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WI Limits Union Powers – Without Dems

From a howling mad Associated Press:

Wis. GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining

By Scott Bauer, Associated Press
March 9, 2011

MADISON, Wis. – The nearly month-long standoff in the Wisconsin Legislature over explosive union rights legislation rocketed toward a dramatic finish Thursday after Senate Republicans outmaneuvered their missing Democratic counterparts and pushed through the bill.

Notice how the AP is once again trying to establish the notion that what the Republicans did was some sort of parliamentary trick, done completely out of the blue. When, in fact, many people have been suggesting for weeks that they strip out the funding from the bill, which would allow it to be passed via a simple majority.

The dramatic turn of events late Wednesday set up a perfunctory vote Thursday morning in the Assembly on the measure that would strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from most public workers. Once the bill passes the Assembly, it heads to Republican Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

Within hours after the Senate passed the bill, a crowd of hundreds of protesters grew to about 7,000 in the Capitol, a crowd as large as any seen inside the building over three weeks of demonstrations.

"The whole world is watching!" protesters shouted as they pressed up against the heavily guarded entrance to the Senate chamber

Indeed, the whole world is watching. And that is why it is even more important that the Republicans do what they were elected to do. This will serve as a teachable moment for the world on how a representative democracy works.

As opposed to a ‘mobocracy,’ which is precisely what the unions want.

The Senate requires a quorum of 20 to take up any measures that spends money. But a special committee of lawmakers from both the Senate and Assembly voted late Wednesday afternoon to take all the spending measures out of the legislation and the Senate approved it minutes later 18-1. Republican Sen. Dale Schultz cast the lone no vote.

"I voted my conscience which I feel reflects the core beliefs of the majority of voters who sent me here to represent them," Schultz said in a statement.

Mr. Schultz is a fool. And a traitor to his constituents. Consequently, the media will try to turn him into a hero.

Until Wednesday’s vote, it appeared the standoff would persist until Democrats returned to Madison from their self-imposed exile. But in a matter of minutes, it was over.

"In 30 minutes, 18 state senators undid 50 years of civil rights in Wisconsin. Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten," said Democratic Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller. "Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people."

No, these 18 courageous Senate Republicans took the Wisconsin government away from the unions — and gave it back to the people.

"In 30 minutes" these Republicans returned the power to the taxpayer and put an end to the blackmail by these supposed ‘civil servants.’ It was an historic moment and a noble achievement.

Miller said in an interview with The Associated Press there is nothing Democrats can do now to stop the bill: "It’s a done deal."

Instead, the party may put renewed effort into efforts under way to recall eight of the Republican state senators. Six Democratic senators are also the target of recall efforts.

If the AP were a real news organization they would point out that this is a completely phony recall effort that is being run by union leaders and other Democrat political operatives, including several in the Obama administration.

But the AP isn’t any more of a news organization than NPR is.

Senate Democrats met late Wednesday night to discuss when the might return. They said they would not be back on Thursday, but gave no indication when they might be back…

Walker said Wednesday night that Democrats had three weeks to debate the bill and were offered repeated opportunities to come back, but refused.

"I applaud the Legislature’s action today to stand up to the status quo and take a step in the right direction to balance the budget and reform government," Walker said in the statement

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said earlier that Republicans had been discussing concessions offered by Walker, including allowing public workers to bargain over their salaries without a wage limit. Several GOP senators facing recall efforts had also publicly called for a compromise.

"The people of Wisconsin elected us to come to Madison and do a job," Fitzgerald said in a statement after the vote. "Just because the Senate Democrats won’t do theirs, doesn’t mean we won’t do ours."

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, the lone Democrat present on the special committee that put the bill in position to pass the Senate, shouted that the meeting was a violation of the state’s open meetings law.

"The jig is now up," Barca said. "The fraud on the people of Wisconsin is now clear."

The Senate’s chief clerk said hours later the meeting was properly held.

Notice where the AP buried this minor detail.

Union leaders weren’t happy with Walker’s previous offer of concessions, and were furious at the Senate’s move to push the measure forward with a quick vote. Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin state AFL-CIO, said after Wednesday’s vote that Republicans exercised a "nuclear option."

"Scott Walker and the Republicans’ ideological war on the middle class and working families is now indisputable," Neuenfeldt said.

As usual the union thugs have it exactly backwards. Nobody declared war on the public sector unions. The public sector unions declared war on the rest of us decades ago. And now some courageous people like Gov. Walker are finally trying to do something about it.

Still, you have to admit the Wisconsin Democrats did everything they could. They stuck their fingers in their ears and yelled. They laid down on the floor and kicked their little legs. They held their breath until their faces turned blue. They ran away and hid.

In other words, the Democrats went through their entire repertoire of what they consider ‘argument and debate.’ But the Republicans were just too childish to listen to them.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 10th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “WI Limits Union Powers – Without Dems”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    So, as per usual the AP believes something that was done legislatively is wrong because they say it is wrong, not because it actually is wrong. Conversely, the left side group acts reprehensibly and is given the stage to portray themselves as the great underdog when nothing could be further from the truth. They have all kinds of help to script it so they look so courageous but, perhaps thanks to the clever television writers of the past 30 years or so, even the average lunkhead can see who the real criminals are.

    The democrats now say they don’t know when they’ll be back. It’s my belief that the people of Wisconsin, with minor exception, are actually probably fed up with the democrats’ behavior and know what now needs to be done. Some are probably a little ashamed they voted for such marxist/socialists and in realizing their mistakes are now moving toward the realistic side of the issue. They have run out of other peoples’ money. GovCo. isn’t going to give Wisconsin any more and serious action has to take place. The gravy train came off the rails, the goose that laid the golden egg has died, the money tree has been picked clean. Whatever euphemism anyone wants to use….

    And other states will most likely follow. Funny thing, that. Once a precedent is set and people see how easy it really is to do the right thing, it happens.

    Steve, I love your assessment thus:

    “Still, you have to admit the Wisconsin Democrats did everything they could. They stuck their fingers in their ears and yelled. They laid down on the floor and kicked their little legs. They held their breath until their faces turned blue. They ran away and hid.

    In other words, the Democrats went through their entire repertoire of what they consider ‘argument and debate.’ But the Republicans were just too childish to listen to them.”

    Nothing short of childish tantrums and spoiled brat behavior. I was incredibly disappointed (but not surprised) by the actions of elected, supposedly adult officials in their “stance” against legal, correct and necessary legislation.

    But then, on the other side of the coin, the argument that they use on the national level that what the federal government did over the past two years is legit and somehow different than what the republicans in Wisconsin just did. Well, it is different. The federal government ruled against the will of the people.

    What needs to be acknowledged and written in marble somewhere is that 10% of the population (or less) of this nation is getting its wish and enacting very bad law with the ultimate goal of being a socialist puppet-oligarchy and that 10% sees no problem with it while the thinking majority recognize it and are fighting a war against a very small number that just seems to yell louder than anyone else. It’s no wonder that many people just don’t want to deal with it because when you argue with idiots, passers by often cannot tell the difference.

  2. BillK says:

    I also love how the Democrats and union leadership have the guts to call this ignoring the will of the people, but stuffing ObamaCare down America’s throats is somehow OK.

    To quote our President, “Elections have consequences.”

    I will be saddened but not surprised if the recall campaigns actually work, as such is politics in America today.

  3. untrainable says:

    Move over Slick Willy. Slick Scotty has made the move of this year. By waiting as long as he did, he let the fab 14 and the union leadership show their a$$es to the world. The unions and the Obama administration spent millions shipping in teamsters from other states. We all watched as the protests became a literal circus before our eyes. We saw the brats trashing the capitol and their legislators, calling them Hitlers, and Ghad-daffys. We saw students brought to protests that didn’t even know what they were protesting. Walker effectively used their own attention-grabbing nature and theatrics against them. And he didn’t spend a dime to do it. Brilliant.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    I hadn’t lost faith in old Walker after it came out that his compromise emails were weeks old (and may have served to make his efforts more sympathetic by showing just how unwilling to negotiate the Dens were).

    But I did not expect the Senate to step up like that. Hats off to them, it was indeed noble, courageous, and precisely what Americans wanted to see.

    Indeed, Steve, absolutely perfect commentary. Even Chumppundit has been on point through this whole circus. His and Morrisey delivered the message well while even having to note the Rasmussen polls. Good on ’em.

  5. JohnMG says:

    ….. “Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people.”

    This is a statement from a moron. The democrat senators’ claim of re-taking government for the people is given the lie. Who was it that fled the state rather than let the system work as intended? Rhetorical question, of course. By any rational measure, the process of democratic rule was scuttled by these children and their tantrums.

    Sow the wind. Reap the whirlwind! Seems I remember being told that elections have consequences. Words? Just words?


  6. canary says:

    I’m confused. So, the Democrats went so overboard it was too much to allow, and their behavior backfired?

    Only the liberals can get away with such behavior in my state. If your a conservative and don’t say a word, the media will just make up out and out lies and say the opposite and paint you to be radical. And no one has tried to camp out at the capital, inside or outside, or taped things on the walls.

    Over the years, I’ve heard the police in Wisconsin are incompetent, and do nothing about crime. Perhaps the Mexicans & more muslims will all move there. I heard that Vietnamese refugees in Wisconsin have their own law system. Maybe it’s in their beer.

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