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Wisconsin governor gives Democrats ultimatum

By Reuters
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 8:29 EDT
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MADISON, Wisc. (Reuters) – Republican Governor Scott Walker on Monday gave absent Democratic lawmakers an ultimatum to return to Wisconsin within 24 hours and vote on a proposal to reduce the power of public sector unions or the state would miss out on a huge debt restructuring.

Wisconsin Democrats meanwhile drew fresh support from President Barack Obama and a big union filed a legal complaint against the governor, as a poll suggested he would lose to his Democratic opponent if the 2010 election were held now.

Walker stepped up the pressure on 14 Senate Democrats who fled the state to avoid a vote on his bill. On Tuesday he will unveil a two-year state budget he said cuts $1 billion from funding to local governments and schools.

What began as one small state trying to rewrite the rules of labor relations has blown up into what could be the biggest confrontation with American labor unions since then-President Ronald Reagan fired striking air traffic controllers in 1981.

For the second time since the controversy erupted, President Obama weighed into the debate on Monday, criticizing the Wisconsin plan without mentioning it by name.

“I don’t think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon,” Obama told the nation’s governors gathered in Washington.

“We’re not going to attract the best teachers for our kids, for example, if they only make a fraction of what other professionals make,” the president said.

In response, Walker said through his press secretary that Obama misunderstood the situation, and “most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay … the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking.”

PROTESTERS SHIVER, STAY WARY OF DEALS

Some pro-union demonstrators continued to occupy the State Capitol building after refusing to leave the previous day, but Wisconsin authorities and police barred most protesters from entering the building on Monday, leaving hundreds massed outside in frigid temperatures.

The American Civil Liberties Union called the closing “presumptively unconstitutional” and urged the Wisconsin Department of Administration to reopen the Capitol Building to the general public.

Officials plan to restrict access again on Tuesday, the day Walker gives his budget address.

“There will be some limited access,” said Cullen Werwie, press secretary to Walker. Detailed plans for access will be announced on Tuesday morning.

Hundreds of protesters had occupied the building from February 15, and many were allowed to camp on the marble floors overnight once again on Sunday, defying capitol police.

Walker’s budget proposal brought out an estimated 70,000 protesters on Saturday, the biggest protest crowd in the capital since the Vietnam War, and a poll released on Monday suggested that if the 2010 election could be replayed the Wisconsin governor might lose.

The Public Policy Polling survey found Walker’s Democratic opponent Tom Barrett now getting 52 percent and Walker 45. Walker won with 52 percent in November. The shift came mainly from union households.

Walker’s proposal would require public sector employees to pay more for pensions and health care, strip some of their unions of bargaining rights except for wages up to the rate of inflation, and require yearly union recertification votes.

It was approved by the state Assembly last week but is stalled in the Senate because of the 14 Democrats’ absence.

The proposal includes a restructuring of state debt Walker says would save $165 million. He said this deal was in doubt if the Democrats did not return and that could mean more painful and aggressive spending cuts in the very near future.

Under Walker’s proposal, Wisconsin’s general obligation bonds would be restructured and that would push debt service payments due by March 15 into future years.

Democrats criticized Walker’s estimates, quoting a report from a state fiscal analyst saying the restructuring would add more than $42 million of interest payments over the long term.

Walker has said he hoped to delay sending layoff notices to state workers if the legislature makes progress on fixing the budget deficit, according to website wispolitics.com.

But to postpone the layoffs, Walker said it will be necessary that his budget repair bill, including the move to end collective bargaining, go into effect by April 1. There has been speculation he would send out layoff notices to more than 1,000 state workers if no progress was made soon.

In a complaint filed on Monday with a state employment commission, the Wisconsin State Employees Union (WSEU) accused Walker of unfair labor practices for refusing to bargain.

“Instead of trying to find real solutions to the challenges facing the state, the governor is attempting to dictate terms. This not only in ineffective, it’s against the law,” AFSCME Council 24 Executive Director Marty Beil said in a statement.

The union asked the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission to require the state to bargain with the WSEU and to extend the current contract until the matter is resolved.

(Additional reporting by Stefanie Carano in Madison and Wendell Marsh in Washington; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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  • Political Atheist aka Javaman

    Hang tough WI.

    walker is getting desperate. If he cuts those jobs, the state and this nation will erupt.

    He’s painted himself into a corner. He knows if he loses, he becomes persona non-grata with the koch brothers and everything repuke.

    He’s already lost, he just doesn’t know it yet.

    Hang tough.

  • Anonymous

    Return to the Fatherland!

  • Anonymous

    Oh look! Here is the tyranny that all of the RW fucktards are afraid of. Vote repuke and this is what you get.

  • James “Jesus Glasses” Corbett

    So the Gov. has issued an “ultimatum, ha!” Several times, over the course of my long life, I’ve had large aggressive (often drunk) men give me an “ultimatum.” I always respond the same way, “OR WHAT? IF ALL YOU’RE GOING TO DO IS TALK, HAVE A GOOD TIME, BUT LOWER THE VOLUME.” So far, none has ever gone to the next level. I suspect making it clear that you can’t be intimidated sends a fairly strong message that pushing the matter could get messy and even big guys, like the Gov., know they can get hurt. So, they yell, and go away. The Gov. will likely slip into a closet with Koch brothers for a circle jerk.

  • Ed Dominguez

    Walker put Kock Brothers 1st not the people who elected and pay the tax bill. A no win for the gov. I hope this guy takes likes to lose.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fierylocks FieryLocks

    Fuck you Scott Walker, you degenerate fascist low life. It’s your fault for taking over $40,000+ from your Koch brothers butt dart pimps. Go be their little bitch on your own time, punk.

  • Guest

    These Republicans and their arrogance. Don’t give in to them!

  • Anonymous

    As a teacher, I barely make what the Koch brothers gave you in donations….How can I compete with them? How do I get my voice heard?

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know of any plans for a recall vote in Wisconsin?

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    Let him slash a billion from local government and schools. This will guarantee that after the next election there will be a Democratic governor to restore funding.

  • Anonymous

    The once somewhat secretive story of the Koch brothers who fund Scott Wanker and other Livertarians is interesting.
    An american story of evil Oiligopoly, Stalin, Birchers and family feud.
    http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/Koch-Industries-Inc-Company-History.html

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    recall campaign on Facebook

  • Johnny Warbucks

    ‘My People Love Me. They love me. All my people with me, they love me,” he said. “They will die to protect me, my people.” Scott Walker said… Oh, no, wait a minute, that wasn’t Walker that was Qaddafi! Oh, what the hell. I can’t tell them apart anymore. They’re all the same. You’ve seen one delusional, psychopath politician and you’ve seen them all.

  • Anonymous

    Qaddafi is way more bad ass than Wanker though. Like Charles Bronson vs. Davey from Davey and Goliath… Wanker is just a Koch pawn, whereas Qaddafi is his own man and has had impressive staying power. But imo you are correct that they are both delusional psychopaths. In the Psych ward Scott would totally get his ass kicked.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwIQlJsD_Lg

  • Johnny Warbucks

    I learned something new yesterday. Apparently, this bastard is pulling every trick out of his hat for his corporate masters. If he keeps pushing this hard, he may end up in jail with Tom DeLay dancing the Cha Cha Cha (may being the operative word).

    From DemocracyNow!:

    “AMY GOODMAN: I want to talk about what happened early Friday morning, when Democracy Now! was there, actually, in Madison, when the Assembly held the controversial vote, passing Governor Scott Walker’s budget bill. After 15 seconds, voting was gaveled to a close. Many members did not even get a chance to vote. Shouts of “Shame! Shame!” erupted in the Assembly and were echoed by demonstrators sleeping in the Capitol.

    PROTESTERS: Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame!

    AMY GOODMAN: Directly after the vote, the Republican members of the Assembly were escorted out of the building by Wisconsin state troopers. Kelda Helen Roys, talk about the vote and the Democrats’ plans, moving forward.

    REP. KELDA HELEN ROYS: Well, certainly, we were very disappointed that debate was prematurely cut off and the vote was actually not even properly put before the legislature. It was a very confusing few seconds, and I did not have the opportunity to vote. And I think it’s wrong that my constituents were not able to have their voice heard through me voting, as well as the majority of Democrats. It was clear that the Republicans had planned in advance that they were going to shut down debate early and do so in a gross violation of Assembly rules, unprecedented in the state’s history and, as far as we can tell, in the history of any other legislative body in the country. So it was really—it was a premeditated abuse of power and a perversion of our democracy.”

    http://www.democracynow.org/2011/2/28/defying_walker_wisconsin_protesters_refuse_to

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    It will guarantee that he gets recalled in Jan., as well. It might even push the recall for the 8 Repukes that are able to be recalled right now, as well as a backlash of those in the State House.

    One can hope…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Seems proof that the House needs some recalls as well.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    How do you qualify/quantify the degree of bad assedness? If by the body count, the Shrub wins over Qaddafi, hands down. So far, he’s got over 1.4 million in Iraq alone. Qaddafi only 3,000. However delusional as Qaddafi may be, I too believe him to have more balls than Bush. The Shrub would have pissed and shit in his pants by now and would be curled up in a ball crying for his mommy. Qaddafi is out there, prancing around, lieing while paying off mercenaries to slaughter civilians.

  • Anonymous

    ignorant arrogance or arrogant ignorance? It’s all the same!
    Anyone calling themselves “Republican” at this point is full of pure delusion! (in the closet everything is fine)
    Toxic Crap producing $weat Shop Criminal$ and their minions.
    FreeDumb Dumbs.
    Listen. The Cat is out of the bag, scratching and howling!

  • Johnny Warbucks

    The people of Wisconsin should be rioting on the streets, demanding that each and every single Republicon be recalled. Coincidentally, I read somewhere that they’re calling for a general strike. Maybe that’ll fix this neo Nazi.

  • dlindem

    Walker is a total pussy and he will back down very soon, especially after koch cold-cocks him.

  • Rush Goofbaugh

    It’s in the works.

    http://www.unitedwisconsin.com/

    Damn, how one can be in office for such a short period of time a create a nationwide shit storm shows the true talents of the repuks.

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

    Call his bluff. Meanwhile, up the ante and start that Recall!! And, to all those Union households who apparently voted for this mass of fecal matter, shame on you. What were you thinking? Oh, and Guv, here’s a third “ultimatum,” repeal your 130 million dollar tax break to your corporate buddies AND resign in shame.

  • Rush Goofbaugh

    A “nationwide” stike… like the french do… would send a message that the Koch suckers coundn’t ignore. Just everybody stay home and do nothing. No guns… no blood… no death… and we win.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Hey, I’ve been advocating for that for years now. Ask me where that’s got me? A nationwide general strike would bring the bastards down to their knees. Many a dictator has been ousted from power that way since the beginning of time.

    BTW, I’ve been advocating for the same with healthcare. Each and every single one of us drop the shit. When we get sick – whether it’s a belly ache or a hemorrhoid – line up at the emergency room of the local hospitals till the lines go from NY to CA and back. I’d give it 1 to 3 months for us to have a acceptable solution we can all live with. Literally.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PF4BRQDF4633RPXV5TPFG7KV7Y LarryM

    I’m a recently retired Iowa teacher of 30 years. During that time I also served, for 15 years, as our teacher union’s chief negotiator under Iowa’s collective bargaining law. Believe me when I say I’ve had a few ultimatums handed down to me by school board members and superintendents. Usually my response would be “Or what?” and many times I followed that up with “Sure, let’s put this town on the map! That was always the end of the demand. Of course we went to arbitration most years but I had full backing of my local and of the I.S.E.A. Walker is a punk. Hang in there Wisconsin! We’re all rootin’ for you!

  • Rush Goofbaugh

    2012 is around the corner…. people see the winds of change… now might be the time. Wouldn’t they just shit in their pants…. It would mean that people…. figured it out.

  • Anonymous

    What is not being reported in the MSM about the repuke/Koch plan:

    1. ELIMINATING MEDICAID: The Budget Repair Bill includes a little-known provision that would put complete control of the state’s Medicaid program, known as BadgerCare, in the hands of the state’s ultra-conservative Health and Human Services Secretary Dennis Smith. Smith would have the authority to “to override state Medicaid laws as [he] sees fit and institute sweeping changes” including reducing benefits and limiting eligibility. Ironically, during the 1990s it was Republicans, especially former Gov. and Bush HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, who helped develop BadgerCare into one of the country’s most innovative and generous Medicaid programs. A decade later, a new generation of radical Republicans is hoping to destroy one of Wisconsin’s “success stories.”

    2. POWER PLANT PRIVATIZATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL NEGLECT: The same budget bill calls for a rapid no-bid “firesale” of all state-owned power plants. One progressive blogger called the proposal “a highlight reel of all of the tomahawk dunks of neo-Gilded Age corporatism: privatization, no-bid contracts, deregulation, and naked cronyism” and suggested that the provision will open the way for large, politically connected corporations to buy up the state’s power plants on the cheap. While it’s unclear whether corporations would be interested in buying the plants, a similar proposal was vetoed six years ago by Gov. Jim Doyle (D), who called the plan fiscally and environmentally irresponsible. Many of Wisconsin’s power plants are in violation of federal clean air regulations and desperately need to be upgraded and cleaned up — not dumped into the private sector.

    3. DANGEROUS DRINKING WATER: Republican lawmakers have introduced bills in both the Senate and the House which would repeal a rule requiring municipal governments to disinfect their water. Conservatives have said that the clean water rule — which went into effect in December — is simply too expensive. Yet the rule only affects 12 percent of municipalities and the price may be worth it. In 1993, 104 people died and 400,000 fell sick when the Milwaukee water supply became infected. Even two decades later, the Environmental Protection Agency Advisory Board notes that 13 percent of acute gastro-intestinal illnesses in municipalities that don’t disinfect their water supplies are the result of dirty water. Municipalities can keep their water clean for as low as $10,000 per well — but apparently for the Wisconsin GOP that is too high a price to pay to keep citizens safe from deadly microorganisms.

    4. DESTROYING WETLANDS: In January, Walker’s proposed regulatory reform bill exempted a parcel of wetland owned by a Republican donor from water quality standards. But the exemption was more than just an embarrassing giveaway to a GOP ally: environmental groups believe the bill’s special provision would actually affect the entire county, eliminating public hearings on proposed wetland development, short-circuiting approval of development projects, and disrupting the region’s water system.

    5. FISCAL IRRESPONSIBILITY: Walker signed a bill this week requiring a 2/3 supermajority in the legislature to pass any tax increase. Republican lawmakers are now reportedly considering a constitutional amendment that would make the rule permanent. A similar constitutional amendment in California has been called the “source of misery” of that state’s crippling budget crisis and has forced lawmakers to “gut public education, slash social services and health care programs, close prisons, and lay off record numbers of public employees.” While claiming to “make a commitment to the future instead of [choosing] dire consequences for our children” Walker and GOP lawmakers are instead putting generations of Wisconsinites in a “fiscal strait-jacket.”

    6. DISENFRANCHISING VOTERS: This week, Republican lawmakers moved forward on a bill that would require voters to present a photo ID from the DMV at the polls, making it significantly more difficult for the elderly, the disabled, college students, and rural residents to participate in elections. While Republican lawmakers insist the bill is necessary to prevent voter fraud, there have been almost no documented cases of fraudulent voting in the state. Instead, the Wisconsin State Journal writes, the GOP bill is going “overboard in limiting ballot access in a state proud of its long history of high participation in elections.”

    7. CUTTING JOBS, LOSING THE FUTURE: Last fall, Walker killed an $810 billion federally funded high-speed rail project, forcing the Transportation Department to pull its funding. Walker’s decision killed 130,000 expected jobs and forced the Spanish company Talgo to close its Milwaukee factory and layoff its 40 person staff. A spokeswoman for the company told The Daily Reporter that “the state’s decision to back away from the high-speed rail project sends a terrible message to businesses considering locating in the state.”

    8. STIFLING INNOVATION: In late January, Walker introduced a bill that would ban wind-powered energy from Wisconsin and exacerbate the state’s dependence on out-of-state coal. If passed, it’s estimated that the law would immediately eliminate $1.8 billion in new wind power investments and jeopardize eleven currently proposed wind projects. After a public outcry earlier this month, Walker’s bill is (for now) dead.

    9. “NAKED POWER GRAB”: Earlier this month in a party-line vote, the legislature ceded “extraordinary control” of the state’s rule-making oversight process to the governor. Walker now has complete power to draft agency rules which the legislature must then either approve or reject. The law gives Walker the power to write rules for formerly independent state agencies like the state Departments of Justice and Education — and most ominously the Government Accountability Board, the state’s ethics watchdog.

    10. POLITICIZING STATE AGENCIES: A provision in Walker’s budget repair bill would convert thirty-seven state employees from civil servants to political appointees —consolidating his power over state government and expanding his power to “hire, fire and move key employees to carry out his agenda.”

  • justadood

    ooooooohh…threats now?
    his treatment of the citizens who elected him brings to mind Mel Brooks’s King Louie from ‘History of the World, Part I’….

    “I love my People!!……..
    Pull! (launches a peasant ‘clay pigeon’) ”

    Walker plainly thinks he, as governor, has the power to do whatever he wants, and all he needs to do is concoct some lame excuse to screw those he deems unworthy of the current State guarantees.

    People in WI really need to continue to dig through this man’s past, to ‘air out’ his dirty laundry, and force him into disgraceful resignation (recall can’t be done until next year, by WI law…so he needs to resign, or be indicted).

  • Anonymous

    So what is the ultimatum? He’s going to hold his breath and jump up and down until they come back? This clown has done some pretty petty acts to try to get them back to Wisconsin he has no control. Now he is making the Capitol Building a garrison and fortifying it against protests which in Wisconsin is unconstitutional. People in Wisconsin are showing buyers remorse for electing this guy. They should have been focusing on the election not the Packers.

  • Anonymous

    Walker thinks he’s Ronald Reagan but he is actually Richard Nixon.

  • Anonymous

    They can’t recall Walker for a year but 5 Republican Senators can be right now and there is a drive right now to do just that. The Billionaires are also funding a recall the 14 Democrats petition drive.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    And the local ads here, funded by right-wing PACs, only talk about “those damn greedy teachers!”.. and the rest of the media is following suit and leaving it at that.

    How wonderful.

    This is a kick to the chest of the Public, and virtually no one is talking about it. .. Thanks for the highlight real.. there was a lot in there that even I didn’t know yet.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    It’s good to be the king!

  • truebluecoondog

    It seems to me that if this guy was elected by his constituants fair and square, he must have misrepresented himself and should be recalled.

  • Anonymous

    Robert Greenwald points out that the entire alleged shortfall in Wisconsin could be covered by bringing just 180 troops home from Afghanistan.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PSKROFVS7E4PVTI2CEPLFWEJII John

    Some things are not adding up.The fake phone call seemed to break some labor laws, IMO. I am not a labor lawyer, but the phone call doesn’t pass my smell test.

    So far, I haven’t heard anything about the unions hiring young lion attorneys that are on that phone call like flies on shit. That’s what I thought would be happening. I thought the unions would have lawyers looking right up Mr. Walkers asshole by now.

    My sincere apologies for the anal/fecal references. (Domini Santorum)

  • Anonymous

    Let this thing blow up in Dictator walkers face!

  • kiboshki

    … and apparently isn’t even half as bright as either of them.

  • Anonymous

    Methinks he is a dummy. Dummy in the sense of both not too bright, and of just being a dummy for the Koch Brothers.

    I wonder what they really are thinking now that they see what real flesh and blood actual protestors are like, rather than their phony tea partiers. They are not very good at creating characters, scenes, and drama: yet together Walker and the Koch Brothers have written a very bad, bad piece of fiction with their ludicrous ginning up of budget shortfalls (created by giving the store away to corporate tax breaks) and their constant efforts to paint the protesters as violent. (See the lying Fox reporter claiming he was choked–by a tap on the shoulder. But of course, lying Fox reporter is a redundancy, isn’t it?)

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    “Return to the capital or I will fart in your general direction.” –Scott Walker.

    Never trust a politician named Scott. Another crypto-queer Republican.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Republicans will do that to you, especially ones working for the bozos who own Georgia-Pacific, a major toilet paper manufacturer.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Tweet: Gov. Walker was asked to leave Marquette University for cheating; with a 2.3 GPA. #Wisconsin #union #protests

    http://twitter.com/theclubcheeky/status/40091835519090688

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    It’s million$ Close to $8,000,000.00 through back channels. Check it out.

    Infographic on the relationship between the Koch Bros and Scott Walker
    http://www.boingboing.net/2011/02/27/infographic-on-the-r.html

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    I have heard that is a possibility too.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    “Many a dictator has been ousted from power that way since the beginning of time.”
    It was the growing number of strikes that finally pushed the Mubarak regime over the edge, IMO.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    A group out of SLC, Utah is said to be driving that petition. Home of prop H8 funds, no less.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    He pretty much had a general strike on his hands. However, I understand that the strikes had been going on for years but, of course, not to the extent of the ones that ousted him. Of course, the US would never, ever let you know that with Mubarak being such a good friend and all. You only hear about the ones in Iran somehow.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Well, something’s gotta give. It’s an all out war now. A lot of people are seeing it now. Look at this one today, I thought it was really interesting, even the young ones are waking up:

    Students walk out of class in protest of Idaho education reform plan

    http://www.nwcn.com/home/Students-walk-out-of-class-in-protest-of-Idaho-education-reform-plan-117086173.html

  • Anonymous

    Scott Walker can suck my ass!!!

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Maybe I can help. This is circulating today:

    Gov.Walker cheated at Marquette asked to leave – so it seems the REP GOV of WI never completed his degree at Marquette. He ran for office and VIOLATED CAMPAIGN GUIDELINES. He subsequently left–from several sources “was asked to leave”.

    He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1986 to 1990.[9] During his sophomore year, he ran unsuccessfully for president of the student government, promising to solve the school’s economic problems. The Marquette Tribune, the student newspaper, did not endorse Walker due to admitted violations of campaigning guidelines.[10] During his four years at Marquette, he earned 94 credits with a grade point average in the C’s, but he did not complete his degree.[11] Walker explained his reasons in a 2010 interview: “‘In the end, I figured I was in school to get a good job,’ he said. ‘So once I had one, family became more important than getting a degree.’”[4]

  • Anonymous

    He’s a good-looking guy, but are you sure? His politics make him sort of creepy.

  • Anonymous

    Where is the recall ultimatum to Walker????

  • Anonymous

    Hang in there, Dems!

  • Anonymous

    Another dumb fucking Republican; who would have guessed this, huh? The people of Wisconsin should be ashamed that they ever elected this POS! He isn’t qualified to be a damn dog catcher!

  • Anonymous

    The evidence of his wrong-doing isn’t admissible in court because Wisconsin has a two-party tape law which means that for a tape recording to be admissible both parties have to aware and agree to the conversation being taped. That is probably why the labor unions and their lawyers aren’t jumping all over it.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Almost makes Sarah Palin’s CV look impressive by comparison.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    He doesn’t ask permission…unless you are one of the Cock brothers.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    You think? I think he looks rather simian.

  • Anonymous

    The Right best be careful. They are attacking working people, they are unraveled by the fact there is a BLACK man in the WHITE House. The union busters and birthers are playing with fire and they do not even know it. Ignorance is bliss. Go ahead Right dingers, try to make Obama an “illegitimate” candidate. Light the fuse morons.

  • Anonymous

    The people of Wisconsin, primarily, and of America need to hound this man until he cracks and then when he cracks people need to up the ante and drive this man over a cliff, maybe even literally as they used to do in the old, old days. Scott Walker needs to be punished and made an example of, isn’t that what Republicans have been telling us to do on crime policy for decades?

    P.S. And, those who are backing Mr. Walker should suffer the same fate.

  • Anonymous

    But, it’s not about backing down because that should not be enough for the people of Wisconsin, and the persons who caused this injury to the people should be held responsible–I know it’s a strange concept in America for persons to be held responsible for their actions unless they’re poor. Scott Walker and his conspirators should be prosecuted, punished and made to pay for the damage they’ve caused–I’d say $50 billion is a conservative assessment.

  • Anonymous

    Screw a recall (why should the people have to pay any more for this scumbag), he should be forced out by raw people power, and, see above, Walker and his pals need to be prosecuted, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Things will be so bad come January 2012 you can’t let this wait a year. Americans also have a very short attention span so this will be the last thing on many people’s minds in a year’s time (you must strike when the iron is hot). More to the point, this will also allow Mr. Walker another year to continue his reign of terror.

  • Anonymous

    Totally agreed. A nationwide general strike in the Egyptian style.

  • Anonymous

    I clicked liked, azafvet, but then I wondered about the false equivalency you invoked because there really is no difference at all between Ronnie Raygun and Richard Nixon, both were crooks of the highest order who hated America and Americans.

  • Anonymous

    I call b.s. Scott Walker is a public official and has no expectation of privacy in office. I know some in America, even some S. Ct. justices, contend that public officials have an expectation of privacy, but I call b.s. If the Constitution wanted to afford executive officials or congress members a privilege to conduct public affairs in secret I think they would have mentioned it. Whether or not there is a state law that prohibits recording conversations between private persons that is one thing, but the state law cannot trump the Constitution, and I reiterate that a public official has no expectation of privacy at all and definitely not in a conversation with a, ahem, private citizen such as David Koch. By the way, there is also a recognized right in America for private citizens to maintain anonymity, which of course includes hiding their identity. I could go on but I hope you concede my points and agree that Walker has no privacy rights while in office. He may not even have privacy rights to his private life while a public official, but thankfully that is not the issue at hand.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IA2XCA7JNM6SPZZG4HURXHEYBY Trippin Mczoink

    It’s all on your back, Pig Boy. You just keep doing what you’re doing. You’ve already turned the state against you after only two months in office. That’s an accomplishment!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IA2XCA7JNM6SPZZG4HURXHEYBY Trippin Mczoink

    Now now — you’re insulting degenerate fascist low lifes by lumping him in with them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IA2XCA7JNM6SPZZG4HURXHEYBY Trippin Mczoink

    Perhaps, but let’s not put ourselves at a disadvantage by insisting that these positions have job qualifications. GPA doesn’t matter — all this prick needs to do is obey the Kock brothers.

    Stupidity in a candidate is an asset to the corporate machine. That minimizes any possibility they’d ask questions about the implications of their actions. How do you think Bush and Reagan got into office?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IA2XCA7JNM6SPZZG4HURXHEYBY Trippin Mczoink

    They used to tar and feather them and then tie them to a rail and carry ‘em out of town.

  • Anonymous

    His left eye is about a half inch higher then his right. He looks like Quasimodo.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Their sworn allegiance to the lord jeebus?

  • cosliberal

    What’s he going to do if they reject his ultimatum? Declare war on Canada? Try to have them hauled off to the Tower or the guillotine? He is one desperate, screeching bully who is losing his battle against the working people. The more he screeches, the closer he comes to recall.

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