"Right to work" mash-up: Presenting Upton Sinclair and The Buckinghams

The famous muckracking novelist Upton Sinclair had it right when he said, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"

He was speaking in the 1930s, another time of American economic upheaval, but Sinclair's observation very well applies to today's Wisconsin Republican Party, a bunch of ideologues and opportunists for whom facts and public sentiment don't matter as much as their own fortunes.

Re Journal Sentinel's "right to work" newsroom, Media Trackers runs off the rails

Media Trackers, a conservative web site that is a self-styled critic of the supposedly liberal mainstream (or, if you're a Palin fan, "lamestream")  news media, is thumping its chest again over the fact that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's newsroom is (gasp!) not only unionized, but that it already is (double-gasp!) a "right-to-work" shop. Indeed, say the Trackers, fully 38 percent of the JS employees eligible for union membership (triple-gasp!) have opted out of membership. Let's review just how overinflated these revelations truly are.

Economic Development $$$ Grow ~ Public Oversight Shrinks

Economic Development $$$ Grow ~ Public Oversight Shrinks
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“I’ve heard about the cuts,” the Buffalo County man said. “But this budget spends more. Who’s getting more money?”
Folks are concerned about big cuts to the UW; cuts to local schools; scaling back of health programs for the disabled; public radio and TV losing state support.
But the new budget spends $3 billion more than the last. Where is that money going?
One place to look is the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Despite its name, WEDC is a part of state government; in fiscal year 2012-13 it received over $62 million from the budget (including about $4 million in federal funds) and the agency can authorize potentially millions more in tax credits.

Wisconsin Worker Freedom to Agree?


The GOP in Wisconsin just launched a new Wisconsin Worker Freedom web site. 

Its there to let you express your opinion on the Right-To-Work legislation

It even shows the twitter feed for @wiworkerfreedom, and gives you a chance to send tweets to them.  Interestingly though, the "feed" on their web site only shows the tweets they want you to see - the ones that promote the Right To Work legislation. Compare the site to the actual twitter feed for @wiworkerfreedom . Now, it's not at all surprising to realize that the GOP only wants to hear opinions supporting their union-busting interests.  We saw that the last couple days during the public hearing where the vast majority of people speaking were against the bill, and a very large percentage speaking in favor were from other states. And which ended early because the GOP was afraid that people would speak out of turn.  This was a "threat".  Remember these are the same people who found little girls doodling in the gallery to be a threat because they might write something they did not like.  They took their paper away.

No. 1 most disgusting silence on right-to-work-for-less bill: public-safety unions exempt from Act 10

This week the players' unions for Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Hockey League all issued statements opposing the Republican Party's blitzkrieg move to turn Wisconsin into a so-called "right to work" state that would gut private-sector union power. http://www.wqow.com/story/28204175/unions-for-professional-athletes-oppo...

Burying the lead: News media ho-hum about state's latest, lousy jobs report

The official State of Wisconsin web page reporting on jobs is still stuck in the past, touting the fact that, as of last Dec. 12, the state's unemployment rate had declined to 5.2 percent. Whoopee! Party on, dudes!

And so far, the state's news media haven't done much to update that skewed perception of great results under Walkerism. Oh, it did come up in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, albeit buried in the back of the paper's business section, with this relatively understated headline:

Bangladesh: The Ultimate Right to Work State

bangladesh factory

Bangladesh, The Ultimate “Right-to-Work” State

This blog was origionally posted in April of 2013 after I returned from doing a Fulbright in Asia.  It is especially worthwhile now to share with your State Senators.

Scott Walker, the Club for Growth, The McIver Institute, ALEC, the Heritage Foundation and other 'Free Market' think tanks continue to make villains out of unions and pressure states to become “right-to -work” states. Walker did promise Diane Hendricks (one of his Plutocrat co-owners) that he would “divide and conquer” the Wisconsin's middle class in his determination to make Wisconsin a “right-to-work” state. He has done this successfully, with the help of right-wing radio, and now Wisconsinites are pitted against each other, private employees are pitted against public employees and rural against urban dwellers. But, no reduction in wages and workers rights will satisfy the plutocrats who own Walker. As long as there is a 14 year girl in Bangladesh who they can force to work for $38 a month, these billionaires will not be happy with American workers making anything more than minimum wage. In fact, Ron Johnson, our Senior Senator recently told a constituent that he supports the lowering of the minimum wage as a stimulant to job creation. Just as there is no end to their greed and no amount of money or profit that will satisfy the free market folks, there is no limit to the sacrifice that they will expect from labor and workers to increase their profits.

The dumbest question asked by a GOP senator at Tuesday's sham right-to-work hearing

As reported by the Wisconsin State Journal: When opponents of the right-to-work law said, based on real experience in other states, that the law would encourage some employees in a union shop to "free ride" on the benefits obtained through collective bargaining by the union, State Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) wondered aloud why employees would chose not to pay union dues if the benefits are so valuable.


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