The article “Union busting” explains that it isn’t balancing the budget, but busting unions that the GOP is attempting.
It states “The country is in the right state of mind for union busting. The people have been led to believe that things are so bad that all and any measures must be taken to make things work financially again. But they are not answering the question better for whom?”
There are 5 states in US-out of 50, that are trying some version. Why these 5? The article states “These are states where the Republicans won the state congress and the governors seats and they don’t want to have to fight the unions in the next election cycle.
Wisconsin as gotten all the press, but Ohio, Nevada and Indiana all have proposed new laws that take away power from unions. This is not budget balancing, this is union busting.”
The article “Why Republicans Want To Bust Unions” makes many of the same points.
The article states “Eugene Robinson has a good piece that explains what the true issue is in Wisconsin and other Republican-run states.
It is about money, though – but only in the sense that money translates into political power. At this point, it’s clear for all to see that Gov. Scott Walker’s true aim is to bust the public employee unions, thus permanently reshaping the political landscape in the Republican Party’s favor.”
Walker isn’t experienced. He never could formulate this scam and all of the 5 states are marching in lockstep to their national GOP masters. The Wisconsin unions have given into Walker’s demands, but just like Bush 43 evaded the points about there being no reason to invade Iraq and reciting a Rove prepared script, Walker isn’t admitting that the union has agreed to anything until they agree to relinquishing their bargaining rights.
The article states “But it’s not about money, because the unions have agreed on the issue of health and pension contributions but that is not what Walker wants. Walker wants to bust the unions because by busting the unions because they generally support Democrats.”
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Over-reaching has always been a GOP problem. Everyone knew that 90% of that corporate funding would go to the GOP, and they won back the House and made advancements in the Senate, but that wasn’t enough. They also want to choke off the Democrat trickle of campaign funds in comparison to their unending streams of money.
What could they do? The article states “Unions have been a reliable source of political support for the Democratic Party, including campaign contributions. Over the past few decades, union membership has declined sharply; according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers who belong to a union declined from 20.1 percent of the workforce in 1983 to just 11.9 percent in 2010.”
Why can’t the GOP control their tendency to over-reach? The tiny trickle has been decreasing recently anyway. It is an ego continuity problem with the GOP. Whenever they see the slightest chance to clobber the living daylights out of the GOP they must snatch at it.
After a brief review of unions in the US the article states “So if Republicans wanted to weaken the Democratic Party by destroying its most important source of big-money support, they would try to crush public-sector unions at the state and local levels.
That’s what the Wisconsin fight is really about. That’s why Walker won’t settle for budget-balancing concessions. He wants to eliminate the greatest benefit that unions can give their members – collective bargaining – and also, by the way, make it much harder to collect union dues. He wants to starve the unions to death.”
This article drew its conclusion from the article “Starving Wisconsin’s unions” which states
“The high-stakes standoff in Wisconsin has nothing to do with balancing the state’s budget.”
Reducing budgets is fine but as the article states “It is about money, though – but only in the sense that money translates into political power. At this point, it’s clear for all to see that Gov. Scott Walker’s true aim is to bust the public employee unions, thus permanently reshaping the political landscape in the Republican Party’s favor.”
Union membership is declining, but as the article states “That’s what the Wisconsin fight is really about. That’s why Walker won’t settle for budget-balancing concessions. He wants to eliminate the greatest benefit that unions can give their members – collective bargaining – and also, by the way, make it much harder to collect union dues. He wants to starve the unions to death.
This is pure, unadulterated union-busting – not with goons and brickbats, but with the stroke of a scheming governor’s pen.”
Do you think the novice Walker came up with this himself? Why then do the other GOP run states have such similar tactics? It is simply because their strategies are being orchestrated by their national GOP masters.
It allegedly was such a huge shock to everyone when it became clear that Dick Armey was behind the Tea Party. The hypocritical rumors were that they were supposed to be such a spontaneous, loosely coordinated movement. It didn’t fool people who were familiar with the GOP party of “Tricky Dick” and Teflon “Ronnie” for a second. Then we found out that the former leader of the House Republicans was behind it.
It is the same with these 5 states attempting union busting. We’ll find out that someone who was associated with someone who is in with Karl Rove is behind the whole scam, but we won’t have evidence until after the next election.
The article “Schumer: GOP puts Congress on course for inevitable government shutdown” makes me wonder.
We all have become accustomed to state governments needing to reduce budgets and this Walker deal has reinforced that. What about the timing. Why now? Could it have anything to do with the excessive cuts in the discretionary US spending that the GOP is trying to push now? Was it all a matter of getting us used to the idea of governments cutting?
The article states “Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats won’t accept the steep spending cuts proposed by House Republicans through September. Furthermore, Senate Democrats will resist the GOP’s insistence that even a short-term budget fix must include significant cuts – an ultimatum articulated last week by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Schumer said the Democrats “already agreed” to steep cuts in December, and are ready to fight to keep spending at least at current levels.”
Another example of GOP over-reaching, but if you don’t ask you won’t get.
This will shaft the bottom 99%, but the GOP doesn’t figure that they have to do anything to get their share of that bloc of votes, so why not help the top 1% at the proles expense. They have been doing it for generations-so why not continue?
The Democrats are fighting desperately for their constituents who need assistance as the article states “Schumer said the deeper cuts proposed by Republicans would hinder key government functions, including the work of health inspectors, border security officers and the Social Security Administration.”
Remember how the information started to trickle out that the Tea Party had to have some national GOP groups behind? For as long as they could the GOP denied it.
The article “Boehner Falsely Claims ‘There’s Been No Talk Of Shutting The Government Down On Our Side'” shows them maintaining that tactic as he says that they have never talked about shutting the government down.
Of course House Speaker John Boehner wanted a few softballs lobbed to him so he spoke with Sean Hannity at the friendly confines of Fox News and said “The only people cheering for government shutdown around here are Democrats, led by Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer. There’s been no talk about shutting the government down on our side. Our goal here is to reduce spending. It isn’t to shutdown the government.”
The article lists multiple quotes from GOP leaders that don’t agree with Boehner spin in the network of the “No Spin Zone”.
So I have a few questions and observations. Did national GOP use Wisconsin budget crisis as a test to see how severe budget cuts by Congress would poll? Maybe I’m jaded but I have a few reasons to suspect national GOP involvement such as:
busting unions in multiple states that the GOP control and Walker’s scam helps national GOP in their effort to make excessive cuts in federal spending as it reinforces our need for austerity, but I’ll stick with “This is not budget balancing, this is union busting.”
The GOP can’t control its desire to dominate and humiliate the Democrats. They want to pretend that the union busting is spontaneous. It is as unstructured as the Tea Party was. An associate of Karl Rove is pulling Walker ‘s strings.