Los Angeles Politics Hotsheet for Wednesday; Special Wisconsin State of Mind Edition
|Be careful. Don't fall off.|
If there is anyone left out there that believes Wisconsin Gov. Walker's Anti-Union legislation actually has anything to do with balancing the state budget, then I would invite you to climb back on the turnip truck you just fell off of.
This is union busting on a scale not seen in decades. Republicans in Wisconsin, and in several other Midwest states are working (under the direction and through the generous funding of the Koch Brothers) to dismantle the historic and hard fought for rights of workers in both the public and private sector. From astro-turf tea-party groups to posing as SEIU workers to shutting down internet access to a pro-worker web site, this is the corporate puppet GOP at it's worst.
The irony of it all is that Walker is about to cost Wisconsin tens of millions if this bonehead piece of legislation is ever passed. What Walker should be focusing on, if he wasn't a bought and paid for Koch Brothers lackey, is seeking restitution from the criminals on Wall Street that crippled the housing market, the fund managers that placed pension funds in terrible investments, and rescinding the millions in tax breaks he just gave to his corporate buddies. To attack the people that actually work for a living is kicking the hornet's nest and motivates tens of thousands of people to surround the state capitol. Like I said before, this battle is not going away anytime soon, if anything, it will spread. Witness recent actions in Indiana and Ohio. And all this just since the weekend! My take is that the GOP is over-reaching and seriously miscalculating yet again. From denying women access to reproductive health, to the current round of union busting, the extreme radicals on the right are running and ruining what used to be the Republican Party.
BTW, guess who shut down the unions in 1933?
And where are the jobs the GOP promised they would deliver?