Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Exposed: Republicans Attacking Unions To Hurt Obama In 2012

Exposed: Republicans Attacking Unions To Hurt Obama In 2012

Wisconsin Under Seige


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Arizona-style immigration law to be up for debate in Wisconsin

Arizona-style immigration law to be up for debate in Wisconsin

More rules released for State Capitol visitors

More rules released for State Capitol visitors


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Camping gear from Capitol protests will be tossed after 6 p.m. Wednesday

Camping gear from Capitol protests will be tossed after 6 p.m. Wednesday

What's Wrong with this Picture? Canada Goes UnCut!

“Walker’s plan to break unions remains intact in all of these so-called compromise proposals.”

“Walker’s plan to break unions remains intact in all of these so-called compromise proposals.”

"His proposals are posturing and showboating for the media. The only thing he’s doing is rearranging the deck chairs on the collective bargaining Titanic. Thousands of workers still lose their ALL of their bargaining rights under any of these proposals." see article/link/above

How Wisconsin Could Turn Austerity Into Prosperity: Own a Bank
Saturday 05 March 2011
by: Ellen Brown | YES! Magazine | Op-Ed

Why Employee Pensions Aren't Bankrupting States Sunday 06 March 2011 by:
Sunday 06 March 2011

by: Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers | Report
"Ironically, in Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker is trying to weaken public-sector unions and reduce pension benefits, he's exempted police and firefighters, who are among the most unionized public employees. And Wisconsin's public-sector pension plan still has enough assets today to cover more than 18 years of benefits."

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Wisconsin budget to hurt students at technical colleges

US Uncut crashes Bank of America Conference

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Ever want to yell at 300 billionaires and millionaires who helped wreck the economy? US Uncut did just that.

At Bank of America's first Investor Conference in three years (3/8/11), organizers from US Uncut crashed the event to protest corporate tax dodgers and public service cuts. The room was packed with 300 hedge fund managers, institutional investors, & asset managers.

The video says it all with US Uncut's simple message:

"When corporations like Bank of America don't pay their fair share of taxes, we have to 'cut' teachers, firefighters, and public servants."

"Do you pay your taxes? So do we. Why don't corporations pay their fair share, just like everyone else?"

"Bank of America is Bad for America. Bank of America pockets Billions in profits and bailouts, but $0 in American taxes - that's immoral and un-American."

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Why Employee Pensions Aren't Bankrupting States

Why Employee Pensions Aren't Bankrupting States
Sunday 06 March 2011

by: Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers | Report

Why Employee Pensions Aren't Bankrupting States
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks about the state budget at a joint session of the Legislature in the State Capitol Madison, in Wisconsin, March 1, 2011. (Photo: Nicole Bengiveno / The New York Times)

Walker's elimination of family planning funds could jeopardize federal dollars, close clinics

Walker's elimination of family planning funds could jeopardize federal dollars, close clinics

JUDITH DAVIDOFF | The Capital Times |

"Anti-abortion groups have hailed the governor's move to eliminate state funding for family planning. "Wisconsin Right to Life Applauds Walker Budget Which Cuts Funds to Abortion Providers," read the headline on the group's news release March 3, the day after Walker released his budget.

"The headline alludes to Planned Parenthood, which provides family planning services around the state and abortion services at three stand-alone clinics. Walker's move to spike family planning dollars is among efforts throughout the U.S. by Republicans aimed at Planned Parenthood; Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives, for instance, voted on Feb. 18 to ban the use of federal funds for Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide.

Federal law, however, prohibits the use of federal dollars for abortion services, as does Wisconsin law, so none of the funds targeted in Walker's budget are used to fund abortion services.

Barbara Lyons, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life, nevertheless insists that Planned Parenthood uses taxpayer dollars to help "underwrite" its abortion practices.

Amanda Harrington, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, disputes such claims and says its abortion clinics are "funded entirely with private funds.""(see full article)Walker's elimination of family planning funds could jeopardize federal dollars, close clinics

From "Morning in America" to the Nightmare on Main Street
(Full article here)
Tuesday 08 March 2011

by: Henry A. Giroux, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the Global TV Network Chair Professorship at McMaster University in the English and Cultural Studies Department. He has taught at Boston University, Miami University of Ohio, and Penn State University. His most recent books include: Youth in a Suspect Society (Palgrave, 2009); Politics After Hope: Obama and the Crisis of Youth, Race, and Democracy (Paradigm, 2010); Hearts of Darkness: Torturing Children in the War on Terror (Paradigm, 2010); and he is working on two new books titled Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism and Education and the Crisis of Public Values, both of which will be published in 2011 by Peter Lang Publishers. Giroux is also a member of Truthout's Board of Directors. His website is

"In order to protect the interests of the wealthy and powerful corporations, the formative cultures, social formations and institutions necessary for a viable democracy are under a wide-ranging assault. The intensity and barbarism of such an attack is evident in the current right-wing attempts to dismantle crucial social safety nets, collective bargaining rights, unions and the regulatory constraints on powerful corporations. This conservative assault is not just about the enactment of reactionary government policies; it is also about the proliferation of a war at home, the collateral damage of which is harsh and brutalizing, especially for young people, the unemployed, the elderly, the poor, and a number of other individuals and groups now bearing the burden of the worst economic recession since the 1920s. But there is more at stake than an increase in the hard currency of human suffering; there are also disturbing signs that American society is moving toward an authoritarian state largely controlled by corporations and a financial elite.(1)

Political power is now up for sale just as government resources are increasingly being contracted out or sold off to the highest bidder. Like lemmings in heat, thousands of corporate lobbyists flock to Washington determined to corrupt the political process, while multibillionaires such as the Koch brothers use their $42 billion-dollar war chest to fund right-wing think tanks, the Tea Party, and other conservative groups in order to crush the labor movement and enact legislative policies designed to decimate the social state and hand over the levers of political and economic sovereignty to the rich. Commenting on the real agenda of the Koch brothers and the Republican Party, New York Times op-ed writer Frank Rich rightly argues, "[t]he real goal is to reward the G.O.P.'s wealthiest patrons by crippling what remains of organized labor, by wrecking the government agencies charged with regulating and policing corporations and, as always, by rewarding the wealthiest with more tax breaks."(2)"continue reading....,

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Clubbin' Scott Fitzgerald Playa-Hatin On Protesters

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The video is allegedly a covert recording of Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald talking to two others at the Esquire Club (1025 N. Sherman Ave., 608-249-0193) about the “disrespectful” protesters, and the audio is either funny or outrageous, depending on your point of view. “These Goddamn goofy-haired... these long-haired goof f**kers…just roaming the building.”

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From the official website of the Madison uprising
Defend Wisconsin.Org Asks Protesters About David Koch's $ 100 Million Donation To Cancer Research (video here)

Cancer Research Before Activism, Billionaire Conservative Donor Says article here)

Published: March 4, 2011

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — "More than a thousand miles from the labor tumult in Wisconsin — where his name shows up on the signs of protesters and a liberal blogger impersonating him got through to the governor on the phone and said “gotta crush that union!” — the real David H. Koch was greeted rather more warmly here Friday when he officially opened a new cancer research institute bearing his name.
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Mr. Koch and his brother Charles, both No. 5 in Forbes’s list of the richest Americans, are targets of liberal activists.

Mr. Koch, a billionaire who is perhaps best known for his family’s contributions to conservative causes, got a standing ovation from scientists, Nobel laureates and politicians of various political stripes as he opened the new David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he gave $100 million to help build. And in a brief, and rare, interview, Mr. Koch, 70, spoke of his hopes for the new center, his prostate cancer and the prank call heard around the world.

“It’s a case of identity theft,” Mr. Koch said of the call in which the liberal blogger got through to Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, drew him out about his plans to weaken unions and posted a recording of the call on the Internet, making news and embarrassing the governor. Mr. Koch, whose company, Koch Industries, had given major campaign support to Governor Walker, among other conservative candidates and causes, added, “I didn’t even know his name before this brouhaha erupted.”"

Georgia GOP Raising Taxes On Girl Scout Cookies While Cutting Taxes On Foreign Corporations
(full article here)

by Alex Seitz-Wald of Think Progress on Mar 8th, 2011 at 11:05 am

"Many Georgians would be adversely affected by the tax hikes on basic commodities, including the Girl Scouts, who are worried about the “significant financial impact” the bill would have on the revenue they raise through cookie sales, which would now be subject to sales tax. Over the weekend, Marilyn Midyette, the CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, sent an email to supporters warning them that the new tax on their cookies “would take money away from Girl Scout programs“:

This significant financial impact would take money away from Girl Scout programs, camp support, financial aid and proceeds from the sale that support troop activities and community service projects.

…[P]lease contact your State House Representative and State Senator TODAY and express your concern in a courteous, Scout-like manner about our Scouts being taxed. Please reference House Bill 385. Sample letters have been provided on the left to make it easy to copy and paste into your own email. There are sample letters for girls as well as for parents and volunteers."

"Beyond Girl Scout cookies, taxes on food and gasoline are highly regressive disproportionately affecting lower and middle class consumers, who spend a larger share of their limited income on necessities like groceries than do people with higher disposable incomes."