Rush Limbaugh Calls Wisconsin Schoolteachers “Parasites”
Aired Thursday morning: “All the parasites of government are now coming out of the woodwork — and that’s exactly what they are, parasites.”
Average Wisconsin public schoolteacher’s salary: $47,602.
Rush Limbaugh’s minimum annual salary: $38,000,000, plus a $100,000,000 bonus.
And the Dittoheads, sitting in their trucks listening to Rush, with their 1,000 yard glassy-eyed stares, nod slowly.
For Rush’s ever-loyal audience, the meaning of patriotism shifts again — the “Us” and the “Them” — because unionized workers, like firefighters, cops and teachers are now “parasites.”
Koch Industries, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and the labor unions →
It’s not for nothing that Koch Industries was one of Governor Walker’s biggest campaign contributors last year. And it’s no coincidence that “Tea party counter protesters” have been bussed into Wisconsin’s capital today. These counter protesters could also be called the “I stand with Scott Walker,” Koch funded astroturf, K Street pros.
Koch Industries has a lot at stake with Scott Walker. And Walker aims to deliver what they paid for:
It’s important that people understand this: This is a fight Gov. Walker picked for the specific purpose of breaking the unions. Wisconsin had a surplus, and as soon as he was sworn in, Walker gave it away to special interests in order to put the state into deficit. Is it a coincidence that every Republican governor is suddenly going after the unions and the pensions? Is it simply bubbling up from the ground for no special reason? Hell, no. – Republican Governor Deliberately Spent Wisconsin Surplus To Pick Fight With Unions
And there’s this:
Koch Industries Slashed WI Jobs, Helped Elect Scott Walker, Now Orchestrating Pro-Walker Protest
Koch Industries is a major player in Wisconsin: Koch owns a coal company subsidiary with facilities in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Ashland and Sheboygan; six timber plants throughout the state; and a large network of pipelines in Wisconsin. While Koch controls much of the infrastructure in the state, they have laid off workers to boost profits. At a time when Koch Industries owners David and Charles Koch awarded themselves an extra $11 billion of income from the company, Koch slashed jobs at their Green Bay plant…
[…] Koch Industries was one of the biggest contributors to Walker’s gubernatorial campaign, funneling $43,000 over the course of last year. In return, Koch front groups are closely guiding the Walker agenda. The American Legislative Exchange Council, another Koch-funded group, advised Walker and the GOP legislature on its anti-labor legislation and its first corporate tax cuts.
According to the EPA, Koch businesses are huge polluters, emitting thousands of pounds of toxic pollutants. As soon as he got into office Walker started cutting environmental regulations and appointed a Republican known for her disregard for environmental regulations to lead the Department of Natural Resources. In addition, Walker has stated his opposition to clean energy jobs policies that might draw workers away from Koch-owned interests.
Mapping the demise of the American middle-class →
#collective bargaining rights by state
#right to unionize states
#right to work states
#theft of labor
Josh Marshall created a map of collective bargaining rights by state:
Dennis G. at Balloon Juice offers a map of Right to Work States (in red) and Right to Unionize States (in blue), and adds something I completely agree with:
When all the States turn from Blue to Red, then the Middle Class in America will be gone. It will be over. The Government will be organized to promote and support the theft of Labor by the elites just as the government of the Confederate States of America was organized.
150 years ago we fought a Civil War over the question of the theft of labor. Now the
Republican Confederate Party and their shock troops of TeaBagger simpletons seek a new battle over the theft of labor. I say we give it to them.
Just so we’re clear on what’s been happening since Ronald Reagan was president, let’s take another look at a chart that perfectly illustrates what Robert Reich calls “The Republican Strategy,” which is – in part:
The Republican strategy is to split the vast middle and working class – pitting unionized workers against non-unionized, public-sector workers against non-public, older workers within sight of Medicare and Social Security against younger workers who don’t believe these programs will be there for them, and the poor against the working middle class.
By splitting working America along these lines, Republicans hope to deflect attention from the big story. That’s the increasing share of total income and wealth going to the richest 1 percent while the jobs and wages of everyone else languish.
Finally, consider what’s been happening in Wisconsin this past week and try (I dare you!) to explain how the “teabagger simpletons” aren’t constantly protesting, arguing and voting against their own economic self-interests. Worse, they’re taking everyone else down with them.
Want to attend a solidarity action this week? See the list of participating events across the country. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Graphs: Wealth, taxes, federal tax revenue
From Mother Jones: It’s the Inequality, Stupid
A Harvard business prof and a behavioral economist recently asked more than 5,000 Americans how they thought wealth is distributed in the United States. Most thought that it’s more balanced than it actually is. Asked to choose their ideal distribution of wealth, 92% picked one that was even more equitable.
Hold on… a professor from Harvard? Obviously he interviewed 5,000 of his fellow socialists.
But seriously, if the GOP-Teaparty succeeds in busting up the collective bargaining rights of organized labor, and if the extension of Bush’s tax cuts is never terminated, that yellow line above will run right over everyone else — goodbye middle-class. And the wealthiest 20% with their GOP-Teaparty politicians will continue to fight to the death against returning to the Clinton-era tax rate (about 4% more – see below). Then even more federal programs and services will be cut, because the government can’t afford them in relation to the tax revenue it brings in.
And, most importantly, the working- and middle-class teabaggers will continue to support and vote for the GOP-Teaparty politicians, because gays want to get married and there’s a Muslim in the White House — they are Christian Patriots after all.
It’s not like they’re creating jobs…
Bernie Sanders has a great idea:
Under Sanders’ legislation, a 5.4 percent tax on income of more than $1 million a year would yield up to $50 billion annually for the U.S. Treasury.
The same legislation would end tax breaks for big oil and gas companies. That provision would yield about $3.5 billion a year in new revenue.
Sanders voted yesterday against a House-passed spending bill that slashed Head Start, Pell grants, community health centers, LIHEAP, the Social Security Administration and many other programs that are vitally important to millions of middle-class families.
“The Republicans wanted to move toward a balanced budget solely on the backs of the middle class and some of the most vulnerable people in this country, but didn’t ask the wealthiest people, who are becoming much wealthier, to contribute one penny in shared sacrifice.”
I don’t think it’s out of line to ask the wealthy to start contributing their fair share.They’ve been raking it in at the expense of everyone else for over a decade.
"We have this fantasy that our interests and the interests of the super rich are the same. Like somehow the rich will eventually get so full that they’ll explode. And the candy will rain down on the rest of us. Like there’s some kind of pinata of benevolence. But here’s the thing about a pinata: it doesn’t open on it’s own. You have to beat it with a stick."