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Wisconsin: GOP Wins, Dems Cry ‘Unfair’

Posted on | March 10, 2011 | 13 Comments

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

With Democrats still in Illinois, the state Senate abruptly voted Wednesday night to eliminate collective bargaining provisions for most public workers that have stood for decades, sending a flood of angry protesters into the Capitol.
The bill, which has drawn international attention, is to be taken up at 11 a.m. Thursday by the Assembly.
That house has already passed a nearly identical version of the wide-ranging bill, which Gov. Scott Walker introduced last month to address a budget shortfall. . . .
From Feb. 17 until Wednesday, the Senate Democrats were able to block a vote on the original version of the bill because the state constitution requires 20 senators to be present for bills that authorize spending money. Republicans control the house 19-14.
Republicans devised a plan to get around the impasse and hurriedly approved the bill late in the day after meeting for hours behind closed doors. . . .
“The Senate Democrats have had three weeks to debate this bill and were offered repeated opportunities to come home, which they refused,” Walker said in a statement. “In order to move the state forward, I applaud the Legislature’s action today to stand up to the status quo and take a step in the right direction to balance the budget and reform government.”

Some samples of the Left’s reaction, first Firedoglake:

Anti-Public Employee Bill Passes Senate
in Wisconsin; Only the Beginning of the Fight

Yeah: The bill is “anti-public employee,” rather than “anti-union shakedown” see? And the lefties — who just lost the fight — insist the fight is just beginning. And now MSNBC:

GOP rams anti-union bill through Wis. Senate

Right: They rammed it through — after the Democrats had been playing hooky in Illinois for three whole weeks. So you get the idea of the combination of denial and rage this has produced, which was matched by the left-wing protest pests who practically rioted the Capitol in Madison after the bill passed.

I remember when Tea Party people had peaceful, orderly rallies on the steps of state capitol buildings and liberals portrayed these events as frightening hatefests where angry mobs were incited to violence. Meanwhile, the Left runs amok inside the Wisconsin capitol, and we’re supposed to believe this is an admirable demonstration on behalf of “worker’s rights.”


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