RGA “stands with Scott,” while fleebaggers make an offer …

posted at 9:30 am on March 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The Republican Governors Association has a new 30-second TV spot supporting Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin in his fight to restore fiscal sanity to the state’s budget — and slamming the fleebaggers for running away from the mess they helped create. The ad debuts just before Walker gives his address on the budget tonight, where he will unveil a plan to cut $3.6 billion over the next biennium:

Gov. Scott Walker will reveal on Tuesday the full cuts in state programs such as health care for the poor and aid to local governments needed to balance the state’s more than $3 billion budget deficit over the next two years.

At the same time, the state will hit a deadline for doing a refinancing deal that the Republican governor said is key to solving a more immediate budget problem and preventing the layoffs of up to 1,500 state workers. On Monday, Senate Democrats who have blocked that deal by holing up in Illinois put forward their own plan that they said could prevent the layoffs even if the refinancing falls through.

Walker has drawn considerable controversy in recent weeks for a budget-repair bill that would repeal most union bargaining rights for public workers. But his 2011-’13 budget plan will have tough decisions that will affect even more people in the state – including what he says will be more than $1 billion in cuts to state aid to school districts and local governments.

So what is this deal that fleebaggers offered yesterday, all the way from their remote location in Illinois? It’s not that much different from Walker’s plan, actually, since it cuts the same aid programs that Walker wants to target:

To do it, Miller said that the state would require Walker to find $79 million in cuts called for in the current budget bill that the Walker administration has said aren’t possible to find so quickly. In addition, the proposal would eliminate from the bill $42 million in spending in the state’s health programs for the poor that is designed to increase federal payments for those programs.

Finally, the proposal would also have to lower the minimum balance set in state law for the state’s main account from $65 million to $21.8 million – the new expected balance under the Democrats’ plan.

Sounds like an interesting plan. Perhaps Democrats should man up and return to the state legislature to offer it. Until they participate in the representative democracy of Wisconsin to which they were elected, all of this is nothing more than cheap talk.

Cheap is a relative term, however.  The Journal-Sentinel reports that a significant amount of the campaign financing received by the fleebaggers came from unions, a rather unsurprising revelation:

The 14 Wisconsin Democratic senators who fled to Illinois share more than just political sympathy with the public employees and unions targeted by Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill.

The Senate Democrats count on those in the public sector as a key funding source for their campaigns.

In fact, nearly one out of every five dollars raised by those Democratic senators in the past two election cycles came from public employees, such as teachers and firefighters, and their unions, a Journal Sentinel analysis of campaign records shows.

And yet Democrats still managed to lose control of both chambers of the legislature.  It’s not just the RGA that “stands with Scott” in this fight.


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Scott Walker should not accept that trojan horse plan. This is the time to end collective bargaining. Do it, Scott.

promachus on March 1, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Dems=Fail

SPGuy on March 1, 2011 at 9:34 AM

The demorat plan is so good, so complete, so perfect, that they will not return until Walker and the majority GOP agree with them and pass the plan.

Bishop on March 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Good ad. I would like to have seen the term “fleebagger” used, but I tend to be a salt-in-the-wound kind of guy anyway.

SKYFOX on March 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM

End collective bargaining. Anything less, you lose, we all lose.

rrpjr on March 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Perhaps Democrats should man up and return to the state legislature to offer it. Until they participate in the representative democracy of Wisconsin to which they were elected, all of this is nothing more than cheap talk.

Considering the quality of the ‘men’ in the WI legislature, it might be a stretch to ask them to ‘man up’. You fleebaggers in IL are soon going to travel the trail of tears back to cheesehead land while doing the duffel-bag-drag to the tune of the world’s smallest violin. How much humiliation will it take for you to show up and take your medicine? You losers are doing what losers do—that is, you’re LOSING. With every illegitimate minute you spend in the Land-of-Lincoln, his honesty and integrity ought to haunt the fitful sleep you attempt while swatting at the fleas on your bag.

ted c on March 1, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Stab it with your steely-knife, Scott—you just might kill this beast.

ted c on March 1, 2011 at 9:39 AM

2012 Presidential platform? End public unions?

faraway on March 1, 2011 at 9:39 AM

The Dem Senate Members have the livelihood of 1500 Union families in their hands.It looks like they will not even vote present.

Guest1.1 on March 1, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Don’t cave walker, just keep on, keepin on

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 9:41 AM

I’m disappointed that the Republicans are not taking legal action against the fleebaggers.

The tables will turn someday, and if the Republicans try this I am sure they will be charged with felonies.

WisCon on March 1, 2011 at 9:42 AM

By making this a national issue Obama gifted Walker with a huge platform tonight.

txhsmom on March 1, 2011 at 9:43 AM

You have got to see this idiot rant about his job. Great for a morning laugh.

mizflame98 on March 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM

“And so it begins…” The flee folk knew that it would come to this. I wonder how these shenanigans will play out in the next election. One thing for sure, the Dems had better keep their collective mouths shut about Sarah leaving office early–at least she did it up front and with honor and dignity…not scurrying across state lines in the dark of night.

jeanie on March 1, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Good point Wiscon

They would hit them so fast without any thought

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Screw the Democrats, just like they’re screwing the state. Let them stay away. And in one month, declare their seats open and announce a general election to fill the ‘vacant’ seats.

GarandFan on March 1, 2011 at 9:49 AM

This ad shows BLOOD filling the Capitol as they show Democrats!

They’re inciting hate and violence.

artist on March 1, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Ok, so another deadline for the fleebaggers to return to their jobs ‘or else’ has come and gone – have the pink slips gone out yet? Has Walker *done* anything about it yet, or are we to get another “I mean it, you have to do X or else, and here’s another adjusted deadline to prove I mean business… this time… no really, I mean it…”?

Midas on March 1, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Workers have a right to your money! Walker is just doing the bidding for the Koch brothers! The democrats are the true heros by standing by one of the wealthiest and most powerful money makers in Wisconsin … the unions!!!!!!!

Your friend in Socialism,

ernesto (call me Che!)

darwin on March 1, 2011 at 9:51 AM

The fact that Dems are offering alternatives tells me the Dems are losing the battle. I just hope itchy RINOs don’t jump on this and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory yet again.

angryed on March 1, 2011 at 9:52 AM

darwin on March 1, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Oh come on. Ernie swears up and down that he is just a non-partisan moderate independent (who just happens to spew every leftist talking point).

angryed on March 1, 2011 at 9:53 AM

2nd that angryed

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 9:53 AM

The Democrats lost this battle as soon as the unionites stormed the Capitol…
The only way they can win now is if the Republicans cave…
Odds of that happening are 10,000:1…

mjbrooks3 on March 1, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Go pound sand Fleabaggers. The unions better get used to this, the ball is rolling and picking up speed.

MJZZZ on March 1, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Have the homeless recruits the Unions brought into the State House been persuaded to leave yet? Those photos of many of the ‘protesters’ were very telling I thought. We can only hope that they are not teachers. lol

jeanie on March 1, 2011 at 10:01 AM

The thing is, ernesto genuinely believes that he IS just a non-partisan moderate independent.

either orr on March 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM

close the WI-IL border….oh wait, we could never do something like that….

ted c on March 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Have the homeless recruits the Unions brought into the State House been persuaded to leave yet? Those photos of many of the ‘protesters’ were very telling I thought. We can only hope that they are not teachers. lol

jeanie on March 1, 2011 at 10:01 AM

http://americanglob.com/2011/02/28/wisconsin-protester-photo-of-the-day/

ted c on March 1, 2011 at 10:05 AM

/liberalmedia/

the capitol turning red in the beginning of the video looks like blood. Is the RGA sending out coded messages to turn the Capitol into a bloodbath?

/endliberalmedia/

MFn G I M P on March 1, 2011 at 10:12 AM

ted c on March 1, 2011 at 10:05 AM

LOL!!! I don’t know which is scarier, imagining that that guy is teaching our kids or seeing all those police standing there.

jeanie on March 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Because he chose to be a gutless yellow-bellied coward who fled the state instead of do the job he was elected to do, Mark Miller is in no position to demand or suggest anything!

The only thing he and his other 13 pack of cowards are in a position to do is stop playing the BS games they have been engaged in since Feb. 15 and get their worthless rear ends back to Madison!

pilamaye on March 1, 2011 at 10:17 AM

This is just like fighting with a teenager locked in the bathroom. You tell them that if they won’t come out you will not talk to them. My God how silly Demorats are! Don’t any of them see the stupidity of their position?

inspectorudy on March 1, 2011 at 10:35 AM

You have got to see this idiot rant about his job. Great for a morning laugh.

mizflame98 on March 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Thanks, you were right, great for a laugh this morning. I wonder if the owner of Noodles has seen it yet?

Tim Zank on March 1, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Don’t any of them see the stupidity of their position?

inspectorudy on March 1, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Uh …. no.

Rod on March 1, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Hmmmm… what stage of grief is negotiating?

There will be acceptance, soon, as their union paid-for vacation in IL makes it obvious that they are bought. And the public may just decide that the price for them is far too high for the public good.

Great, Scott!

Good Job.

ajacksonian on March 1, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Walker should call their bluff and say “ok, you want me to find 79 million to cut. Well how about we cut it from the labor department or from public employee pay”

MFn G I M P on March 1, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Cut off their pay and start the recall…. Check
Stick to your guns…… Check

Win…… To be announced

I know in my heart of hearts the PEOPLE are with you.

golfmann on March 1, 2011 at 10:46 AM

jeanie on March 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Isn’t there a DRESS CODE in the Rotunda- No shirt, no SHOES, no SERVICE!? You can definitely see why they needed to clear the building so that it can be cleaned (and disinfected). Don’t even want to think about all the sweaty moisture from having a crush of people participating in drum circles and yoga there.

And I bet they are the first to complain when the janitor at school can’t get their room clean to their specs.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Since these brain surgeons have such a great idea why haven’t they used it in all the years thay have had majority in WI. and made this disaster.
Poor losers, whining and hiding like the cowards thay are

concernedsenior on March 1, 2011 at 10:49 AM

mizflame98 on March 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Horrifying…these people actually think they are right and oh so enlightened. They are nothing more than thieves. And there are a lot of them out there. God help us.

pannw on March 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM

The Dem Senate Members have the livelihood of 1500 Union families in their hands.It looks like they will not even vote present.

Guest1.1 on March 1, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Those are mere sacrificial lambs for the cause..

tinkerthinker on March 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Hats off to Scott Walker. It’s all going to turn out his way. The thing is, there was never any other choice. The money is GONE. Why do libs alway think there’s a ‘stash’ somewhere? They’re like children.

jeanie on March 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Stand firm on your fiscal principles Gov Walker. Do NOT let the unions control government spending.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM

The intrepid gumshoes of the Illinois Tea Party keeping on the trail of the fleebaggers.

Wethal on March 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM

If they were Republicans you can bet that the liberal networks would be doing that job.

slickwillie2001 on March 1, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Wethal on March 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Good Tea Partiers, keep ‘em on the move. No rest for the cowardly. If there’s enough of them perhaps these Sens can be ‘herded’ back across the State line. Git along dogies, git along.

jeanie on March 1, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Lib/Leftist think all the money belongs to the state..therefore the other people’s money is actually, well, their money. So their grand idea to get some Barry stash, which is to say money from non-WI people…this is what passes for “intelligence” on the left

r keller on March 1, 2011 at 11:07 AM

You can definitely see why they needed to clear the building so that it can be cleaned (and disinfected).

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Flea Party, heh.

eyesky on March 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Lib/Leftist think all the money belongs to the state..therefore the other people’s money is actually, well, their money. So their grand idea to get some Barry stash, which is to say money from non-WI people…this is what passes for “intelligence” on the left

r keller on March 1, 2011 at 11:07 AM

The problem for the Left is that money represents people’s time and effort, so essentially the left is advocating slavery for some. Hence they can’t come out and say it and can only dance around the edges and imply that is the case.

Chip on March 1, 2011 at 11:15 AM

The intrepid gumshoes of the Illinois Tea Party keeping on the trail of the fleebaggers.

Wethal on March 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM

“Cornstalked”…I liked it.

SKYFOX on March 1, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Just when you think the Dims could stoop no lower – they lower the bar even further.

This time … it’s gone beyond outright vote purchases and into the realm of walking off the ballfield. If they can’t have their way – then NO ONE does. If the Republicans in Congress had tried that tactic with ObamaCare they’d have been crucified in the media as little children. These Dims REPRESENT EVERYONE in their districts – they have a duty to show up for work whether they want to or not.

If the Governor gives in … to even a single demand that these Dims make to him … then he is going to guarantee that Dims accross the nation use this exact same tactic over and over again to have their way.

And not only that – but pretty soon REPUBLICANS will be using it if it becomes an effective tool for the Dims … our Democracy has sunk enough – we don’t need this kind of foolishness injected into our already wounded processes.

HondaV65 on March 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM

As important as ridding ourselves of public unions, the concept of tenure has to go.
Perform your job, or get fired.

And as far as the protesters are concerned, if you’re not a citizen of Wisconsin, you have no business in the capital building.

docjohn52 on March 1, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Playtime is over. Where in the he!! are the adults?

I’ve seen screaming kids throwing tantrums at the store that are more mature than these dimwits are.

capejasmine on March 1, 2011 at 11:39 AM

ted c on March 1, 2011 at 10:05 AM

LOL!!! I don’t know which is scarier, imagining that that guy is teaching our kids or seeing all those police standing there.

jeanie on March 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM

I bet he’s a PE teacher.

mizflame98 on March 1, 2011 at 11:41 AM

One thing for sure, the Dems had better keep their collective mouths shut about Sarah leaving office early–at least she did it up front and with honor and dignity…not scurrying across state lines in the dark of night.

FLEABAGGERS = QUITTERS

There. I said it.

GrannyDee on March 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM

The tables will turn someday, and if the Republicans try this I am sure they will be charged with felonies.

WisCon on March 1, 2011 at 9:42 AM

If the fleabaggers are taking ANY money to cover their IL resort costs from outside groups, they ARE guilty of crimes under the WI constitution. Specifically, accepting bribes. Loose the hounds!

iurockhead on March 1, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Message to the Fleebaggers… ‘I’ll make some TEA for ya anytime’.

RalphyBoy on March 1, 2011 at 12:02 PM

…since they don’t *really* believe in Democracy and think they are separate from the rest of the state of Wisconsin, why not just make it official if they are going to issue legislative proposals from exile and just form their own separate Assembly?? That’s the path they are one. What is it with Democrats starting Civil Wars??

EasyEight on March 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Oh come on. Ernie swears up and down that he is just a non-partisan moderate independent (who just happens to spew every leftist talking point).

angryed on March 1, 2011 at 9:53 AM

He is a socialist, at best.

Schadenfreude on March 1, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Why Chris Christie is successful and the Scott Walker is struggling. Christie is explaining the high points of his plan while he battles the Union Leaders. Christie also explains how his plan will save the state money and how it compares to what tax payers pay in their own plans. Walker is just battling the runaway State Senators and NOT explaining how each point of his plan will work and why the Senators shouldn’t runaway but should be supporting his plan. He should also be painting the Public Unions as a special interest group that donates large sums of money to the dem party.

lwssdd on March 1, 2011 at 3:06 PM

A “plan” from fugitives, called in over the phone from an “undisclosed location”? I think not. Next we’ll be getting “plans” from telemarketers. Who probably show up for work, anyway.

mojo on March 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Let the FleeBaggers rot in Illinois!!!!!!!!!!

Harry S on March 1, 2011 at 4:34 PM

No Retreat! No Surrender!
No Mercy for Tyrants!
No Respite for Traitors!

I’m disappointed that the Republicans are not taking legal action against the fleebaggers.

The tables will turn someday, and if the Republicans try this I am sure they will be charged with felonies.

WisCon on March 1, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Last I heard a number of these fleebaggers have recall petitions going after them.

I hope they prevail.

Chaz706 on March 1, 2011 at 9:18 PM

“biennium”??? Ain’t no such woid!

{+_+}

herself on March 2, 2011 at 9:51 AM