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  •  Do they really understand just (7+ / 0-)

    who they are messing with?

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Lives lost trying to earn a living.

    by JayRaye on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 01:08:29 PM PST

    •  I think they are so arrogant (11+ / 0-)

      they don't care and they believe people will feel so powerless they will go to the slaughter like little lambs. Our governor, John Kasich, thought that too. He never campaigned on destroying unions, but it was virtually the first item on his – and his compliant legislature's — agenda when he took office. We repealed it by a 60-40 margin. I think they just honestly believe they can crush the vast crowd of regular working people and nobody has the power to fight. I am sure Governor Snyder was laughing at citizens inside when he spewed that bullshit about how helpful this is to workers. The doors were probably locked because they were inside mocking Michigan citizens as sheep and fools who didn't deserve to be able to live decent lives. The disgust I feel for such amoral, unprincipled, and heartless people is virtually limitless.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 01:24:29 PM PST

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      •  It's a war. They've always known it. We're just (16+ / 0-)

        beginning to catch on.

        They've kept their brand new 2010 red states red (not to mention the House of Representatives) by gerrymandering. Next they'll assign presidential electoral votes to the districts instead of statewide, so that no popular vote margin will be enough to overcome that redistricting, as they're already talking about doing in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

        Blue states? Hah! Vote all you want. Run up multiple million vote margins. You can't get past the state legislatures. The state, and the electoral votes, stay red.

        And they'll still control the state houses in the next census year, when they'll make it worse. All perfectly legal.

        The popular rebellions that occurred in Ohio and Wisconsin were just the beginning. Folks are going to have to fight back--peacefully (which is much more powerful than violence when its done right)--but relentlessly. It is going to take years.

        It's a war. Once we've won, the Republicans, or whatever party they morph themselves into, will be done. But it is gonna be a mighty battle.

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        by Fonsia on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 01:43:19 PM PST

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        •  yes, I agree, it is a war. (6+ / 0-)

          But no, we are not "just beginning to catch on."

          The working class knew it was a war, because they fot in that war.

          Everything the Unions won for us, they won in pitched battles, and workers bled and died.

          What happened is too many of us  forgot.

          What is happening now is not a "catching on"
          but a remembering.

          But there are some of us who never forgot, and never will.


          WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Nov: Lives lost trying to earn a living.

          by JayRaye on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 02:47:48 PM PST

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          •  Some remember (7+ / 0-)

            Far too many forgot, because the design of postwar America does an awful lot to cut off cultural transmission.

            Teenagers isolated with only each other in suburbs for generation all too often grow up into adults sitting in cars unaware that the crap they hear on the radio is, well, crap.

          •  Please don't forget (2+ / 0-)
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            that this nation has been subjected to anti-union propaganda at least since Reagan.  There are many people who feel unions are a drag on our economy.

            The unions must respond with some nationwide commercials reminding people that if it weren't for unions their kids would be working in factories instead of going to school, that we wouldn't have weekends or holidays or health coverage or retirement plans.

            The unions need to let the public know that the days of big union bosses are long gone, that unions have been under a steady assault for decades and that now all the gains the people made with blood and sacrifice years ago are being steadily stolen from us with underhanded methods.

            Can they appeal for donations from non-union members?  I'd contribute.

            Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

            by Gustogirl on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 05:25:41 AM PST

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      •  It's the ALEC stealth gameplan (4+ / 0-)
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        Stay under the radar until it's time to strike.

      •  I work for the State of Michigan and (4+ / 0-)
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        On Thursday, Dec. 7, the governor sent an email to all State workers telling us about how the "Freedom to Freeload" legislation is wonderful for workers.  Just how stupid does he think we are?  I think that they are all underestimating the reaction that this law will receive.

        •  Rick Snyder doesn't just think you are stupid (2+ / 0-)
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          Rick Snyder knows and believes you are stupid and he also thinks you are a lab rat.

          The only game in town is for everybody else to run the game like Rick Snyder is the lab rat in a behavior modification experiment.

          We are presently and effectively giving Rick Snyder a mathematics lesson that he can't solve the simultaneous non-linear of equations of 2014 re-election and Snyder's 2016 presidential aspirations while conducting himself as a lying union buster.

          This assumes that Rick Snyder wasn't just in this for a one gov term gig because he can make more money elsewhere....except that leaving Michigan in a shit storm isn't exactly a good qualification for future positions.

          Rick Snyder's problem is that he has 'Peter Principled' out and he does not see or recognize it.  This comes from the narcissistic authoritarian side of his persona.

      •  i am a state employee. on Thursday December 7... (0+ / 0-)

        On Dec. 7, Snyder sent an email to all state employees telling us how great these new laws are.    

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