“They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost. They remind us that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. You and I must protect and preserve freedom here, or it will not be passed on to our children, and it will disappear everywhere in the world.”
Ronald Reagan Labor Day speech, Liberty Island September 1, 1980
They removed the “budget-repair” part. The reason the Democrats left the state to begin with is because Wisconsin’s upper chamber can’t pass any fiscal bills without 3/5 of the members present, according to Senate rules. With the Democrats missing, Republicans lacked that 3/5 quorum, and…
"Tonight is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent for Christians, and in this time set aside for repentance and prayer, Republicans have turned judgment on themselves. Justice will flow down like a river on this state as Wisconsin recalls it elected officials who have betrayed the public’s trust."
— Wisconsin Democratic State Sen. Lena Taylor • Dropping some religious talking points on the kids in the wake of tonight’s dramarama in Wisconsin. “Walker and his legislative rubberstamps achieved their goal of ending the Wisconsin values of collective bargaining and access to health care,” she said. source(via • follow)
A flash mob of pro-union demonstrators gathered yesterday in the Wisconsin State Capitol to lead a rendition of “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from Les Miserables. Right-wingers have been alternately mocking and decrying it. (Yeah, yeah, we know: French Revolution blah blah blah.) We think those right-wingers’ hearts must be made of stone.
Above is the video; below are the lyrics. Pass it on:
Enjolras Do you hear the people sing? Singing a song of angry men? It is the music of a people Who will not be slaves again! When the beating of your heart Echoes the beating of the drums There is a life about to start When tomorrow comes!
Combeferre Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? Somewhere beyond the barricade Is there a world you long to see?
Courfeyrac Then join in the fight That will give you the right to be free!!
“And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.”
Why yes, yes that IS Scott Walker. And the crank-yanker, journalist Ian Murphy, told MoJo how he did it - and what he was thinking: “I couldn’t believe it was that easy. Or why they wouldn’t check around or something in between my calls. Or be competent. Or just not completely stupid. I blame it on the cheeseheads.” More on the updated post here.
A New York-based blogger says he got through to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on the phone by posing as right-wing financier David Koch, then had a far-ranging 20-minute conversation about the collective bargaining protests. According to the audio, Walker told him:
That statehouse GOPers would be holding on to Democratic senators’ pay until they returned to vote on the controversial union-busting bill.
That they were looking to nail Dems on ethics violations if they took meals or lodging from union supporters.
That he’d take “Koch” up on this offer “once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.”
Pizza from around the world. To show their support for the labor protesters here in Madison, people from California to Egypt have been calling into local pizza joints and ordering pizzas to be delivered to the Wisconsin state capital. For Ian’s Pizza, located just a stone’s throw from the capital building, it started with a single anonymous call from California. Then the orders starting pouring in from around the country, and then around the world. One call even came in from Cairo, the epicenter of Egypt’s massive protests that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
The guys at The Uptake have a great video story on the protests and pizza. Watch it here, or go to their site where you can find lots more video coverage of the events in Madison.