Another example of the far-right extremists who call themselves Republican / Teaparty:
Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald was warned by legal representatives of three separate state agencies that ordering state troopers to forcibly return senate democrats to Madison would place his actions in a zone “outside the law”, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. The Journal has obtained memos and e-mail from Fitzgerald’s office and the office of Sergeant-at-Arms Ted Blazel through a public records request.
Fitzgerald now admits in an interview with the Journal that his efforts to compel the Democrats back to the State House were “a mess” and that when he tried to give a statewide order for law enforcement to arrest the missing lawmakers, “There was no cop in the state that would enforce it.”
[...] Fitzgerald said he continued to try to find ways to bring the missing lawmakers back to the capitol even when he knew that it was a futile endeavor. Nonetheless, he states that he has no regrets about his handling of the situation.
More each day, I’m seeing these Teaparty-Republicans tilting towards good old Fascism. What else do you call people in a political party who believe they can operate above or outside the law for their own political agenda?
Fascism: [A] radical, authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists seek to organize a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, and systems, including the political system and the economy. They advocate the creation of a totalitarian single-party state that seeks the mass mobilization of a nation and the creation of an ideal “new man” to form a governing elite through indoctrination, physical education, and family policy including eugenics. Fascists believe that a nation requires strong leadership, singular collective identity, and the will and ability to commit violence and wage war in order to keep the nation strong. Fascist governments forbid and suppress opposition to the state.
Maybe they’re sick of the new breed of supposed “Christian patriots” calling them thugs and/or Marxists?! Or maybe they’re just smarter than the average teabagger…
C&L’s Susie Madrak says,
This is huge. Police and firefighter unions have been aligned with Republican candidates for a long time, and even the callous treatment of 9/11 workers wasn’t enough to turn them against the Republicans. So this is very big news indeed:
WASHINGTON — Leaders from two unions known to support the Republican Party warned of serious repercussions for GOP candidates in the 2012 elections, saying the onslaught of anti-labor bills in state capitals has shifted their political allegiances.
“Our political principles are pretty straightforward. We’ll support those that support us,” Harold Schaitberger, general president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, told HuffPost. “We tend to stick with those who stick with us.”
“There is a distinct possibility that the pro-labor candidate in the next election will be looked at much more favorably than their overall record,” Chuck Canterbury, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, told HuffPost. “The vast majority of our membership will put other issues aside.”
They’re unhappy with what’s happened in Ohio, and although they’re traditionally conservative, they see something is very wrong with the modern Republican Party. Quoting the article, they say they’re, “very unhappy with the far-right wing of the party that seems to have taken the Republican Party hostage.” That”d be the teabags. Everyone is waking up.
Fuck court orders! Our state. Our majority. We make the laws now.
An Indiana prosecutor said one of his deputies resigned Thursday after admitting he sent an email to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker suggesting Walker fake an attack on himself to discredit the unions protesting his plans. — Oliver Willis: “the sin here for the right is not the plan for a fake attack, but getting caught.”
Oct 24 2008
For anyone who believes that the hard-won rights of organized labor constitute an American birthright, who would as soon see the flag burned as a picket line crossed (both acts disrespectful of blood shed in our “country’s cause”), the decision of the Wisconsin Legislature to end most collective bargaining rights for public employees amounts to sacrilege. In effect, Wisconsin has become a pariah state. It ought to be treated as such. — The fight over collective bargaining is not just a labor dispute in a Midwestern state
As you read these 19 items below, think about the attack on labor unions, the shrinking middle-class, continuing the tax cuts for the wealthy — and the information at the bottom.
- The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001.
- Dell Inc., one of America’s largest manufacturers of computers, has announced plans to dramatically expand its operations in China with an investment of over $100 billion over the next decade.
- Dell has announced that it will be closing its last large U.S. manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in November. Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.
- In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold worldwide. So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States? Zero.
- According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.
- As of the end of July, the U.S. trade deficit with China had risen 18 percent compared to the same time period a year ago.
- The United States has lost a total of about 5.5 million manufacturing jobs since October 2000.
- According to Tax Notes, between 1999 and 2008 employment at the foreign affiliates of U.S. parent companies increased an astounding 30 percent to 10.1 million. During that exact same time period, U.S. employment at American multinational corporations declined 8 percent to 21.1 million.
- In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic output. In 2008, it represented 11.5 percent.
- Ford Motor Company recently announced the closure of a factory that produces the Ford Ranger in St. Paul, Minnesota. Approximately 750 good paying middle class jobs are going to be lost because making Ford Rangers in Minnesota does not fit in with Ford’s new “global” manufacturing strategy.
- As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing. The last time less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.
- In the United States today, consumption accounts for 70 percent of GDP. Of this 70 percent, over half is spent on services.
- The United States has lost a whopping 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.
- In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use. Today it ranks 15th.
- Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.
- Printed circuit boards are used in tens of thousands of different products. Asia now produces 84 percent of them worldwide.
- The United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that the Chinese spend on goods from the United States.
- One prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.
- The U.S. Census Bureau says that 43.6 million Americans are now living in poverty and according to them that is the highest number of poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.
There’s something Robert Reich called The Republican Strategy, which is, in part:
The Republican strategy is to split the vast middle and working class – pitting unionized workers against non-unionized, public-sector workers against non-public, older workers within sight of Medicare and Social Security against younger workers who don’t believe these programs will be there for them, and the poor against the working middle class.
By splitting working America along these lines, Republicans hope to deflect attention from the big story. That’s the increasing share of total income and wealth going to the richest 1 percent while the jobs and wages of everyone else languish.
For your consideration:
- Because of the ‘precedent’ of the UN resolution on a no-fly zone over Libya, Obama MIGHT, one day, order a strike on Israel.
- Food prices are skyrocketing and millions are unemployed. Therefore, Republicans want to cut food stamps instead of federal subsidies to Big Agriculture: corn, wheat, rice, soy and cotton. What’s that you say? Cotton isn’t even a food crop? Right. Let them eat cotton cake.
- Donald Trump believes he should be president because he screwed Gaddafi on a real estate deal. Zing! Of course! That’s all it should take.
- Yglesias: “if 64 Senators want to vote for the Simpson-Bowles Commission’s recommendations, then there’s nothing stopping them from voting for the Simpson-Bowles Commission’s recommendations. They don’t need support from Barack Obama to do so. If anything, Barack Obama endorsing Simpson-Bowles would make it more difficult for Republicans to endorse it.“ So you see, instead of actually voting on S-B or coming up with more recommendations, they wrote a letter to Barack Obama. One might think they didn’t really care about the deficit, that this was some political maneuver intended to play to their base — if one were very cynical.
- The GOP doesn’t even know what to say about air strikes in Libya. The Koch Brothers / Roger Ailes must not have faxed out the official opinion yet.
- Scott Walker calls his union-busting activities “progressive” so lay off. End of story.
- Also! Scott Walker gave the MISTRESS of a political ally a State job at $20.35 per hour, even though the state budget is so tight. I’m sure the TeaParty faithful will have no problem with this, as long as she’s not a union member.
The truth slips out:
“If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a much difficult, much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin.” – Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R), on Fox News, explaining the reason for rescinding state workers’ collective bargaining rights
But don’t worry, in 2012 the Koch Brothers will be throwing fistfuls of money at anyone with an “R” or a “TeaBag” next to his/her name. Democracy in action!
UPDATE * * * * * *
New America. New rules.
State Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D) released the following statement this evening:
In thirty minutes, 18 State Senators undid fifty years of civil rights in Wisconsin. Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten. Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people. Tomorrow we will join the people of Wisconsin in taking back their government.
And NPR really needs to grow a pair:
And I love the rules. Say true but harsh things in private, and you have to go. Make up awful nonsense, and you get a gig at Fox, a Vice Presidential nomination, or a Senate seat. — John Cole
The GOP-Teaparty-Republican-RWNJs have always had two sets of rules: one set for themselves and another set for everyone else. Is this the day everyone else finally decides to change that?
Here’s the best comment I’ve seen so far:
TPM Reader SG checks in from Wisconsin:
It’s not just the budget bill needs a quorum — the big issue is that *any* bill with fiscal implications is supposed to have a quorum in the Wisconsin state Senate. So there are two choices here:
1. Collective bargaining has fiscal implications, and so the bill will be blocked in the courts and ruled unconstitutional.
2. Collective bargaining DOES NOT have direct fiscal implications, and Gov. Walker has been lying this entire time by making the case that it’s fiscally necessary.
So either the state R’s just passed an illegal bill, or Walker has been lying this entire time and really is just interested in union-busting.
- Unions Gave Us The Weekend
- Unions Gave Us Fair Wages And Relative Income Equality
- Unions Helped End Child Labor
- Unions Won Widespread Employer-Based Health Coverage
- Unions Spearheaded The Fight For The Family And Medical Leave Act
Collective bargaining gave everyone:
- 40 hour workweeks
- Overtime pay for required work beyond 8 hours a day
- Unemployment compensation when you’ve lost your job through no fault of your own
- Paid vacation days
- Paid holidays
- Safety and training standards for workers
Without unions, without collective bargaining and workers sticking together, employers would dictate working conditions, hours, wages, and benefits without any input from the workers.
And without unions, there would be no American middle-class. There would be the rich and the poor — no in-between.
“Cheap-labor conservative” is a moniker they will never shake, and never live down. Because it’s exactly what they are. You see, cheap-labor conservatives are defenders of corporate America – whose fortunes depend on labor. The larger the labor supply, the cheaper it is. The more desperately you need a job, the cheaper you’ll work, and the more power those “corporate lords” have over you. If you are a wealthy elite – or a “wannabe” like most dittoheads – your wealth, power and privilege is enhanced by a labor pool, forced to work cheap.”