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  •  Time to re-up ACLU membership. This is one (30+ / 0-)

    cause we cannot afford to lose. Losing the right to publically petition elected government, with free speech and free assembly and freedom from unreasonable search & seizure, is losing our Democracy at it's most basic root level.

    Of course, it's logical following Walker's New Rules aimed at precluding unions from forming, from being able to collect dues, from assembling peacibly and picket, or being able to negotiate with governmental (and private) employers regarding working conditions, benefits and pay. Strangely, inspite of Walker's big promises about his Act 10's impacts (as essential 'tools') attracting business from around the globe, WI is now at the rear of the pack in regards to economic recovery and job growth, compared to other states. Scott Walker and Rick Perry (R-TX Gov) have certainly tried to poach, er, attract businesses from other states, but oddly, that's not really working so well for them, or us.

    When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

    by antirove on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:43:27 PM PST

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    •  My giving falls heavily in the animal protection (14+ / 0-)

      areas, but the ACLU is going to be getting a chunk.  I think it's about our only hope in many areas - and then only if Obama's able to balance the S CT a bit during his second term - or we hold onto the White House in 2016.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:29:19 PM PST

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    •  ...and WI has now entered the Top 10 States that (15+ / 0-)

      people are leaving!  Every teacher I know whose children have teaching degrees have strongly suggested applying for teaching jobs in MN.

      Our local paper (the Walker Rag) lamented about Wisconsin's aging population...why would young people who value education for their children and a functioning body politic stay?!?  My own children who used to talk of returning to WI to raise children are appalled at what has and is happening in their home state.  They will not be making career sacrifices to raise their children here...sigh!  

      Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

      by ranton on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:00:47 PM PST

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      •  I suspect the aging folks won't be wanting to (7+ / 0-)

        hang around in WI either, if they can help it.

        When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

        by antirove on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:42:47 PM PST

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      •  On top of that, students who (1+ / 0-)
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        attend the state university system no longer have any incentive to stick around.  When I attended, 70% of the costs were paid by the state - a great incentive to stick around as a taxpayer and pay back the state for your education.  

        Today, students bear 70% (and rising) of the costs, leave college with a mountain of debt, and need jobs that pay enough to support them and pay off their loans.  Those jobs aren't in Wisconsin (particularly teaching or any civil service position) and the Walker budget has ensured that jobs will continue to drain away from Wisconsin.  We'll be left with low wage, no benefit "employment opportunities" so the millionaires, billionaires, and corporations can benefit while the middle class is destroyed.

        And if the GOP plan to strip away environmental regulations and permit pipelines and open pit mines galore, we're well on our way to becoming a midwestern version of China complete with a hungry low wage no benefits work force for business to exploit.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 09:36:47 AM PST

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