And in Indiana...

Ohio passed a bill ultimately stripping cops, teachers and firefighters of their collective bargaining rights and will probably lean towards privatizing their schools in time. OK we saw this coming but the way it came to be is a wee bit on the shameful side. While the bill was in two committees there weren’t enough Republican votes to get it out of the committees. So in one committee a Republican legislator who opposed the bill was replaced by one that did and the bill passed out of committee. OK. Bad enough. However the same thing happened in another committee; same activity same result. The bill then made it to the floor of the state senate and passed by one vote with several Republicans crossing the aisle to vote against it. It will be signed into law by John Kasich. It is Republican class warfare with a corporate agenda and I think the wrong fight for them. Democrats (and average Americans) have finally realized why they exist as a party. Hence the protests. They have found their voice and can run with it. Republicans are tone-deaf. One of the many reasons Ohio is in deep financial do-do is that several years ago they abolished the income taxes for corporations. So the Republican lawmakers choose to go after the Unions. Makes sense huh? Most thinking Americans are beginning to wake up and see the value in Unions and support collective bargaining in spite of Bill O’Reilly’s rather uneducated parsing of the New York Times’s poll of random people in Wisconsin. He doesn’t seem to understand the word “random.” And as the majority of Americans say they oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions are also against cutting the pay or benefits of public workers to reduce state budget deficits. Americans oppose weakening the bargaining rights of public employee unions by a margin of nearly two to one: 60 percent to 33 percent. Now, O’Reilly poses that if you lop off 20% of the responses because the houses polled have/had a union member then the poll is changed significantly in favor of removing these labor rights from the state’s workers. Well Bill this isn’t the Rasmussen poll which was way skewed in the questions asked. No, this is a real random poll. I suppose you would propose in a poll whether or not Obama is doing a good job that we not ask people who either voted for him in 2008 or like him. That would make Fox’s (and your show) life much easier, wouldn’t it. Wait, there’s more… While protesters where in court to get an injunction to allow them to enter the Capitol building in Madison, Governor Walker was laying out his budget plan. He didn’t mention Union or collective or even bargaining or collective bargaining together. But…let the corporate take-over of Wisconsin begin with the privatization of education. It’s gotta be them damn Union people and their damn pensions that the tax-payers are paying for! What?, the union workers are paying their own pensions that are not extras in their pay check but is deducted from their paychecks? How come we think it is an”extra?”

 

In today’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll some interesting things have filtered out: 81% want to tax millionaires fairly; 68% want to scrap the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans; 74% think we should dump the oil/gas tax breaks; and 77% believe we should hold onto collective bargaining for public sector workers. I wonder if this poll was random. Jennifer Brunner, a lawyer and former Ohio secretary of state, said in a posting on her Facebook page this week nicely summed up what she believed was happening in Ohio (and other states, like Wisconsin). “A dozen cookies are put down in front of a C.E.O., a union member and a Tea Partier,” she said. “The C.E.O. takes 11. Then he says to the Tea Partier, ‘That union guy wants yours.’ ”

and so it goes…