for the foreseeable future. The American populous needs more people like you to educate them on your conception of Democracy and disdain for working people. Keep it going! WE in opposition are encouraged.

    I sure hope my friend is right about that!

  • sspiker

    n/t

  • Teddy Goodson

    also include in the amputated bill the other authoritarian gems, like giving Governor Walker the power to sell off parts of state property without oversight, and to appoint an anti-health care buddy to run Medicaid? Were these not also part of the original udget legislation, buried in the fine print?

  • Teddy Goodson

    left behind any pretensions that they are not wedded to autocracy and authoritarianism. They no longer bother with any pretension of democracy. When in Congress they practice obstructionism, preventing governing by opponents who won the election; when in the majority at any level, they refuse any restraints on passing their agenda, they are a rubber stamp for the corporations who pay for their campaigns. It could be termed legislative terrorism.

    They are a disaster bent on destroying the American experiment in self-government. Father Knows Best, the divine right of kings, shut up and do as we tell you.  I wonder what fate is in store for that one Republican who voted against the legislation.

  • pontoon

    Here is a link to the video of the actual conference committee meeting with Rep. Barca (D) telling the Republicans that it is an illegal meeting!

    http://wiseye.org/Programming/

  • DCCyclone

    I gave $250 to the WI Dem Party earlier in the week, and then $250 to the WI State Senate Dem Cmte (different committee) tonight.

    I’ve never before given money to a state party in a state where I’ve never lived, but this has national consequences and is worth it.

    Recall will be a huge victory if they can pull it off.