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CPUSA Cheers ‘Occupation of WI Capitol’

From the Communist Party USA’s Daily Worker Peoples World:

Occupation of Wisconsin Capitol continues for third day

by: John Wojcik
February 17 2011

MADISON – 50,000 people packed Capitol Square here on the third day of a virtual occupation of Wisconsin’s seat of government. The demonstrators continued what has become an historic action by workers against a governor they say is using budget problems to attack their right to be in unions and bargain collectively.

The Republican majority in the State Senate was unable today to approve , as scheduled, the governor’s proposal to strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights because the Democratic minority, walked out, denying a quorum.

Yippee. Celebrate the breakdown of representative government.

Republican Governor Scott Walker responded to the walkout by sending law enforcement officers out to hunt them down. Walker earlier had said he would call out the National Guard on public employees if they protested or went out on strike against his proposals to take away their rights.

"You wouldn’t be threatening about bringing out the National Guard if this was just about budget cuts," said Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt. "The governor’s budget proposal is nothing more than a Trojan Horse designed to take away peoples democratic rights."

The same message is coming from the thousands of demonstrators outside and inside the capitol.

"The governor says the taking away of collective bargaining rights is needed in order to carry out fiscal austerity during bad times," said Sarah Mann, an SEIU organizer participating in the demonstration. "He never said, before the election, that he would do this and he pulls this after the state’s fiscal bureau found that Wisconsin doesn’t even need severe budget cuts."

The fiscal bureau, this state’s version of the Congressional Budget Office, issued a report last week saying there was no imminent budget crisis in Wisconsin and that the state could end up the year with a surplus.

Apparently, the state’s version of the CBO is about as reliable as the federal version.

"That tells you right there what this is about. He is out to crush unions and crush the right of workers to choose unions," said Mann.

Brian Beutler of Talking Points Memo noted today that, "unlike true austerity measures – service rollbacks, furloughs and other temporary measures that cause pain but save money – rolling back workers’ bargaining rights by itself saves almost nothing on its own."

Tens of thousands cried out, "Save our state!" They were cheered on by workers, students and others lining the streets to show support. Motorists stopped their cars, honking in support.

"The emotion of seeing this unfold, of being present here is overwhelming," said Jesse Lidbury, reporting for Organizing for America. "We are truly among the people – people who are not coming to see someone speak, but to be heard themselves."

The crowds roared approval as firefighters playing their bagpipes joined the march.

Mann, who slept in at the Capitol last night and demonstrated all day today, said the protests will continue on Friday. "The march at 12 noon will probably be bigger than any so far," she said.

In case there was any doubt what this is all about.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 18th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “CPUSA Cheers ‘Occupation of WI Capitol’”

  1. TerryAnne says:

    Population of Madison, WI, July 2009: 235626.

    Given 2 years, let’s just say 250,000 for nice round number.

    So…we’re supposed to believe 20% of Madison’s population are out there? After the state was one of the many who took a butt whoopin’ in November?


    • JohnMG says:

      Not a chance! The DNC boasted of bussing in protesters, and our magnificent messiah of a leader issued a statement much the same as in the past, (i.e. “The police acted stupidly”) without a scrap of information. Either that, or he’s lying. Oh, wait…….

    • TerryAnne says:

      His mouth is open.

      A+B = C


  2. proreason says:

    Why bother with the Slimes.

    Pravda is more honest.

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    At least it isn’t those violent, racist “Tea Baggers”.
    Those guys are really scary compared to the innocent little fluff bunnies recruited by the left who can’t even articulate why they are protesting.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Start anew and dare the unions to start shiite.
    Worked for the Gipper.

    • Mithrandir says:

      This is exactly why PUBLIC workers should never be allowed to unionize. Private dangerous workplaces, fine. Why do gov’t workers need a union anyway? They will never get fired, they will automatically get a pay increase every year whether the private economy has the money or not. They will always get paid, why do you need a union? Why do people pushing papers from one desk to the other need a union for g*d’s sake!

      They are so vital to our daily lives, (police/fire/teacher etc) that they know they can shut down the gov’t and hold people hostage. They inconvenience our lives, they should all lose their jobs, no question about it.

  5. Mithrandir says:


    The 1st class bastards with all their high salaries and benefits, (the unions) are SHOUTING and PROTESTING against the people who are trying to save the ship! (the Republican gov’t)

    “HEY! Why are you making so much noise? Why can the people in steerage (lower/middle class) bail out the water faster! Buy more buckets!”

    It’s the privileged scumbags, that won’t lift a finger, to help save the ship, but complain about everyone else’s attempts to do so.

    It’s the little Red Hen all over again.


    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      And thus you have the irresistable force meeting the immovable object. However, to counter that analogy, the “irresistable force”, that is, the wants and needs of the union is, in fact very resistable. The immovable object, that is, the lack of money, is not movable.

      Therefore, logic must prevail, not emotional tripe.

      I work in a union. A private sector union. When we were faced with large losses and impending layoffs, we negiotiated several times (approximately seven sets of negotiations) to keep our jobs. They included salary diminishment, work rules changes, loss of time off, loss of vacation/sick time, etc. All of which I agreed with. No need to break the bank of the company and have everyone be out of work when the company closed its doors.

      Unions have a place and can be an excellent asset for appropriate negotiating. But the public sector is overrreaching and has too much power. Stop and think about it if your house was burning down and the local fire department was “disgruntled” about some “labor” issue. So they walked off the job. As a result, maybe people died. But, in the eyes of (some) unions (ie: the 1980’s air traffic controllers) their “rights” were more important.

      This seems to be where we’re coming to. All about me is not just the prick in the oval office, it’s all those people who bought into the self-esteem movement who know neither sacrifice nor dedication. I don’t mean to criticize firefighters…it’s just a thought experiment that I could see as a very real possibility given the right circumstances.

      Teachers, oh how I have come to dislike teachers. I subbed for a couple of years and was made fully aware of the teachers lack of teaching ability, lack of awareness and total lack of respect for others. They often looked upon themselves as the great providers of “how things should go” in the coming new age and warped young minds to believe they are entitled and deserve everything.

      My mother was a school teacher and would have never considered not going to work because of some labor issue. In her mind her responsibility to the kids came first. In those times, all teachers generally thought about their job in just those terms.

      I think the current rabble of miscreant teachers who are exhibiting spoiled brat behavior is worse than shameful. It is irresponsible, sets a very bad example and causes me to lose all respect for them.

      I hope the ones who walked out get fired. For the teachers who want no part of that, I commend you but please, the time is now for you to speak up and make it known that you don’t ALL agree with what your misguided, arrogant co-workers are doing. Speak up.

  6. proreason says:

    I have to confess, I’m rooting for this to get a lot worse, and for the Moron to finally be leading something.

    There’s no question that the salivating statists / marxists / feudal lords are the biggest problem in the world, but after you recognize that, a big part of why they have been able to become so powerful is that they have so successfully disguised their agenda.

    The events in Wisconsin are EXACTLY what we need. Raw, open contempt for the law, for the country, for the people. I don’t want less, I want MORE. Much more. I want it to be even more violent, even more widespread, even more shrieking, even more hateful, even more arrogant, even more greedy, even more contemptuous.

    The waking of the sane adults in the country has so far been strong but gradual, but it hasn’t been enough because the insane who are so busy usurping power have simply ignored it. We need to wake EVERYBODY with a brain in the country.

    The really beautiful think about the Wisconsin events is that the brainwashed media are going for it whole hog. They are so consumed with their ideology and their love for little lenin that they are SHOWING THE INSANITY unvarnished on national TV. They think the country is behind the maniacs. This is so wonderful, it’s hard to even express it. Their own arrogant mindless contempt is at last becoming the force that will destroy the cancer.

    This can be the moment. Frankly, I’m shocked that the Organizer in Chief has been so out-in-front so far. I expect that to change very soon. Someone in his cabal will recognize that this is the toxic flashpoint for the tsunami that has been building since nov 4, 2008.

    If he is still leading the effort by Tuesday of next week, inho, the turning point will have been reached. Because of that, I predict we will hear a new tone from him beginning no later than Monday. But I pray that he doesn’t change.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I said it last year….The agenda of this president will get more visible and louder with time…it’s inevitable. The tipping point will eventually come. His movements are becoming predictable to even the most casual observer and eventually, he will lose all credibility. We at S&L and other members of other blogs were there years ago…knowing full well what the trend was going to be. But the tide of public opinion takes time to rise. But rise it does and Obama will have a “critical moment” where thos ebig ears will come crashing down around his face and he won’t be able to hide or lie his way out of anything. Sooner or later it happens to all people like him. They are their own worst enemy due to their belief in complete infallibilty, overconfidence and arrogance. The history books are loaded with such people. They ultimately are destroyed.

      This presidency serves as a remarkable example of seeing how bad things can get and how our system can be infiltrated and destroyed.

      I agree….Let him keep digging his own (political) grave. I will be the first to hand him a shovel.

      (speaking figuratively, of course…..no violent rhetoric)

  7. Dupree says:

    We have to pass it to see whats in it.

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