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Intro: "Wisconsin protests at the state Capitol pit a new wave of Tea Party-inspired Republicans against Democrats defending their most cherished ideals. It's a political drama that echoes across the country and could play out again across the newly 'red' Midwest."

A state Assembly Democrat at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, pumps his fist Friday as participants in the Wisconsin protests rally against Republican Gov. Scott Walker's bill to severely curtail the rights of state labor unions, 02/19/11. (photo: Darren Hauck/Reuters)
A state Assembly Democrat at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, pumps his fist Friday as participants in the Wisconsin protests rally against Republican Gov. Scott Walker's bill to severely curtail the rights of state labor unions, 02/19/11. (photo: Darren Hauck/Reuters)

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+25 # pirugenia 2011-02-20 13:52
In the spirit of William Jennings Bryan, "The Great Commoner", the Thunder of the Plains of the great US, as a Venezuelan born citizen I support the brave Wisconsin peoples who are standing up to the NeoPlantationis ts, Goldman SaKs, our own Mubaraks from the FED, and the plague of doublecitizens who should be outsourced starting with Greenspan, Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith, Abramson etc.
 
 
+6 # Irwin Siegel 2011-02-20 19:31
very nice, You got it exactly Right !!!
 
 
+11 # pirugenia 2011-02-20 13:53
I am Catholic, please let it not be true that this BONER is a catholic, shame on us
 
 
+12 # pirugenia 2011-02-20 14:18
The Government has to cut somewhere, in the accesory things first, and then on things that are controversial, optional and needed by a small percentage of the population.

1st things that our aipacked Congress should have cut are the funds for IRAQ's invasion and holocaust, & AFGHANISTAN's. The latter should be followed up by an investigation of the CIA drug links to the Taliban and the billion dollars that disappeared from Kabul Bank

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/02/14/110214fa_fact_filkins#ixzz1ERy42Ynj

Rumsfeld, whom I have critisized bitterly over the Iraq War (Cheney is the culprit), did his duty as an American and revealed that the Pentagon had "misplaced" 2.3 TRILLION:

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/340/287/Rumsfeld_-_2.3_trillion_missing_-_investigation.html

And for God's sake let us place a moratorium on space programs spending. Finding another moon in a distant galaxy can wait a few light years. We can do without pictures from a probable asterisk orbiting UrAnus, or some rare dust worth 3 trillion dollars.

Come on Americans, come on USers! You may no longer be the land of the free and the home of the brave, but I bet that you are still the commonsense descendants of farmers and slaves and coolies and indians and braceros.
 
 
+23 # JayMagoo 2011-02-20 14:27
I haven't seen any mention of the infamous billionaire Koch Brothers who almost single-handedly funded the know-nothing Tea Party. The Billionaire Koch brothers represent the billionaires, the 2 percent of America who don't want to pay taxes, and who have created the tea party to get their way. Why are they left off the hook? They are responsible for all of this.
 
 
+15 # theshift33 2011-02-20 17:06
They are off the hook because Judge Clarence Thomas and Judge Antonin Scalia did their dirty work for them. They were both past attendees of the Koch Bros. secret annual mtgs of 200 millionaires and billionaires. In January 2010 they then both voted to lift the ban on political corporate spending by passing the bill Citizens United. This ban had been in place since 1947. So we now have a form of legalized bribery by more factional plutocratic interests. They can buy post-election access and hence control policy decisions to benefit business interests.
The real political spectrum in the US is aligned by these corporates far more than by liberal-conserv ative idealogy, a
rather transparent cover aimed at hiding the true scale of government corruption from public view. America needs to take an intense look at Judge Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia in regard to ethics and conflict of interest not to mention
Thomas's tax issues at the moment. For a partial list of Koch Bros. mtg. attendees see http://thinkprogress.org/2010/10/20/beck-koch-chamber-meeting
 
 
+19 # Buckles 2011-02-20 14:30
The above artical makes sense, the Republicans want to destroy our UNION, that has been written by our forefathers, and the constitution. The word don't mean nothing to the tea party. Without a union we are not americans, we have become some sort of corporate riffrats that the republican party wants to do away with.
 
 
+21 # JayMagoo 2011-02-20 14:33
What kind of idiot it Boner? Now he's joining the whacko right wing nuts who've been screaming about Obama's birth certificate. Boner is a profile in American idiocy.
 
 
+16 # giraffe 2011-02-20 15:29
I am mildly surprised, given how often people invoke the name of the constitution in the US, that it is even legal to present a bill which denies people the right to organize and ... bargain collectively

divide and conquer

I am totally convinced that the USA will see some drastic economic/socio- political disaster in the next few years. I have been thinking much about selling and moving out of the USA
 
 
+6 # Anarchist 23 2011-02-20 16:29
Hello Giraffe-funny you should say that because at the second ´sElection´of GWB I did make plans to move out and am now in Argentina. An interesting article today in Noticias showed an economic map of the future, showing the ´Úntied States´ broken into three parts-the middle bing a Fundie Xtian theocracy-the coasts more or less belonging economically to China.
 
 
+9 # Glen 2011-02-20 16:54
You and me both, giraffe. But we had better get on with it. Change is coming soon. Make your decision where to move well, however. Don't move to a target of the U.S., or an ally with ulterior motives.
 
 
+5 # Irwin Siegel 2011-02-20 19:54
I'm with you,,, never thought I would feel this way. but with no right to deal with the people that make the rules, goes hand in hand with the supreme court decision allowing corporations to participate in the electoral process, in the same way as an individual person with a real heartbeat. Only the majority of corporations don't a heart. You can't stash the money in a fist sized muscle in the middle of your chest. The Banksters however do have several boxes of various sizes to help with the problem. Thanks for telling it straight !
 
 
+1 # AndreM5 2011-02-20 22:05
Too late, sorry. You might have made it economically feasible 10 years ago, but it is now too late to pull it off. Unless, of course, you are one of the Wall Street elite who were enriched by the unwashed illiterate poor Americans.
 
 
+7 # R Miller 2011-02-20 19:49
If Walker and the Unions don't arrive at a decent compromise, the protests will spread. The Corporatists have effectively removed the public's right to sue by capping punitive damages and limiting attorney fees on most workers comp cases. The target now, of course, is collective bargaining. If Walker wins (and he probably will) it will doubtless occur to a large number of angry people that America is no longer theirs; that it belongs only to those who can afford to hobnob with people like Scalia, Roberts, Thomas and Alito. If that happens, and it probably will--then many may decide that strikes are the only answer. Regardless, we are probably headed for an interesting and uncertain era in American history
 
 
+9 # cake eater 2011-02-20 21:00
Glenn Beck, Breitbart and the rest of the corporate propagandists continue to stoke the fires for "the beginning of the American insurrection". This is what they want: A population so divided with disinformation that we turn against each other, rather than stand together against the banks who have destroyed our economy and the multinationals who have been selling us out for years by holding down wages and shipping jobs overseas. Stand together. Communicate with your neighbors and co-workers (if you're lucky enough to have a job in this neo-feudal state). The Tea Party began, as far as I can tell, with righteous outrage over government bailouts to the very perpetrators of the financial crisis. That anger has been misdirected, co-opted, appropriated by right wing social engineers and strong financial backing from the likes of the Koch brothers (enemies of the state, in my opinion). Deconstruct and destroy their programming. Every talking point is a lie. Meet the invitations to violence with calm, rational truth. If we wait until the tea partiers see for themselves that they have been had, it will be too late for all of us.
 
 
+5 # AndreM5 2011-02-20 22:08
The Koch brothers are not enemies of the state since they are not members of the state. Their Daddie long ago off-shored their wealth to avoid USA taxes and consequences.
 
 
+4 # cake eater 2011-02-20 22:23
Good point. I'm sure we can agree on their goal: to become full owners of the state.
 
 
+4 # dotty1211 2011-02-21 07:17
Everyone is missing a very serious point here. Pension funds were invested in very shady investments i.e., Hedge Funds, Derivatives, Realestate Bonds and (municpal) Securities (AIG) some through special interest etc. They need to have a reason for the shortfall, they are finding everything to blame. Before it was welfare (secret for African-America ns) living off of your Taxes. Not giving true statistics that 75% of the receipiants of welfare were not people of color.
Why aren't these so-called educated people asking for an accounting of all of the State of Wisconsin Budgets as well as their county municipal budgets. They are public records!!!!!!!!!
They hid a great deal of information from the public. Study your states Constitution (Codes and Regs which are not law)
 

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