Ed Schultz and The Nation's John Nichols discussed the protests we're seeing in Wisconsin today that Karoli wrote about earlier. Even if you're not normally a fan of Ed Schultz's show, he's really been doing a good job this week with covering what's going on with these Republican governors like Scott Walker, John Kasich in Ohio and Chris Christie in New Jersey and their attacks on the public sector unions in their states.
And he's managed to do it without bringing in Ron Christie or Heidi Harris or some other right wing talker that I really don't care to watch Ed argue with.
Ed and John talked about this being the new Republican game plan and they're exactly right, if anyone thinks this isn't going to affect you as well, think again. If the Republicans succeed in destroying the public sector unions in these states, look for more of this all across the country. They want to break the backs of every union in the United States and the core of the Democratic donor base. And they're happy to destroy what's left of our economy while they're at it as well. Everyone needs to be showing solidarity with these workers and doing what you can to support them in their efforts.
Here's Nichols latest post on from The Nation on Gov. Walker's attack on the unions there -- A 'Dictator' Governor Sets Out to Cut Wages, Slash Benefits and Destroy Public Unions:
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to strip public employees of most collective bargaining rights, cut pay and gut benefits without any negotiation the most radical assault yet by the current crop of Republican governors on the rights of workers has inspired outrage in a historically progressive and pro-labor state.
With unions calling on members an allies to “fight back” against a “blatant power grab,” tensions are running so high that the governor, who took office in January, is threatening to call out the National Guard in case of industrial action by state, county and municipal employees. “Even if you don’t like unions,” says Rich Abelson, executive director of AFSCME Council 48, the union that represents Milwaukee County workers, “surely we all can agree that anti-freedom attacks that deny public employees the right to negotiate a fair contract…are outrageous and wrong.”
Even Republicans are unsettled, with a senior GOP legistator, state Senator Luther Olsen, describing the governor’s announcement a “radical” move that threatens “a lot of good working people.”
Walker never discussed ending collective bargaining during a campaign in which he promised to work across lines of partisanship and ideology to create jobs.
Much more there so go read the rest.