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  •  Here's the part that bugged me most, Puddytat (25+ / 0-)
    We continue to believe that the recalls are an unfortunate distraction. They are mostly union-driven and almost exclusively about one issue: the end of collective bargaining for most public workers

    This is from the Journal Sentinel editorial section on page 3. As you and Giles Boat Boy point out, this is far from being exclusively about one issue.

    But even if this was the only issue - so what - he would deserve recall for this single issue. In education alone, this politically motivated attack has caused enormous damage which will take years, if not decades, to heal. Teachers are still reeling from the disrespect heaped on them in the last year. Taking pay cuts hurts, but not as much as the venom that has been unleashed.

    And they say the recalls are "mostly union-driven," as if it is self-evident that this is a bad thing. Unions fight for workers and workers rights when no one else will. This is a self-evidently good thing to me.

    Finally, this is way more than a "distraction." It's sane people fighting for the most important things they believe in.

    •  It's part of the redefinition (9+ / 0-)

      They're trying to make it appear that this is the only reason for the recall.  They're dismissing the effects Walker has had on so many communities and so many people.

      United Wisconsin is a coalition group made up of unions, community groups, churches, and individuals.  They're not coming together because of one nasty piece of legislation.  Farmers don't give a crap about unions, but they're out in force working on the recall because of what Walker has done to them.

      Once again, they're trying to divide and conquer.  To single out unions for hatred and vilification because the talking points and memes are out there.  Yes, it started because of collective bargaining, but Walker kept on hurting more and more of us with his continued stream of extremist legislation and policies.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 07:55:52 PM PST

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