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Dems flame Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at Capitol Hill hearing

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Democratic members of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee went on the attack against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget ax in defense of some of their top donors  ̶  public-sector unions  ̶  during his appearance before the committee Thursday.

The Democrats subjected Walker to a blistering cross-examination over his decision to curtail public-sector unions’ collective bargaining rights  ̶  rights they repeatedly called “fundamental”.

The hearing, which had been called by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. to discuss pension and other budgetary challenges facing the states and the District of Columbia, but it did not take long before it descended into bitter partisanship.

Walker’s plan abolishes the automatic deduction of union dues from public employee paychecks and requires them to contribute 5.8 percent for their pensions and 12.6 percent for their health insurance premiums among other things. The governor anticipates the new law would save local governments $700 million annually.

Political motivations were of particular concern to the Democrats who accused Walker of eliminating collective bargaining with the intention of undermining the Democratic Party and denying President Obama re-election.

“Have you ever had a conversation with respect to your actions in Wisconsin in using them to punish members of the opposition party and their donor base?” Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly asked Walker. “You’ve never had such a conversation?”

Walker denied the accusation and responded by refocusing attention on his eight years as a county executive where he confronted  unions that were unwilling to make what he said were modest changes to their compensation.

According to OpenSecrets.org, Connolly ranked number two in the entire Congress in terms of the amount of donations received from public-sector unions, raking in $122,750  in 2010 alone. Only then-House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., received more campaign donations from public-sector unions.

Other Democrats continued Connolly’s line of questioning, but contended the Wisconsin unions had been willing to strike a deal with Walker short of losing their collective bargaining rights.

  • Joe Astroturf

    Thanks Mr Walker good job as Governor. Don’t worry about being the governor anymore though. I agree with Mr Buchanan President will be more to your liking. I’m sure Ann Coulter will forgive you for being a little slow also. Watch out for the purple shirted SEIU thugs. I think one of the guys climbing through the window of the capitol was the guy that tried to kill Ken Gladney. I wonder if Obama was telling ugly Andy Stern to talk to the new SEIU president to do that in return for making him rich at SIGA now. If the democratic party thinks that just because they have the union power and all the people like Barney Frank and the Safety school czar (real teabaggers) calling us teabaggers we’re going to let these creeps ruin the country their sadly mistaken.

    Please Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJfboOindCo

    Here’s a verse

    Here’s a verse

    Soldiers as you and your wife leave your last trace
    at least you won’t have to see Nancys botox face
    that chicken neck of hers wouldn’t look good on a snail
    her and a few of her pals in 2012 wil be in jail

    Tea partiers I can’t hear you

  • Godfatherofblog

    Actually to get it straight, Progressive-ism originally began in California with a progressive Governor! Now it may have reared it’s ugly head in Wisconsin for the modern day version! And like the California version this one will also be defeated! Progressives and nothing more then re branding an old movement it was called “Communism”~!!!

  • loudog

    When Walker failed to address how requiring unions to recertify annually saves money — one of the provisions in Walker’s amended budget repair bill — Kucinich tried one more time.

    “How much money does it save Gov. Walker?” Kucinich demanded. “Just answer the question.”

    “It doesn’t save any,” Walker said.

    “That’s right. It obviously had no effect on the state budget,” Kucinich replied.

    • The_anniebanannie

      Good little leftie! Copy and paste the DNC talking tidbit of the day!! Did you get a new juicy bone for that loud dog?

      Now, listen to the whole interview. He says, while repeatedly being interrupted and not having the chance to finish his statement, “That (THAT) particular part doesn’t…..(interrupted and talked over).”

      • loudog

        He got caught in the truth. Can’t change what he said or the truth, poor Angry Granny.

        • des1

          The truth? That sounds funny coming from you. Especially when you’re openly lying about something that happened. Why don’t you just take 5 random words out of all the statements he made. You could probably arrange them in a way that would make him appear to hate children.

          It’s evidently all you’ve got.

          • loudog

            “How much money does it save Gov. Walker?” Kucinich demanded. “Just answer the question.”

            “It doesn’t save any,” Walker said.

            What part of that is wrong Dizzy Dunce?

        • truebearing

          So what if he wants unions to recertify? There is nothing wrong with that, moron.

          I think he should have made unions go through a complete audit every year so we can see who they are bribing and how they are funding Marxist sedition.

          I just got back from the Tea Party in Madison. The scumbag, evil left did everything possible to prevent people from hearing Sarah Palin, Andrew Breitbart, and the other speakers. The were blowing vuzuvelas and whistles, screaming and ranting, clanking cow bells, and actually winding up an old siren, just to suppress the free speech of political opponents. It was a disgusting display of intolerance and malice. You’ll be happy to know that I told the guy with the siren to knock it off, and after considering the choice I gave him, he did.
          The leftist/union protestors I saw were mutants. Rejects from a horror movie. They were Ugly, Dirty, Drugged out, and judging from debates I had with them, extremely stupid and ill-informed. They are the reprobates of America. Are you a mutant loser like the Madison left, Loud Dog?

          • loudog

            Nothing wrong with him wanting unions to recertify and nothing wrong with pointing out that it has nothing to do with the budget, he’s just against unions. Voters can decide who they want to re-elect. What’s wrong with the truth coming out? Nothing.

    • quebecois

      What does have an effect on the state budget is having the public sector union workers contribute (5.8 % for their pensions and 12.6% towards their health care), pretty much like 85% of the rest of the American workforce has done for the past twenty-five years. But their screaming like a bunch of little babies that it’s akin to a cut in pay. Welcome to the real world you greedy bunch of non-working lazy a–holes.

  • truebearing

    Who is surprised that the union buttboys are earning their keep by ragging on Walker? Without the union money and election rigging, these fools would have to get a real job, and there are few outside of politics that reward their only talent: LYING.

    It has become quite apparent that the minions of the left who currently hold office have no intention or desire to rein in the insane spending or prevent the inevitable crash if it isn’t stopped. This means one of two things: they are complete morons, wholly unqualified to hold any office with responsibility, or they are complicit in intentionally destroying the economy and the nation as we know it.

    • mwade002

      You want some fries with that grilling?

      • truebearing

        Wad,

        Walker stuffed it back up their dumb asses. He did just fine. Don’t worry about Walker. We have his back, and he will win, just like Prosser did over Kloppenpossum.

        When it is all over, collective extortion will be dead, the unions will have far less money and power, and Obama will be looking for a retirement home for his perpetually flapping lips.

        • Godfatherofblog

          I am thinking Venezuela or Cuba~!!!
          He can spend his Billions there~!!!

    • mwade002

      Welcome to Wisconsin a division of Koch Industries

      Char broiled Walker

      • pcnav

        As opposed to Washington DC, a subsidiary of Corruption Incorporated run by George Soros? I’ll take the Koch bros. any day over the seditious Soros.

        • loudog

          Is that you Glenn Beck?

          • The_anniebanannie

            No, Keith, it isn’t.

          • loudog

            Is that you Angry Granny?

          • The_anniebanannie

            Ah….maturity level of Pink. I see your ankle-biting techniques are the same also.

          • loudog

            While you stay above it all? Laughable.

          • des1

            Hey dufus, the difference between the Kochs and Soros is that they are Americans who run American companies and contribute to causes and politicians they believe benefit them and their industries. Soros is a foreigner who is a convicted felon and started his career by helping the Nazis steal from the Jews before they murdered them.

            You take your guy, we’ll take ours.

          • The_anniebanannie

            Loud dog, I’d like to say you’re laughable, but you’re just pathetic. I proved you were simply taking the talking point of the day and pasting it here. You’re too stupid to actually listen to Walker’s words on your own, as I did. In response, you show yourself to be nothing more than a pink troll. You’re a liar and good job proving it.

          • loudog

            Soros isn’t a US citizen now? Poor Dizzy1.

            Angry Granny, the part that I posted is what doesn’t save any money, as he stated. Is there a point to your angry ramblings?

          • The_anniebanannie

            The “part” that you posted isn’t the whole story,,,but you already knew that.

            I hope everyone notices how you think this recent copying of Pink’s ageist remarks is some kind of badge of honor. I love they way you, Pinkypooop and Flippy are showing the typical liberal hatred toward the “granny” types. Didn’t you get the memo that you’re supposed to show how the Republicans are the ones that hate Granny? Thanks again for showing the left’s true colors.

          • loudog

            I never said it was the whole story, it just show’s that Walker’s motives aren’t all about the budget.

            Nothing wrong with Granny’s and the angry ones are great comic relief.

      • Godfatherofblog

        At least the Koch Brothers crate jobs! They would do a lot better if the Government would get out of the way~!!!

  • mwade002

    Walker’s major payback to Koch relates to environmental deregulation.

    • truebearing

      Spewing out the moronic talking points of the pathetic left again? Why don’t you explain to us all how exactly the Kochs are benefitting from anything Walker has done. Maybe you could include some actual FACTS. Then again, most likely you won’t because you can’t.

      Deal with this fact: Prosser has beaten Kloppenpossum for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court, so the union squandered millions in a losing effort in a state that is considered a union stronghold, and was the birthplace of Progressivism. Ouch! LOL!

      • bozsbusiness

        Right on True,
        Hope someone keeps an eye on union dues collections in Wisconsin once the state quits garnishing them. Would not be surprised if Wisconsinites have seen the last of Trumka once the money starts to dry up.

    • pcnav

      I do hope Walker is successful mwade002, parasitic unions must be destroyed, obliterated.

      • mwade002

        Dopey is successfully destroying himself.

        • truebearing

          Dream on, wad. The Collective Extortion Elimination Bill is now law, and will soon be cleared in the courts. Kloppenpossum got her ugly ass kicked, as did the unions, for the second time in less than a year, and the trend is away from Progressivism, even in its birthplace of Wisconsin.

    • Mr B

      Bullcrap. Phosphorous regs are being altered to protect the middle class farmers and businesses from draconian regs passed by the Doyle administration. The WI Dems created a new regulation program with no way to pay for it. Add to that the conflict with the Federal regulations being worked out in DC as well. At some point they will have to be revised so as to not have that conflict.

      After the recall elections, and 2012, the Republican’s are going have a bigger majority. Thanks to people just like YOU. Thank you!

  • tonyukiah

    So now, instead of having money taken from them w/o any say in the matter, and given to the politicians that the unions own, members can send in the amount they want, when they want. This battle in WI has opened the eyes of so many people to the outright, insideous fraud that is the democratic party. Most of them, bought and paid for, with absolutely zero shame.
    The ultimate slap in the people’s face is when these democrats on this committee will, as usual do the bidding of their masters by grilling, insulting and demeaning this chief executive of a state just to make themselves look good to the union goons. Now we will see how many union members will send in cash for the “cause” on their own accord rather than having it confiscated by these institutions that only wish to line their pockets w/ their members hard-earned cash. I would be anyone that the unions in WI will see a dramatic cut in union “contributions”.