Not sure why the Voter ID Act being sponsored by ALEC and being voted on in state legislatures in 2012 is a bad thing. But the left doesn’t like it…hhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Max promises in an upcoming show “Max & Stacey” will bring the Keiser Report from “bed” and soon. He also interviews Birgitta Jonsdottir, about the true state of transparency, banking and economy in the latest IMF poster child, Iceland. [Read more…]
Al Jazeera’s English channel released this expose on the Koch Brothers and their extensive reach and influence on the right side of the aisle. It’s well done. Let’s hope AJ English will be releasing an expose on the Soros’ reach and influence on the left side of the aisle. The T-Room will post it if they do.
For analysis on the Wisconsin recall vote, we go to Madison to speak with John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine. Although Republicans hold on to a slim 17-to-16 majority after the election, Nichols says the Democrats’ pick-up of two seats, coupled with the moderate stance of Republican State Sen. Bill Schulz, amounts to a new “pro-labor majority” in the Wisconsin State Senate. “Gov. Scott Walker took a hit last night,” Nichols says. “Even though Democrats didn’t win, progressive politics made a real advance.” Some $30 million was spent by outside groups on the Wisconsin recall. Looking forward to the 2012 national election Nichols says the “biggest message from Wisconsin” is that “we are going to see absolutely unprecedented amounts of money coming into our politics and have to ask ourselves the question, do we have a democracy or a dollar-ocracy?
The T-Room is appalled by this kind of “GOTCHA” reporting that not only Brietbart is guilty, but so many others in the communications industry. Whatever happened to just reporting the facts? Oh, that’s right, silly me, I almost forgot – today’s political paradigm is designed to polarize and make people distrust and hate each other. To hell with people’s reputations and their livelihoods in the meantime!
The Sun News Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2011
Initially, real populist groups like unions were willing to stay quiet as tea party politicians pushed through their anti-tax, deregulatory agenda. We assumed that another stimulus package would not happen, and thought anything to stimulate the economy was better than nothing. Many workers also held some remote hope that the tax breaks and regulatory relief given to corporations would be used to invest and create jobs, rather than outsource more labor overseas so CEOs could give themselves bonuses that are tucked away in offshore accounts to avoid paying even the reduced Bush tax rates they fought so hard to sustain.
However, working Americans fed up with suffering the brunt of the recession only to watch the wealthy further prosper are now waking up to the tea party master plan. We know now cutting taxes, especially those for the corporate class, was just the first phase of a larger plan. While Republicans ran on a balanced budget the last election cycle, their tax cuts for the rich actually put the federal government deeper into the red. At the same time many conservative governors, including Scott Walker in Wisconsin, squandered small budget surpluses with tax policies that overwhelmingly benefit the corporate rich.
While some politicians seem sincere in their efforts to reduce costs while protecting workers, governors like Scott Walker or New Jersey’s Chris Christie are using the budget shortfall that is mostly of their party’s making as a rationale for class warfare. In fact, Walker has rejected compromises with unions who offered to make economic concessions so long as workers keep their collective bargaining rights. This, along with the strategy session Governor Walker had with a prank caller pretending to be the billionaire tea party founder David Koch, shows conservatives are more intent to union bust than either balance their budgets, or put people back to work.
Read the rest of the story HERE
Credit/Research goes to Kim
UPDATE X1 – SEE IMPORTANT UPDATES AT END OF THE POST
Every single Tea Party/Patriot voter should be demanding from the officials they elected into office in 2010 to follow the letter of the law and demonstrate transparency. If not, then your credibility as a movement is toast. You must practice what you preach, otherwise this so-called patriot movement is as self serving as the Democrat/Republican Party machines you fought tooth and nail to replace.
What Governor Walker did last night in Wisconsin proves beyond any doubt that his target all along was to end the right of employee’s to task a third party to negotiate on their behalf their employment benefits. This tawdry move made by the GOP leadership, after hiding behind closed doors all day, has no relationship whatsoever in saving taxpayers money. Yet the TP/Patriot leadership wants you, their voter, to believe otherwise. Poppycock!
Why? Because the GOP’s vote was on legislation NOT on the budget. Member’s of your respective state assembly’s vote on legislation AND on the budget – two separate processes. Although they interrelate, they are managed and voted on separately. No taxpayer funds were saved with yesterday’s vote. NONE. ZILCH. ZERO.
What Walker and his GOP thugs achieved was ceasing state employee’s rights. That is it! And they did it in secret – an all out blatant assault on our democracy. Is this the kind of politics the Tea Party/Patriot movement voted into office?
Not once during the 2010 election did I see the first placard, commercial or candidate telling the voter that in order to cut the budget or end deficit spending they would need to vote to end the people’s rights to collective bargaining. Did you? That’s what I thought – a resounding NO!
Which is precisely why Walker and his GOP brethren didn’t run on it. They knew they wouldn’t win! So, knowing their top corporate donors wanted to bust up the unions they stealthily infiltrated the independent Tea Party/Patriot movement by telling them what they wanted to hear “reduce the budget” “cut taxes” “end deficit spending” all the while knowing their hidden agenda – bust up the unions at any and all costs – the worker be damned. Their campaign strategy worked. They won a majority thanks to the TP/Patriot vote.
Once in office, Walker’s first few days of the legislative session takes those patriotic tax slogans and twists them into anti-rights legislation, while telling Wisconsinites that this is what you, the TP/Patriot voter, wanted when you voted him into office. You know this is not true, but instead you are the one’s taking the hit.
The TP/Patriot voter is being used as not only as cover, but as a punching bag taking the right and left hook for these duplicitous scoundrels. Why are you letting them get away with it?
The Tea Party/Patriot voted to cut the budget AND to end deficit spending NOT to end the people’s “rights“! If you want union reform then say it out loud and be a leader. Cowering behind the flag and using the TP voter as cover is small minded and beneath any true and decent American patriot.
Learn what the GOP in Wisconsin is really doing by clicking HERE.
Just saw this. The T-Room does not condone violence. However, given the mood of America such anger and threats are not surprising. Honestly, I’m surprised it has taken this long, especially since the elite have been baiting the citizens for sometime now –
In 53-42 Vote, Wisconsin Assembly Gives Final Passage To Bill Stripping Collective Bargaining Rights; Politicians Get Death Threats Over Imminent Austerity
UPDATE X1 –
Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council weighs in on open meeting controversy
Bill Lueders on Thursday 03/10/2011 10:54 am
I have been asked whether the Wisconsin FOIC has a position on last night’s action by the state Legislature. As you know, I am not a lawyer and do not play one on TV. These are difficult issues to parse. But a few points can be made:
The Open Meetings Law, at 19.84(3), states: “Public notice of every meeting of a governmental body shall be given at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of such meeting unless for good cause such notice is impossible or impractical, in which case shorter notice may be given, but in no case may the notice be provided less than 2 hours in advance of the meeting.”
There is no dispute that yesterday’s meeting was not noticed 24 hours in advance and I see no way it could be argued that giving 24 hours notice was “impossible or impractical,” three weeks into a budget stalemate. There is also some question as to whether a full two hours notice was given, in that it was arguably not posted in a location to which media and others have unfettered access. The Assembly Dems say they did were not notified until 4:10 pm, and the Senate meeting purportedly began at 6 p.m.
The Senate Chief Clerk, Robert Marchant, has advanced the argument that the notice was sufficient under Senate Rule 93, which holds that the Senate can convene in special session without giving advance notice. Others have pointed out that this rule pertains to the Senate, whereas last night’s meeting was a Joint Committee of Conference, a.k.a. Joint Conference Committee. They say Rule 93 would not apply in such a case.
The council’s position is that, whether or not a viable legal challenge can be brought, this action merits the condemnation of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council as contrary to the spirit, at least, of the Open Meetings Law, as well as to the state’s traditions of openness.
We believe the meeting was hastily convened without adequate public notice because the people convening it felt they needed an element of surprise to prevail — making it precisely the sort of action the state’s Open Meetings Law was intended to preclude.
Here’s a quick snippet from Buffalo Beast blog, Ian Murphy impersonating Koch, outing Walker’s game playing w/people’s lives –
Walker: So this is ground zero, there’s no doubt about it. [Talks about a “great” NYT piece of “objective journalism.” Talks about how most private blue-collar workers have turned against public, unionized workers.]…So I went through and called a handful, a dozen or so lawmakers I worry about each day and said, “Everyone, we should get that story printed out and send it to anyone giving you grief.”
Koch: Goddamn right! We, uh, we sent, uh, Andrew Breitbart down there.
Walker: Good stuff.
Koch: He’s our man, you know.
Walker: [blah about his press conferences, attacking Obama, and all the great press he’s getting.] Brian [Sadoval], the new Governor of Nevada, called me the last night he said—he was out in the Lincoln Day Circuit in the last two weekends and he was kidding me, he said, “Scott, don’t come to Nevada because I’d be afraid you beat me running for governor.” That’s all they want to talk about is what are you doing to help the governor of Wisconsin. I talk to Kasich every day—John’s gotta stand firm in Ohio. I think we could do the same thing with Vic Scott in Florida. I think, uh, Snyder—if he got a little more support—probably could do that in Michigan. You start going down the list there’s a lot of us new governors that got elected to do something big.
Koch: You’re the first domino.
Walker: Yep. This is our moment.
And here is Ian Murphy’s call w/Gov. Walker –
Read full story HERE
This Wisconsin show down b/w Gov Walker and the Unions is now spreading to Indiana, Ohio and… The Koch Brothers were welcomed with open arms from the self-anointed leader of the Tea Party Movement, the one and only Dick Armey, who purposely hijacked and infiltrated this young threatening movement early on. Although TP voters were warned time and again throughout 2010, especially by the very patriots who started the Tea Party groundswell, that you were being used, you instead chose to ignore their wisdom and placed your trust in the same old rattler snakes and you’ve been bitten.
These greedy charlatans out of Wall Street’s Corporate America cleverly hid in the shadows, all the while feeding their million-dollar mouthpieces – Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh their daily talking points – polled and time tested – to stir your patriotic fervor. These guys don’t get paid the mega bucks for being bad salesmen. No. They get paid the big bucks to sell you their illusory pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and they are very good salesmen. Don’t blame them for how you voted, it was you who bought their propaganda hook, line and sinker.
As a result, what is unfolding in Wisconsin serves as a startling example of just how badly Tea Party voters were mislead. Think about it. Did any Tea Party voters ask the Koch brothers hand picked leadership of the Tea Party movement what they really meant when they ran on a platform to cut their state budgets and trim the fat? No. You trusted them. Let me be abundantly clear – it is one thing for a Governor to demand his union employee’s pay more into their pensions and healthcare, take pay cuts and put off their cost of living increases, but it’s an entirely different policy matter demanding unions give up the right to negotiate on their members behalf. But, this is what you, the Tea Party voter, are now being blamed for and having to defend.
Ask yourself – was my vote for Tea Party candidate A a vote to eliminate my neighbors, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends right to negotiate a fair wage? I don’t think so. Your vote was to cut the budget and trim the fat. But the big boys are telling the world you voted to end collective bargaining, and they are winning the message war, hands down. Crickets from the Tea Party voters. Are you going to let them get away with this? Hello? Where is your honor? Your integrity? Your fighting spirit?
These charlatans are using you, and your patriotism as cover for their deceit, underhandedness and dishonesty. Are you going to allow it? Are you going to give up and let these thugs steel your patriotic thunder! Or are you going to accept the facts of these hard lessons, stand up to the deceit and rip your power back?
- Scheduled protests in support of labor:
Tuesday, February 22 . 12:00pm, Contact AFSCME for details
Little Rock, AR
Wednesday, February 23 . 11:30am, State Capitol
Tuesday, February 22 . Contact AFSCME for details
Tuesday, February 22 . 5:30pm. State Capitol, West steps
San Diego, CA
Tuesday, February 22 . 4:30pm. 3737 Camino del Rio South
Tuesday, February 22 . 12:00pm, Colorado State House
Wednesday, February 23 . 12:00pm, State Capitol West Steps
Des Moines, IA
Tuesday, February 22 . 1:00pm, State Capitol west steps
Tuesday, February 22 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Massachusetts State House
Tuesday, February 22 · 4:00pm, City Hall, W. Mass JwJ for more info
Tuesday, February 22 . 12:00pm, Lawyer’s Mall. MD AFL-CIO for more info
Tuesday, February 22 . 9:00am . 215 N. Capitol (corner of Ottawa) Central United Methodist Church
Saint Paul, MN
Tuesday, February 22 · 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda
Friday, Feb. 25. New Jersey members of the AFL-CIO and the Communication Workers of America, among other groups, are calling on people to gather at Noon on Friday (2/25) at the Statehouse in Trenton.
Santa Fe, NM
Tuesday, February 22 . 12:15pm. State House East side
New York, NY
Tuesday, Feb. 22. 5:00 pm. Fox News, FOX News at 6th Ave. and 48th St., during Glenn Beck’s program.
Tuesday, February 22 . 4:00pm. Rally against SB5 at the Civic Center, 1101 Market Ave. N.
Tuesday, February 22 . various. Buses to Columbus for Ohio’s SB5 hearing. Contact Cleveland JwJ for details.
Tuesday, February 22 . 4:00pm, Ohio State House. This is a hearing on Ohio’s Senate Bill 5 which would ban collective bargaining for public workers.
Wednesday, February 23 . 12:00pm, Lackawanna Court House
Tuesday, February 22 · 4:30pm – 7:30pm, Rhode Island State House
Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, February 22. State Capitol, contact UT AFL-CIO for details
Tuesday, February 22 . 12:00pm. State Capitol
Rallies at the Statehouse continues — Last count 80,000 people at protest.