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  •  You should read this article. (11+ / 0-)

    http://www.businessweek.com/...

    Unions spent a record $450 million helping elect Democrats to Congress and the White House in 2008. With a mixed record of success going into the mid-term 2010 congressional elections, they are wondering what to do now.

    ‘Not Happy’

    “We’re demoralized,” said Robert Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. “We’re not happy about anything.”

    From just a year ago - when union political strategy for 2010 was being formed.  

    •  Aren't we all wondering what (6+ / 0-)

      to do now?

       That unions are even still standing is a tribute to their strength considering the long war that has been waged against workers.

       I am pleased to see the workers of Wisconsin stand strong and send a message to the rest of the country.

       We just need to be clear on exactly what Walker is really doing. He is trying to destroy public unions, a GOP wet dream for decades now.

      ~a little change goes a long way~

      by missliberties on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 10:22:48 AM PST

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      •  Actually, first we need to explain (11+ / 0-)

        how important unions are to all workers unionized or not, then maybe more Americans would realize how critical this fight in Wisconsin and the others like it are to all of us.

        •  Unions aren't to blame (7+ / 0-)

          for our budget problems.

           Let's try that first.

           What we should point out as I said earlier is that corruption in politics has been the problem.

          Let's be clear: Whatever fiscal problems Wisconsin is -- or is not -- facing at the moment, they're not caused by labor unions. That's also true for New Jersey, for Ohio and for the other states. There was no sharp rise in collective bargaining in 2006 and 2007, no major reforms of the country's labor laws, no dramatic change in how unions organize. And yet, state budgets collapsed. Revenues plummeted. Taxes had to go up, and spending had to go down, all across the country.

          Blame the banks. Blame global capital flows. Blame lax regulation of Wall Street. Blame home buyers, or home sellers. But don't blame the unions. Not for this recession

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           Don't Blame the Unions

           Thinking that unions had any part to play in any of this when the workers have been making all kinds of concessions is the wrong message completely.

          ~a little change goes a long way~

          by missliberties on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 12:29:38 PM PST

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        •  Start blaming Walker (6+ / 0-)

          for manufacturing the crises in the first place so he could use Unions as a scapegoat.

          This is why we should be completely seething mad.

           The Republicans did it again. They passed tax cuts without paying for them and now want to balance the budget off the backs of the workers. This is why we should be furious to the hilt.

           NO discussion of this issue should be had without bring up tax cuts that weren't paid for with the intention of breaking the backs of the unions.

           

          The governor called a special session of the legislature and signed two business tax breaks and a conservative health-care policy experiment that lowers overall tax revenues (among other things). The new legislation was not offset, and it helped turn a surplus into a deficit [see update at end of post]. As Brian Beutler writes, "public workers are being asked to pick up the tab for this agenda."

          ~a little change goes a long way~

          by missliberties on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 12:33:31 PM PST

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          •  Blaming isn't going to get (3+ / 0-)
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            anything done for the long-haul, though.

            Ever since Reagan and his wife's "Just say no" campaign, this country has been obsessed with what NOT to do rather than what to do.  We focus on trying to eliminate the negative rather than working to expand and strengthen the foundations of the positive.

            Democrats need to sell something rather than just playing defense all of the time.  But first they have to make the case - they have to talk about what's good - and explain why what's good is good.  If they don't start that narrative and go strong with it, we are going to continue to have to fight and probably lose these battles more often than not.

          •  Income transfer (2+ / 0-)
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            from workers to business.  The damn Republicans say they hate "socialism" and income transfers funded by taxes, so call Walker's move what it REALLY is:  socialism for business, and an income transfer made by government action in which income was taken by force from workers and handed over to the tycoons.  If conservatives argue income transfer by force under cover of calling it "taxes" is wrong, then income transfer by force under cover of calling it a "reduction" in taxes to business is wrong.  They can only defend this move by saying they want no government at all--so who is going to pay for defense and defend us, or police us, or protect us from dangerous products or pave our streets, and on and on.  This is an indefensible move by any logic.  Tell the Republicans defending Walker to read the parable of the rich man taking the poor man's single lamb and having it for dinner--even their so-called god didn't support snatching the food off the worker's plate and handing it over to the fat, cigar chomping rich businessmen.  In fact, as I recall it, their Bible says the laborer is worthy of his hire, and to render to Caesar that which is Caesar's (this is, pay taxes to the state because the state has a RIGHT to collect taxes for the common good).

            When you lie down with Blue Dogs, you wake up with Teaparty fleas

            by monkeybrainpolitics on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 01:14:29 PM PST

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