Scott Walker wins: Wisconsin Republicans through union-busting bill [UPDATE]

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Let the recall efforts begin.
Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly finally dropped all pretenses about Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting bill having anything to do with balancing the state's budget.

Wednesday night, with 14 Democrats still on the lam trying to block a vote, the Senate used a stealth move to strip all appropriations language out of the bill, leaving them free of quorum rules to vote on the rest of the measure--the part that neuters public employee unions.

There was no debate. The hack job took about 30 minutes to pass, 18-1. The bill went back to the Assembly, where it passed this afternoon, 53-42. [Update after the jump.]

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Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, right, tells Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, back to the camera, he's breaking the law.
Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.

All that talk about compromise earlier in the week proved to be just that--talk.

"To pass this the way they did--without 20 senators--is to say that it has no fiscal effect," Timothy Cullen, one of the Democratic senators holed up in Illinois, told the New York Times. "It's admitting that this is simply to destroy public unions."

Watch the video below. The rules change is announced by a tense Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald during a hastily called conference committee meeting in front of an army of reporters and photographers.

The chants of outside protesters rises in the background--thousands convened on the Capitol as news of the maneuver leaked out.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca presses the point that the Republican maneuver is in violation of various state laws, and "trampling on democracy." Fitzgerald first ignores him, then tries to interrupt him, and then demands a roll call.

"No!" Barca yells and springs to his feet. "This is a violation of the state's open meetings law," he insists, over and over as the cameras roll.

Fitzgerald and his allies walk away.

Behold Democracy in Wisconsin:

"They have been saying all along that this is a fiscal item; we've been saying it is not," said Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach told the Madison State Journal. "They have been lying. Their goal is to bust up the unions."

Fitzgerald admitted as much on Fox News yesterday. The Republicans are busting the public employee unions in order to beat Democrats in the next election.


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Gig is up!
Gig is up!

Republicans are knuckle-dragging stooges of the corporate oligarchy. They don't care what the public thinks about the union issue (obviously). They only mean to please the Koch brothers.

Gaga21
Gaga21

What a sad day. We need to make sure nothing like this happens in Minnesota.

Lloyd
Lloyd

It's only fair....skedaddle across state lines in order to keep an issue from being voted on. And the other side finds a legal way to circumvent your petulant childishness. Stick around and debate the issues you were elected to do. Otherwise the other side may use the same sneaky and underhanded (yet, legal) tactics.

FYI, a handful of union metro bus drivers in Wisconsin each make more money per year than the governor. FAIL.

Cwkasal
Cwkasal

THIS FUCKHEAD POSING AS MICHELLE BACHMANN NEEDS HIS LITTLE LIBERAL ASS WOOPED. STATES LIKE SOUTH DAKOTA, AND MONTANA AND WYOMING AT LEAST THEY ARE NOT FLAT BROKE AND ASKING THE MIDDLE CLASS WORKERS TO PAY FOR EVERYTHING , GOV WORKERS HARDLY PAY ANYTHING FOR HEALTH INSURANCE AND THEY GET HEFTY PENSIONS THAT WE, THE PRIVITIZED BUSSINESS PAY, ENOUGH WITH THE FUCKING ARTS, AND THE EDUCATION RANT, HOW MANY MORE HUMAN RESOURCE AND ART CRAWLS CAN YOU BUILD , WHEN WE ARE FUCKING "BROKE' JUST LIKE THIS STUPID FUCKIN LIGHT RAIL, THAT NO TAX PAYERS ARE GONNA USE JUST THE SHIT WE BRING IN HERE FROM EVERYWHERE ELSE... YOU LIBERALS ARE NOT EDUCATED YOU ARE INSTITUTIONALIZED IDIOTS...

brendenshellfish
brendenshellfish

rich aren't paying their share? i saw crabs and lobsters aren't paying their shares!!!! get those crustaceans to start paying!

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

YEAH!!! 2 weeks back, I said this would happen right here on CP, and wala.

Now wait, I thought the liberal elite were so smart. How could this happen?So intelligent, that they're leaps and bounds above any Republican/Conservative/TEA Party dolt. How could this happen?So bright, that they easily position themselves at least 5-10 steeps above and ahead of "those people" listed above.How could this happen?Didn't they see this coming? Oh wait, I got it!Problem is they claim to be, and apparently are also "so open-minded" that apparently their brains have fallen out.

Ron
Ron

Good job!!!! More states need to step up to the plate and get the unions and spending under control, we are broke!!!!

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

and the CEO of United health made over 100 MILLION! with 43 million in Gaurenteed retirement by raising the premiums by up to 19% for you and I-and for many of the people who work for the govermnment-which you pay for! Now why don't you rail against him? Show me one public employee making 100 illion a year.

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

but at least liberals can figure our how to turn off the all caps feature!

Blueskyvisions
Blueskyvisions

Wow! You might consider medication for your condition. Sounds serious!

Greg
Greg

I don't understand,,,with all the tax breaks to the wealthy,,we don't need to cut anything but the (temporary,,HaHa) tax cuts that the wealthy are enjoying,,or,, bring back the work that the wealthy have outsourced,, and get some of our neighbors into a position to pay their taxes again. Why are we all striving to be the lowest on the list,,, to suffer the most,, while the wealthy sit back and LAUGH AT US !!

Greg
Greg

we are broke because the rich AREN'T paying their fair share,,oh, it's legal,, but immoral. Anyway,, instead of paying what they should,,, they find it easier to hire someone to stomp the shit out of the little guy AGAIN.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I agree all middle class and poor people need to step and sacrifice so we Republicans can keep giving the rich the tax breaks they deserve. Every state should follow the economic model of great states like Alabama, South Dakota, and Mississippi. Remember folks: Rich pay no taxes, unions are illegal, and don't spend hardly anything on public education. Soon each and every one of us could live in the Republican paradise of South Dakota. Don't worry about the lack of culture or fun things to do, you won't have any money to spend on it anyway.

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