20 thoughts on “My Most Succinct Post Ever: A Picture is Worth…

  1. Chris says:

    I’m sorta confused. Government telling me I have to buy health insurance (from private carriers) is tyranny but government taking away my collective bargaining rights is fiscally responsible?

    1. Erik Peterson says:

      Sure…that’s probably fair game also insofar as it’s something that would appear on a protest sign.

      But it follows that the self satisfaction that comes from creating such a juxtaposition should really be in question.

      It ain’t even apples / orange yet. Start by comparing tyranny or by comparing fiscal responsibility. Pick one.

  2. Joe Loveland says:

    I like to think of that fist as coming down on Packer fans who are still pickled and talking smack a month after the Super Bowl is over.

  3. Newt says:

    The democratic process, Democrat style …

    Democrat urges unions to ‘get a little bloody when necessary’

    By Michael O’Brien – 02/23/11 07:57 AM ET

    Sometimes it’s necessary to get out on the streets and “get a little bloody,” a Massachusetts Democrat said Tuesday in reference to labor battles in Wisconsin.

    Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) fired up a group of union members in Boston with a speech urging them to work down in the trenches to fend off limits to workers’ rights like those proposed in Wisconsin.

    1. Jim Leinfelder says:

      It’s usually been labor that ends up “get[ting] a little bloody,” Newt. When the Mpls cops opened up on unarmed Teamsters in what is now called, Mpls’s North Loop, in 1934, a short walk from the new Twins ballpark, two union leaders were killed and Gov. Olson had to declare martial law and call out the National Guard. I took those quotes to mean that Labor has to be ready to suffer some bloodying (literal or figurative) at the hands of those who seek to break them. It’s ever been thus.

    2. PM says:

      Democratic process, Republican style….
      http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/23/official-use-ammo/

      “Cox remained steadfast in his position that the protestors should be killed when confronted on Twitter by Mother Jones’ Adam Weinstein, writing that “against thugs physically threatening legally-elected state legislators & governor? You’re damn right I advocate deadly force.” (There have been no reports that the protestors have physically threatened any elected officials).”

      Festus has a different citation to the same information.

      Seems lots of people are getting a little hot under the collar–but the protestors in madison are an exception.

  4. Newt says:

    Who would have thought that so-called “union rights” would be invoked to support retirement at 55 at 75% of highest salary, fully paid healthcare for people doing teaching in air conditioned offices, for a 9-month work year, at salaries in excess of $75K?

    Samuel Gompers is rolling over in his grave. At least he represented downtrodden laborers.

    1. Jim Leinfelder says:

      The unions say they’re willing to accept the cuts the Governor wants, just not the loss of their rights to collectively negotiate. Seems reasonable.

    2. PM says:

      Newt:

      the Wisconsin teachers have already agreed to all of the economic concessions that Gov. walker has asked of them. This is no longer about economics or state budgets.

      It is all about the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions.

    3. Newt says:

      WI teachers are finally negotiating because they bankrupted the state. The candy jar is empty.

      Walker is merely de-fanging the cobra so it doesn’t happen again.

      Chalk one up for the taxpayer who is getting bent over at every turn.

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