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House Dem: Wisconsin Gov. Walker like a ‘dictator’

By Sahil Kapur
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:31 EDT
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WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the co-chair of the House progressive caucus, said Wednesday that Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker is behaving like a “dictator.”

Walker has been “absolutely unreasonable, and is basically taking on the posture of a dictator,” Ellison told reporters on a conference call organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

The standoff between Republicans and Democrats in Wisconsin continues for a second week as Walker refuses to back down on a budget measure curtailing the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Fourteen Democrats fled the state last week to protest the measure and prevent Republicans from getting the votes.

Ellison accused Walker of having “a vision of America that’s similar to somewhere like Nigeria or Pakistan,” saying he’s “been extreme, radical, reckless… and he’s going to fail.”

To the Wisconsin Democrats and pro-union demonstrators, Ellison said: “You are absolute heroes to us.”

Walker insists that his budget measure does not single out or target unions, arguing that across-the-board cuts are necessary to bridge the state’s shortfall.

The National Journal reported that the union rights provision “wouldn’t save any money this year.” Critics have noted that Walker’s tax cut for businesses contributed to the state’s deficit.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), also co-chair of the progressive caucus, said on the call that the clash in Wisconsin is critical to the cause of union bargaining rights across the country as the outcome could influence the direction of others states seeking ways to balance their budgets.

“It is absolutely necessary for you, for us, to win this fight,” Grijalva said. “If we win this fight in Wisconsin, we will win it all across the country.

 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    and you are letting him get away with it

  • Anonymous

    I guess being a dictator today means winning your election, winning the house, winning the senate and then passing bills you and the majority want to, and then after a time of the population living under those new laws judge you and either reelect you or throw you out of office.

    WTF is wrong with all you people, the guy and his party won the election, you don’t like what they pass then take part in this republic and vote them out next time around. But Do not try and tear apart this union by running from the state or calling him a dictator. You people don’t know what a dictatorship is. Dam it!

  • Anonymous

    And what exactly do you want a sitting US rep from another state to do? Come on. What is your answer?

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you to a point. I don’t think you even realize what this will me for ALL if Walker gets his way.

  • Anonymous

    Really? Won the election and should be allowed to govern? Someone should have told the Republican Senators that for the last couple of years as the blocked almost every appointment Obama made and used the threat of filibuster more times than ever in the history of the country to bring most legislation to a standstill. What’s OK at the Federal level when it works for the Republican minority is somehow wrong at the state level when the minority is Democratic. Srsly? You surely jest.

    And BTW, Walker never disclosed while campaigning that his agenda included destroying the right to collectively bargain and that he would manufacture the premise by manufacturing a projected deficit/crisis by giving big tax breaks to business immediately upon entering office.

    This is class war by a Republican hack and his puppet-masters, nothing more. The Democrats that have left the state to prevent it from being successful deserve a medal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Publicize it, just like he’s doing. The Repubs have just started the landslide of 2012.

    This is like the fake Tea Party demonstrations against the Health Care bill. Except now, we really are fighting for our existence as a democratic country against and oppressive, Koch Bros funded, dishonest enemy – The REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    This is not the 1950′s and Senator McCarthy is dead. He died of alcoholism.

    The REPUBLICAN PARTY IS NOW UN-AMERICAN BY THEIR OWN STANDARDS.
    They will be trounced in 2012 as they should be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    “Do not try and tear apart this union”

    Interesting slip of the words, Worldtreker2004. LOL

    The subconscious always betrays the dishonest.

  • http://twitter.com/VaginaHedgeFund Lloyd Blankfein

    Ellison needs to tone down his rhetoric before someone gets hurt. I think Congresswoman Giffords would agree with me.

  • Anonymous

    The rich commit the criminal behavior the workers get blamed.

    Here’s how screwed up and upside down the world is. The reason that so many are suffering in state governments today is because their pensions were privatized and Wall Street was operating them. What did this mean, it meant that they got screwed when Wall Street invested pension fund money that they were charging the pensions 15 percent a year to handle and invested that money in the crooked and completely bogus mortgage fraud instruments. This according to Amy Good man yesterday at DemocracyNow.org

    “Most of the pension shortfall using the current methodology is attributable to the plunge in the stock market in the years 2007-2009. If pension funds had earned returns just equal to the interest rate on 30-year Treasury bonds in the three years since 2007, their assets would be more than $850 billion greater than they are today.”

    And this—he quotes David Cay Johnston of tax.com: “The average Wisconsin pension is $24,500 a year, which is hardly lavish. But what is stunning is that 15% of the money contributed to the fund each year is going to Wall Street in fees,” which is why we now ask the question, “Why isn’t Wall Street in jail?”

    And instead of taking action against the bankers they have let them go and are attacking the workers. What a damn world. And now they want to do the same thing with the whole damn social security fund, take 15 percent a year off the top to destroy it. That’s what happens on Wall Street, and if these bastards hadn’t had years of tax cuts and hedge fund tax free income, they wouldn’t have the money to be buying up everything in sight today and crushing the workers in the process.

    Lister to Amy’s interview of Matt Taibbi here: http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/2/22/matt_taibbi_why_isnt_wall_street_in_jail

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    Really? Won the election and should be allowed to govern? Someone should have told the Republican Senators…

    The rant went right off the rails immediately.

    “Oh but the GOP” isn’t a rebuttal. It’s a lame excuse.

  • Anonymous

    Of course, what your right wing Fox Entertainment Channel hypnotized teabagger brain can’t process is the basic fact that panic was manufactured, the election was bought, and the problems with the pension funds were a direct result of the unbridled capitalism that free market libertarianism wants and is going to spread all over.

    As Noam Chomsky has said “[E]verybody knows that a society that worked by American libertarian principles would self-destruct in three seconds…Now, there are consistent libertarians, people like Murray Rothbard—and if you just read the world that they describe, it’s a world so full of hate that no human being would want to live in it.”

    Murray Rothbard is one of two people whose pictures adorn the walls of Ron Paul’s office in Washington D.C. The other individual whose picture Paul has on his office walls is Ludwig von Mises. The real problem is that almost no one or at least very few voters if any in America today have actually read any of the damn people who are the brains behind American libertarianism. The people who have accepted this crap are completely ignorant of what unbridled capitalism really is.

    http://www.distantocean.com/2008/04/chomsky-on-libe.html

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    Now there’s some good leftist ranting.

    The bubble that sank the US economy didn’t come from unbridled capitalism or libertarian ideals. It came from crony capitalism perpetrated by the statist US government in a bipartisan fashion.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    Tell you what. Just pay out pensions from union dues and see how far that goes.

  • Anonymous

    I guess you haven’t yet learned that all unbridled capitalism is crony capitalism and libertarian capitalism is the most unbridled and cronyistic of the lot becuase it is nearly completely if not completely unregulated.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t let Wall Street control the pension funds of state workers an they won’t bankrupt the states! And you same people who are all for the Wall Street handling of pension funds want to give those same crony capitalists access to the social security fund so they can rip that fund off for 15 percent a year like they have been doing with state employees.

  • Guest

    What planet are YOU visiting from?

  • ghostof911

    And the “fake” Democrats must be trounced with them.

  • http://www.petersaxemusic.com Peter Saxe

    Wisconsin has provisions for recall elections.

  • Anonymous

    This is criticism coming from one of our native Communists, Kieth Ellison, who seeks to overturn the system. It is and always has been beyond my sphere of understanding how these scatter-brained liberals could possibly believe that their creeping collectivism can continuously be adopted without the eventual destruction of personal liberty and representative government.Wisconsin is more than just a battleground over one piece of legislation. It is a battle that will determine the survival of the republic.

  • DesertSun59

    “Walker insists that his budget measure does not single out or target unions, arguing that across-the-board cuts are necessary to bridge the state’s shortfall.”

    And that is why he is acting like a dictator. He’s lying. The union has already told Walker the concessions they’re willing to make. That’s the stated, public issue Walker has. But since he’s denying that the concession-making has been offered, and wants to totally remove their ability to organize, he’s being a dictator.

    I have a dictionary. I know how to use it. Walker believes that he can redefine words to suit his need. He’s partially successful because Faux Noise will allow him to redefine words all day long.

  • DesertSun59

    Laughable. Ellison is not a communist. You made that up out of whole cloth.

    In addition, the destruction of personal liberty is precisely what Walker will be doing if he removes collective bargaining from WI. Representation is what unions do. They REPRESENT their members.

    I suggest you learn how to put together words with their proper definitions.

  • DesertSun59

    Totally made up. The voters did not ‘settle’ this issue.

    The voters never voted Walker in to remove collective bargaining from WI.

    And the only thing that was settled was when Walker gave away $140 million in tax credits then DECLARED that there was a deficit. He manufactured the issue. That’s what dictators do.

  • DesertSun59

    Of course, the above statement makes no sense whatsoever.

  • DesertSun59

    Clearly, someone above is unaware of the definition of ‘dictator’.

  • DesertSun59

    The above is the classic definition of ‘a rewrite of history’.

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing your “sphere of understanding” is about the size of a bb.

  • Anonymous

    You fail to remember that President Obama has named more Czars than any president in history to avoid bringing his leftist appointees before the oversight commitees to be properly scrutinized by our elected representatives. This is called bypassing due process in favor of totalitarian governance.

    You also fail to remember that during the first two years of Obamas administration the Democrats controlled both the House and Senate with a filibuster breaking majority during which time we witnessed the juggernauting of a stimulus package that did nothing but guarantee the jobs of government workers at the expense of the private sector. We witnessed the juggernauting of a finance reform measure that was nothing but an opportunity for the President to say, “I made a Poo-Poo ! ” . And we witnessed the juggernauting of a Healthcare Reform bill that has been deemed un-Constitutional by the courts in several states with many others in the progress of drawing that same conclusion.

    Seriously it is you that must be jesting by bringing these un-substantiated, simple-minded arguments to a public forum and masquerading them as truth.

  • Anonymous

    1) Union membership is nothing more than being an institutionalized Democrat.
    2)All progressives are Communist.

    The only reason to disagree with either statement would be that you are one.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    I guess it makes sense that unbridled means having the yoke of the statist government over you directing your activities. If you’re irrational.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V7XLR3TAZOET4FRB534CQXS26Y Matt Drinkwine

    Actually, Bush made a total of 171 recess appointments in his 2 terms. More than any president in history. These were crony sleazeballs that he knew would never make it through the Senate. One the flip side, Obama has dozens of nominees pending on the floor. Qualified people that want to start working, but since Obama’s election, the obstructionist Republican senators have done everything the could to block them, or delay the process. This is a concerted effort by these corporate shills to do anything they can to cripple the democratic process in any way which doesn’t enrich themselves and their super-monied masters.

    If you think you can TRULY compare what Obama’s doing to the games Bush played while he was the “Prez-dint”, you’re most likely an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    This is what republicans do. How many corporations are run as democracies? The republicans are corporatists who try to bring their same overbearing, dictator, traits into government and as a result, they fail big time. Look at their resume. The republican party fails at governance.

  • Harry Tuttle

    Everything is just as the neo-cons wish. The country is broke, coming apart at the seams and and the working man is either not working or under thumb. Concerning collective bargaining… like Franklin said… either we all hang together, or we shall certainly hang separately.

  • jimbo92107

    When the guy posing as David Koch said, “Crush the unions,” Walker said nothing to deny that was his goal.

    Impeach the crooked S.O.B.

  • Anonymous

    This is evidently breaking news! Indiana Senate has killed their “right to work” bill. “It was a mistake.’ said Senate Pro Tempore David Long. Hooray! One down and about 5 to go!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think walker is a dictator he is the stooge that is the tool for the koch bros. They are so convinced the union busting bill will pass they are already running adds to hire employees for the power plants they can have in Wisc. with no bid contracts! There are many facets to this bill that will help the old koch bros out! So this investment might be quite lucrative for the boys in the end!

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

    Actually the economy collapsed from the weight of too many salesboys, marketeers, finance windings, insurance scammers, investment advisers, house flippers, management consultants and the great horde of non productive locusts being carried by fewer and fewer workers. There needs to be checks and balances in the economy as well as the government. These checks, whether unions, government regulation or standards and ethics have been removed. The “magic” of the marketplace is imaginary, like all magic. Reasonable rules of the game have to be in place or everyone loses. Leaders and managers of business everywhere have thrown away all ethical standards for the salesboys mantra that the only purpose of a business is to make a profit. This complete imbalance is destroying us.

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

    lloyd blankfeln, as Matt Taibbi recently asked, why are you, jamie dimon, john thain, vikram pandit and the rest of the wall street locusts not in jail?

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

    And you sweetie are a repressed homsexual teabagger.

  • Anonymous

    OK. Now let’s move on the “Employee Free Choice Act.” We got momentum.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J4R2P2BMMM5JTCYWGEU4YW6UWQ Dago T

    It’s not the gov’s fault. He HAS to stay firm — it’s the HypoChristian Right’s 50-state strategy.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Here is the actual list of czars appointed by Pres.Bush that was compiled by an insanely leftest liberal website .There were 47 over an 8 year period; juxtaposed to Obamas 42 czars after only 2 years in office;

    http://whitenoiseinsanity.com/2009/09/07/george-bush-36-czars-working-president-obama-32-czars/

    The information super-highway is free to anybody with internet access. I urge all surf the web and verify information for themselves, and not to just accept anything said by these ‘ LIBTARDS’ as truth based solely on their word alone.

    It should also be stated that a ‘recess appointment’ is not the same thing as a ‘czar’.

    It is true that Pres.Bush had made 171 such appointments. Such a large number reflects that there was a hyper-critical scrutiny of his appointees by the Democrats on the commitees overseeing confirmation hearings.

    No, I can’t compare the games that Obama is playing to the hard work of his predecessor.

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

    The governor got punked and busted on tape. He exposed his plot to bust the union in Wisconsin. He thought he was talking to one of the Koch brothers. Teabaggers should be hiding in shame for allowing themselves to used by the rich and lapdog politicians.

    Yes, Tiny Tim, there is a working God!

  • Anonymous

    House Dem: Wisconsin Gov. Walker like a ‘dictator’

    Which one: RayGun, Cheney, Bush, Stalin, Hitler, Mubarak, and the CIA-picked South American ones?

  • Anonymous

    He meant, “dicktaker,” as in, “Kochsucker.”

  • Anonymous

    He looks like an un-American evil Muslim to me!

  • Anonymous

    From your mouth to God’s ear.

  • Anonymous

    Evidently they didn’t know what kind of laws he was gong to pass, and two thirds of the population now stand against him. So much for your “majority want”.

  • Anonymous

    Well, just like Bush the Younger, he does aspire to be a dictator, but he is actually too stupid to pull it off. And like Bush, his puppetmasters are manipulating him while allowing him to believe that he is in charge.

  • Anonymous

    That last sentence: guffaw!

  • Anonymous

    ‘Bout time a big gruff billy goat hooked you with one of his horns and tossed you back under your bridge.

  • Anonymous

    Both of those idiotic statements were pulled out of your ass. They stink like it.

  • Anonymous

    Please, At the beginning of the year the Obama Administration has 180-185 nominations pending. There wasn’t even a head of the ATF to to discuss calls for tightening gun controls after the attempted Gifford’s assassination because the nomination has been held up for over a year, 15-16 months.

    As far as a stimulus goes, We the taxpayers have given the banks, the top 2% of the wealth holders and business trillions of dollars over the last 10 years, where are the jobs that was supposed to generate? I’m still waiting for trickle down to work. If I’m going to pay a salary I want the employe to work for me as a government employee because obviously if you route the money through the usual suspects it disappears, like magic. You need to do some reading and watching without those ideological glasses. You’re being economically raped by people that have been lying to you for years and don’t seem to know it.

  • Anonymous

    Right, well said.

  • Anonymous

    Dumbya is and always will be a huge moron.
    It’s hard work being a war criminal!

  • Anonymous

    Bush worked so hard at settling old scores he lied us into 2 wars and to the brink of the second Great Depression. He did all that while spending almost 30% of his time in Texas on vacation. Thank ghod he didn’t work harder, Lol.

  • Anonymous

    See para 2. Para 1 was in response to your cries of ‘unfair’ which has nothing to do with politics and a game the Republicans have raised to an art form. Para 3 was just a gratuitous but true slam at Walker. He deserves it.

  • Anonymous

    Gov. Scott Walker (Reptilican-WI) is suffering from a severe case of Koch Envy. He just can’t get enough of those Koch’s.

    But female Republicans are also suffering from a severe case of Koch Envy. They, too, can’t get enough of those Koch’s.

  • Anonymous

    Even Republican jurists have written to legislators, urging them to appoint Obama’s proposed appointees because they are so overworked. The reason? GOP legislators refuse to approve his appointments. Thanks, GOP, for refusing to let our government function. The Party of Lincoln has become the Party of No.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, a predecessor who can’t leave this country because if GWB does, he is sure to be arrested by Interpol for war crimes. Hard work: LOL.

  • Anonymous

    Is that a threat?

  • Anonymous

    And the proof Ellison is a communist is … ? As usual, name-calling without proof. Wisconsin is a battle all right, and the Kochs are hoping it will determine the survival of the oligarchy.

  • Anonymous

    Being a dictator means eliminating unions, as Hitler did in 1939.

  • Taleisin

    If teabaggers had any shame, they won’t be teabaggers.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GQQIJ5U6H3BDGSXIMPCJSHHUPY Pee Pee

    I’ve never seen Keith Ellison’s picture before. I fell in love with him over the radio, and always pictured him like Flavor Flav. To be honest, my love has only grown.

    FIGHT THE POWER

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GQQIJ5U6H3BDGSXIMPCJSHHUPY Pee Pee

    Just because you win an election doesn’t mean you get to abandon due process and the rule of law.

    “I wons the elections. I’ms gonna say you alls gotta be serfs!”

    No. Uh uh. Don’t work that way, homey.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GQQIJ5U6H3BDGSXIMPCJSHHUPY Pee Pee

    Oh, and you are such a fucking dick. I would probably kick your ass if I met you.

    Let’s break it all down, moron.

    He comes into office with a surplus and then gins up a “crisis” by giving away tax breaks to political cronies.

    He then, surprise, gins up a “budget repair bill” to fix the budget he broke (see above).

    In the bill he puts a ton of shit. Union busting. No bid sales of power plants (I’m sure that’s not for the Koch bros). Raping of poor people (ok, not really, but Badgercare would be removed from the legislative branch and be controlled by his appointee).

    When busted on a phone call that revealed all this shit was part of a conspiracy with rich ass crazy white folk, his response? I”MS GONNA FIRES YOU BITCHES.

    Seriously. This is a breach of the social contract in a big, big way.

    And you, you half-witted, mouthbreathing, genetically deficient dickhole. You I’ve got an issue with. And if you don’t understand the anger, you are the problem.

    TWO KINDS OF REPUBLICANS: MILLIONAIRES AND SUCKERS.

    Which one are you. Ass.

  • Anonymous

    It can’t be legal to nullify existing contracts unilaterally and en masse. And the power to nullify contracts resides with a judge, preferably unbiased, and versed in constitutional and contractual law. Certainly not a politician.

  • Anonymous

    He meant, “dicktaker,” as in, “Kochsucker.”

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

    George Bush said he didn’t mind if America had a dictator, as long as he was the dictator. I reckon he wants to be Wisconsin’s first dictator if the Koch brothers give him permission.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D55WI4DCGD37XCUHNBH7IVC5HQ Hollow

    We have to change our election system first before that can happen

  • Anonymous

    Shame requires self-awareness. Somehow my dog is capable of feeling shame when he gets caught leaving a steaming pile on the living room rug, yet the tea partiers sleep just fine because they don’t actually understand the dynamic of their relationship with corporate America.

    One of the perks of being stupid is not being smart enough to realize you’re stupid.

  • BuzzCoastin

    It should be clear to all that Walker is not a dictator; rather, he is clearly a taker of dictation from those with self-serving financial interests.

  • Anonymous

    The reason Walker is a dictator and your post is full of bullshit is because Walker created the crisis by giving big business tax cuts. Walker has yet to release the budget that was due last Nov and he is stalling on that until he can get this attack the union bill passed, why is that?

    Getting back to Walker. Since we know Walker’s crisis is a fraud because it was Walker who created it. Now we are getting to the dictator part of it. The union was willing to work with Walker to deal with the fake crisis Walker created. This put Walker on the spot, because if the union was able to come up with a plan that solves the problem Walker will not have a reason to bust the union, which is his real goal. So what Walker did was refuse to solve the budget crisis. It is this refusal to talk that makes Walker the dictator. A democracy is where there is compromise, negotiation, involvement of everyone. In the case of Walker he can’t allow democracy because it would ruin his real plan, the plan to destroy a union on ideological grounds. The people did not vote for Walker to do this.

    The people did not vote for Walker to be a dictator, No one votes a politician in office to be a dictator. When you are elected govenor you are govenor of all the people. Where is this governor of all the people when Walker refuses to talk? The answer is he isn’t acting like governor of all the people because his refusal to talk is shutting the people out of the political process and that is wrong.

    You are barking up the wrong tree and your Nazi streak shows.

  • Taleisin

    See, this is why I come to Raw Story.
    That was really well written. Thank you. :)

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Walker is a dictator.He may be a scumbag,a bottom feeder,a liar,a tool of the Koch brothers,or just plain stupid!!But to refer to him as a dictator,he isn’t,YET!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Hey CyberRabid,I would suspect that if we were to remove your,and placed it on a razor blade,I suspect you would think you were on a four lane highway.You probably also believe every Puerto Rican carries a switch blade.Get a life buddy,because the one you have now must really suck.

  • Anonymous

    I forgot to type in the word brain.I suspect if we were to remove your brain,and placed it on the edge of a razor blade,you would think you were on a four lane highway.Whew!!I really screwed up that post.Sorry.

  • Anonymous

    Winning an election does NOT give anyone unlimited powers to ignore democratic processes and the very obvious will of the people. At the very least an elected official should LISTEN to and WORK with his fellow statesmen, and not as he has proven, lie to, ignore, threaten, coerce and try to trick them (not to mention condoning the concept of “troublemakers”a very real threat to public safety).
    It’s not like we elected a king, he is a only a governor, ONLY ONE PART of government, and his completely unreasonable behavior and comments show that is is starting off as an exceptionally bad one.One that is solely concerned with his own personal interests and agendas. Sum all that up and he IS TRYING TO DICTATE POLICY WITH NO COMPROMISE, that is actually by definition a ‘dictator’

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