UPDATE: Wisconsin is first battle of the the AMERICAN CIVICS WAR. It seems Wisconsin’s Senate Democrats have left the state capitol to avoid the vote; the state police are searching for them, to force these cowards to come back and to vote and enact the will of the people per the November election. All the talk I am hearing has shifted from protests in Cairo to those in Madison. Stay tuned (and a big thank you to Left Coast Rebel for sharing my piece today). SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE UPDATES….
Dear friends: A quote from comedy writer and journalist Danny Baker to get us started. The eyes of California and the rest of the nation are on THE GOOD PEOPLE OF WISCONSIN today. The arrogant, over-entitled public employee union elites are descending on the state capitol, after staging wild-cat strikes and dragging their students along for an afternoon of indoctrination. Their main targets seem to be the new Governor and key legislators, who are trying to enact the will of the people per the vote in November.
Keeping it Wisconsin today: I’m really getting CHEESED OFF!
Instapundit is following the situation closely, and provides a link to a poll today so that you can vote AYE or NAY to Governor Scott Walker’s budget reforms– which I urge you take to send a strong message to the union elites.
If Gov. Walker is successful, and turns back the tide of union thuggary and gross sense of entitlement to the labor and wealth of the citizens they supposedly serve, it can only be a good thing for Californians. Some chestnuts from Cal WatchDog today:
PENSIONS MAY BE “TOUCHABLE”: “I’m beginning to see a groundswell of discussion from legal experts who claim that government pensions aren’t as untouchable as labor would like us to believe,” Pinkerton wrote. “One California law firm in particular has been making some fairly bold statements about the ability to challenge public employee pensions.”
Legislators To Cut State Board Bureaucracy: “This is the kind of bipartisan, long-term reform the state needs and could save the state billions of dollars. Numerous other states have a sunset review function and have realized long-term savings. In Texas, for example, its Sunset Advisory Commission created in 1978, saves $27 for each dollar spent on the Commission. Furthermore, total savings achieved by the Commission equals roughly 5 percent of the state’s budget – in California 5 percent is $4 billion.”</
I think Californians and other American citizens could benefit by contacting Wisconsin's representatives today to lend support, praise, and incentive to continue on the path of sensible fiscal reforms. Even if we don't live there, our own representatives my pause at offering continued tax-hikes and union-appeasement as standard fare when considering budget matters. Here are the links to Wisconsin:
Mail: Office of Governor Scott Walker; 115 East Capitol; Madison WI 53702
Phone; (608) 266-1212
WISCONSIN, the eyes of the nation are on you.
UPDATE 2: Via the incomparable Ann Althouse, who is on the front lines, comes this eye-opening video. This one rally has more Hitler references, falsehoods, and violent rhetoric than present in the entire 2-year history of Tea Party events. It is amazing what can be recorded with a good digital camera nowadays! Ann is posting updates; her site is essential reading today!
OBAMA’S ORGANIZING AGAINST WISCONSIN: From the Politico: The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America arm …is playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker…including 54 tweets specifying rally details.
I LOVE US! A Tea Partyer confronts a runaway Democratic Senator: