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Ed Schultz Demands: Why Did Wisconsin Union Members Vote for Walker?
Written by Isaac Parker   
Thursday, 14 June 2012 10:18

With Wisconsin recall election exit polling data showing 27% of union members voted for Governor Walker and the last Marquette University poll before the election, indicating the total was closer to 40%, Ed Schultz of MSNBC demanded to know why union members would vote for Scott Walker.  I thought I’d write a response:

Ed, as a former member of a public employee union, let me count the reasons:

  1. Pro-life issues.  99% of union political contributions go to Democrat Party candidates.  Pro-life politicians have become virtually extinct in the Democrat Party.  Instead, Democrats at all levels compete with each other to be the candidate who promises the most radical pro-abortion agenda.  With this incredible imbalance of contributions, public employee unions have become the major financial source for pro-abortion politicians.   Wisconsin Planned Parenthood, of course, endorsed the recall.  When I attend pro-life rallies, it is so heartwarming to see people in their green AFSCME t-shirts shouting obscenities at us.  The fact is, these days no pro-life candidate of either party, would get a penny in contributions from public employee unions.
  2. ObamaCare.   Public employee unions, from the national level to the local level all actively supported ObamaCare.    The failures of socialized medicine around the world show that Obamacare will hurt union members as well as everyone else who needs medical care in this country.   Should not our union dues go to protecting the health insurance coverage we have, not ruining everyone else’s medical care, as well as our own?
  3. I believe in the Golden Goose.  Yes, public employee union leadership, there really is a golden goose that supplies the public sector with funding.  It’s called the private sector.  With a diminished and hamstrung private sector, where are our tax revenues going to come from?  I may be greedy, but I like to get paid and paid regularly.  Soviet style socialism left Eastern Europe in poverty and collapse.    Now 20 years later, the democratic socialist governments of Europe are one by one going bankrupt.   Even to this day, people risk their lives trying to escape from Cuba, but not into, that socialist wonderland.  The public employee union leadership never sees a big government program it will not support.   Why does the union leadership love this failed model so much?
  4. Democracy.  Much talk in union circles about industrial democracy.  But oddly enough, during my time as a union member, I never had a vote, no votes on leaders, no votes on candidate endorsements, nothing.  I did get a vote on contracts, but by then the contracts were a done deal, it’s an up or down vote.  Vote no and get nothing, some choice.  Meanwhile, I never saw a budget for our union, no information on union leaders’ salaries, union expenditures, nothing.  I saw our own, taxpayer funded employees spend a lot of their work time as well as their own time on union issues.   They worked hard and diligently, in fact they did all the union work; any sightings of full time union employees were about as common as Sasquatch sightings.   I’m not sure what the paid union leaders actually do.  Possibly, they spend their time hanging out at the White House or caddying for Obama on his many golf outings, but they didn’t stop by to meet the rank and file.
  5. 2nd Amendment rights.   Milwaukee Democrat State Senator Jeff Plale, had a number of union locals back his far more liberal primary opponent in 2010.  The proverbial last straw, for some public employee locals, from what I read, was Sen. Plale’s support for concealed carry legislation.   While the union leadership finds real or imaged constitutional rights for any all groups who might vote Democrat, gun owners in their mind, have no rights.  (I might write a future blog on Senator Plale’s fate).
  6. Union Member Conduct.  Seeing the videos of the union sponsored demonstrations in Madison last year, sickened me.  State Senator Grothman being cornered outside the capitol, surrounded by a mob screaming at him.   Who can forget the Milwaukee Teachers Union blocking the doors of a voucher school, when Governor Walker visited, harkening back to the days of Democrat Southern governors standing in the doorways of schools to block integration.  But nothing topped union supporters at the State Capitol screaming sexual obscenities at a 14 year old girl who sang the national anthem at a Tea Party rally in 2011.  Yup, that’s my union dues at work.  People were emotional, instead of trying to calm passions, union leadership did everything they could to stoke the fires of hatred.
  7. School Choice.  Yet another public employee union low was reached when the Madison Teachers Union blocked a charter school initiative by the Urban League of Greater Madison.  Despite the utter failure of Madison schools on minority graduation rates and despite the Urban League initially agreeing that Madison Preparatory Academy would have union teachers, the union forced the school board to deny funding.  Any threat to the mother ship of public education and funneling of union dues for the Democrat Party must be crushed.  After all they must have reasoned, the disadvantaged kids can still get their G.E.D. in the army or in prison.
  8. The list could go on and on, but this blog is long enough.  There is not one item on the radical liberal agenda that our public employee union leadership does not support.   If the public employee unions would remove their overpaid liberal leadership and go back to focusing on their members’ wages and working conditions, maybe some of us can return to the fold.

In conclusion, I was very pleased in seeing almost 40% of union members in Wisconsin agreeing with me.  Unions can be good in protecting employee rights and increasing employee wages.  But, if the price is destroying unborn babies’ lives, ensuring minority children do not have the same education choice that children of well to do parents have and wrecking the economy of the United States, it is not worth the cost.    So Ed, now you know, thanks for asking.

 
LIBERTYVENTION Set to Launch on June 15th and 16th in Wisconsin Rapids
Written by Kirsten   
Saturday, 09 June 2012 01:54

Now that the recalls are over, it's time to change gears a bit. There's no better place to do that than the LibertyVention conference (full-sized flier) taking place June 15th and 16th in Wisconsin Radids.

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After a very long year, the weekend event is designed to give any and all Wisconsin patriots a chance to learn, network, strategize...and just plain enjoy themselves.  The Wisconsin 9/12 Project is proud to co-host the event, along with Un-Infringed Liberty, the Northwoods Patriots, and Wausau Tea Party. 

While the entire event has been organized by the local groups mentioned above, a number of larger organizations have graciously offered various types of assistance to make it a success. Major thanks go out, in particular, to American Majoritythe Leadership InstituteTea Party Patriots, Americans for Prosperity, and the John Birch Society.

 
A Glimpse into Our Orwellian Future
Written by Isaac Parker   
Saturday, 02 June 2012 10:33

Outrage, is how I feel.  In a sign of our Orwellian future, an 8 ½ x 11 mailing arrived on Friday, from the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund, a Democrat/union front group.   On it there's a table consisting of five columns, with the headers: Name, Address, Nov '08, Nov '10, and June 5th. Within the table the name and address of a family member appears prominently at the top of a list that also shows the names and addresses of 12 other people on our street.  Below the November 2008 and 2010 columns, it says VOTED for each individual, except for one neighbor, who did not vote in one of the elections.  The June 5th column is, of course, still blank.  This mailing did not arrive in a sealed envelope; instead it’s a large postcard, readily available for any and all to see who voted and who did not.  The section above the table contains the ominous wording; ‘Who votes is public record!” and then, at the end, “After the June 5th election, public records will tell everyone who voted and who didn’t.”  The meaning is quite clear and threatening - we don’t know who you voted for, but if you didn’t vote, we know you did not support Tom Barrett.  The message ends with ‘Do your civic duty – vote.”  They might have well said “Do your civic duty, Comrade – vote.”

"Something wicked this way comes": Fascism in the form of Democrat Party brown shirt tactics arrive in Wisconsin.  Not only will your liberal neighbors know you did not bother to cast a vote for Tom Barrett, your union coworkers will know as well.   Your friendly neighborhood union thugs will know, too; expect them to visit you soon.

Defeat Tom Barrett, the Democrat Party, and the union thugs on June 5th; or accept the fact that you’ll live under their yoke and their taxes for a generation.  Maybe far more than a generation, as history shows that when freedom goes away, it does not come back soon or easily.

For any union thugs reading this article, don’t worry.  I’ll be voting on June 5th, only not for Tom Barrett.

 

 
We All Save With Act 10!
Written by Jeff Horn   
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 00:06

When it comes to Act 10 almost everyone has an opinion.  For most people, the side of the issue they come down on is primarily a pocket book issue.  Many public employees are being asked to pay for a small portion of their health insurance and pensions.  Many tax payers stand to reap significant savings on their property tax bills.  Unions stand to lose millions in membership dues and insurance premiums.  School districts and municipalities stand to save millions benefits and at the same time have improved options for retaining their best employees.

We've all seen the "It's Working" commercials by the Walker campaign, which relate stories about how individual school districts have saved millions due to Act 10's reforms.  Until now, however, we haven't been able to see just how much we are saving personally due to Act 10.

Now there is a unique website which will ask you for some basic information about yourself and then let you know how much money you save due to Scott Walker's Act 10.  Knowing the amount that you personally are saving due to Act 10 really brings home the power of this important legislation.

Just go to: http://iSaveWithAct10.com and enter your county, your city/town/village, and your assessed property value and you can see a breakdown of exactly how much you personally save due to Act 10 and exactly which taxes are impacted.

This is a valuable tool to share with your friends, family, and neighbors.  Since this is truly a pocketbook issue, letting people know how it affects their pocketbooks can move people to get off their butts and VOTE out of enlightened self-interest.

Because of this, many conservative grassroots groups around Wisconsin have dubbed June 1-5 "We Save With Act 10 Weekend".  To participate, download the PDF at:http://isavewithact10.com/Downloads/SharingAct10.pdf

Simply fill out 10 names of people who you know that are on the fence with respect to the recall.  No use preaching to the choir here!  Then use the links in the documents to find their savings and contact them with the good news!

In the next 5 months we are facing what will likely be the two most consequential elections of our lifetimes.  The June 5th recall election will determine whether politicians will act with necessary courage to make tough decisions for a generation.  It's time for YOU to COMMIT and get the word out.  ISaveWithAct10.com is a fantastic tool that will help you do just that.  Are you up for the challenge?  Then roll up your sleaves, dig in, and let everyone you know hear the good news about Act 10 and Scott Walker.  If not now, when? If not us, who?

 
Wisconsin Election Observer Training
Written by Jackie   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:45

On Tuesday, June 5th, Wisconsin citizens will cast votes to determine their state's future.

Do you live in Wisconsin?

Are you ready to take a stand for free and fair elections?

A statewide effort has been organized to help ensure the integrity of the recall election on June 5th. Please Volunteer to be Trained as an Election Observer at the Polls.  TRUE THE VOTE worked with Wisconsinto VERIFY THE RECALL.

See list of times and locations below.

 Saturday, May 19, 2012

There will be one two-hour training session at each of the following locations:

Appleton 9 a.m.
Wausau 9 a.m.
Eau Claire 10 a.m.
Kenosha 10 a.m.
Madison 10 a.m.
Racine 10 a.m.
Waukesha 12:30 p.m.
La Crosse 4:00 p.m.
Please click on the graphic above to find out more and to register!
We hope that you'll attend as we all work to ensure the integrity of each vote cast in Wisconsin!!
 
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