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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Maine governor strips state Department of Labor of labor struggle mural, thank him for it

Thanks for waking a sleeping giant up Tea Party.

via WMTW:

"AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage has ordered the removal of a 36-foot mural depicting the state's labor history from the lobby of the Department of Labor headquarters building in Augusta.

In addition, the LePage administration is renaming several department conference rooms that carry the names of pro-labor icons such as Cesar Chavez.

LePage spokesman Dan Demeritt says the mural and the conference room names are not in keeping with the department's pro-business goals and some business owners complained.

The mural was erected in 2008. It depicts several moments in Maine labor history, including a 1937 shoe mill strike in Auburn and Lewiston and "Rosie the Riveter" at the Bath Iron Works.

Don Berry, President of the Maine AFL-CIO, issued a statement Wednesday morning in response to the announcement that themural is being removed.

“It's unfortunate that Governor LePage continues to pick fights with the working class in Maine. This is political payback, the opposite of putting people first. It's a spiteful, mean-spirited move by the Governor that does nothing to create jobs or improve the Maine economy," said Berry."

Link to the video and article found here:

Take a moment and thank these radicals for pissing Independents and the moderate to left side off, no I'm serious as a heart attack, do it. These people thought they had an angry electorate with the Tea Party starting in '09. Just look at the videos from Wisconsin and this was just the beginning:













In just 3 months they've managed to energize the side that more or less stayed home in 2010.  Congratulations in proving to those of us who warned of a radical right wing agenda that we were in fact entirely correct.

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