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Hillary’s thugs

Posted by Charles II on February 17, 2011

Bob Parry has the story of how 71-year old Ray McGovern, a veteran and a retired CIA analysts, was roughed up by “security agents” “protecting” Hillary Clinton from seeing a purely peaceful, silent protest… as she delivered a speech on Egypt. She is impervious to the irony.

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ALEC: The Shadowy Elites Behind Scott Walker and the WI GOP

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 17, 2011

David Dayen has the scoop:

Wisconsin has become the critical start point for a much broader assault on worker’s rights and unions. Ohio has seen similar protests over a very similar bill. And states like Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New Mexico are considering additional limits on public employee rights, though not to the extent of Ohio and Wisconsin.

The origins, as I wrote about Monday, come from ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a key driver in the conservative movement. One reason why you see similar bills from Republicans pop up in multiple states is ALEC, which pushes an agenda for state legislators to pick up and run with. We know that ALEC brought together Walker and southern state Governors after the elections to discuss so-called “right-to-work” legislation. We know that ALEC commended Walker for his first successful piece of legislation, the bill slashing business taxes that created the budget deficit which he is now exploiting to take away public employee rights. They are basically behind all of this.

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Wisconsin News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 17, 2011

Photo by Lost Albatross (Emily Mills) on Flickr's Creative Commons


More on the Wisconsin protests:

— From HuffPo (with pictures)

More from HuffPo (this on the backlash Walker and the Republicans are facing)

WDIO.com (Hubbard-owned station in Duluth, MN-Superior, WI) coverage

Examiner.com on how FOX News is lying about the protests

StudentActivism.net covers the protests.

— FDL: President Obama correctly calls Walker’s and WI GOP’s actions “an assault on unions.” This is especially true since, by making all sorts of giveaways to his rich buddies, Walker created the budget problem he’s now claiming that only union-busting will solve.

More as I find them.

(Crossposted at Renaissance Post.)

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GOPs, DINOs Gutting Regulations Gutted The Middle Class

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 17, 2011

The willful destruction of America’s middle class has finally become news where most Americans might have a chance of seeing it:

In 1988, the income of an average American taxpayer was $33,400, adjusted for inflation. Fast forward 20 years, and not much had changed: The average income was still just $33,000 in 2008, according to IRS data.

Meanwhile, the richest 1% of Americans — those making $380,000 or more — have seen their incomes grow 33% over the last 20 years, leaving average Americans in the dust…

What happened? The war on unions, the war on regulations, and the war on the workplace (aka globalization, the CEOs God-given right to screw the American worker and get tax breaks for doing so).

Any chance the rich might take their feet off our necks anytime soon? Not that I can see — unless we make them.

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GOP Job Counter Still Sitting At Zero

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 17, 2011

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