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Mischa Gaus reports: "Police dragged a hundred demonstrators from the Wisconsin statehouse Thursday to break a blockade trying to prevent state representatives from passing the governor's anti-union bill. Several thousand bellowed their disapproval outside, joined by more than 1,000 high school and middle school students who walked out of class again to march together to the Capitol."

Protesters hold wooden letters that spell the word 'shame' in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol, 03/10/11. (photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Protesters hold wooden letters that spell the word 'shame' in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol, 03/10/11. (photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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+10 # Enid Havens 2011-03-11 12:09
I can't tell you how proud I am of Wisconsin! You are bringing to light all the shenanigans of the powerful and eventually, your cause will fire up the "long dead" part of the Democrats who follow Washington leadership. You give the power back to the people! I want to hug you. I will be supporting Russ Feingolds "Progressives United". Only big money could have licked him in the farcical elections. Hooray for Wisconsin!
+9 # Jack Tate 2011-03-11 12:49
That last comment is the most true. Unions didn't have "collective bargaining rights" back in the early 20th century, and that didn't stop them from forming and getting them. If republicans want to screw with the common man, they're going to find that it's a lot harder than it looks. The Facade that the GOP represents what the common man wants is falling away.
+2 # DPM 2011-03-11 16:46
"The People" lay down and let Wall Street and it's political water carriers walk all over us in 2008. They cheated us, robbed us and laughed all the way to the bank. The powerful corporate interests figured this would go the same way. But this time it is different. This time "The People" woke up and said, "No more." Now it is up to each of us, in what ever way we can, to take back this country, our lives and the future of our children. It is time to see the oppressors wonder what is going to happen to them. What will happen to their lives, their property and their future.
Though out history there have been many powerful people that thought they were the "chosen", the wonderful, the all powerful. They looked down and sneered at the common people. But when the people rose up, the "all powerful" found it's not a good idea to go too far. The time has come for our "all powerful" to feel our wrath.
+1 # abby in N.H. 2011-03-12 05:51
What really makes me the most angry is how little ( nothing really) of any of this is being told in the MSM. Most of the " common " people get their news from their TV's. I know many people who don't even do that anymore because they can't stand all the bad news. It's time for the shift in consciousness for our little planet. It's time for us to WAKE UP.

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