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Wisconsin State GOP Senator to fleeing Dems: You’re exaggerating and this is what the people want

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

MADISON, Wisc. – Newly elected Wisconsin Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir, a Tea Party favorite, told The Daily Caller that the “silent majority” of Wisconsinites agree with Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s new budget plan, despite mass union protests.

“While there may be some loud protesters around the capitol all week, the silent majority, who are working during the week, agree with the Governor’s plan,” Vukmir told TheDC.

Vukmir also said one her Democratic counterparts, state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, was exaggerating when he said that the governor’s new budget plan has “torn the state of Wisconsin apart.”

“That’s not the right way to go,” Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach told CBS News. “The state employees have talked about the money and giving up the money, and that’s fine. But what they have a problem with — and what a lot of us have a problem with — is the fact that Governor Walker is taking decades of union law and throwing it out the window and trying to bust the unions altogether, and that’s just not the right way to go.”

Vukmir said that Erpenbach should’ve paid attention to the message of November’s midterm elections.

“I think that that’s overly exaggerated and whoever that colleague was didn’t get the message of the last election,” Vukmir told TheDC.

Vukmir also said that Democrats can hide as long they want to, but that she’s certain Walker’s budget will pass in the end.

“Contrary to what they’re going to say, this bill is going to pass,” Vukmir said in a phone interview. “They’re just shirking their constitutional duty to serve the people.”

Like fellow Republican state Sen. Glenn Grothman, Vukmir said she doesn’t intend to push to have the Democrats criminally charged for fleeing the state to stall the budget vote as that would likely cause more problems than it’s worth.

Tea Partiers are staging a counter-rally in support of Walker on Saturday at noon CT. Likely 2012 presidential contender Herman Cain and conservative media guru Andrew Breitbart will be there.

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  • TosaResident

    Hmmm…majority rules? Is that right? Actually we live in a representative democracy which has many checks and balances in it. If majority ruled, then, based on recent polls,
    (1) we would have national health care for everyone [In an extensive ABCNEWS/Washington Post poll, Americans by a 2-1 margin, 62-32 percent, prefer a universal health insurance program over the current employer-based system.],
    (2) the defense budget would be drastically reduced [With all the talk about spending cuts, it may come as a shock that less Americans favor cuts now than in 1980. In fact, a recent Harris poll found that in only one category had cuts become more popular: defense spending.], and
    (3) the tax rate for the wealthiest people in the country would be raised [Raising taxes on the rich beats out cuts to defense spending, Medicare and Social Security as U.S. adults' top preference on how to close the deficit, according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll. Sixty-one percent of Americans said that increasing taxes to the wealthy should be the first step toward balancing the budget. By contrast, 20 percent of respondents preferred cuts to defense spending as the first option, while 4 percent said that cutting Medicare would be the best way to start cutting the deficit. Three percent said they preferred cutting Social Security. Increased taxes on the wealthy tops those four options even among higher earners who might be most affected by a tax hike, the poll suggested.]

    Etc, etc….
    Majority doesn’t rule. And, it’s pretty easy to make a strong case that it’s actually major corporations that most profoundly influence our laws and political decisions.
    Unions certainly can get too big for their britches…..but to think that unions are the only special interest group and to ignore the fact that much wealthier corporate interest groups don’t influence anything is naive.

  • jackbailey

    Fire these damned teachers…..and hire ones who will teach real American history!……and jail all the thugs!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Wadsworth/100000314868715 Dave Wadsworth

    We have a huge scandal here in Las Vegas about firefighters gaming the overtime/sick leave schedule. Some of these guys make over 200K at the expense of those of us on fixed incomes. They have the same lame arguments about the need for their services. Some of these guys may go to jail over this. It’s about time!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Kawasaki/1798183858 Dave Kawasaki

    @ russ311: bravo!

    More than that, however, is this:

    While collective bargaining rights are being made an issue, the real threat is that elective enrollment in the union will cut off a large-by-huge source of funding for the entire dhimmicRAT agenda. soros (the king of all dhimmicRAT donors) will have to make up the difference & he will not be pleased.

    • russ311

      Absolutely, Dave. It’s all about the desire of the unions and Democrats retaining whatever power their oligarchy can muster together.

  • JDoe

    Look at these DIRT BAG Doctors handing out FAKE Doctor’s Notes !

    How disgusting can these “people” can be !

    http://maciverinstitute.com/2011/02/fake-doctors-notes-being-handed-out-at-wisconsin-gov-union-rally/

    This just shows GOOD, DECENT, LAW ABIDING Americans that we MUST WIN

    this battle against these DISHONEST “people” and get rid of unions, once and

    for all !

    This is THE straw that has broken the camel’s back !

    SPREAD the GOOD word !

  • GLC5877

    What is the difference between Walker refusing to come to the table with anyone and the dem sens leaving town? Other than geography, I can think of 2 things. Last night Walker spent the night in taxpayer paid housing w/taxpayer paid staff of 7. Chris Christie isn’t staying in NJ’s. And. …the sen dems are willing to have a rational discussion. Walker isn’t. He doesn’t want to come to the table because he is actually AFRAID that state workers would make enough concessions to put a big dent in the budget crisis that he created by giving away money to corporations. Then he’d have a tough sell about union busting. If you are one who is complaining about state workers, Walker hasn’t even given them a chance to say “hey,of course we’ll do our part.” And you aren’t either. Don’t say they won’t step up to the plate. Are you hard of hearing. They have said it over and over again. That is why Scott Walker will not sit down w/ them.

    This just in from Jon Erpenbach: “I have been informed that all state and local public employees – including teachers – have agreed to the financial aspects of Governor Walker’s request. This includes Walker’s requested concessions on public employee health care and pension. In return they ask only that the provisions that deny their right to collectively bargain are removed. This will solve the budget challenge.”
    Many people are unaware of what is lost without collective bargaining. Problem is those who don’t know think it is all about money…..Not even close. You might consider reading up on the history of unions. Thank unions for the 8 hour day, 5 day work week, and minimum wage. The private sector employers don’t abide by those just because they are generous. When will some people understand that working wages and conditions of all workers are intertwined? Private sector employees benefit from the progress made through collective bargaining. So go ahead. Keep shooting yourself in the foot while taking aim at other workers.
    Oh and here is where you can read the whole bill-Power grabs left and right. Read it an weap. Oh and don’t forget. It’s a so-called budget repair bill. Copy and paste into your browser:
    http://legis.wisconsin.gov/JR1SB-11.pdf

    • russ311

      “Thank unions for the 8 hour day, 5 day work week, and minimum wage. The private sector employers don’t abide by those just because they are generous.”

      No. The private sector abides by those because of Wisconsin state employment laws.

      Read them all here: http://nxt.legis.state.wi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&d=code&jd=ch.%20dwd%20218

      “Private sector employees benefit from the progress made through collective bargaining. So go ahead. Keep shooting yourself in the foot while taking aim at other workers.”

      Collective Bargaining does nothing for the non-union taxpayers that the current Wisconsin state labor laws mandate already for everyone in the state. All that Collective Bargaining gains are more privileges that union members have succeeded in forcing the non-union taxpayers to finance. And leaves open the ability to annually demand more and more unending demands that the taxpayers must comply with or face more “sick outs” and shutdowns by public unions. That is called EXTORTION.

      Although public unions are barred from striking, the unions ignore the law and dare anything be done to stop their illegal actions. These protests are only about public unions maintaining their relevance and privileges. The protest highlights the union fears about losing their membership numbers and membership dues and with it the financial wealth that buys them political power derived from that wealth. Their one legal trump card remaining has been Collective Bargaining. Without it they are indeed toothless. If they are toothless, they are useless. If they are useless they will lose more membership union dues and lose the money that buys them their political power.

      You need to read Wisconsin state employment laws before you continue to cry your crocodile tears for public union members who do not want to lose their privileged status.

      Start with DWD 274 since you brought up the issue of work hours and overtime, but don’t stop there, all Wisconsin labor laws are linked here:

      http://nxt.legis.state.wi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&d=code&jd=ch.%20dwd%20218

    • virginiagentleman

      GLC5877, the people have spoken(finally!). In our system of government, while all have a voice, the majority rules. Thats what the elections were about. Folks have grown weary and distrustful of special intrest groups(read;unions).Deal with it!