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John Galt

Actually, the GOP has saved jobs by lowering thecosts of each individual employee, meaning more can be afforded on the limited funds provided by an already cash strapped taxbase.

John Galt

The GOP saved jobs, by reducing the cost of each individual employee, thereby allowing more to be employeed and paid for by the already tax strapped taxbase.

The GOP also benefited each individual employee by allowing them to keep more of the money they earned instead of being forced to give it to corrupt union bosses.


I stand with Governor Walker. I support individual responsibility. It's about time we in Wisconsin have a governor that actually does his job and follows what he campaigned on. Get your hands out of my pocket and start digging in your own. We don't need unions to support our teachers, EMS, nurses, etc. We need hard working individuals that remember that being a public servant means that you work for the PUBLIC... and we (the public) are no longer supporting bloated salaries...
Keep up the good work, Governor Walker! We're behind you!

Jeff Boot

All I can say is HAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAAHAHAHA, way to go Walker.


I stand with Scott Walker! Go Scott and the Republicans. Bust those despicable unions. I was forced to be a member of one when I was a public school math teacher in Connecticut. The CEA looted $800-$900 per year of my salary against my will. I left the profession and went back to my original field of engineering, because all I encountered in the public schools was mediocrity. If we had excellent public schools for all the money that we've dumped into them, I might not be quite as resentful about being forced into the union. But these public union heads and their minions are anti-intellectual, Marxist beasts. The only way to get rid of these mushy-headed mediocrities is to cut off the political pull of the unions and their unaccountablility to the taxpayers. Go Scott Walker! And go see the new movie, "Atlas Shrugged" or better yet, read Ayn Rand's magnum opus.


These fake posts from GOP “supporters” are all robo messages–they’ve got the technology to do this fake posting now. ALL Americans citizens are disgusted by the CRIMES of the Wall Street cabal and the Great Bankster Heist of 2008. Make Wall Street Pay. Send the Robber Barons to Jail....We’re comin’ for you!! The People Are Rising At Last!!

Jim Matzger

"In 2010, Megan Sampson was named an Outstanding First Year Teacher in Wisconsin. A week later, she got a layoff notice from the Milwaukee Public Schools. Why would one of the best new teachers in the state be one of the first let go? Because her collective-bargaining contract requires staffing to be made based seniority."

Scott Walker

Who is John Galt?

Alexander Marriott

Well done, Wisconsin. Returning fiscal sanity to state government. Never thought I'd see this.


You union people are just so selfish and self-centered. Is all you care about really your own money and interests? Can't you be more giving and altruistic, by sacrificing some of your benefits for the sake of the state's finances and the public good? Or are you really such greedy robber-barons as to snatch every dime out of the taxpayers pockets like this?


"These fake posts from GOP “supporters” are all robo messages–they’ve got the technology to do this fake posting now."

Yep, you got us. Well no, actually you don't.

Jim Matzger

About the fake posts from the GOP. It is amazing what computers can do these days. Each one of the posts is so uniquely different! Some of the posts don't even reference the GOP. Could they be from the tea party???

Nobody knows, Who is John Galt?


AFLCIO thanks Republicansjwith a pat on the back. Where's our Union dues going ??



The union tops—a component of the Democratic Party—are fully committed to the system of capitalist exploitation. In the private sector, these types have for decades agreed to the savage cutbacks of wages and benefits and the job-slashing attacks deemed by the bosses to be vital to the health of corporate America. This class collaboration has fueled the steep decline of the once-powerful industrial unions, which were built in the giant class battles of the 1930s. Now public sector unions face the same attacks along with the threat of a nationwide spate of “right to work” legislation to assure the withering of their union membership. In short, the union bureaucracy’s subordination of the class struggle to the dictates of the bosses has set the stage for those forces on the right that seek the destruction of public sector unions.

The union tops are fond of portraying labor struggles as a fight to maintain the “middle class,” thus obscuring the class divide in this country. In turn, the Tea Party types portray their struggle as a fight to maintain the middle class against encroachments of the labor movement. In reality, what is at issue is the inherent class conflict of workers against their capitalist exploiters.

from article "Wisconsin Showdown Over Union Rights" http://icl-fi.org/english/leaflets/wisconsin.html


Here come the goons:



and to all those working people discouraged by all the anti union hostility, remember that

“Whereas the liberals tell the workers: ‘You are strong when you have the sympathy of “society”,’ the Marxist tells the workers something different, namely: ‘You have the sympathy of “society” when you are strong’.”

The unions in this country still have massive potential power! We have our hands on tele-communication, longshore, public transit, power utilities, and much more. If mobilized in strike action we can bring both the wheels of government and the economy to a halt. If we stand up for the poor and all those that are suffering under the effects of the economic downturn, and the budget cuts, we can bring great victories for ourselves and humanity.


Kudos to Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans.

The Democrats in places like Wisconsin have, over the years, passed laws requiring the state to collect union dues from workers and hand it over to the unions. The unions then hand over a big chunk of that money to the Democratic party. So, essentially the laws serve to fund the Democratic party with taxpayer money. The Democrats then turn around and pass laws that further strengthen the public sector unions. That sort of back scratching is the essence of corruption.

Laws that allow collective bargaining and strikes harm the taxpayers and subvert the democratic process. Should the voters or the public workers determine the workers' wages? If the voters vote for candidates that promise to reduce public sector wages and benefits, shouldn't their wishes be respected? But, if public sector workers are allowed to strike --- if the government for whom they work is not allowed to replace them --- then they can effectively hold the voters hostage to their demands. They are, in essence, capable of undermining the democratic process and lining their pockets with
taxpayers' money.

This isn't about fat cat Republicans attempting to enrich themselves.
This is about TEA Party Republicans, libertarians, conservatives, and Objectivists (though small in number) that want to reign in big government. We are just as opposed to laws that favor big business as we are to laws that favor big labor. We want to dramatically reduce the size, scope, and intrusiveness of government, period. We don't want power. We don't want anyone to have power. We want to live in a free and civil society in which all interactions between people are voluntary.

John Galt

This legislation finally puts the taxpayer at the negotiating table. No more backroom deals between corrupt union bosses and their Democrat stooge politicians.

Charlie Sheen Jr.

Walker did right. If the Dems are scared to vote, then who needs them? I've been in a union, not all they are cracked up to be. Union's are a thing of the past. They served their purpose but have long since out lived their usefulness. I don't support dems or republicans and I don't want my money going to canidate I don't support.


James MADISON said it best!!

“We are free today substantially, but the day will come when our Republic will be an impossibility. It will be an impossibility because wealth will be concentrated in the hands of a few. A republic can not stand upon bayonets, and when that day comes, when the wealth of the nation will be in the hands of a few, then we must rely upon the wisdom of the best elements in the country to readjust the laws of the nation to the changed conditions.”


Jim Matzger

"Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. WORKING MEN OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE!

The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx

Who is John Galt?


An authentic soviet joke

Karl Marx was resurrected and came to the USSR. He was shown factories, hospitals, cities and villages, etc. Finally, he requested to be allowed to make a speech on TV. The Politburo hesitated as they were afraid he might say something they wouldn't approve. Marx promised he would say only one sentence. Under this condition, the Politburo agreed. Karl Marx uttered the following sentence: "Workers of all countries, forgive me."


Have the Union Bosses sold out the workers?

Why aren't they calling for a STRIKE?

see counterpunch.org


It's time to raise taxes on the super rich. Let's go back to the 70% top tax rate. This will stop the war on the middle class.

The super rich are bankrupting states and the United States.

Dagny Taggart

In other words, "Work harder rich people! I need your money!" Seriously, when are you union people going to stop being so greedy?


"Work harder rich people..." ???
We all know that when your mind is full of Limpbaugh you have ceased being able to think for yourself--but try.
The uber rich are not wage-earners. They collect usury, war-profits and other ill-gotten gains... They shamelessly ask young troops to risk life and limb to "keep us safe" [which actually means keeping their rigged system of profiteering going]. But should we ask the rich to pay more since they GET more... no...that's unthinkable...because they "earned" their loot!! So keep cheering them on and maybe they'll decide to let a crumb or two trickle down to you-- their good and faithful pawn.

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