OK: Is it dumb, or is it evil? (Recall Occam’s Dull Razor: Never ascribe to evil what stupidity will explain just as well.) The implication is that unions are NOT composed of voters, that they are anti-democratic and somehow bullying our “political system.”
And that’s the quintessence of the Evil campaign to destroy the last vestiges of the union movement, using hired thugs like John Fund to do it. Fund is merely an asshole and sycophant. (As discussed in “In Which We Use Our New Word,” 7 Feb 2011) What is more disturbing is the manner in which the secret Masters have engaged in an endless campaign to dissolve and destroy unions. And their catamites roil [sic] themselves out in front of the media, and explain how nobody likes unions and how public employees are the problem with the budget, and not the greatest financial ripoff in American history. Or, as Matt Taibi termed it:
The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it’s everywhere. The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. In fact, the history of the recent financial crisis, which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled dry American empire, reads like a Who’s Who of Goldman Sachs graduates.
Here’s the short version of the Battle in Madison, Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker is a Koch-sucker. Mother Jones reports:
And one prominent beneficiary of the Koch brothers’ largess is Scott Walker.
According to Wisconsin campaign finance filings, Walker’s gubernatorial campaign received $43,000 from the Koch Industries PAC during the 2010 election. That donation was his campaign’s second-highest, behind $43,125 in contributions from housing and realtor groups in Wisconsin. The Koch’s PAC also helped Walker via a familiar and much-used politicial maneuver designed to allow donors to skirt campaign finance limits. The PAC gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which in turn spent $65,000 on independent expenditures to support Walker. The RGA also spent a whopping $3.4 million on TV ads and mailers attacking Walker’s opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Walker ended up beating Barrett by 5 points. The Koch money, no doubt, helped greatly.
Walker’s plan to eviscerate collective bargaining rights for public employees is right out of the Koch brothers’ playbook. Koch-backed groups like Americans for Prosperity, the Cato Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Reason Foundation have long taken a veryantagonisticview toward public-sector unions. Several of these groups have urged the eradication of these unions. The Kochs also invited (PDF) Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, an anti-union outfit, to a June 2010 confab in Aspen, Colorado; Mix said in a recent interview that he supports Governor Walker’s collective-bargaining bill.
You really should read the whole article. And who’s supplying logistical support for today’s COUNTER demonstration?
Cheese Whizz, or The Empire Strikes Back | his vorpal sword