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Why aren’t we trying to bust corporations?

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I’ll make you a deal……I’ll agree to union busting if you agree to help end corporations.

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For all those out there cheering the union busting, where was your bravado, your passion, when Wall Street and the gangster banksters were robbing the American taxpayer and bringing the country to the edge of collapse with their corruption? I’ll tell you where you were…..you were sitting at home with your mouth shut. If you did speak it was to support the corporate overthrow of our government and our Republic. You are the same people who think a global economy is going to make you rich, and who parroted the neo-con mantra of “it ain’t fair to tax the rich” and how terrible it was to tax corporations who are registering the highest profits in recorded history while we foot the bill for subsidies, tax credits and the loss of wage protecting tariffs in all those unlawful trade agreements that serve to bankrupt economies around the world.

What we are witnessing is not only the wholesale deconstruction of our economy, but also the wage base that has secured a healthy middle class. Paramount to ending the middle class is to end workers rights. The right of workers to collectively bargain for benefits and wages helped maintain competitive wages across the board. Whether we belonged to a union or not, we benefited from them as businesses had to pay a fair wage in order to compete for the best workers.

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Wisconsin under Siege

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Paul Griepentrog ________________________________________________

Despite not being a Republican I am often invited to the functions, like the Price County Presidents Day Dinner.  I enjoy the opportunity to converse with elected officials, but the union reich was present with their protesters and attempted to violate my right to be secure in my person by taking my picture, my wife held her hand over the camera and the lady stated she had a right to take pictures, undoubtedly to use for future retaliation.  Four police officers were present to protect meeting attendees. 

I was disappointed that my state representative, Mary Williams, was told not to appear because of security issues regarding threats to her, her daughter, a teacher, and granddaughter in grade school.  The union storm troopers even protested at the restaurant owned by Mary and her husband Al, in Medford WI. 

My state senator Pam Galloway was in attendance and indicated she was going to initiate an investigation regarding the doctor at the capitol writing medical excuses for teachers missing school on national television, in conjunction with the Department of Justice and State Licensing Board.  Pam had to leave early under police escort for her protection. 

Keynote speaker was the congress member for this district, Sean Duffy having defeated Dave Obey in the fall election.  He proceeded to go into self praising diatribe about his votes regarding budget cuts.  I questioned him regarding why the USDA requested 14.2 million for the Animal Traceability Program which the USDA had rolled NAIS program into on the Federal Register by sleight of hand and that it had been defunded by the previous congress and ruled by the judiciary as having no benefit for animal disease control. He went blank and responded that it was good constituents brought these issues to his attention. DUH 

The attendance was bigger than ever with many non members present from even two counties away to show support for Governor Walker’s proposal despite the attempt by protesters to park all the stalls full. 

In my opinion the justification that union members are only doing what they have to doesn’t hold water, when they threaten legislators and their families they have gone too far.  There is no reason to tolerate this type of behavior or allow these people to continue, their arrogant kind simply need to go.  No foreign terrorist group would be tolerated if conducting this type of activity.

Wisconsin: Tyrants All

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Paul Griepentrog _________________________________________________________

Having returned home early Thursday afternoon from her job down state, due to my illness, my wife arrived at the Emergency Room of the Howard Young Hospital.  The attendant at the desk called regarding my status and told my wife “I’m sorry; your husband is no longer with us.”  However reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated. 

We will be forced to pay for the treatment received out of our own pockets as we are without insurance.  A situation facilitated by increasing property taxes as a direct result of teacher retirement.  It seems as if the Park Falls school district failed to provide the necessary funds back in the eighties and now finds itself with a million dollar debt that it will be writing its own bond for.  When questioned as to the individuals responsible, we were informed that doesn’t matter.  This cover up was facilitated in part by none other than County Clerk Jean Gotwald serving in her capacity on the Chequamegon School District.  We were told the state employees union carried the debt for the failed payments and now we owe them principal and interest.   More

Do you want the federal government to run your local government?

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D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h

Should the federal government force your local government to unionize its police and firefighting employees? If you oppose this proposed new federal mandate please tell Congress that using our “cut regulations” campaign.

You can copy of borrow from my sample letter . . .

Please do not entangle us in more top-down federal regulation. Specifically, oppose the attempt to attach Amendment 4174 to the latest appropriations bill (H.R. 4899), or to any other bill for that matter.

This amendment would force local governments to unionize their police and firefighting employees. This is a decision that MUST be made by local ELECTED governments, and NOT by the increasingly dictatorial federal government.

I would add to this that the unionization of supposed public servants appears to be a real problem. Government employees seem to be looting the taxpayers they are supposed to serve. For instance, according to the New York Times:  More

A PETITION DEMANDING CERTAIN ACTIONS TO BE IMMEDIATELY TAKEN BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS”

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Contact:   Ron Ewart, President NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RURAL LANDOWNERS

P. O. Box 1031, Issaquah, WA  98027 4

25 222-4742 or 1 800 682-7848 (Fax No. 425 222-4743) Website: www.narlo.org

Whereas, Patrick Henry said:

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”  James Madison wrote: “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow.  For far too many decades, government, at all levels, operating almost virtually unrestrained by the constitution and lobbied by socialists, radical environmentalists, corporations, bankers, unions and foreigners, has far exceeded its constitutional authority and has continuously assaulted or taken away our constitutional, individual rights as regards the ownership of our land, as well as many other of our freedoms and liberties, as guaranteed and protected by the U. S. Constitution, and  More

An open letter to politicians & bureaucrats:

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  Author is unknown/annonymous.                                  September 1, 2009

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You say you can’t understand the anger and frustration of taxpaying citizen voters in this country, so you are reacting with “punching” back, or bewilderment, cowardice, or outrage.

You are so far removed from “ordinary” life you can’t understand why we ordinarily polite, mostly middleclass people are so angry. 

For generations we have treated you with respect, even when you betray us time and time again.  You steal our money, our freedoms, our futures, our Bill of Rights, our hopes and dreams and still think we should respect you?

For all the “Honorable’s”, pleases, begging, cajoling,  and polite acceptance of your cat of nine tails…what did it get us?  Only more, and more arrogance, corruption, rudeness, chicanery, brutality, and utter disregard for our wishes and well being.  While we were being polite and respectful you were busy weaving your protection racket scheme to cover each others’ rears, feather your nests, and keep us in the dark. More

Bailouts for trucking companies?

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D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h


Quote of the Day: “Security is mostly superstition.” — Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Subject: Bailouts for trucking companies?!!!

When we predict bad results from new government programs some people tell us our fears are exaggerated, or misinformed. It happened when we opposed the Iraq war with our “Truth About War” website, and dared to claim that Hussein had NO weapons of mass destruction.

But we were right.

Recently, many said we were wrong to oppose the TARP bailouts. It was a crisis after all. Sadly, our fear that TARP would be the proverbial camel’s nose in the tent, seems also to be coming true. Get this…

A trucking firm, YRC Worldwide, has applied for a TARP bailout (see the third item in this linked blog post).  

Will they get the $1 billion they’re asking for? Many say no, but we’re not so sure. Here’s why…

YRC’s problem is its union pensions, not its trucking business. The Wall Street Journal says “roughly half of YRC’s contributions to a multi-employer union pension fund cover the costs of retirees who never worked for the Overland Park, Kan., company.” This matters because…

The Democrats, like the Republicans, work for big special interests. Unions are among the most important clients Democratic politicians have. So you can expect the Democrats to bailout unions, just as the Republicans wanted to bailout banks.

We’re not taking sides. Many bad decisions have been made by all the BIGS — big business, big labor, and big government, but . . .

YOU shouldn’t have to pay for any of those mistakes! Instead…

The politicians need to let the bankruptcy process do its curative work. This process wouldn’t necessarily . . .

* Close a company or a union, or . . .
* Leave anyone holding an empty bag

The bankruptcy process works because it restructures payments and/or distributes assets to creditors in a fair manner. It also gives people an incentive to be careful in the future. 

Businesses and/or whole industries routinely survive bankruptcy to become stronger than before. This happens because the bankrupt companies improve or get purchased by better firms. For instance, as Professor Mark J. Perry points out on his excellent Carpe Diem blog . . .

564 American car makers have either failed or been purchased by other companies over the past 100 years. This process of supposed destruction has been highly creative, making the auto industry stronger, not weaker. Imagine where we’d be if these companies had been bailed out, or allowed to use tax money to avoid being purchased.  

Failure, mediated by the bankruptcy process, is an ESSENTIAL part of a vibrant healthy economy. We need to purge the toxins from our economy, not perpetuate them. We need to end TARP, and all other bailouts. Let’s cut off this camel’s nose before the whole beast comes in and topples the tent.

Please use DownsizeDC.org’s quick and easy Educate the Powerful System to tell your Congressional employees to oppose bailouts.

Use your personal comments to specifically oppose applying the TARP program to YRC Worldwide, and for TARP to be repealed.

Our goal this month is to pound Congress with  more than 31,730 messages. That means we must hit Congress with x,xxx messages today.

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Jim Babka, President
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