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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Make no mistake about it, the American public is under attack

They have the means of production, the important land, they own the media and they're coming for more. Whether you know it or not business oligarchs have declared war on the American people. They've taken your pensions, they've taken your bonuses and now they're going to take your salary, your social safety nets, Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid.

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press
Posted: 06/14/2011 03:03:14 PM PDT

"MADISON, Wis.—The Wisconsin Supreme Court handed Republican Gov. Scott Walker a major victory on Tuesday, ruling that his polarizing union rights law can go into effect.
In a 4-3 decision, the court said Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi overstepped her authority when she said Republican lawmakers violated the state's opening meetings statutes in the run-up to passage and declared the union rights law void.

The law, which eliminates most of public employees' collective bargaining rights and requires them to pay more for their health care and pensions, sparked weeks of protests when Walker introduced it in February. Tens of thousands of demonstrators occupied the state Capitol for weeks, thrusting Wisconsin to the forefront of a national debate over labor rights.

Walker claimed that the law was needed to help address the state's $3.6 billion budget shortfall and give local governments enough flexibility on labor costs to deal with deep cuts to state aid.

Democrats saw it as an attack on public employee unions, which usually back their party's candidates. Democratic state senators fled to Illinois to try to prevent a vote on the measure, but Republicans got around the maneuver by convening a special committee to remove fiscal elements from the bill and allow a Senate vote with fewer members present. Walker signed the plan into law two days later."

Just remember, you have owners, they have a big club, and "you ain't in it."

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