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Wisconsin labor protests ‘like Cairo,’ GOP’s Paul Ryan exclaims

By Sahil Kapur
Thursday, February 17, 2011 14:41 EDT
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WASHINGTON – In Exhibit A, millions of people protesting a 30-year autocrat’s tyrannical regime. In Exhibit B, several thousand demonstrators railing against a bill curtailing public employee union rights.

Both significant, but not really comparable.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, a rising star in the Republican Party, on Thursday equated the protests against his home-state Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) budget plan to the world-historic demonstrations in Egypt that last week led to the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.

“He’s getting riots. It’s like Cairo’s moved to Madison these days,” Ryan said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Walker’s budget plan would strip the collective bargaining rights of public employees and force them to pay more for benefits, in an effort to cut Wisconsin’s budget deficit of $137 million. He threatened to call the national guard to fill the duties of state workers if they were to protest or walk out.

The controversial legislation drew thousands of protesters near the Wisconsin Capitol on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that as many as 10,000 demonstrators gathered in the capital city of Madison, including “teachers, prison guards and students.”

Ryan said he supports his governor’s plan, insisting it’s “not asking a lot.”

“He’s basically saying I want you public workers to pay half of what our private sector counter parts are, and he’s getting riots,” Ryan said, adding that “we’ve got to get this deficit and debt under control in Madison.”

President Barack Obama condemned the measure Wednesday in an interview with the Milwaukee-based news station TMJ, calling it an “assault on unions.”

This video is of the Wisconsin protests, uploaded to Vimeo by Johnny Clark.

WISCONSIN UNION PROTEST RALLY – DOCUMENTARY from Johnny Clark on Vimeo.

 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    More of us should be going Egyptian!
    Good for the Wisconsians!

    Be afraid you entrenched elites….this is a movement.

  • yvonneo

    The only debt crisis in WI is the one Walker created in the month that he’s been in office. This is all just another g-damned republican scam to deceive the people.

    “To the extent that there is an imbalance — Walker claims there is a $137 million deficit — it is not because of a drop in revenues or increases in the cost of state employee contracts, benefits or pensions. It is because Walker and his allies pushed through $140 million in new spending for special-interest groups in January. If the Legislature were simply to rescind Walker’s new spending schemes — or delay their implementation until they are offset by fresh revenues — the “crisis” would not exist.”

    http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/editorial/article_61064e9a-27b0-5f28-b6d1-a57c8b2aaaf6.html?nstrack=sid:321943

    Until Walker pushed through that $140 million in new spending, Wisconsin had a surplus in excess of $122 million. So Walker deliberately created Wisconsin’s current deficit–and all within a month’s time of him being in office–imagine the damage he could do after four years. The citizens of Wisconsin should demand a recall on this pukish excuse for a governor ASAP!

  • Anonymous

    I can see the comparison, both the former egyptian leader and the gop hate democracy.

  • Ed Dominguez

    How does this asshole get say how much your pay is, and the worker has no say. The voters should put on the ballot to pay this asshole 1 dollar for the entire term, with no health care unless he pays 75% of insurance, 5 thousand dollar co-pay.

  • Ed Dominguez

    Notice how this asshole did not offer to take a cut in his pay to help the state budget.

  • Anonymous

    Cairo has come to Madison eh? So when will you learn? When it gets to Washington?

  • Anonymous

    He didn’t get the implication of his own words did he.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    Time to WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN!

    Btw, most of the rioting and looting in Cairo was caused by Interior Ministry employees and prisoners who were forced (at gunpoint) to leave the prisons and in some cases accompany the Interior Ministry employees in their false flag attacks. War is dirty, never take bombs from strangers, beware of agent provocateurs they are always used.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VTEFI4UX2UVLGC5UKDSRTZIIJI Jerry

    You’re a good American Governor Scott Walker !!!!! If you can’t afford a big screened plasma tv, you simply cant buy one….

  • http://twitter.com/RavenWytch RavenWytch

    I think this is just the beginning. The working and middle class in this country are getting tired of having their faces ground into the dirt while the GOP (and Dems) and their Wall Street overlords run this country straight into the ground. They’re tired of seeing their workers rights taken away, they’re tired of seeing their jobs shipped overseas, they’re tired of seeing the corporate and banking conglomerates making billions and billions of dollars while they’re forced further into poverty. They’re tired of seeing their elected representatives, who are supposed to represent the people, bought and paid for.

  • Anonymous

    Republicans are waging war against the middle class on down. War war war. The song is: bring back the feudal days, the glory glory fuedal days when people were serfs and idiots were king, the glory glory fuedal days.

    The Republicans caused the mess. 30 years of their rule and the country went crash right off the cliff and now that humpty is on the ground the Republicans are running around like clowns telling everyone….

    We interrupt this post due to the fact that Republicans actually have no ideas or plans and no they will not create jobs. But they will continue to run around like clowns and squeeze their bicycle horns and based on that alone they expect you to elect them.

  • Anonymous

    Ryan says it’s not asking a lot! Well, let’s see who it is asking who to make sacrifices. The middle class, who just so happens to be sinking into the poorer class! No one has asked the rich individuals or the wealthy industrialists to give up anything! The middle class has suffered the most in the past 12 yrs. with no end in site and yet the repubs want them to carry the brunt of fixing the mess the wealthy individuals created and reaped vast wealth from. Those damn middle class peons should not be complaining about anything! They should all be happy to suffer even more so the wealthy can have more! Jeez what a bunch of whiners!!!! They actually want the wealthy to leave the unions alone and allow the middle class a little hope! The audacity of some people! Don’t they know it is their duty to carry the burden for the rich? Sheeeeeesh! [I wish the people in this country would get mad and take to the streets]!

  • Anonymous

    Ryan is nothing but another damn grand-standing Republican psycho!

    He supposedly made this incomprehensible statement:

    “[The governor's] basically saying I want you public workers to pay half of what our private sector counter parts are, and he’s getting riots,” Ryan said.

    What the hell does that even mean. It makes no sense.

  • Anonymous

    Paul, if you were honestly worried about the deficit you would make sure the businesses, some of whom have not paid taxes in years, were paying their fair share. Until then leave the middle class alone.

  • Guest

    “Be afraid you entrenched elites….this is a movement.”

    Oh, really? Let’s watch the programmed citizens and see if they wake up. My money is on continued sleep with dashes of T.V. sports, reality shows, and credit card shopping.

  • Anonymous

    Does he not know the difference between a peaceful demonstration and a riot or is he a filthy, lying Republican?

  • Anonymous

    This country won’t be happy until people are dying in the streets.

  • Anonymous

    A peaceful demonstration, is that bad?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Mr. Ryan needs to go back home for a while. If he does, I hope the Wisconsinians also adopt the act of shoe throwing just like our brothers and sisters in Egypt. One difference is worth pointing out here though. The Egyptians wear light, comfortable shoes–most union workers wear steel-toed boots. Let’em fly boys! :)

    PS: Ryan you are such a pathetic little dweeb. Why do you talk? You read one or two books on Austrian Economics, gagged the one-eyed gopher a few times to pictures of Friedrich Hayek and Ronald Reagan, and wrote a budget proposal during that moment of post-ejaculation illusional clarity.

    Shut the f#ck up.

  • Anonymous

    What? you talking to me? I gotta go shopping leave me alone.

  • Anonymous

    What do you expect from someone who believes that “Atlas Shrugged” is nonfiction?

  • Anonymous

    LOL! This fucking dipshit is shocked–shocked!–that people are telling him and Walker to go fuck themselves. If he thinks these “riots” are bad, just give it some time….

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    “It’s like Cairo’s moved to Madison these days”

    And not only that but it is like mubarak moved there as well.

  • ladyblug

    France anyone? Can you say guillotine. I live in Wisconsin and it amazes me that the majority of voters in Nov. voted this asshat and Ron Johnson in, and Russ Feingold out. Bet the state goes BLUE next election. Oh yea, we also have Lyan Ryan.

  • ladyblug

    Another one of their “talking points” is entitlements. Fuck yea I’m entitled. I have been paying in for my whole life (52) and I want it all (SS) that I have coming.

  • ladyblug

    They’re are no riots in Madison. They are protesting. Big difference.

  • ladyblug

    Filthy lying Republicans!

  • Anonymous

    Sahil, my first time to your site but I would appreciate it if you would clarify something that all the bloggers are misconstruing.

    Walker has only said he would use the National Guard to take the place of prison guards if they walk off the job, not all state employees. This may be a small point, but the right wingers point to this and say that if the progressives are lying about this, what else are they lying about?

    That said, I’ll be down at the capital tomorrow marching with my fellow Wisconsinites.

  • Anonymous

    Wisconsin labor protests ‘like Cairo,’ GOP’s Paul Ryan exclaims

    I have to give you credit for figuring out the nazi governor is a puppet of the tories. Just like the ex-leader of Egypt.

  • http://www.phplinkdirectory.com David DuVal

    The right of employees to assemble and plan and stand together should never be taken away. Cuts may be needed that are really difficult, but you can’t stop people from assembling.

  • Anonymous

    Paul Ryan raised after the death of his Dad on SSI checks that even paid his way to college, now is all for himself. Paul might be seeing his last term if he doesn’t shut his mouth.

  • Cussin’ Jack

    YEAH!!! WHAT HE SAID!!!

    We don’t want to see free people expressing their beliefs and exercising their Constitutionally granted rights for a redress of grievances against their elected government out in plain public view like the God forsaken heathens in those flea-bitten 3rd world countries, now do we Paul ol’ boy? It’s embarassing and it looks down right uncivilized!

    Jackwagon.

  • Anonymous
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dorothy-Banks/100001470098554 Dorothy Banks

    Walker is trying to bust the union in Wisconsin, force teachers, firemen and policemen to reapply for their job at lower wages, a plot designed by top employers in Wisconsin. If it works in that state, there will be a domino effect around the country. With Americans working for lower wages and no benefits there would no reason to hire illegals, who will be run out of the country.

    In the meanwhile, Walker will hit two balls with one bat if he can balance Wisconsin’s deficit on the backs of the poor and middle class, and lower their salaries simultaneously.

    Oh, the evil web we weave when we practice to deceive. That should be Walker slogan instead of “Wisconsin is open for business.”

  • Anonymous

    This is what happens when the superme court sell America out for big business, Now the will try to destroy anybody and flood are T>V> with lieing crap from the republican party to destroy unions and other groups trying to fight for a little justic for americans.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Egypt, maybe–except that in Wisconsin, the Republican murderers will kill the protesting workers. All Republicans are murderers and thieves.

  • lilyannerose

    In love and solidarity of spirit with Wisconsin:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yuK4m3UzRk&feature=related

  • Anonymous

    When politicians open their mouth the BS spreads like wildfire on the prairie.

  • Guest

    Just another example of the Republican Party PROVING that we need government regulations…

  • Guest

    They don’t usually seem to…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FPBFO6RC5R2HHIP3VXSFU2RZQA mjj

    He is lucky it is not like EGYPT. Remember when people have nothing left to lose they lose it. There are several million that belong to the 99′r club. Those who have exhausted all their unemployement benefits. Sooner or later these people will band together and then look out. It will spread from one city to another.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WTNQVSGEC5EKUX6WFDHUG7VZDY A

    Why is none of the cuts are to lawmaker benefits and pay?????

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OJ7X4WKOH54GOTXIEOKFE3RXT4 Winnie Gillis

    “”He’s basically saying ” no collective bargaining. And that’s just for starters. His other cuts are minor for the moment. But once you schain the unions, watch out.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FGXCARS3WJKDWGGWBSOKAPH5RQ Dennis

    This is what happens when liberals and progressives sit on their ass instead of getting out and voting. Or when they go temporarily insane and believe the fascist propaganda like the tea bagger movement. We have got to take every election seriously because the fascists won’t rest until we’re all slaves. What these evil bastards don’t realize though is there wouldn’t even be an economy to exploit if it weren’t for the working poor and middle class busting their ass every day in this country. These political, corporate and day trading parasites have got to be exterminated and the best way to do it is to take away their food. Wisconsin is doing this by making their economy stand still and hopefully we can all do this someday and grind this f%&ker to a halt and squash these bastards!

  • Anonymous

    Geez, Paul, you compare Madison to Cairo like that’s a bad thing.

  • Anonymous

    If he was right, they’d be coming for him and all other reslugliCONs. Hmmm…

  • Anonymous

    I agree.
    Most Americans are too stupid.
    They fall for every line of bullsh** they hear on their teevees.
    They believe any crap if they hear it on teevee.
    That’s why the laws regulating media have been removed or are not enforced and Big Corporations and the super wealthy have bought up all the media outlets to use as their private propaganda tools.
    They know propaganda works if you keep it going nonstop 24/7.

  • Anonymous

    If there are such budget crisis’s everywhere, why weren’t taxes on the super wealthy returned to previous levels?
    It’s a plan that’s been cooking for decades.
    Roll back taxes for the rich, starve the government and use the ensuing crisis to destroy the power of the American middle class.
    They’re right on schedule.
    The only thing that can stop it is if the American people come out of their stupor before it’s too late.
    I’m not counting on it.

  • Anonymous

    They’ve been waiting since FDR to do what their doing now.
    They goal is to destroy the American middle class and reduce us to serfdom.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, the middle class has to sacrifice so the wealthy can keep their multiple vacation homes, private planes and five car garages.
    That’s more important than homes, health and education for the middle class.
    That’s just the way it is…….according to the GOP… and too many Dems I might add.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not really about the deficit.
    It’s about waging class war on the middle class.

  • Anonymous

    “It’s like Cairo’s moved to Madison these days”

    So what is he saying?
    That like the Egyptian people, after too many years of eating sh**, middle class Americans are finally standing up for themselves?

  • Anonymous

    They want no government regulations for the same reason criminals would prefer not to have laws…
    so they can take advantage of and victimize people for profit.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps, this guy Paul Ryan, ought to read and understand the Constitution. As I recall it is a citizens right for redress of grievance, and also a right to petition our government, and to assemble peaceably. But maybe I am reading the wrong document.

  • RottenJohnny

    So he’s suggesting Gov. Scott Walker step down and slink off to some foreign country without deportation rules? I’ll splurge for the one way plane ticket.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    This idiot is right, likening the protests to Egypt, but for the wrong reasons (again). Yes it IS a revolt of a popular movement (like Egypt) of a common cause (like Egypt) of a wide cross section of people (like Egypt) who happen in many cases to be educated professionals (like Egypt) seeing a way of life being compromised (like Egypt) by a draconian policy (like Egypt) by an authoritarian individual who decided to take matters into his own hands with the help of sicophants (like Egypt) to unfairly “resolve” a problem caused by his own corrupt government (like Egypt). And NOT because the people are acting against the general good of the populace (unlike Egypt) but because the powers are against the people (like Egypt). Stupid dip. Walk like an Egyptian!!! We are all Khaled Said.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    Oh! and don’t forget the daily bout with Wii! Or if really avant garde “Guitar Hero!!!”

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    So Ryan gets a pretty good salary for doing nothing more than running around pissing people off. And look at the government benefits he’s pulling down. I think he and Walker should step down and go off and have a stroke in some Caribbean resort.

  • Anonymous

    The Governor of Wisconsin, similar to Mubarik, decided to be the “decider” of the state and whatever he wanted was to be law. The puppets said “YES” with no discussion and that was to be the end. However, the people had seen what happened in Egypt and decided that the fast track to killing Unions was not a good idea. Now we will see what the future of the middle class is as what happens in the most union of states will happen to the rest of the US.

  • Anonymous

    I’m from Ohio.Same republican hocus pocus,mumbo jumbo,”let’s assault the unions”bullshit.I do know one thing,the assault on working men and women will continue as long as people like Paul Ryan and Governor Walker,and Governor Kasich of Ohio continue to maintain they are representing”our interests”.We need to invite twenty million Egyptians to the U.S. to show us how it’s done.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Let’s hope that it does. Be very afraid.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Governor Wanker, subhuman filth that he is, has already declared his intention to kill.

    Lethal violence by the enemies of the people is always the cause of revolutionary violence. The people are inherently peaceful, but reserve the right to resist and subdue their enemies by all effective means.

    Read up on the Ludlow massacre or the Pullman strike if you think the labor movement won in the twentieth century by chanting Om or making garlands of flowers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Oh jesus. Now we know who the Republican Surprise Candidate for prexy will be in 2012. The Supine Cunt will order Congress to pass a special enabling law and the Truthers will vanish like chaff from the threshing floor.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    In that case, he should be driven from office, constitution or no constitution.

  • Anonymous

    The fat cats who no-showed for work to demand taxpayer-funded pensions and benefits while they retire at 55 are hardly the poor and oppressed that demanded Mubarak’s ouster. In fact, the taxpayers of Wisconsin are demanding, through their freely elected government, to throw out the parasites who want to live off the taxpayer.

    Their long free ride is over. May Wisconsin be the first of many states to allow merit pay, to fire bad teachers instead of only the new ones (tenure? In grade school? Come on!!), and to demand that the unios contribute to their own pensions and benefits for once.

    Obama made a mistake by mouthing off. He’ll never carry Wisconsin now. Of course, the “stimulus” went straight to his union constituency, but the taxpayers who work twelve months a year and have to subsidize these parasites are catching on. Power to the people! And if state employees — including the legislators who left the state — don’t show up for work, they shouldn’t get paid.

  • Anonymous

    It’s the taxpayers who are revolting, through their democratically elected legislature. Wisconsin was brought to the brink of ruin by its FORMER governors and legislatures, and the voters threw them out — so Wisconsin’s Mubarak is gone and the people rule. Good for them! The unions will learn they are not any different from the rest of the people. That’s democracy in action.

  • Anonymous

    This is the 21st century and we are not barbarians if the Governor’s wish is to push this into a violent protest then that should be resisted at all cost. People need think about their country as well as their State and themselves. Over a million people protested in Cairo for more than 18 days and Mubarak tried to push them into violence, it didn’t work and the people prevailed. It is selfish to think that right mean might. I do not want people accross the world watching as State Police and the National Guard war against their own people we are beyond that, we are better than that.

  • Anonymous

    We in Egypt could only WISH this would spread across the states. I believe it’s high time for a revolution there for the sake of the good American people, God knows their government is completely out of control.

  • Anonymous

    The constitution that the “not-so-supreme’ court makes up or the one bush tore up…….

  • Anonymous

    To humanity matters,you are absolutely correct my friend.Come across the pond and lead.What a deplorable condition this country is in.To think that I donned a uniform(U.S.ARMY)in defense of the principles this country stood for,only to realize the U.S. has no principles.Totally disgusted

  • dula

    This is about non-Union employees jealous of the fact that those in Unions had the courage to fight for fair treatment from the corporate elite. Now the peasants are jealous that Union members make more money and have better benefits. US peasantry are the biggest bunch of fools and cowards on the planet.

  • dula

    Non-Union employees are jealous of the fact that those in Unions had the courage to fight for fair treatment from the corporate elite. Now the peasants are envious that Union members make more money and have better benefits. US peasantry are the biggest bunch of fools and cowards on the planet.

  • Anonymous

    You are fooling yourself if you think this has anything to do with Wisconsin’s budget. This is union busting, and nothing more. This is about creating Carl Roves “permanent majority”. This is Cleptocracy in action.

  • Anonymous

    Why are you so afraid of collective bargaining? Are you talking about the “Parasites” that we trust to take care of and teach our children? No, your just a ignorant blowhard parroting the right-wing talking points.

  • Anonymous

    To the union members that keep talking about negotiating with the twit governor:

    STOP IT!!! It is now time for you to take back everything that you have given, because it was given up on false pretenses. Do not negotiate with this bastard governor. Kick him out, keep your rights, and keep what little pay you have. Your concessions are financing the theft of America, and killing the Middle Class.

    Stay in there, be strong, the world is watching you take the lead. We love you.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    Let me guess, you are a salesboy for a living. Every salesboy or piece of marketeering trash I ever met hates unions because they feel inadequate. They also spout republicon talking points. This country is being ruined by the sales and marketeering trash driving up the cost of everything while producing nothing. The entire economic problem in this country can be summed up quite simply in that there is too much sales and marketeering trash overhead being carried by too few productive people. If things are going to get better the sales, marketeering, bankster and insurance trash needs to be thrown out.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IPV6LRYFLBF6AYBLXYMS6L3XGQ chris

    I must have missed the riots on the tube.

  • Anonymous

    “He’s basically saying I want you public workers to pay half of what our private sector counter parts are, and he’s getting riots,” Ryan said.

    No, he’s saying I want to take a way your right as citizens of the USA to collectively bargain with your employer.

  • Anonymous

    you must not pay attention to Milwaukee politics…For the first six years in office, Walker took a voluntary 50% pay-cut out of his $130k annual salary as Milwaukee County Executive. He has in fact put his money where his mouth his and will almost certainly do it again. But thanks for the factless drivel and baseless personal attack.

  • Anonymous

    To anyone thinking of protesting, whatever the cause may be, just know that using Hitler in your protest signs makes you look like a hateful uninformed pig. Hitler signs are never okay unless maybe you’re a time traveler actually protesting Hitler.

  • Anonymous

    If Ryan is a rising star in the teatard party, they are sh*t out of luck. He is an ass clown, but most of the republicans seem to be ass clowns.

  • Anonymous

    My feeling is that enough of those people elected the thug to the office of governor and now they see what they got. Wake up America, look at what you got for that election in the first thirty days. Did you vote teatard to help the Koch movement or did you think it was for little ole you? You voted for the astroturfed Koch suckers.

  • Anonymous

    There is s simple way to get these deficits under control. Nationalize the banks that taxpayers bailed out. Seize all profits gained by securities and mortgage fraud and every nickel given to banksters in bonuses. Create a single payer medical care system like every other decent industrialized country; that will easily take care of half the deficit and eliminate the so-called problem with medicare (the problem is a private, profit-driven medical care system, not Medicare). The prices of drugs will plummet to the levels we see in other countries that sanely use government purchasing power to negotiate prices. I’m sure that the SIGNA, AETNA, Blue Cross swindlers can find other gainful employment.

    To take care of the longer term deficit, levy a one time 10 percent tax on all the assets held by the country’s top .5 percent. They’ve been manipulating the process through electoral corruption for decades. If they don’t like it, double the percentage and put the crooks in jail.

    Cut the defense budget by 50%. Reinvest 25% of those savings in green technology: that would create millions of jobs. If the private sector cannot produce full employment, let us invest our tax money in producing jobs that will create the technologies that could save the planet from ecological catastrophe.

    Close all the bases we maintain in other people’s countries.

    As for Social Security, which is paid for by payroll taxes, simply move the income limit upwards (or remove it all together) and Social Security will be flush for approximately ever.

    We need a democratic revolution in this country. There are plenty of solutions, but the disgusting elites who run the show are so selfish and so destructive that these obvious solutions are considered “politically impossible.” Well, they’re not. We can make them happen. And we won’t even have to cut their throats. It can all be a very peaceful, non-violent affair.

  • Anonymous

    This moron does not even know what he is really saying: that this could topple the new dictator of Wisconsin, Mr. “I gave all the state’s surplus to corporations so that we could say we’re broke as an excuse to kill the unions” Walker?

    It’s amazing how much money corporations had to spend to elect such inept fools as Walker (and even here, Ryan), who have not the slightest savoir-faire or any finesse in their crude and clumsy efforts to to impose corporate dictates over all of us.

    They have NO TALENT in the Republican party and this shows it all too well. Recall them, I say.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NJCCIALXZS6QQW6QSNNW5NKLHU sbc

    Dear Mr. Ryan

    There are many similarities between Wisconsin and Egypt; for that matter there is more in common than not. For the past four decades we have suffered under what euphemistically called ‘Reagannonics’, or the trickle-down theory. Nothing really trickles down to the working class, or to the professional class for that matter. We have been living with basically the same amounts of monies and benefits since the Reagan years. There has been a great decline in unions. Since ‘Reagannonics’, working conditions have only worsened; now we have a paranoid government that has worked against our freedoms of expression, speech and mobility. The government has also continued to destroy our unions. In the Wisconsin case the attack by the Governor is clearly as an attempt to destroy the Public employees union.

  • http://twitter.com/Bootstrapbettys Bootstrap Betty

    There was NEVER an excess. It was just officials fudging numbers.

  • Anonymous

    This is just another call to all the biggots, racists, neocons and Tea Party people to arm themselves against any progressives whom they consider to be “Moslems”! Saying Cairo has come to Madison likens all these protesters to a gang of terrorists! The Republicans are the terrorists who seek to eliminate the middle class by likening them to Egyptian terrorists, or so they think. Of course this is absurd, but it works on their brainwashed automotons in the Tea Party/GOP! Well get used to it right-wing nutcases because these protests are going to spread all across this country. Your Gilded Age mentality is tyranny and we won’t stand for it!

  • Anonymous

    Of course it’s just like Cairo to the reich-wing! Their side lost in Cairo! Need we any further proof?

  • Anonymous

    And now the worm has turned. The voters outnumber the state employees they’ve been subsidizing for far too long and whose unfunded liabilities are busting the state’s budget. Now they are going to stop the gravy train, because the taxpayers are tired of pushing it. Fair is fair.

    Unions can pay big salaries with their own money — hundreds of millions — which they give to crooked pol’s to keep the unions in clover – and it’s over.

    On Wisconsin!

  • yvonneo

    Why don’t you cite a source that supports your assertion that WI officials fudged the numbers? Also, there’s a typo I overlooked in my comment–the surplus was in excess of $121 million–not $122 million.

    From the article I cite above:

    “Despite shortfalls in revenue following the economic downturn that hit its peak with the Bush-era stock market collapse, the state has balanced budgets, maintained basic services and high-quality schools, and kept employment and business development steadier than the rest of the country. It has managed so well, in fact, that the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau recently released a memo detailing how the state will end the 2009-2011 budget biennium with a budget surplus.

    In its Jan. 31 memo to legislators on the condition of the state’s budget, the Fiscal Bureau determined that the state will end the year with a balance of $121.4 million.”

  • Anonymous

    Chrisinva,I’m willing to bet that you supported the McCain/Palin ticket,Ronnie Raygun,win with Wilkie,and the ever lovable George W.Idiot.Something tells me you could be a (gasp) I hate to even utter the word>>>>>republican??

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