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A Calculated Battle to Discredit Unions

Politico.com examines the behind the scene effort to take down public sector unions in Wisconsin.

The web story is long, but worth reading because it identifies groups who are influencing elected officials in Wisconsin and other states to reduce government salaries and benefits.

Think-tank groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council and Wisconsin’s MacIver Institute and Ohio’s Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions have received millions of dollars for their “doom and gloom” research warning lawmakers to control spending on workers’ benefits and pensions, etc.

The groups have depended on the generous support of billionaire brothers - Charles and David Koch, owners of Koch industries and other conservative donors and organizations.


Comments (3) -

  • Craig Russell (Crowley)

    2/28/2011 3:01:55 PM |

    People just don't get still! I mean really. "this was years in the making", "this was from conservative think tanks". Come on! When are you going to realize. It's not anybody special. It's everyhard working person that want to close the gaps on the deficits. And to do that spending has to be cut. LIKE for instance (and I know this is big one to wrap your heads around.) Government job! Let's say it together now. It does'nt take a genius to figure out that there us a problem. It's unsustainable, and we have to curtail it. You can't just go and print money. Oh wait... yes you can the fed does it already.
       It's so easy to just listen to one news reel or blog and attach some sort of stigma. Look at the bigger picture here. The is a real problem. we are in trouble and name calling isn't the way. We have been divided by union bosses, leftist news groups, republicans, democrats. Why are we so angry? They have separated us from our roots. Those of which include being frugal, charitable, honest, virtuous, and innovative. Government is not and will not EVER be these things. We must scale Gov't back so WE can be prosperous. If that takes layoffs. I will be the first to go and wash dishes because I am not too proud and after all,I'm American.

  • Craig Russell (Crowley)

    2/28/2011 3:45:10 PM |

    It's not fairness that forged this country it was diversity and adversity. Those of you who claim it's not fair. I don't think it was fair that out continental soldiers marched in the dead of winter without shoes. Hey...wait I've got it. We need to make a program that everybody get a pair of the same shoes. And when your old and retired you get free shoes for life!
      Guess who's payin for those millions of shoes.

  • Craig Russell (Crowley)

    3/6/2011 9:25:54 AM |

    Solidarity? AFL-CIO funds cop haters
    Friday, Mar 4, 2011 at 2:35 PM EST

    Glenn dedicated a whole show last night to showing the attitude of distrust being bred against police officers by a variety of leftist groups. On radio today, he talked more about the anti-cop curriculum being developed in New York State and funded by the AFL/CIO and some of the other proponents of an anti-police attitude.

    “This isn’t just a little thing that you need to make sure you know about. This attitude of distrusting police cost lives. It cost lives. People teach their children. They get this in their head that the police are against them, that they should be running away from them, treat them disrespectfully and all this stuff, and every time all of these terrible stories happen where someone innocent gets shot or a minor fraction, something happened with the cops, it’s because they’ve been taught their entire lives that the cops are against them. Why would we want to beat that into kids’ heads? It’s terrible,” Stu said.

    And what is in this new curriculum?

    “Here’s a part of this curriculum that the AFL/CIO through the NYSUT has published and put in schools for every schoolchild in New York state, AFL/CIO, gang. It is a whole book that has, you know, holds up Desmond TuTu and all kinds of heros who have spoken out in the face of power and then you have Van Jones, and one of the study things that they ask their kids to read is about Van Jones and it’s lessons from a killing, changing news coverage of police brutality in San Francisco by Van Jones. I’m going to read a little bit, ‘In the fall of ’96, San Francisco police review commission held hearings on the death of Aaron Williams, an African-American man suspected of a $50 pet store burglary that died in police custody. According to witnesses and police sources, a team of police led by Officer Mack repeatedly kicked Williams in the head and emptied three caps of pepper spray. Despite he was having trouble breathing, the police left him hog tied and gagged in the back of a police van where he died.’  I don’t know this story. But if this story happened the way Van Jones is describing it, it’s bad,” Glenn said.

    “Those police officers should have been prosecuted if it happened the way Van Jones, but that’s a huge, huge if. [Jones said] ‘My organization, Ella Baker Center of human rights for police watch followed this for two years.’  He goes on to talk about what the news report did and blah, blah what and teaching your kid how to organize and get into the news and change opinions in the news,” Glenn said.

    Glenn then adressed the cops who were being asked to stand in solidarity with people who are instituting this new curriculum. “I understand the idea of standing with people that disagree with you. There’s no problem with that. But not on major issues. Especially major issues concerning your job.”

    Glenn explained more about why police officers should be wary of standing with groups and movements organized by radicals on TV last night. Watch the video below for more from TV:

    Glenn continued on radio, “This curriculum has good things in it. However, you get to Van Jones where they urge kids to find out about Van Jones. I have been urging the press to find out about Van Jones for some time. He’s harmless. Sure, he’s a communist radical. Don’t worry about it. Don’t worry about it. He called for violent revolution and then when he shut down his organization STORM, it’s because he realized he couldn’t convince enough people with the language of Marxism to be able to go for a violent revolution. So they had to change from things like Cop Watch to the Ella Baker Center. They changed the radical pose for the radical ends because they knew they could scoop in a bunch of people.”

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