The governor of Wisconsin wants to close his states 3.6 billion dollar budget gap and he is being attacked by our president and his minions? Maybe Obama could take some lessons from the good governor on how to stop spending and making the cuts necessary to get out of debt!
Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill
Wisconsin budget battle: Protesters rally against anti-union bill
An estimated 25,000 protesters pack the Capitol building in Madison to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker's legislation to cut public-worker benefits and eliminate most collective-bargaining rights.
By Brady Dennis and Peter Wallsten
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, February 18, 2011; 11:07 AM
MADISON, WIS. - President Obama thrust himself and his political operation this week into Wisconsin's broiling budget battle, mobilizing opposition Thursday to a Republican bill that would curb public-worker benefits and planning similar protests in other state capitals.
Obama accused Scott Walker, the state's new Republican governor, of unleashing an "assault" on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would change future collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, including teachers.
The president's political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to get thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.
Their efforts began to spread, as thousands of labor supporters turned out for a hearing in Columbus, Ohio, to protest a measure from Gov. John Kasich (R) that would cut collective-bargaining rights.
By the end of the day, Democratic Party officials were organizing additional demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana, where an effort is underway to trim benefits for public workers. Some union activists predicted similar protests in Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Under Walker's plan, most public workers - excluding police, firefighters and state troopers - would have to pay half of their pension costs and at least 12 percent of their health-care costs. They would lose bargaining rights for anything other than pay. Walker, who took office last month, says the emergency measure would save $300 million over the next two years to help close a $3.6 billion budget gap.
And then we have the cowardly Democrats of Wisconsin:
In Wisconsin, state Democratic senators staged a protest of their own Thursday, refusing to show up at the Capitol for an 11 a.m. quorum call - delaying a vote that would have almost certainly seen the spending cuts pass.
It was unclear where the missing legislators had gone, and several news outlets were reporting that they had left the state.
"I don't know exactly where they are, but as I understand it, they're somewhere in Illinois," said Mike Browne, spokesman for Mark Miller, the state Senate's Democratic leader.
Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller told CNN that they were "in a secure location outside the Capitol."
Republicans hold a 19 to 14 edge in the Senate. They need 20 senators present for a quorum, which is why one of the Democrats has to show up before they can hold the vote.
I hope that this same thing happens in every state, county, city, town and village throughout the United states as the American taxpayer reclaims our country from these parasites!