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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

RipRap - Solidarity Edition

Reagans' Radio Address On Solidarity

Transcript Excerpt:
"They [the Soviet Polish government] have made it clear that they never had any intention of restoring one of the most elemental human rights—the right to belong to a free trade union." -- President Ronald Reagan, Oct. 9, 1982

In his 1982 statement, Reagan even discussed how the Solidarity Union sought God-given rights.

First They Went After Unemployment Benefits - Now They're Going After The Benefits of the Employed

Bloomberg News Excerpt:
House Republicans’ $61 billion budget-cutting plan would cost 700,000 jobs, according to a report likely to inflame the debate over the U.S. government deficit.

Question: If layoffs happen and more people go on unemployment, where is that money going to come from?

Koch Bros. Products To Boycott.

The owner of this anti-union anti-Obama attack ad deletes all comments in support of workers rights and collective bargaining.

Headline JS Online, "Walker's budget address to outline sharp cuts"

Right-Wing Goons Arrive To Carpet Bomb Wisconsin's Middle-Class

Uppity Wisconsin Excerpt:
If there were any doubt that Gov. Scott Walker is losing support in his union-busting campaign, plans for two new television campaigns in support of Walker were announced today. There's one reason for this carpet-bombing campaign from the air. Walker is in trouble. The right-wing nationally has a lot at stake and needs to win this fight in Wisconsin.

Who Can't Be Trusted?

Political Correction Excerpt
So the would-be union buster threw out a new line of talking points on Meet the Press. Walker claimed that he's right to reject union concessions on pensions and benefits — the parts of his proposal that actually save the state money, unlike the assault on collective bargaining — because the unions can't be trusted.

Media Can't Even Cover Their Own Fabrications

Democurmudgeon Excerpt:
Two things: The WKOW TV anchor first said, "Some projected the capitol clearing would lead to chaos and arrests, THAT didn't happen...." then a few breaths later, "Meanwhile Republican legislators are responding to the chaos downtown...."

Time For a Do Over!

Public Policy Polling Excerpt:
We'll have our full poll on the Wisconsin conflict out tomorrow but here's the most interesting finding: if voters in the state could do it over today they'd support defeated Democratic nominee Tom Barrett over Scott Walker by a a 52-45 margin.

Comment from the internets:
"A public union employee, a tea party activist, and a CEO are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies in the middle of it. The CEO takes 11 of the cookies, turns to the tea partier and says, 'Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie."

Anyone else notice the coincidence of UStream's live video streaming inside the Capitol going off-air while Fox News Channel remained on-air?

Tom Barrett Speaks - Man, Does He Sound Good

Scott Walker -- "Tim Cullen, he's not one of us....He's a pragmatist."

Hey Republicans, when are the jobs?

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