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  •  The other key part of the Walker/Koch endgame (5+ / 0-)

    Walker has been vocal proponent of privatization. The state worker unions have been a roadblock to wholesale privatization of schools, prison security, administrative work, medical service provision, etc.

    So, step one - under the guise of the emergency budget repair bill - eliminate union members collective bargaining rights.

    Step two - unveil budget (due Mach 1) which makes draconian cuts in state spending.

    Step three - schools systems and govt. services face impossible shortfalls. Free from collective bargaining  agreements, massive lay-offs of public sector become the primary means of "belt tightening."

    Step four - Kids can't get classes, service quality plummets and the public makes a general up roar.

    Step five - Walker administration and their media sycophants proclaim that the public sector is too inefficient to deliver the states needed services. Key taking point is highlighting the former expenditure levels and then saying, see, we have spent all these tax dollars and look at the dysfunctional system we have.

    Step six - Walker advances plan to privatize social services and is cheered on by tea bagging populace and conservative media.

    Aftermath - well, you know where this goes.

    Only hope is that the full agenda becomes public and it energizes a recall movement.

    Once the public sector is dismantled and privatized, there is no going back.


    •  My governor (4+ / 0-)

      is planning on cutting $100 million from the education budget (Kansas), and I was outraged.
      Walker wants to cut $1 billion from the education budget in Wisconsin.

      “I have no good news for you,” Bonds said. “We were just told that Gov. Walker will propose a $1 billion cut to K12 education funding across the state.”

      Bonds said this cut in aid will reduce the revenue available to the district by almost $200 million, or a reduction of $500 per pupil. Other school districts would suffer similar loses in state funding.

      But that was not the worst of it. Bonds added that Walker is also proposing an end to Federal Title 1 funds, money that is allocated to help low-achieving students in poverty-ridden districts.  For the 2011 fiscal year, MPS budgeted $33.5 million in Title 1 funds towards programming within its schools.

      How come the dove gets to be the peace symbol? How about the pillow? It has more feathers than the dove and doesn't have that dangerous beak. Jack Handey

      by skohayes on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 02:07:08 PM PST

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      •  It is mind boggling (1+ / 0-)
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        This is not about governing, It is a full-fledged dismantling of public education and public services.

        The pro-Union factions need to broaden this debate quickly so the bigger (diabolical) agenda is more widely recognized.

      •  That's why he was in such a hurry to (2+ / 0-)
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        NoMoreLies, skohayes

        bust the unions first.

        Once he officially unveils his bill, he will have offended every local official in the state, even the most conservative ones.

        Time to strip citizenship from treacherous immigrants like Rupert Murdoch

        by freelunch on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 02:54:02 PM PST

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