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Check out Blueprint for Victory: Republican Strategy for Breaking Unions

Check out Blueprint for Victory After Checking this out and view their web page, throw the trash out!!!!

What the Republican National Committee has authorized is Union busting and do what you will in the name of people.  And I do mean anything.

Consider this:  In Ohio The House passes tax break for oil, in spite of the pleadings of other industry groups. So you have to ask, How much do House GOP members love the petroleum industry?  So much so that they ignored the pleadings of several other industry groups opposed to a new tax break included in the transportation budget, which was passed by the Ohio House of Representatives today.  An amendment to remove the tax benefit and earmark the proceeds of the tax to public transit was defeated along party lines.

The letter signed by the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the Ohio Society of  CPA’s, the Ohio State Medical Association, and the Chemistry  Technology Council pleaded with House Speaker Batchelder to resist any attempts by special interests trying to get their product or service exempted from the Commercial Activity Tax [CAT].

They wrote:  As original proponents of the tax reform package in 2005, we have worked tirelessly to reiterate to lawmakers the importance of maintaining a broad-based tax code, with the lowest possible tax rate.

I can only say congratulations to the petroleum dealers.  There money was well spent. Their campaign donations paid off.

Consider this:  Foundry.org in an article this morning, the headline of which reads:  Government Unions Actually Campaign for Higher Taxes.  You must remember this is The RNC’s best friend.  Neoconservatives and the religious right.  Another article that the Foundry recommended:  Taxpayers Win in Wisconsin. This is the Wall Street Journal, owned by Rupert Murdock, the great unbiased newspaper and corporation in the entire world.  If I watched FOXnews, I would now be in intensive care.  Anyway, the article begins as follows:

Congratulations to Wisconsin Republicans, who held together this week to pass their government union reforms despite unprecedented acting out by Democrats and their union allies. Three weeks ago we described this battle as a foretaste of Greece come to America, but maybe there’s hope for taxpayers after all.

The good news is that Governor Scott Walkers’ reforms have been worth the fight on the policy merits.  The conventional media wisdom is that Mr Walker “overreached” by proposing limits on the ability of government unions to bargain collectively for benefits.

That neoconservatives and the religious right would compare the State of Wisconsin to a sovereign country Greece is ludicrous.  Backward Bachman tried to make the same analogy a few weeks ago and was laughed out of the room.  What the taxpayers won in Wisconsin is lower wages, higher cost for health benefits and disrespect.  But they voted for him and now they discovered that they along with other states that elected Republicans, were all lied to.  Just read the article at http://www.wjs.com.  Then throw out the trash.

Consider this:  Michigan bills to rein in Local Government.  What it really means is that they can dissolve local governments.  They can just fire anyone at will.  All for the greater good  The law expands state power over fiscally stressed local governments and gives emergency managers broader authority, including the ability to terminate labor contracts.  Under the law whole cities or school districts could be eliminated without any public participation or oversight and amendments designed to provide minimal safeguards and public involvement were voted down. According to the law, the governor will be able to declare “financial emergency” in towns or school districts and appoint someone to fire local elected officials, break contracts, seize and sell assets, and eliminate services.  Do we see a pattern here?  Eliminate unions.  Limit Democrats. They are manipulating concerns about budget difficulties to consolidate power by undermining unions.  It amounts to a takeover by the right-wing and it is an assault on democracy. What values, or the lack thereof, will guide these persons or firms as they work to balance budgets? How will a manager decide whether to sell off an ice rink or a library?  There is no real training, but you don’t really need education or training when all you want to do is fire everyone.

Their blueprint looks terrific, graphics are wonderful, they even talk a good game.  Still as you visit their website one of the most obvious, blatant signs is the donate now, help stop Obama and his union bosses.  The Blueprint for Victory is just a good Powerpoint presentation while their real purpose is union busting and convincing you to help them.

What Wisconsin has done is being copied in Ohio, Indiana and other states.  They may have won the battle in Wisconsin, but they will lose the war  They want to make you believe that the monopoly power of government unions can be broken.  They call it a rare victory for TAXPAYERS.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ohio Diary#5: Kasich “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.”

That is a direct quote from Kasich’s State of the State address.  He is right.

Although, the budget isn’t due out until March 15, The Dayton Daily News reported on the budget plan, according to proposals they obtained.  The article states that the proposed budget may call for selling of five prisons to private vendors, trimming money for children’s hospitals, drug courts and child care subsidies, and closing a youth prison.  His intention is to privatize prisons, which leads to job loss and profits.

Privatize is the key word here in Ohio.  Privatize prisons, schools and anything else he can think of for profits.  Deny you constituents their rights, deny them a decent wage, deny them health care, but we will make money on the backs of what will soon be the newly poor. Kasich also said in address.”Too much worrying about ourselves and our party and not enough about the folks who put us here.”  How true, how true.  It continues now.  They are thinking of so much and want to help us so much that their help requires stripping of us our rights.  Take away collective bargaining so they can dictate what happens to the workers.  Oh well, the referendum is coming.

And how about SB 5, the anti-collective bargaining bill?  Well, it seems that House is up to Senate’s shenanigans.  According to Ohio progressive blog Plunderbund reports that Republicans in the state House have now taken a pager from their Senate colleagues and are abruptly replacing a Republican on the House Labor committee in order to game the outcome of a vote on the same anti-union bill:

According to a house source, Republicans have on the first day of hearings replaced a member of the Commerce and Labor Committee in order to ensure passage of SB5. The makeup of the committee is 9-6 Republican.  There are two freshman on the committee and what they are apparently doing is letting one freshman vote no to avoid electoral fallout, but they can’t let two people vote no or SB5 will not make it out.

Ross W McGregor [OH-72] is being replaced by William P Coley, II [OH-55].

Republican have had to  replace nearly a third of their membership on the committee on the first day of hearing just to keep the bill alive.  Talk about rig the vote.!!!!

Since, Ross McGregor is my state representative, I decided to email him and my question was simple:  “Is this move to force off the committee legal.”Amazingly, I received an almost immediate response:

My decision to sand down as a member of the House Commerce and Labor committee was a mutually agreed upon decision and Speaker of the House William Batchelder.

As Chairman of the House Finance and Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, I have the responsibility of stewarding the State Transportation Budget [HGB 114] through the state legislature. …….Because of this commitment, Speaker Batchelder and I agreed that it would be in the best interest of the legislature if I would stand aside from the Commerce & Labor Committee while work on the budget continues. It would be a disservice to the citizens of the state of Ohio if I were to attempt to serve on both committees simultaneously…….

Update:  Another member has been removed from the committee:  Rep. Richard Adams [R-Troy] has also been replaced on the committee with Rep. Louis Blessing [R-Cincinnati].   This makes the email Rep McGregor sent me curious.  Now, did Rep. Adams also stand down because he was also on another committee and could not work on two?  All this is just too convenient.

De we not have recourse???? We do, we just have to begin.  We cannot allow Republicans to continue their, I will do what I want no matter the cost attitude.  It is time to expose these people to everyone.  Contact your newspapers, tv stations and radio and spread the word.  At http://www.bucyeyeinstitute.org, you can find the 2010 salaries of all the members of the Ohio house and senate. You can also find the yearly cost of supplying them health care and sick leave. Get that information out also.  If they want to cut our benefits, then they should start with their own. Shared Pain.

Update:  The Heartbeat Bill  HB125:  Today, “Trashed Fetus” to testify.  She survived her mother’s attempt to abort.  Her story may be compelling. But she was put up for adoption by her biological parents, was adopted, is trying to find her biological parents, and is successful human being  That notwithstanding, like the “fetus to testify” ploy, this is the Right’s attempt to say that adoption is a better alternative to abortion.  It will make those in committee cry.  But the truth is that all unwanted pregnancies do not end in adoption.  There just aren’t enough people to adopt and the process is simple too long and difficult.  But the absurd part of this is that they want the government to be in the doctor’s office, and tell a woman what she can do with her own body regardless of the circumstances.  They want small government, but instead they will make it big government.  Don’t let them take away women’s rights.  Throw the bums out.