Wisconsin On Fire

 

Wisconsin On Fire!

 

Its been a long cold winter here in Wisconsin, but we are not feeling the below zero temps or the blinding snow. All across the great state of Wisconsin people are on FIRE! It started with the Packers winning the Super Bowl, (without that idiot Brett) and ignited with masses of people in Madison fighting for a way of life that is slowly slipping from their grasp.

 

Sure, I know what you are thinking, that these people should be happy to even have a job and benefits, any kind of benefits at all, when so many other people across America are losing their jobs. And, I have to say, I agree, anyone out there with any kind of a job at all should be grateful. When workers are asked to take a cut in pay, or to pay for some of their own benefits, most will understand that times are tough and they have to work with management so that their company or business stays profitable for all. And, make no mistake about it, businesses are bankrupting left and right.

 

Last night the bill went through to take away the state workers rights to collective bargaining, and many people feel like the labor movement went back a couple of hundred years, and in many ways that is true. To not have a voice, or the right to negotiate is simply barbarian in many ways. Many people are asking “What’s next?”

 

Wisconsinites are almost evenly divided on both sides. While union workers feel as if they should continue getting a bigger and better wage and benefit package to keep up with the cost of living, just as many other Wisconsinites feel that we have to do something about that 3.6 billion dollar debt that is looming like a big hungry beast in the distance, ready to swallow us all. It seems there is little middle ground. The only thing everyone can agree on is the putrid smell wafting from the rotunda of the capital building. Everyone I talked to agreed that it smells like very old stinky cheese, an appropriate odor for the Wisconsin cheese heads! LOL!

 

What if both sides were wrong? Why does it have to be either/or?

 

The Republicans should find out why we are 3.6 billion dollars in debt before they started all this trouble. Where did all that money go?  What can we do in the future to make sure that we never go down the DEBT road again? Of course, they would point the finger at the Democrats, the same old story again.

 

As far as the state workers are concerned, they should know that a great deal of their union dues go to the Democratic party. Is that right? After all the union money given to the Democrats they should have bent over backwards to keep American companies from moving overseas. Millions of jobs are now overseas because American workers demanded their rights. Where are those workers now? Are they living in a cardboard box somewhere? 

 

 The problem with career politicians is they are so focused on getting reelected that they no longer serve the best interests of the people. They serve the best interests of those who donate the biggest contributions.

 

I think what we call “politics” in America needs a complete revision. Something stinks to high heaven in Wisconsin, and its not just the cheese.

 

I am happy Wisconsin is on fire. Just stick around, you ain’t seen nothing yet! This is just the beginning!

 

 

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phillip goodson 5 years ago

That was a refreshing point of view on the whole wisconsin mess. Although I am firmly on the side of the Unions and the working class people there, like you I wonder where the money went in the first place. I would like to see a team of forensic accountants go through the books and see what they come up with.


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

Mag, Well done! I can tell you what the union thing has done to me in Illinois. In order to pay for all this union crap, our wonderful idiot governoer Quinn raised may of our taxes.

I was notified today by Amazon, that they have to discontinue any Amazon Affiliate in Illinois on 4/15/11. This is due to our wonderful governor raising taxes. Jobs will continue to leave our state, get ready Wisconsin! H


dreamreachout 5 years ago

Magzz, you have highlighted the gravest problem the people of your state are facing!! My deep concern and sympathy for them all!!


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sir slave 5 years ago from Trinity county CA.

thank you for saying a kind word in favor of collective bargaining. Unfortunaly there are other bills in other states that attack our democracy directly. there is one in michigan which seeks to give the govenor and legislature the power to liquidate locally elected govenments when THEY determine there is a fiscal crisis.

I ve seen polls from your state that indicate that once people became aware of the full extent of the debate(fight) they chose to side with unions about 58 to 42.

Walker faces a recall and so do many of the narrowlly elected republican state assembly people. picking this fight is likely to help elect democrats in Wisconsin including re-electing the president. Many moderate republicans from other regions are siding with the protesters because they are smart enough to see this is a huge power grab....the tea party govs chose abolishing collective bargaining and repealing the 17th amendment as their big fights to "take back America"??

what a delusional bunch!


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

Great hub! I guess I should pay more attention to the news for I was not aware of this latest development! At least not to the point you say it has reached!


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Joshua Kell 5 years ago from Arizona

Great Hub.


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A M Werner 5 years ago from West Allis

You are correct on many points. The whole system is screwed up. I hear all this talk and worry about big money from unions being poured into Democrats pockets for elections, which supposedly turns their ways of voting for certain bills and yet, few seem to want to acknowledge the same problem when big business pours money into a Republicans pockets to get bills passed for their businesses. All this finger pointing is straight up hypocrisy because both sides are doing it and both sides share the blame equally. And the saddest part of it all, is that the American people really don't have any other choice but these two corrupted "partys" because even the occasional independent will hardly make a dent. How many want to bite and eat an apple a worm has infested? Do we pick off the tainted parts and keep it, or do we throw the whole apple out and get a new one. Peace


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

A flaw in the union argument is that they pretend to be for worker while they are after union power. I remember working for the state of Minnesota years ago in a lowly job of custodian. When approached to join the union I opted out. then when I got my paycheck, there was a deduction. Apparently I could opt out of the union but not out of paying for it. The workeer alos has no say to the fact that the unions contribute heavily to the democrat party.


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magnoliazz 5 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Hello Dahoglund! Thanks so much for this comment, I agree with you. The unions are corrupt and greedy too, and the worker gets the short end of the stick once again. I worked at plenty of places that were a closed shop, meaning you had to join the union or you were out of a job. Its just not right, you should have a choice. A worker also has no choice about what is done with their union dues. Is that right?


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lobonorth 5 years ago

I enjoyed the article. It's always interesting to hear what folk in Wisconsin think about what's going on. I agree that many people are getting to the point where they view politicians from both parties as being part of the problem rather than the solution.


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

I enjoyed reading this hub & I wish you only the best.

Thanks for posting it


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David Warren 5 years ago from Nevada

Great writing! It's comforting to know there are people with common sense still. I agree 100% that we need to go in a better direction than either of the two big parties.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Great hub.


Lone Ranger 5 years ago

Magnoliazz, my precious flower, great article! I need to mention, however, that all your travails in Wisconsin are part of the master plan. There is plenty of money still in America, but the only question is who is getting it and why.

What we have here is a grab from non elected leaders to consolidate wealth and power for those within the circle of power which encompasses the social elite. The more worker's rights go down in flames and the more benefits and wages plummet, the more greedy corporations and government entities get to keep for themselves.

This truly is shaping up to be class warfare; where the rich and powerful want to be even more rich and powerful and to help things along they are lining up all their big guns for the showdown.

This is not just about collective bargaining or unions, it's about reshaping class structure and consolidating power. The less money you have, the less power you have, because, as they say, "money is power". If you aren't willing to work for what they want and do what they want, they have 50 million Mexicans who will.

They know Americans are likely to go on strike, so these Mexicans and Latinos from South America and Central America have been brought in to work as "SCABS". As they say, "The show must go on". But, unfortunately, it will go on without many of us, because we will not dance to the beat of their drums. Too bad we have a standing army sitting between us and Washington D.C., because, as Ben Franklin said, "Sometimes a little revolution is a good thing."

So, where did all the money go? Let us just say that it has been reinvested in those who are of superior stock and more deserving of it than the average run-of-the mill American.

Perhaps a trip back into yester-year will add a little clarity. Does anyone remember the speech Donald Rumsfeld gave on September 10, 2001? That's right, the speech the day before 9/11. Rummy declared a "war on waste" and confessed that the Feds lost 3 trillion of our tax dollars and didn't know where it went. Can you say "embezzlement"?

No one remembers that the Feds stole or redirected 3 trillion dollars away from America, and lucky for them we had those silly little planes flying into the trade center to distract us from the sour message the night before. I, for one, do not think the events of 9/11 falling on the following day was coincidental. Let us just say that it was impeccable timing.

I am inclined to believe it was the biggest bank heist in human history and the diversion was a couple tall buildings going up in smoke. What? You don't think that our government would do such a thing? Please read about "Operation Northwoods" back in 1962, and I promise you will never see the American government the same way again or at least you will see them for what they really are.

What is happening to many states is just a small microcosm of what has already happened at the national level. How fortunate for our government that the memory of the masses has faltered. Or said another way, "How fortunate for leaders that men do not think." - Adolf Hitler

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