This is all about defunding the Democratic Party and having Republicans end up with one-party rule

Protests in Wisconsin are expected to continue today for the third day in a row. Yesterday - Madison, Wisconsin was nearly shut down as ten thousand protestors assembled outside the state capital to protest Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to strip state workers union of their collective bargaining powers in an effort to balance his state’s budget. 40% of teachers working in the Madison school district called in sick to attend the protest – forcing the Superintendent of Schools to cancel classes.

Today’s classes have also been cancelled in 15 school systems around Madison – as another couple thousand teachers are planning to show up outside the state capital again this afternoon. The reality here that everyone is missing is that Governor Walker is not facing a budget crisis at all – in fact Wisconsin is doing better fiscally than most other states in the nation. And a memo by the state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau showed that Wisconsin is actually facing a budget SURPLUS at the end of the year – not a deficit that would require painful cuts.

Governor Walker is telling a lie about his state’s fiscal situation in order to justify busting unions. It’s a classic Republican union-busting thug strategy that's been going on for centuries, but went on steroids since Ronald Reagan. They're doing it because Unions are most often major campaign supporters for Democrats - both in cash and feet on the ground.

This is all about defunding the Democratic Party and having Republicans end up with one-party rule – and we can’t let Wisconsin’s governor get away with it.


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TanyaCO 12 years 15 weeks ago

Governer Walker says his plan will give teachers 100,000 a year salary. he is a liar, or why doesn't he do it now?

If the people were getting that kind of money, they wouldnt need a union. I know first year teachers who have to buy all their own supplies. This does not create wealth for the teachers.

I think we should give free housing, food, medical , and a car for the weekends for all teachers. They need to be held to the highest of honor and standards.

right now I am broke, so I wouldnt qualify to go to school to become a teacher. The system is broke. We still need to teach and reteach the baby boomers about the 21st century. then the eldest should become the teachers, for they are the most experienced in life.

We need to build things. we need to learn what a callius is from a hard days labor and toil. we need to see the progress and feel pride. We need to be in love with our neighbors, not afraid of them. Unions make your neighborhood safe. No need to go out on the streets with bats to save a "wally world", if nothing in the store is made in our neighborhood. Unions make our education the same so we can communicate sucessfully. The fracturing of the education system is polarizing people. This is opposite of the purpose of the UNITED STATES.

Credit instead of wages has killed this country. It costs more to go to school to become a teacher , than you will ever create wealth. after 20 years of service to a thankless community, most teachers still do not own a house. Something is seriously wrong!

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CarlG 12 years 15 weeks ago

This is getting a lot of coverage. I am a Wisconsin resident and do not like what I see happening in the state. I like the marches not the tea bag solution to things. A very good article about the truth of the Walker lie can be found at written by Gary Sherman. Explains a lot and the state is not in that bad a shape, well not until Walker gets through with it.

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j.sea 12 years 15 weeks ago

Virtual March! Virtual March!

Put on your virtual fair trade hemp sneakers!
Democracy for America (Howard and Jim Dean's great American organization)
is staging a virtual march for Madison:

Or go to Democracy for America homepage and watch the scrolling banner to get in step!

Free Bumperstickers thrown in!


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jkh6148 12 years 15 weeks ago



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Art LeDoux 12 years 15 weeks ago

I'm actually wondering if the "Big Picture" is this.

First give huge tax breaks(to the rich) on the Federal level.

Then the Feds give less to the States.

The States then cut out any program which doesn't aid business.

Now attack the middle class, first with public employees.

next allow the minimum wage to become non-existant, thus reducing the "cost" to private business.

Result= huge profits for business! without the hassle of Union interference, and a workforce with no


I think that's the Big Picture

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1kreative1 12 years 15 weeks ago

Call your local tv stations and demand they cover this - call the national ones as well! All of them. Demand they cover it. I just did it here in Arizona. You can do it too. C'mon power to the people, we the people need to know what is going on.

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gregsain 12 years 15 weeks ago

I think the deeper question is: "Why is this governor (and all government, for that matter) out and out LYING to it's people about these phony, trumped up "budget deficits"? If you go to any city public library, and ask them to see that city's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, you will see the REAL budget numbers, and also see that every city, state, and federal budget is a hoax!

Wisconsin takes in billions oupn billions of revenue from investments made in PRIVATE CORPORATIONS both in WI, as well as collective governmental investments! The state of WI literally has controlling interest in most of the large private corporations in the state, all from using their citizen's tax dollars! They are running a scam, just like Madeoff, just not getting thrown in jail! Don't believe me?

Go to www. cafr1{dot} com!

I'm done ignoring the pink elephant in the room, and Thom...SO SHOULD YOU!

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stonesphere 12 years 15 weeks ago

It's a bit metaphysical perhaps that teachers become our warriors as the nation deals with wars.

Lindawyeth 12 years 15 weeks ago

The issue isn't just about denying collective bargaining rights to public employees. There is a host of other worthwhile programs scheduled to be cut drastically. BadgerCare, for one -- which provides free and inexpensive health insurance coverage for underemployed and unemployed workers and families, truly a lifeline in these awful economic times.

I and others have checked into recalling Governor Walker, and according to state statute It cannot be done during his first year in office. This also applies to freshman representatives and senators, including my first-term Republican tea bagger senator. BUT we are starting to look at alternatives.

For out-of-towners coming for the rally tomorrow, I encourage you to spend one more day in our fair state to attend the annual Wisconsin Progressive Grassroots Festival on Saturday. It will be held in Mazomanie, Wisconsin, at Wisconsin Heights High School, located on US Hwy 14 between Black Earth and Mazomanie -- just a few miles up the road from Madison. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. They have a web site, and they are on Facebook. One of the speakers will be Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Mike was the most inspired and inspiring speaker at last fall's Fighting Bob Fest in Baraboo. Thom Hartmann was also a terrific speaker at FBF last fall. And mark your calendars, too, for Fighting Bob Fest in Madison on Sept. 17. So you can be energized and inspired to take back our government.

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Berry 12 years 15 weeks ago

Blinded, lacking ability! Lacking the ability to think and reason. So,Walker takes the bully road! "Hard head? This seems to be a trend across America. Have you notice the lacking ability in most of our leaders today? The average person, seems to know much more than most leaders today. And that showing up more and more. There are always solutions and solutions involve thinking and working together.

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dnarnadem 12 years 15 weeks ago

And you should have added - One of the stupidest agendas of the Republicans (Plutocrats and Super Rich) ever! If anything, this proves that they are really, really stupid and shortsighted.

If people do NOT have jobs, they have no money, no home, they cannot buy anything. If they cannot buy anything, business' will fail. If businesses fail, it will cause economic chaos.

This is Keynesian Economics in Reverse - who will get to the BOTTOM first!!!

I think it is time that the American People take their country back! And this to Tea Party fanatics - if the American economy goes bust, you will also be part of it. No one will be safe. It is time to wake up and deal with reality here - the Billionaires are not your supporters, and they simply do NOT CARE about you; in fact they are just using you! When the economy is driven to the ground, those with the wealth will flee to Saudi Arabia and other monarchal countries of the world. You may be an ardent Tea Bagger now, but you will also be part of the wreckage when all this hits the rocks, and so will your family and their families.

There is a concerted movement by the neo-conservatives and their Plutocratic supporters in this country to destroy the Democratic Party and Democratic institutions and make it a one party rule – Oligarchy! That is their stated goal! And they are using every means possible to make that happen. I saw at least 5-6 LIES being stated on FOX Noise today, about riots and violence! Sick!

Republican Senators and Representatives out and out lying: Paul Ryan for one!

Take a stand America: Do it now while you can!

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jkh6148 12 years 15 weeks ago

REPUBLICANS ARE SOCIAL DARWINISTS -- they believe the government should help the rich to exist and prosper. IF the working classes need to exist - the rich should be allowed to exploit them !! AND the poor should just die off because the poor will never amount to anything and are a drain on society. I did not write the following two articles found on the internet !!

Social Darwinism is a belief, popular in the late Victorian era in England, America, and elsewhere, which states that the strongest or fittest should survive and flourish in society, while the weak and unfit should be allowed to die. The theory was chiefly expounded by Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), whose ethical philosophies always held an elitist view and later received a boost from the application of Darwinian ideas such as adaptation and natural selection.

According to Darwin's evolutionary theory, nature is a "kill-or-be-killed" system. Those that cannot keep up are either left behind or cut off. The strong survive, and those best suited to survival will out-live the weak.

The seeds of Social Darwinism were actually planted before the publication of Darwin's "The Origin of Species" (though of course the name didn't originate until after). Herbert Spencer, the father of Social Darwinism as an ethical theory, was thinking in terms of elitist, "might makes right" sorts of views long before Darwin published his theory. The concept of adaptation allowed Spencer to claim that the rich and powerful were better adapted to the social and economic climate of the time, and the concept of natural selection allowed him to argue that it was natural, normal, and proper for the strong to thrive at the expense of the weak. Whether it be humans, races, or the state, Spencer's thoughts were clear: "If they are sufficiently complete to live, they do live, and it is well they should live. If they are not sufficiently complete to live, they die, and it is best they die." In its simplest form, Social Darwinism follows the theory of "the strong survive," even in human issues. It is the application of the theory of natural selection to social, political, and economic issues. According to Social Darwinism, those with economic, physical, and technological strength flourish and those without are destined for extinction. This theory was used to promote the idea that the white European race was superior to others, and therefore, destined to rule over them.

Social Darwinism was used to justify numerous exploits which we classify as of dubious moral value today. Colonialism was seen as natural and inevitable; people saw natives as being weaker and more unfit to survive, and therefore felt justified in seizing land and resources. Finally, it gave the ethical nod to brutal colonial governments who used oppressive tactics against their subjects.

At the time that Spencer began to promote Social Darwinism, the technology, economy, and government of the "White European" was advanced in comparison to that of other cultures. Looking at this apparent advantage, as well as the economic and military structures, some argued that natural selection was playing out, and that the race more suited to survival was winning. Some even extended this philosophy into a micro-economic issue, claiming that social welfare programs that helped the poor and disadvantaged were contrary to nature itself. Those who reject any and all forms of charity or governmental welfare often use arguments rooted in Social Darwinism.

Social Darwinism has been used to justify eugenics programs aimed at weeding "undesirable" genes from the population; such programs were sometimes accompanied by sterilization laws directed against "unfit" individuals. The American eugenics movement was relatively popular between about 1910-1930, during which 24 states passed sterilization laws and Congress passed a law restricting immigration from certain areas deemed to be unfit. Social Darwinist ideas, though in different forms, were also applied by the Nazi party in Germany to justify their eugenics programs. With the development of the notion of eugenics — not only could you prevail over the unfit by making war on them, but you could improve the breed by applying "enlightened" notions of selection and genetics.

At its worst, the implications of Social Darwinism were used as scientific justification for the Holocaust. The Nazis claimed that the murder of Jews in World War II was an example of cleaning out inferior genetics. This view embraced the assumption that the strong were superior, and thus ordained to prevail. Social Darwinism applied to military action as well; the argument went that the strongest military would win, and would therefore be the most fit. Casualties on the losing side, of course, were written off as the natural result of their unfit status. Thus, if two countries were to make war on each other, the victor was biologically superior to the loser. It was therefore right and proper for that victor to subjugate or even eliminate the inferior opponent. Not only was survival of the fittest natural, but it was also morally correct. Indeed, some extreme Social Darwinists argued that it was morally incorrect to assist those weaker than oneself, since that would be promoting the survival and possible reproduction of someone who was fundamentally unfit.

A second way pseudo-evolutionary concepts were applied to human interaction was in the development of cut-throat capitalism in the United States. Here the ideology was that the cream naturally rose to the top; the successful made a lot of money simply because they were superior to the unsuccessful. Those who found themselves in poverty were poor because they were intrinsically inferior. It provided a justification for the more exploitative forms of capitalism in which workers were paid sometimes pennies a day for long hours of backbreaking labor. Social Darwinism also justified big business' refusal to acknowledge labor unions and similar organizations, and implied that the rich need not donate money to the poor or less fortunate, since such people were less fit anyway. This political philosophy resisted suggestions like universal education, welfare, minimum wage; in short, anything which interfered with the business of the "superior" ascending to the top of the heap and squashing the unfit beneath their expensive shoes.

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rickelis 12 years 15 weeks ago

My solution: recall Walker

Egypt should serve as an example of how the people of a state can peacefully change their government and get rid of an unwanted leader--use Facebook, Twitter and such social media to organize a recall. 18 states allow for recall--Wisconsin and New Jersey are two such states. Citizens of both states have already set up pages on Facebook. I've posted the groups on my profile and encourage friends to share--to promote their cause. This is a citizen's peaceful revolt against the government in order to take their state back--as such, it could appeal to a wide political spectrum.

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stuckinarut 12 years 15 weeks ago

Let's face it, Thom is right on with this one.

This is another attempt to delegitimize organized labor here in the US. Strike breaking is as much a part of American history as apple pie. I think part of the reason that this push back happened so quickly is because of the history of union strike breaking in the mid-west. Many of these events were extremely violent, and resulted in the killing of protestors. So when the gov. went and threatened to bring in the guard to 'force' people to disband/go back to work, I had flashbacks of watching machine guns being deployed to the site of the flint sit-down strike in '36.

I was watching 'Morning Joe' this morning and had to watch them bash unions, calling them greedy. I couldn't believe it, well actually I could. Both parties represent 'business'. Nobody talks about workers rights, or standard of living, or as Bernie pointed out, poverty anymore. The United States' media conglomerate has adopted the "If you don't discuss problems, they just go away" and using that to justify the hundreds of thousands of human beings that fall through the cracks, or are exploited because of their situation by soul-less businessmen looking to turn a quick buck.

I fear for our country if we continue to worship the individual over the group.

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Elioflight 12 years 15 weeks ago

The same is happening here in Ohio with our "wonderful" bully rethuglican gov. And people are marching. I'm not sure why the national media hasn't picked it up.

My big republican catholic sister-in-law was visiting last night at my house. I can't remember how the subject of unions came up, but she has derogatory feelings about them. I wanted to tell her that she enjoys her nice home and life because of unions. Because of unions her husband has a great wage, safe working conditions, her children and grandchildren can attend school instead of work, a generous pension, insurance, and a 40 hour week and overtime for anything more. I should have given her my copy of The Jungle to read.

If business had its way, it would pay employees nothing, which of course is illogical because business couldn't make money if its consumers didn't have money. Hey, but who says that greed is logical.

Most beginning teachers in my region of Ohio make about $15,000 the first year; they pay for their own supplies. Pay raises come with experience (if you're lucky to have your first year contract renewed) and more schooling, but then school districts are getting rid of teachers with more schooling because they have to pay more.

Dnarnadem is right about the rethuglicans using the willfully ignorant. The next time my mother-in-law comes to my house and bitches about how her medicare and social security are being cut I'm going to tell her she got exactly what she voted for. She votes rethuglican because the chruch tells her and all the other sheeple how to vote. That's why we left the chruch. Religion IS the opiate of the masses. Just render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar's, suffer heroically now and leave us rich folks alone, and you'll have a better life in heaven--what crap!

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Pretzelogic in ... 12 years 15 weeks ago

We all know the Rape-Public-CONS are all about the "Golden Rule": He who has the gold... rules.


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dcbuzzell 12 years 15 weeks ago

I am very happy to see that there are still some Americans out there that sees this for what it actually is. A seize of power for a one party system, a plutocracy and slavery. Soon there will be one man that will rear his head and claim he has the solution to everyones problems. He will be the dictator wrapped in an American flag carrying an empty cross. I just pray to God that I'm totally wrong! Nothing would make me happier.

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ArcaneFlame 12 years 15 weeks ago

Inspiring video of the protests in Madison over the last couple days. Please pass this on so that people know that we are protesting peacefully and are very committed to this cause. This is an attack on the unions and the middle class as a whole and we're drawing a line in the sand to stand up against it! They cannot take away our rights!

Note: I did not create this video but am in contact with the creator and he wants as many people as possible to see this. Please help us pass this on. If you know anyone in the media please share this with them.

- Nathan

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DRUMMER 12 years 15 weeks ago

The nonsense that is being spouted by the Right becomes more and more insulting as they appear to continue to believe that we're ignorant. We don't have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem. The 800 lb. gorilla in the room is the fact that the highest income "citizens" do not pay their fair share of taxes. To our legislators: stop being owned, stop being cowards, stop being traitors and start collecting more from the rich. Your rationalizations for Draconian spending cuts only hold water until we realize that they're being called for at the same time that you bought and paid for bastards are calling for lower taxes for the rich and for corporations. Serve the people! (Remember the French Revolution, although I'd rather hang you traitors than take your heads. Not so messy.)

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