I've always been a supporter of organized labor (Unions). I've served as a Union steward, Union officer, delegate to the Greater Louisville Labor Council, delegate to the United Rubber, Cork and Linoleum Workers International Union (Currently the Steel Workers) Convention, etc. It's not anger that's compelling me to write this, but disappointment. Disappointment in my fellow Union members.
When I was a child I had a hero and and it wasn't the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, Superman, Captain Marvel, Tom Mix or any of those 1940's heros, my hero was John L. Lewis. John L. Lewis defied presidents and even the law, he stood up for what he believed and and fought for the American worker. In my eyes John L. Lewis, was a real life hero and a visionary.
Scott Walker wanted a war. Soon after taking office and giving more huge tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations he engaged in a war on Wisconsin's workers. Far from settling for firing them, he set out to cut the wages of those employed and steal their rights. Well, now it appears as if Scott Walker should have been careful what he wished for. He has his war.
Republicans have been warring on working Americans for a long time now. Since his election as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has taken that fight to a new level. While doling out tax cuts to himself and his ilk he has sought to cut pay and benefits and even take rights long since fought for and won by Wisconsin workers. Well, the good news is after barely failing to take control of the Wisconsin Senate in recall elections earlier this year the working men and women of Wisconsin are trying to cut off the snake's head and are targeting Governor Walker himself.
We all remember the recall efforts in Wisconsin last this summer which resulted in two Republicans that supported Gov. Scott Walker's war on the middle-class deservedly losing their jobs. Even though that effort fell barely short in taking back the Wisconsin Senate it definately sent a message. Well, they say to kill a monster you do not cut off it's tail, you cut off it's head. With that in mind Wisconsin Democrats are poised to begin a recall effort against their governor.
Wisconsin GOP chair Brad Courtney is trying his darnedest to put lipstick on a pig. The Dairy State senate recall elections resulted in "a united Republican majority,” he said in a statement. Never mind that the GOP edge has slipped to 17-16. Forget that one Republican senator sided with the Democrats and voted against GOP Gov. Scott Walker's public employee union-busting bill.
Reuters The six Democrats who won on Tuesday -- Nancy Nusbaum, state Representative Sandy Pasch, Shelly Moore, state Representative Fred Clark, Jessica King and Jennifer Shilling -- will now seek to unseat six incumbent Republicans in recall elections on August 9. Read more.
In Wisconsin it appears as if the folks might not be as ignorant as Governor Scott Walker and his stooges in the state legislature had hoped. Just weeks after embarking upon a campaign to steal the rights of workers and balance the budget on anyone but themselves and their handlers, real Americans in Wisconsin are fighting back. Not only did they send a statement with their Supreme Court election, but now they have filed to recall at least two of the treasonous legistators who rubber-stamped a far-right zealot. It appears as if they are shunning Scott Walker en masse also.
William Rivers Pitt | Then They Came for the Trade Unionists
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "On this day, it behooves us to remember the words of Martin Niemoller. 'First they came for the communists,' he wrote, 'and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.' I am a trade unionist, and yesterday in Wisconsin, they came for me."
Long before the budget battle began in Wisconsin the seeds were being sown for an all-out assault on working America. The goal was to finish destroyiing what unions there are and what workers can still negotiate for a better life. The first stage was a grand propoganda campaign whose sole purpose was to whip up greed and envy among workers who could not bargain against unionized public workers. Of course since non-union workers are languishing with low wages and no benefits these public workers seemed like the perfect scapegoat for the problems caused by eight years of a Republican President with six years of a Republican Congress.
Disclaimer: Here at Hillbilly Report we do not condone the use of the Hillbilly Heroin. It makes you into Rush Limbaugh.
Ah, the Oxymoron. Fat, lazy, drug addicted, and put quite frankly a lying piece of shit. You see, in being the fattest, ugliest, most impotent cheerleader to ever don a mini-skirt for the greediest and least patriotic among us he has consistently lied through his teeth in his Oxycontin-induced ramblings. Yes, this multi-millionaire has convinced millions that he has their best interests in heart while he shills for himself and the worst element in American society to continue raping the middle-class and pocketing the profits.
While most of the nation is transfixed on the fight and protests in Wisconsin against the agenda of Scott Walker, who has given untold breaks to his true constituents in corporate America one fact is ringing true. All across America he is definately not alone. Yes, Republican Governor's seem to have one thing in common. They expect to balance budgets and make draconian cuts in services people rely on. Why?? Is it because they cannot afford to keep much needed programs?? No. The answer is quite simpler than that. Republican Governors like the whole of the modern Republican Party hope to use ignorance to fuel greed and are asking everyone but their Corporate enablers to sacrifice for the economy Wall St. crashed and the debt Republicans caused.
The Daily Beast Ian Murphy, a writer for the Buffalo Beast, says he posed as businessman David Koch, a major funder of conservative and libertarian causes, and managed to get through to Walker, engaging him in—and recording—a somewhat embarrassing conversation.
Buffalo Beast “David Koch”: We’ll back you any way we can. What we were thinking about the crowd was, uh, was planting some troublemakers. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: You know, well, the only problem with that—because we thought about that…
Here at Hillbilly Report since the Wisconsin protests against the stealing of rights from all American workers started we have not only supported these workers, we have asked everyone to stand with us in supporting them. After all, this is the beginning of the real war which began long ago against the working people of this nation. At stake, nothing less than the rights of workers in America to build and maintain a middle-class and the very ideal that with hard work and honesty one can achieve the American dream.