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The Morning After – Totally Embarrassed!

Governor Walker and the Senate Republicans have completely embarrassed my wonderful state by making this end run.  It wasn’t about balancing the budget.  Walker doesn’t care about working people – that’s what state employees are – working people who – when compared to private workers in similar jobs earn much less for the same education and experience.

As far as paying for their pensions, they all ready do – the pension money comes from deferred pay.  Is Walker set to give them the deferred pay upfront?  I’m betting not.

And, he’s taken away (according to the original bill) the right of state workers to protest “who participates in a strike, work stoppage, sit−down, stay−in, slowdown, or other concerted activities to interrupt the of operations or services of state government, including specifically purported mass resignations or sick calls.”

And, I harp on this A LOT, but I don’t want my state giving away our energy assets without any bidding involved.  And, yet, there my state government goes…

My Republican mother brought this up the other day when we were discussing the elimination of state workers’ rights.  Maybe, you’ve heard it before:

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

– Pastor Martin Niemoller

For those people who have no problem negotiating downward, think about this: Whose rights do you think Walker’s coming for next? What does his buddy, David Koch, want now? He’ll get our energy assets and then he’ll be allowed to underpay workers and Walker will see to it that workers have no rights.

When I discuss this matter with people who disagree with me, they all just don’t get it. They don’t see how wages have stagnated in this country for the last thirty years. How deregulation has directly lead to the current bad economy. It’s like they’ve never read a history book or knew about the early unionists who had to fight for decent wages, working conditions and a forty hour work week. It’s like they’ve never had a bad job, where the employer expected more and more and gave less and less.

Gave is probably the wrong word. Your employer and my employer do not “give” us anything. We earn it. I love my job and I love the place where I work, but I haven’t always been so lucky to work for a company where my work is appreciated. My last company could’ve used a union. They “gave” a 1.1% raise – a total insult – and then expected 90 hour work weeks (I’m salary, that means no overtime) – AND, for further insult to injury, because of the bad economy one Vice President actually said that we (the team I was on) were “lucky to have jobs”.

That’s how non-union shops treat people, like cattle and not with any decency or respect.

That’s what’s on the line with Walker. He wants to roll back the times and make our state one where you can see the clear lines of the haves and have nots. And, all of the haves will have contributed to his campaign.  If you think for one moment that Governor Walker is on the side of the hardworking people of this state, you are fooling yourself.

One last item:  Where are the jobs Walker religiously promised during the campaign?  I haven’t seen one thing in this budget that will create one job.

Can you say RECALL, boys and girls?

Assembly Passes Budget Bill

The Assembly passes the budget bill and despite Representative Suder’s written statement: “The vote we took wasn’t the easy thing to do, but it was the right thing to do”, it wasn’t the right thing to do.  Aside from killing union’s rights for collective bargaining, the Republicans have sold out our state.  The no-bid for state owned energy assets means that the government can sell / lease them off to the companies they deem should have them.

Who gains from that?

Walker’s largest campaign contributor: Koch Industries.

Despite their blanket denials that they will not benefit, Koch Industries will benefit the most.  How will Walker turn down his buddy?  The punking of Walker by Ira Murphy showed that Walker is in the Koch brothers’ pocket and truly believes what is good for them is good for him.

The sad thing is that people who do not understand how the world works, don’t understand just how bad it will be for Wisconsin with Walker as our governor.

By the way, where are the jobs Walker promised?  So far, he shut down the high speed rail which would have amounted to 4000 jobs (yes, some temporary) and Talgo Inc is moving to Illinois killing even more jobs.  So far, Walker has killed unions and not created one job.

Can you say RECALL, boys and girls?

Show us the JOBS you promised, Mr. Governor.  If anyone deserves to be laid off – it’s this lousy state government.

Wisconsinites: Call Your Senator – important Auto Insurance Vote Tomorrow…

I just found out about this, which is why I’m writing on a very important vote on such short notice.  The REPUBLICANS in the Wisconsin Senate want to return our car insurance minimums back to old levels.  They THINK this is a good idea, but like most things the Republicans in this state decide to do, it is a bad idea.

Yes, they will still require that all Wisconsinites carry Auto Insurance, but the minimums will be $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident.  Now, I have always carried the current legal limit of $100,000 and $300,000, so my insurance after the change in the law did not go up.  However; Republicans are claiming that this caused premiums to go up to too high of levels for poor people – like they’ve ever given a damn about poor people before – and they want to drop the coverage.  Do you really think the insurance companies will drop the current premiums?  I’m betting not.

I don’t want to pay for someone else’s mistake.  I am a good driver and a safe driver.  I haven’t had a speeding ticket in years.  I can control my auto insurance premiums by continuing to be a safe driver.  In fact, the only raises I’ve paid was one for purchasing a newer car and an under $10.00 raise on my premium.  I want every one to have to carry enough insurance to cover hospital bills.  A night in the hospital can cost $5,000 – if it is a serious enough accident, you could spend a lot more – 5 nights in the hospital and the coverage from the person who caused the accident is gone.  You’re out of money and left with unpaid hospital bills and, most likely, no money from the work that you have missed.

This is what the Republicans think you deserve.  I’m betting you want that vote from November back now.

Call your Senator.  Click here to find out who it is.

I suggest you read these two articles to familiarize yourself with the changes the Republicans want to make.  If you don’t call, it’ll pass and you can kick your good coverage goodbye and show nothing for it.  My “favorite” part is this:

“Under this bill, when your spouse is hit and seriously injured by an underinsured driver, your insurance company will be “let off the hook” for not having to cover you for the full amount you thought you purchased. Insurance companies will be allowed to cleverly insert “reducing clause” language into the fine print; this will reduce their exposure for losses in spite of the fact that they’ve already collected premiums from consumers.” (see article here)

And, according to another article, Wisconsin still pays the fourth lowest amount for car insurance.

Thank you, know-nothing Republicans.  You wouldn’t know a good idea if it slapped you across the face!

http://www.nbc15.com/news/headlines/Wisconsin_Lawmakers_To_Debate_Reducing_Car_Insurance_114198704.html

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/truth-in-auto-insurance-repeal-hearing-scheduled-at-breakneck-speed-according-to-the-wisconsin-association-for-justice-114143869.html

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