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Shocked, Shocked to Hear That Gov. Walker Is Playing Dirty Electoral Pool

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: dishonesty, corruption, elections, republicans, propaganda, lies, union rights, union busting )

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They had to expose the truth: stripping unions' rights was never about the budget. It was always about defeating Obama in 2012. Walker tried to hide behind a cooked-up budget crisis, but the Democrats at least succeeded in pulling away that facade.

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Norm C (74)
Friday March 11, 2011, 10:45 pm
Scott Walker is a carpetbagger who seems to think he is on a mission from some higher authority. It seems he took the wrong phone call. It turns out the higher authority was Mussolini channeling Napoleon Bonaparte. And Scott Walker was in Waterloo.

We must teach these dictatorial freaks of anti-American authoritarianism a lesson at the ballot box that they and there ideological offspring will never forget. In Wisconsin we get to have recall elections. Eight of the GOP Goonators have petitions circulating to force them into a recall. Governor PeeWee Walker won't be recallable until next January. But he's a has been then.

Please, if you can afford it, give to the recall campaigns. We have to make these fools feel the shame and pain of a stunning wooping!

. (0)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 12:39 am
The dude in the picture bears a striking resemblance to Pee-Wee Herman!

Bon L (0)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 1:22 am
Thanks for the info.

Regina P (67)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 12:23 pm
Thank you for the info & yes it is Pee-Wee

Penelope Ryan (178)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 12:49 pm
Yes, i think it was fairly obious it was not the budget, as the workers agreed to take the cuts. it was about republicans stripping even more right from the working class. They are after, only for the rich!

donald Baumgartner (6)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 12:54 pm
PEE Wee Herman it IS!!

Dianna M (16)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 1:09 pm
So it isn't just me who saw the resemblance to Pee Wee . . . I don't know, it makes the picture just that much scarier . . . !

Jennifer G (20)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 1:12 pm
Noted...thanks for posting!

Penny S (9)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 1:20 pm
Yes, this IS just the tip of the iceberg - in MI they are not only taking rights away but democracy itself, the Governor has made it so that if he deems a crisis he will appoint someone to remove ELECTED officials (democrats I am sure), they can even give control of towns over to corporate interests - are you kidding? No, they are really doing this! All across the upper midwest and east coast there are power grabs and union busting. I have been heartened by signs saying "republican no more" I never understood how middle class people would vote against their best interests to vote republican. The sheep need to stop being herded into the slaughtering pens - but with the help of Fox they have been doing that for years and I hope they are waking up before it is too late.

When people are willing to blame the mess we are in on school teachers, snow plow drivers and secretaries but defend Wall Street gazillionaires who have been raking in record bonuses year after year after year after year??? They say yes, Big Oil needs corporate welfare because they haven't made big enough profits - but we will crucify someone making 40K a year? What happened to people? Why can't people think any more or see right and wrong? It is a sad day - but, some are waking up - I hope more do - it would just be nice to have as much news coverage of the protests going on in dozens of state capitals - there was outrage that in Egypt they weren't letting the story get out or the news be reported, but that is okay here in the U.S.? Or distorting the news by saying there are equal protests when in WI there were tens of thousands of ordinary Wisconsinites in the street and the Koch Brotheres were only able to BUS IN 600 people - that was somehow equal? No, but the corporate news doesn't want the true face of this to get out either....Keep spreading the word, keep thinking and keep fighting for what is right.

The other huge problem, not so long ago the American middle class was where it was at, now I believe that the corporations don't care because now that they have shipped our jobs overseas - the Chinese and Indians have huge numbers of people moving into the middle class, they will buy the products that we can no longer afford and it is just fine with corporate America if WE become the new third world citizens that will work for nothing because we have no rights and no choice. I don't begrudge those being lifted out of poverty, we all want a better life - I blame the powerful that are getting rich on the backs of us "little people" and will do anything to grab all the power and all the money and try to turn working class citizens on each other (union vs. non-union, teachers vs. factory used to be black vs. white or "illegal aliens" now it is anyone who isn't filthy rich that they want to turn on each other) Please don't fall for it. Don't let them win - if they do, average American lose.

Sorry for the rant, I just see more and more of what used to be good about our country slipping away. Red v. blue - north v. south, spewers of hate on tv and radio - they are tearing us apart and it simply isn't right!

Michael M (35)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 1:24 pm
Walker is scum . Period.

Doug C (51)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 1:57 pm
I don't know Micheal M, but he seems to know his biology.

Caitlin M (104)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 1:59 pm
This is such a good post and with such great remarks by Norm and Penelope, and Penny. I agree with all and can't add much except thank for posting and saying the truth so well. I have sent this particular post on to a Republican't friend of mine. He may may tear up my high school picture of us after this!

Caitlin M (104)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 2:01 pm
And I loved Pee Wee's picture! It's so apropos.

William Y (54)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 2:17 pm
Actually Pee Wee Herman had more sense.

Deborah L (70)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 2:34 pm
I see my home town of Flint, Mich. up for grabs by the corps. At my local crime watch meeting last month, two ward council members were there and said that they figured in about 2-3 weeks the government would be taking control of Flint, yet again. And it doesn't sound good for Flint. It hasn't happened yet and since the local news is silent and the smaller than pitiful thing they call a newspaper now since the days of Bush's super censoring of the news when we had large daily papers actually filled with information to the now 3 days per week in which all 3 days of so called news would not be large enough to make 1 old days worth the news before 2000. Wow 11 years of keeping the truth from the people.

As for Walker, he should be removed from office immediately as a traitor to his state and this country. It was stated that he cannot be recalled until he has served 1 year in office. O say no! Do you realize how much more damage he is capable of in a years time, it will be similar to G.W. Bush signing things into law that would have destroyed much of America for the interest and favor of the mega corps. Walker is no different, once he know he is on his way out, he will seek revenge upon those who want him out of office as he lied his way into office and got caught.

Hell has no fury like a repug/ scorned.

Marco C (31)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 3:01 pm
Walker is far from alone, he has supporters. How many of them can be recalled or boycotted? No reason to stand by helplessly and wait for a term to expire. Some of them may need to try something new. Strike while the iron is hot. He and his cohorts may not have heard the knocking on the door, so knock a little harder and help his hearing. Any one of us can stand a little improvement., he just needs a little help from the common folk. he may not have heard from everyone yet. Why not Send him a message he will understand?


Norm C (74)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 3:44 pm
Walker is on the prowl for headlines and fame. He knows he will never be re-elected. I don't know if he figures on being recalled. His goal is to become the next half-term governor on the 2012 ticket for the GOP or the next "think tank" doyen set up with a never ending stipend by the Koch brothers or one of the other great right-wing Funders.

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 5:27 pm
I hope the people of Wisconsin succeed in recalling Gov. Walker.

Carlene V (202)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 6:30 pm
Great post. This is only the beginning of what I hope are people waking up and realizing just what the repubs are trying to do.

catherine Buchanan (113)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 7:20 pm
i do not have the ability to call walker and cronies "republican" anymore. what he is attempting to do and what snyder is doing is 100% pure fascism. please call what it is. the turning over of public services to the corporations in wisconsin, and the turning over of entire towns and cities to corporations in michigan is 100%, pure, unadulterated fascism.

Jae A (316)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 7:52 pm
Tea Bagger/White Suprimist/SkinHead types will always hang themselves if given enough rope, just as the Bimbo exGoverner from Alaska has. Their supporters do the same by voting against their own good...Is there a sane or honest person between the sum total of all these rightwing extremist groups I wonder....I think not...sigh.

Edward M (8)
Monday March 14, 2011, 3:52 am
Shocked? well........not really, although I am surprised that you have found out about Governor Walker's unsavoury behaviour so quickly.

Mary L (132)
Monday March 14, 2011, 5:38 am
Norm, Norm - he is helping a higher authority all those rich folks he serves by helping to destroy the tatterdemalion remnants of the middle class.

Lori K (56)
Monday March 14, 2011, 7:38 pm
Maybe having the Republican victory now was a good thing. With so many horrible things happening to the middle class, maybe everyone will wake up and finally realize the Republican Party is for the rich, and only the rich. The USA will rapidly devolve into a nation of Haves, and Have Nots if it continues this way.

Helen Avila (166)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 8:55 am
Here is a must read article about the tactics being used by the GOP.. it was in yesterday's USA Today as an editorial:

GOP trying to ‘shock and awe’ Dems into submission
By DeWayne Wickham
If you’re eager to see the 2012 presidential race get underway, don’t be fooled by the slowness of Republican wannabes to officially enter the campaign. It’s already in high gear.
In their attempt to deny Democrat Barack Obama a second term in the White House, Republicans appear to be using the same “shock and awe” strategy employed by the U.S. military to confuse the forces of Saddam Hussein at the beginning of the Iraq War. While Saddam’s troops prepared to repel an American-led invasion, U.S. naval vessels fired hundreds of Tomahawk cruise missiles at key targets throughout Iraq. The destruction of those targets crippled any chance Saddam had of putting up a good fight before a major engagement between Iraqi and U.S. forces was fought.
Republicans are employing a similar “shock and awe” campaign. The pre-emptive strikes the GOP is launching aren’t so much a direct attack on Obama as they are intended to destroy the base of his support before the 2012 presidential race begins.
Proof of this strategy surfaced in the wake of the attack Republicans launched against public-employee unions in Wisconsin. With a movement underway to recall eight of the Republican state senators who joined the GOP majority in passing the bill that stripped away most of these union’s bargaining rights, the body’s top Republican made it clear what is at stake if the GOP loses those seats. “If they flip the state Senate . . . they can take control of the labor unions. If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a . . . much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin,” Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told Fox News.
Unions, Hispanics, minorities and college students are as essential to Obama’s re-election hopes as the targets destroyed by the Tomahawk attack were to Saddam’s survival. While much of the nation’s attention was focused on the GOP’s attack on public-employee unions in Wisconsin, Republicans were hurling their political missiles at Democratic targets in other states. In New Hampshire, the new GOP House speaker defended his party’s effort to pass a law that would make it difficult for many college students to register and vote. Young people are “foolish,” William O’Brien told a Tea Party gathering, because they’re “liberal” and “just vote their feelings.”
In fact, Republicans are using their legislative majorities in dozens of states to push legislation that would sharply curtail the ability of students and minorities — the Democrat Party base — to vote.
In Florida, newly elected Republican Gov. Rick Scott imposed a five-year waiting period before non-violent felons can vote after their release from prison. Asked why he did it, Scott offered this simple (if not simple-minded) explanation: “Seemed reasonable.” In states like Georgia, Tennessee and Texas, Republicans are pushing anti-immigration bills that critics believe are meant to curb the growing voting strength of Hispanics.
If this strategy succeeds, any of the front-runners among the current crop of potential GOP presidential candidates would have their prospect of defeating Obama dramatically improved. As it stands now, former House speaker Newt Gingrich and ex-governors Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Tim Pawlenty are long-shot presidential candidates.
To unseat Obama, the eventual Republican Party standard-bearer will need lawmakers in GOP-dominated state legislatures to largely succeed in their efforts to weaken the president’s base. Short of that, Obama’s road to victory will look a lot like the one American troops traveled to Baghdad.
DeWayne Wickham writes on Tuesdays for USA TODAY.

Walker: Governor of Wisconsin.

Lika P (130)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 8:23 pm
Of course it's not about the budget. Walker is all about wanting to be a dictator of the state.
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