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  •  I agree. This kind of thing is dishonest (4+ / 0-)
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    and hurts the credibility of the protesters.  

    If it were my employee, I'd be a lot more bothered by an employee who saw no problem with getting a doctor's note saying they were sick (when they weren't) than I would be with an employee telling me he/she was taking a personal day off because the principle was important to him/her.

    The first tactic is dishonest and means I can't trust the employee's word -- that he/she is willing to lie to me if that is what is convenient.  And that, to me, is far worse than missing a day of work to attend a protest rally.

    •  asdf (2+ / 0-)
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      That's why the issue bothers me.  It's a trust issue for me.  In several of my professions in life, the military and working at a power plant, if I don't know if I can trust my life to you, it makes working with you very difficult.

      "It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." - Ronald Reagan

      by erush1345 on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 05:36:42 PM PST

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    •  How do you know that these were (1+ / 0-)
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      actual physicians?  How do you know what was on those supposed "excuses"?!   That diarist did NOT verify any of this.  He just reported what he "saw".  Well, unless he spoke with those individuals and saw with his own eyes what was on those slips of paper, I'm not buying this.  At least verify before you jump to conclusions, please.

      If the people stay united, they cannot be defeated. Solidarity!

      by 3goldens on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 05:41:07 PM PST

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      •  This is not a one-source story (4+ / 0-)
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        it is all over the place, not just Breitbart and Fox News (which had video, showing the form, the doctor's signature, and a person (miked up) getting the "doctor's note." CBS had it.   Local news affiliates  had it.

        Maybe the people in white coats handing out the doctor's note, signing them with a medical license number (as shown in a couple of videos) were fake.  Then they should have been arrested.

        Even if the doctors were fake, anybody who got one of these with the intent to provide the note to his/her employer is dishonest.  If they use it to get paid 3 days as sick days (if that's what their contracts provide) they are fraudulent.  

      •  wow i never thought i'd say this (1+ / 0-)
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        but the term "couch fainter" just popped into my head. first, do you think there aren't any bosses out there who would can an employee for skipping out work for a protest? no bosses like that, anywhere? my boss can grapple with her employee trust issues at work while i interact with her all day long. "I'm sick" is a white lie, if you must call it that. It's universally socially acceptable. If you told your boss you were going to a protest instead of coming to work, I don't feel sorry for anything that happens to you.

        •  I'm not one of the protestors (1+ / 0-)
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          (I'm retired and so is my husband, a teacher for 32 years in a district near Madison) and please see my comments elsewhere in this diary.  And, by the way, I have NO idea what you are blathering about in your comment and please don't bother to explain because I wouldn't want you to hurt your brain.

          If the people stay united, they cannot be defeated. Solidarity!

          by 3goldens on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:17:23 PM PST

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    •  Would you trust the doctor? (0+ / 0-)

      Someone who dashes off a false medical report to make a political point? Funny thing, what if one of these striking teachers actually had an undetected, serious illness, got a diagnosis of "stress" from Doc Shropshire, and walked down the street and had a heart attack? Chapter Two: medical malpractice suit. (Don't worry, everyone lives -- just not happily ever after.)

      •  hilariouis (1+ / 0-)
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        that with all the issues surrounding the right to unionize, THIS is the best counterpoint the wingnuts can come up with.  "Some doctors who aren't even with the union were passing out excuse slips at a public rally oh noes !!!!!!!!!!!!"

        It only demonstrates how flat-footed they have been caught and how dumbfoundedly desperate they are to find some sort of response.  After all, they KNOW that their actual response ("workers shouldn't have any right to organize") would cost them the political future of the GOP for the next 50 years.

        It's funny to watch.

        As I've been saying for a few years now, the days of the "conservatives" are numbered.

        Now, their number got a lot smaller.

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