Saturday, February 19, 2011

Rockford Tea Party member confronts Wisconsin Senators. Plus, more on the Democrats’ Wisconsin Fiasco

Watch this video:


The driver in the video is Wisconsin State Senator Jim Holperin from District 12. His website is

The passenger in the video is Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch from District 25. His website is

1) President Barack Hussein Obama—President of all the people? Or is it, President of all the unions?

From: (From what I can tell, this website supports President Barack Hussein Obama)

“According to participants and observers, OFA (Organizing for America—my addition) has been rallying people to join the protests in Wisconsin, where we’re seeing thousands of people gather in the state capitol. Phone banks are being organized, and supporters are being called on to call state legislators and encourage them to oppose the bill. Other groups and individuals are, of course, pitching in on the collective effort. But the New York Times’ Michael Shear reports a DNC (Democratic National Committee—my addition) official stated that Organizing for America is ‘quietly, but significantly, involved in building grassroots energy and organizing protests.’

Blog posts on the Wisconsin labor fight are, for example, front and center on the Organizing for America website, which still, for the record, lives at

‘Organizing for America is mobilizing on the ground in Wisconsin,’ reads a post by Mary Hough, ‘to defend the rights of public employees from an attempt by the governor to take away their right to organize.’ (Which is not a “right” any more than MURDERING unborn babies is a “right.” Furthermore, I’ve read the bill—SB 11. It is not an attempt to take away the privilege of organizing by State workers. However, it does rightfully redefine what the relationship is between a sovereign State and public employee unions whose members actually work for the State—my addition.) Another, this one from Elizabeth Chan, reads, ‘Organizing for America–Wisconsin, who has been among the most vocal advocates for state employees’ rights is tweeting live from the rallies and pulling together the voices, videos, and photos of this movement.’ (Staged and orchestrated movement!—my addition)

Organizing for America’s Wisconsin branch has been tweeting out coverage of events in the field from its OFA_WI account. Jeremy Bird, Organizing for America’s deputy director in Washington, has been tweeting in support of the Wisconsin effort.”

“To get meta for a moment, Organizing for America’s engagement in the Wisconsin fight highlights some of the fundamental questions about just what sort of organizing OFA is shaping up to be.

While Obama has himself spoken out about Walker’s plan to rollback labor rights, calling it ‘an assault on unions’ in an interview with Milwaukee television, you can still read what OFA is up to in Wisconsin as a challenge to this idea that OFA can and should only exist as a people’s army (People’s army? Army? Is this political vitriol? Like the People’s Republican Army of Communist China?—my addition) to be called on in support of the president’s legislative plan in Washington.

Where has that idea come from? For one thing, ‘our number one mission is to support the president’s agenda,’ said Stewart in 2009.

Add to that the fact that the way that Organizing for America has been designed and managed has made it an extension of Obama—which drags him more fully into this debate than some other approaches would have dictated. After the 2008 election, you’ll recall, the decision was made in Obama circles to simply move Obama for America to the Democratic National Committee, rather than try to channel the momentum and lessons learned from the campaign into some sort of free-standing, grassroots-driven progressive organization. Organizing for America stands today as Obama’s proxy.”

By the way, according to a now retired Democratic Illinois State Senator, he participated in a well organized effort that bussed thousands of Illinois Democratic workers to Iowa before the Iowa caucus to work for the selection of Barack Hussein Obama in the 2008 Presidential caucus. He did not say if he actually voted in the Iowa caucus. It seems that the Iowa caucus was more of an Iowa-Illinois caucus than an Iowa caucus, per se!

2) Michelle Malkin’s take on Wisconsin’s showdown between public employee unions and the State government


“Michelle Malkin

February 18, 2011 12:00 A.M.

Apocalypse Now: Wisconsin vs. Big Labor
In bankrupt and near-bankrupt states, fiscal discipline can’t wait.

Welcome to the reckoning. We have met the fiscal apocalypse, and it is smack dab in the middle of the heartland. As Wisconsin goes, so goes the nation. Let us pray it does not go the way of the decrepit welfare states of the European Union.

The lowdown: State-government workers in the Badger State pay piddling amounts for generous taxpayer-subsidized health benefits. Faced with a $3.6 billion budget hole and a state constitutional ban on running a deficit, new Republican governor Scott Walker wants public unions to pony up a little more. He has proposed raising the public-employee share of health-insurance premiums from less than 5 percent to 12.4 percent.

He is also pushing for state workers to cover half of their pension contributions. To spare taxpayers the soaring costs of byzantine union-negotiated work rules, he would rein in Big Labor’s collective-bargaining power to cover only wages unless approved at the ballot box.

As the free-market MacIver Institute in Wisconsin points out, the benefits concessions Walker is asking public-union workers to make would still maintain their health-insurance-contribution rates at the second-lowest among Midwest states for family coverage. Moreover, a new analysis by benefits think tank HCTrends shows that the new rate ‘would also be less than the employee contributions required at 85 percent of large Milwaukee area employers.’

This modest call for shared sacrifice has triggered the wrath of the White House–Big Labor-Michael Moore axis. On Thursday, President Obama lamented the “assault on unions.” AFL-CIO and Service Employees International Union bosses dubbed Walker the ‘Mubarak of the Midwest’ while their minions toted posters of Walker’s face superimposed on Hitler’s (No political vitriol here!—my addition). Moore goaded thousands of striking union protesters to ‘shut down’ the ‘new Cairo’ while the state’s Democratic legislators bailed on floor debate over the union reform package.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan spurned the opportunity to condemn thousands of Wisconsin public-school teachers for lying about being ‘sick’ (Don’t you know it is alright for Democrats to lie if it will advance their cause!—my addition) and shutting down at least eight school districts across the state to attend capitol protests (many of whom dragged their students on a social-justice field trip with them). Instead, Duncan defended teachers for ‘doing probably the most important work in society.’ Only striking government teachers could win federal praise for not doing their jobs. (Not only not doing their job but walking off their job and, in practice, closing down schools. Ah, but they’re doing it “for the students!”—my addition)

Yes, the so-called progressives truly believe that bringing American union workers into the 21st century in line with the rest of the workforce is tantamount to dictatorship.

Yes, the so-called progressives truly believe that by walking off their jobs and out of their classrooms, they are ‘putting children first.’

If ever there were proof that public unions no longer work in the public interest, this is it. Big Labor dragoons workers into exclusive representation agreements, forces them to pay compulsory dues that fatten Democratic political coffers, and then has the chutzpah to cast itself as an Egyptian-style ‘freedom’ and ‘human rights’ movement.

Meanwhile, union leaders elsewhere are quietly forcing their low-wage members to share the sacrifice in order to preserve teetering health funds. In New York State, Skidmore College campus janitors, dining-service workers, and other maintenance employees received late notice from the SEIU (Service Employees International Union—my addition) that 4.15 percent of their gross earnings will now be deducted from their paychecks to cover the cost of the health plan provided through the behemoth 1199 SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund. (If the name sounds familiar, it’s because this is one of several privileged SEIU affiliates that have received an Obamacare waiver.)

These workers are forced to join the union in order to preserve their jobs, and unlike non-union workers, they are locked into a single health plan. The SEIU has now decreed that they must pay new fees to include spouses on their plans and has hiked employee co-pays for doctor visits and prescription drugs.

What’s necessary for New York union workers is necessary for Wisconsin union workers—and for the rest of the protected union-worker class in bankrupt and near-bankrupt states across America. The ‘persuasion of power’ so ruthlessly and recklessly exercised by the SEIU and its thuggish allies must be broken by the moral courage of fiscal discipline. It’s now or never.

— Michelle Malkin is the author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, & Cronies (Regnery, 2010). © 2011 Creators Syndicate, Inc.”