They’re all like Robin Hoods for the super rich – steal from the poor – give to millionaires and billionaires!!

Republican Governors need to get their priorities straight. In 3 states across the country – Maine, Ohio, and New Jersey – Republican Governors are throwing the middle-class under the bus and putting some of the wealthiest people in their states right behind the driver’s wheel. In Maine – Republican Governor Paul LePage is proposing a cut to the state’s estate tax – a tax that ONLY affects millionaires and billionaires. In fact – his tax cut ONLY affects about 400 millionaires. On the other hand – LePage is also pushing a plan to RAISE the property tax for average working class families. That’s right – a tax cut for millionaires – a tax hike for everyone else.

In Ohio – Kasich is trying to pass a similar estate tax cut for millionaires while at the same time cutting critical government programs for schools, nursing homes, food banks, and children’s hospitals. That’s right – cuts to children’s hospitals to pay for millionaire welfare! And in New Jersey – Chris Christie is knocking down his state’s estate taxes too while cutting assistance to poor and middle class families. It should also be noted that a New Jersey judge ruled yesterday that Christie’s education cuts are unconstitutional - and that Christie is failing at his constitutional obligation to educate the children within his state.

Are these guys serious?!

In 1986 – Ronald Reagan became the first President in the history of this nation to cut taxes for the super rich while at the same time raising taxes for the poor. And these Governors - who probably have a shrine to Reagan built in their mansions - are doing the same thing.

They’re all like Robin Hoods for the super rich – steal from the poor – give to millionaires and billionaires.


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Kate Anne 12 years 2 days ago

Today's governors rant video should be posted so we can share it on Facebook and/or blog! Thanks!!

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I hates wabbits 12 years 2 days ago

The Robin Hood mythos has proved ultra-durable over the centuries. Use the existing framework which is ingrained in the collective unconscious.

No ... Walker, Christy etc. are NOT "Robin Hood". They are the equivavlent to the Sheriff of Nottingham, the evil lackey of the billionaire Prince John (of Koch Estates?)

The evil Governor of Nottingham, enslaving and ripping off the poor for the benefit of himself and his corporate lord & parton, the evil Prince John (who conspired to have the real king "Uncle Sam" locked in a dungeon).

Today's ROBIN HOODs (in WI) are the ones spearheading the recall elections. Or the WI-14 who fled the Sheriff's sheriffs across the state line to Sherwood Forest, IL.

As Joseph Yoda Campbell might have said..."The power of myth should you use."

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rural activist 12 years 2 days ago

COME ON AMERICA! Let's GO! It's time to take it to the streets NOW while the world is watching us. We have one of the most corrupt and illegitimate governments in the world. Our government has been bought and paid for by corporations since the very beginning of this Nation. When will people read their history and realize this has been going on since before the signing of the constitution! Citizens have been fighting this for CENTURIES. This is nothing new, now it just seems like corporate colonization of our minds has created a public with the memory and attention span of goldfish. Divest from the system! Maybe we should all stop paying our mortgages, credit card bills, electric bils, etc. until we get results! I've had enough, I'll see you in the streets!

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dschwarzcook 12 years 1 day ago

So, I would be interested in knowing what state that now has a Republican governor, is not being taken to the rich cleaners. Tom talks about three. I live in Michigan where there are huge huge questionable things going on. And then, look at Wisconsin and Florida. So, how many states are being handed over to the wealthiest few and leaving everyone else in the dust. It certainly isn't three. Oh, and where are the jobs?

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rickelis 12 years 1 day ago

Yes, we have some hooded robbers, governors who are hiding their evil doings from the sight of their citizens. But let's reveal their intentions--shine the light on them. New Jersey has a recall process; Maine and Ohio have state-wide intiative processes. Encourage citizens in those states to right the wrongs of these robbers of the people. And social networks exist to organize such endeavors with minimal expense.

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2950-10K 12 years 1 day ago

These Republican incarnations of a richman's robinhood are nothing more than stooges of wealthy special interest. This pathethtic role, coupled with their scary " I'm Ronald Reagan" delusion, makes them dangerous, but also ultimately self-destructive. Political representation of 1% at the expense of 99%, which by the way the Tea Party folks are members of the latter, makes it reasonable to surmise that a prompt intervention will reverse this anti-democratic insanity. Medication should be large doses of fact-filled information. This DON'T TREAD ON DEMOCRACY tough love reality will bring Tea Party members out of their Murdoch induced Bachmann-like stupors and subvert future voting while sleepwalking. At this point our band of merry political hacks can move on to a Napoleon fantasy world and live together in exile on a remote island. They deserve this adult time-out after all of their wreckless self puffery and resulting damage to DEMOCRACY. Only one question remains, will there be enough food on the island for Christie?

dnarnadem 12 years 1 day ago

The verdict is out on our Electorate - they were suckered big time into electing this brood of snakes! Now the question is - will they be smart enough to get rid of them? Will they also remember what they did longer than one election cycle? If not, say goodbye to America as we all once knew it!

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making progress 12 years 1 day ago
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Berry 12 years 1 day ago

Radioactive particles are accumulating in our atmosphere only to eventually come down and burn up the vegetation. My understanding is that One speck of plutonium will kill you by eating up your red blood cells electrocution style ) Nuclear power a violation of nature? These plants must be shut down all over the world. Spreading these plants from sea to sea will only speed up the heating process and a good chance this planet and civiliztion will die out.

There are thoses who want to set fire to our world. We are in danger, There is only time to work slowly, There is no time not to love.( Denna Metzger.)

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Berry 12 years 1 day ago

Our leaders today are becoming like tribes primates, conquest barbarians. They Idolizes the super rich.

Remember ~ Genghis Khan, Caesar etc. The arrival ?

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul. (Mark Twain)

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jimshady 12 years 1 day ago

In 1929 germany these same neo-cons (fascists) took over and destroyed a country! Costing the lives of millions of innocent people on both sides! And these werent just of the jewish faith!

They had their followers right up to the end just as we have! These are not the true republicans of our fathers--they are neocons--nationalists--fascists--they work hand in hand with corporations just as Nazi Germany did.

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leighmf 12 years 12 hours ago

They, Republican and Democrat, have been doing these things as mayors, congressmen, senators, and governors, and getting away with it since the beginning of running America. We have to make up our minds about how much immorality we as a society are willing to tolerate or simply deny?

How are we going to expect to have GOOD GOVERNMENT made out of Bad Men?

Are Good Men in charge when eighteen year old young ladies are pole dancing their way through college, vying for a place at the Playboy Mansion, or at least marriage to a professional athlete? Why are children as alcoholics or drug addicts packing pistols? Why are already beautiful young women in the bloom of womanhood pumping, implanting, injecting things into their faces and body parts, even vacuuming their derriere for stuff to turn their lips into a rubber life raft?

This is becoming downright unrespectable.


dnarnadem 11 years 52 weeks ago

"Are Good Men in charge when eighteen year old young ladies are pole dancing their way through college..."

Did you see where a christain minister was having a "Pole Dancing Class For Christ" class for young women in his congregation??

If this can be done by fundamentalist ministers and approved by his congregation, anything is possible!!!

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RFerly 11 years 51 weeks ago

This was sent to me by a fellow state employee here at the Wis. Dept. of Public Instruction:Subject: Teachers salary
Are you sick of highly paid teachers?
Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for less than minimum wage.That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan-- that equals 6 1/2 hours).
Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.
However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.LET'S SEE....That's $585 X 180= $105,300 (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).
What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 anThat would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. (Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here! There sure is!) The average teacher's salary(nation-wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days= $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student--a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!

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