Quotes of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on February 20, 2011 by Allahpundit

“Walker clearly does not want to let a ‘crisis go to waste.’ His aim is to dismantle … the dysfunctional, circular relationship between unionized government employees, the politicians they help elect, and the rising wages and benefits to which they commit government. In Walker’s view, only such structural reform can prevent the ratchet effect that that will start up again once the economy regains it footing…

“If successful, Walker’s plan may put Wisconsin on a course to become more like Texas or Virginia (two states that weathered the recession relatively well), where most collective bargaining in the public sector is illegal and the percentage of unionized public employees is paltry. His hope is that in the future, Wisconsin will have as bright a fiscal outlook as those states.”

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“That’s why the GOP confrontation with labor marks something far more meaningful than the typical policy changes that accompany a switch from Republican to Democratic governance. Instead, it represents a violent break with a bipartisan consensus about government workers that has operated unquestioned for four decades in union-friendly states from California to Michigan to New York.

“‘The moderate Republicans of the 1960s were totally accommodating to unions,’ said E.J. McMahon, a senior fellow at the conservative Empire Center in Albany, N.Y., who cited Michigan Gov. George Romney and New York’s Nelson Rockefeller, who shepherded through that state’s law extending collective bargaining to state workers. ‘This was the governing consensus up to this crisis.’…

“‘I never tried to change the rules,’ said former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, a moderate Republican, who recalled in an interview that union members picketed his home in the negotiations over his first budget in the recession of the early 1980s. ‘I had a confrontation, but nothing like Christie’s.’”

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“Union leaders insist they were blindsided.

“‘There wasn’t any belief he was going to go for the nuclear option,’ said Gary Steffen, president of the Wisconsin Science Professionals, the union that represents state scientists, including crime lab analysts, biologists, chemists and foresters. ‘We expected concessions, but we just didn’t think there was a mandate for this. We didn’t see him getting rid of collective bargaining.’…

“Grebe, Walker’s longtime friend, said he has been in regular contact with the governor since the protests started and he believes the activity is only reinforcing his belief the bill is the right way to go.

“‘I don’t think it has affected his resolve at all,’ Grebe said. ‘He is committed to this.’”

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“As the excerpt, and the highlighted material makes clear, Walker has been an open book as a politician. He has never tried to disguise his stance on the issues of the day, and if it can be said that ‘[u]nions have always been his piñata, over and over,’ then one can hardly be taken by surprise by his stance on unions in general, or on public sector unions in particular.

“And despite–or because of–this stance, the voters of Wisconsin elected him Governor in 2010, with a 6 point, 124,000-plus vote margin between himself and his opponent. Not a landslide, but not inconsequential either, especially given the fact that Walker has not shied away from stating clearly his public policy views. In doing so, the voters not only elected Walker, they endorsed his views, views he clearly articulated throughout his career in public life.”

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“According to Wisconsin law, voters can recall any elected official in the state, as long as they’ve been in office for at least a year. This process involves collecting signatures for a recall position and then holding an election with the incumbent against any other candidates who jump in. As ThinkProgress’ Ian Millhiser has reported, there are eight Republicans who could currently be recalled…

“‘Recall Walker’ is a popular chant amongst protesters in Madison, although Walker just took office in 2011 and therefore is not eligible to go through the process yet. (Most protesters who talked with The Huffington Post admitted that they knew about this technicality but wanted to join in the chanting anyway.)

“But that doesn’t mean labor leaders aren’t already thinking about recalling Walker when it’s time.

“‘We would do it now,’ said AFSCME President Gerald McEntee in a phone interview with The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, ‘but we don’t have the opportunity because he has to be in there a year. But whether or not we lose this battle, that is one of our possible objectives, to pursue a recall against him.’”

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“We are willing to take this as long as it takes… We are doing the right thing.”



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21° F here. What is it doing there?

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 4:55 AM

What Progressive Socialism Does to a Once Beautiful City

Be sure to check out the photos.

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 5:27 AM

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 5:27 AM

Morning Darlin’
You are up early.
Motown is a wasteland.

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 5:30 AM

“‘Recall Walker’ is a popular chant amongst protesters in Madison, although Walker just took office in 2011 and therefore is not eligible to go through the process yet. (Most protesters who talked with The Huffington Post admitted that they knew about this technicality but wanted to join in the chanting anyway.)

Actually, “most protesters” could care less about the political process or that elections have consequences. Subverting the democratic process is an assault on every citizen in Wisconsin and should not be allowed Constitutionally. Instead, we are witnessing a mob rule mentality by union organizers who are making a mockery of their own collective bargaining. It’s no wonder they want to get rid of the secret ballot, when intimidation works so much better—with the blessing of the Democratic Party.

Rovin on February 21, 2011 at 5:35 AM

*Fasten your seat belts,Pinko Commie MoonBat *
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VIDEO: Chicago Commies in Wisconsin
February 20, 2011
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Thanks to Maggie’s Notebook for this video from the MacIver Institute showing Chicago-based members of the Revolutionary Communist Party arriving in Madison to distribute their propaganda at the protests:

Bob Avakian’s RCP is the leading Maoist group in the U.S. RCP spinoffs include Refuse & Resist and Not in Our Name, which were important presences in the Bush-era anti-war protests.

One of my pet peeves about mainstream media coverage of those protests was how they blithely ignored the involvement of Marxist organizations, including International A.N.S.W.E.R., a front for the Workers World Party, a bizarre Trotskyite splinter group.
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http://theothermccain.com/2011/02/20/chicago-commies-in-wisconsin/

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 5:43 AM

Now this is interesting!
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Teachers Upset Union Dues Misdirected To Obama Campaign
Jab 24 2009
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The folks over at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation filed a formal complaint with the FEC over a case of two Alabama teachers that discovered a union scheme to “divert their money” into a political contribution last year.

Teachers File FEC Complaint against NEA for Illegal PAC Money Laundering Scheme

Sworn testimony indicates union officials misled educators, diverted union treasury funds into political committee

Washington, DC (January 13, 2009) – The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation announced today it will file a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) asking it to investigate charges made by two Alabama educators who discovered a union scheme to divert their money into the National Education Association’s (NEA) political action committee (PAC).

Claire Waites, the chair of the science department, and Dr. Jeanne Fox, an assistant principal, both work at Daphne Middle School in Bay Minette, Alabama. Waites and Fox are both members of the Baldwin County Education Association (BCEA), Alabama Education Association (AEA), and NEA teacher unions
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http://theunionlabelblog.com/2009/01/24/teachers-upset-unions-dues-misdirected-to-obama-campaign/

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 5:52 AM

Hilarity ensues on Morning Joe. Mika is defending and supporting the unions to her last breath.

Scarborough, moreover, feels that the unions have outflanked Governor by taking the financial aspects “off the table” and exposing Walker as an ideologue.

According to the crew, which includes Charles Blow, the unions are gaining the upper hand nationwide.

Have they been watching the same events as I.

Mika now wants higher taxes on Wisconsin’s wealthiest residents.

BuckeyeSam on February 21, 2011 at 6:07 AM

morning joe brought up the vile signs indicating the msm uproar if this happened from the right and mika couldn’t admit it..she only wanted to bring up the good signs…she just couldn’t admit the vile rhetoric that comes from her side of the aisle….

MJ thinks walker is on the wrong side now because it is ONLY about collective bargaining…
delusional

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:09 AM

BuckeyeSam on February 21, 2011 at 6:07 AM

Morning Buckeye :)

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:10 AM

Interesting Part 2
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Teachers union e-mail touting Obama scorned
Thursday, October 2, 2008
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An e-mail distributed by a Virginia teachers union encouraged members to bring politics into the classroom by wearing blue in support of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and simultaneously suggested that the union’s voter registration efforts include those “you teach.”

The Virginia Education Association (VEA) e-mail drew strong criticism Wednesday from elected Republican officials and some residents after the state Republican Party obtained a copy. The author of the e-mail conceded Wednesday that the e-mail should have been worded differently.

The VEA is an affiliate of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers union.

“Schools should be perfectly neutral,” Virginia resident Julie Aurora said Wednesday. “They should teach students how to think, not what to think.”
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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/oct/02/teachers-union-e-mail-touting-obama-draws-backlash/

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:18 AM

“Schools should be perfectly neutral,” canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:18 AM

morning c

that hasn’t happen in a LOOOOOONG time

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:23 AM

charles blow helping mika out with union support

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:25 AM

Ugh,Teacher takes students on a Protest Field Trip,
under the ruse of I don’t know what!
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Wisc. High School Teachers Bring Students to Protest
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cufj2d8C

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:30 AM

For those of you watching Morning Joe, what are the Dem talking points this AM?

txmomof6 on February 21, 2011 at 6:32 AM

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Surely someone has a copy of the permission slips the teacher had to get signed for this field trip? Those would be interesting to see.

txmomof6 on February 21, 2011 at 6:34 AM

A PRESIDENT’S PRESIDENTS DAY: The White House will be taking the day off along with the rest of the government as President Obama enjoys a quiet Presidents’ Day on Monday. Press secretary Jay Carney has no plans to brief reporters, either.

i guess all of their action items have been taken care of…

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:35 AM

“Schools should be perfectly neutral,” canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:18 AM
morning c

that hasn’t happen in a LOOOOOONG time

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:23 AM

cmsinaz: GoodMorning,and speaking of neutral,and Wisconsin
Uprising,this video makes more sense!:)
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Over the Line?
Nov 8 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nghgy-huzWo&feature=related

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:36 AM

i guess all of their action items have been taken care of…

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:35 AM

Reggie Love Hangover Syndrome

/MAO was gone this weekend. Let the peasants revolt.

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:37 AM

txmomof6 on February 21, 2011 at 6:32 AM

the MJ/dems take: the unions have made alot of consessions so the ball is in walker’s court to remove collective bargaining off the table…this just politics and not about the budget…mika doesn’t see any of the vile rhetoric from the signs displayed…

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:37 AM

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:37 AM

So in other words, fingers in ears saying, lalalalalala?

txmomof6 on February 21, 2011 at 6:40 AM

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:37 AM

heh

i guess with mao out of the picture, hamburgers, fries and chocolate shakes for the whole staff

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:41 AM

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Surely someone has a copy of the permission slips the teacher had to get signed for this field trip? Those would be interesting to see.

txmomof6 on February 21, 2011 at 6:34 AM

txmomof6:Outstanding observation,my guess,is the late slips,
were handled by the Voter Ballot Fraud Squad Engin
eers!:)(sarc)

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:42 AM

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:36 AM

i remember that…despicable…

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:43 AM

txmomof6 on February 21, 2011 at 6:40 AM

pretty much…

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:43 AM

How can you people stand to watch that garbage on PMSLSD???

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:43 AM

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:42 AM

:)

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:44 AM

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:42 AM

LOLZ!

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:45 AM

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:43 AM

morning OC…i like to see what the other side is saying…it’s the only one on MSDNC that i can handle…

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:46 AM

PMSLSD???

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:43 AM

Bahahaha! Too funny and so very appropriate!

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:47 AM

I am working today. No holiday for me at the Med Center, same as MLK Day.
Just as well I suppose, someone has to support the slackers…

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:47 AM

Walker = Determinism!

Dr Evil on February 21, 2011 at 6:48 AM

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:10 AM

Sorry, I wandered away. Good morning. Morning Joe still spinning for unions.

BuckeyeSam on February 21, 2011 at 6:48 AM

O/T a tad
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Heres Hopeys 2008 How He Did It..
———————————-

Master of the Internet:

How Barack Obama Harnessed New Tools and Old
Lessons to Connect,

Communicate and Campaign his Way to the White House
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http://web.cs.swarthmore.edu/~turnbull/cs91/f09/paper/barron08.pdf

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:49 AM

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:46 AM

I programmed my remote to skip that sh!t while surfing.

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:47 AM

Courtesy of Laura Ingraham.

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:49 AM

Good morning. Morning Joe still spinning for unions.

BuckeyeSam on February 21, 2011 at 6:48 AM

But of course.
Morning Joe: RINO Lite.

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:50 AM

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:47 AM

you are not alone good buddy, heading to my office in a few minutes….

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:51 AM

Walker = Determinism!

Dr Evil on February 21, 2011 at 6:48 AM

Dr Evil:)

Teacher Unions=StudentHostagist’s.

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:51 AM

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:49 AM

good point….

have an great day!

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:52 AM

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:49 AM

Thanks buddy, I’ll read this later at home.

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:52 AM

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:47 AM
you are not alone good buddy, heading to my office in a few minutes….

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:51 AM

Same here… Just take comfort in knowing how many welfare rats are grateful for your service.

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:52 AM

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:51 AM

Hah! You supporting a few welfare queens as well?
Have a good one.

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:54 AM

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:36 AM
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i remember that…despicable…

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:43 AM

cmsinaz:Yup,crickets from the MSM!:)

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:55 AM

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Well of course we are working. We are part of the other 50% who pay taxes.

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:55 AM

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:55 AM

indeed

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:55 AM

This is definitely *NOT* 0bama’s holiday.
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.
.
.
I’m thinking his is May Day.

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:57 AM

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:42 AM
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LOLZ!

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:45 AM

OmahaConservative:)

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:57 AM

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:54 AM

Heh. Re the 3 pm phone call, afterall he does coach his daughter’s basketball team, so he has his priorities right cuz he can’t be all things to all people dontcha know./

txmomof6 on February 21, 2011 at 6:58 AM

This is definitely *NOT* 0bama’s holiday.
.
.
.
.
I’m thinking his is May Day.

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:57 AM

OmahaConservative:May Day…..interesting..some fool ought
to call the White House,and ask if Hopey
is fly’n the Bars and Stars,upside down,
hehe,ahem!!:)

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 7:00 AM

morning OC…i like to see what the other side is saying…it’s the only one on MSDNC that i can handle…

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:46 AM

MJ is about the only MSNBC show I can stomach. And Fox and Friends can be a little silly at times. But it’s fun to see what happens on MJ when they try to interview an informed opposing view. The always get schooled when Paul Ryan and Sen. Barasso (CO) are on. Ari Fliescher has stared them down too. My hero lately was that Harvard prof (Niall Ferguson) who crucified Obama and his advisers last week and at length about how they screwed up in Egypt. It was phenomenal. Mika, Mark Halpern, Jonathan Capeheart were speechless. He’ll never be a guest again.

BuckeyeSam on February 21, 2011 at 7:00 AM

txmomof6 on February 21, 2011 at 6:58 AM

yup, not big on multitasking

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 7:01 AM

I’m thinking his is May Day.

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:57 AM

good one :)

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 7:01 AM

BuckeyeSam on February 21, 2011 at 7:00 AM

yep, that was classic

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 7:02 AM

yup, not big on multitasking

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 7:01 AM

Unless he feels the need to school the Governor of a State like AZ or WI

txmomof6 on February 21, 2011 at 7:04 AM

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 6:49 AM
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Thanks buddy, I’ll read this later at home.

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 6:52 AM

OmahaConservative:Your welcome,have A great day!:)

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 7:04 AM

BuckeyeSam on February 21, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Ditto. That was priceless.

txmomof6 on February 21, 2011 at 7:05 AM

OT: good article re: dear leader’s foreign policy on israel

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 6:54 AM

cmsinaz:That,is a good a linky,thanks,heres one I found earlier!:)
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Obama’s star fades in Muslim world
November 3, 2010
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ISTANBUL — Euphoria swept the world after the election of President Obama, a symbol of hope and yearning for compromise after years of war and resentment toward his predecessor’s style and policies. Today, after an electoral rebuke at home, Obama is still popular among America’s traditional allies, but his star power among Muslims – a focus of his international outreach – is fading.

American unhappiness with Obama and the government, evident in the staggering blow to incumbents in midterm elections Tuesday, stems largely from concern about the weak U.S. economy, suggesting there will be a basic continuity in U.S. foreign policy.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/03/AR2010110301770.html?hpid=sec-religion

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 7:10 AM

Here is a great article on the standoff in WI, http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/260222/walker-holds-his-ground-robert-costa?page=1
Love that he may continue the legislative business on non-fiscal matters with or without the Dems on the Run!

txmomof6 on February 21, 2011 at 7:17 AM

Thanks for linkies Canopfor & txmom :)

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 7:48 AM

Robert Costa is spot on.

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Thanks for linkies Canopfor & txmom :)

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 7:48 AM

cmsinaz:Anytime———–:)

canopfor on February 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM

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