AFSCME: “We have a score to settle with Scott Walker”
We have all been here before, we have all been here before.
We have seen this picture before in the Wisconsin’s union-induced long strange trip during the 2012 Recall Election:
Police insurrections. Palace guards. Catch a Senator contests. Doctors behaving badly. Massive national solidarity protests which weren’t. Identity theft as political theater. Shark jumping. Legislators who run away to other states. Bus bang bangs. Protesters locking their heads to metal railings and pretending to walk like Egyptians. Beer attacks. Canoe flotillas. (alleged) Judicial chokeholds. Tears falling on Che Guevara t-shirts at midnight. Endless recalls. And recounts. Communications Directors making threats. Judges who think they are legislators (well, I’ll grant you that one is common). V-K Day. Hole-y warriors. Cities named Speculation and Conjecture. And the funniest blog headline so far:
First They Came For The Right To Retire After 30 Years On Full Salary With COLAs
The collective bargaining law that precipitated the insanity recently was upheld in its entirely by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Now the unions are doubling (or is it tripling, at this point?) down on the get Walker meme, via WaPo:
The nation’s largest public sector union is mounting an intense effort to eject Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office this fall, determined to oust the Republican who punctured the power of organized labor in the state.
“We have a score to settle with Scott Walker,” Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said in his first interview about the union’s midterm strategy.
“He took collective bargaining away from us,” Saunders added, noting that the union was first started in the 1930s by state employees in Madison. “He stole our voices, in a state where we were born.”
AFSCME may be getting a helping hand from the Democratic Prosecutor in Milwaukee County, John Chislhom, whose wife is a union activist and allegedly behind the John Doe investigation of Walker following the failed Recall attempt.
Will it be different this time?
If Walker wins in November, we may have to light up the fireworks again.
We have all been here before. Let’s hope the ending is the same.
[Featured Image: Anti-Walker protester locks her head to State Capitol railing, via JSOnline)
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Walker SHOULD benefit from widespread public disgust and revulsion against the John Doe affair. The emphasis is on “should.”
I’m starting to think that these “mirco-mini, fringe cults” such as those unions and the un-productive recall groups (even the Wisconsin Supreme Court???? LOL) are controlled by self-stroking, self-serving…..pychos!!!!
Remember the “law of un-intended consequences” will turn around and bite these “ugly acting” out leftist political wonks in ways they can never imagine now!
Walker SHOULD also make very clear that AFSCME and all those other public ‘service’ unions are having their tantrum because Walker considered the interests of taxpayers as important, or more important than, the organized claques who demand ever more taxpayer dollars and percs and retirement income for ever less work by parasitical unions.
The MSM certainly isn’t going to bat for the taxpayers, so it’s up to Governor Walker and us.
I read that union membership is down 16,000 just last year in WI. Gotta get those union dues coming back in!
The union fat cats are scared that their cushy pay checks will take a major nose dive. They may have to “gasp” put back on their blue collar shirts and work with the peons.
So much for the democratic process and representative government. The public unions have far overstepped their constitutional parameters. They should reconsider their extra-legal acts of taxpayer extortion. It doesn’t reflect well on their image.
Can you imagine if everyone sought to compensate for progressive inflation and other market distortions (e.g. Obamacare)? It would look like an authoritarian regime, public union, expansive monetary leveraging/laundering, and a multi-trillion dollar welfare complex.
What’s freaking union boss hogs is that this is a national trend, to get rid of public unions, and it’s working. Their fight is existential – and all the more enjoyable for it. There is/was a time and place for unions, but too many of them sold out to the Democrat political machinery, whether public unions or private.
Just as Jimmy Hoffa screwed up thinking he could let the mafia in and keep control, the public unions thought they could partner with Dems to turn tax money into union dues (and union dues into campaign donations) but keep control of it all. Damn voters screwed up their gravy train and I’m guessing they will again.
Whether you are pro or anti public unions (i.e., do or don’t support Gov. Walker) is a touchy subject in Wisconsin and I’d bet a goodly number of poll responders are mouthing support for unions but are voting Walker once in the sanctity of the voting booth.
That whole “secret ballot” thingy is pretty useful.
Of course, LOTS of union types want to see that eroded. Because strong-arming people who vote “wrong” is soooooo much easier that way.
I just gave Scott another donation.
Against these people: think George Patton, not John Boehner.