After announcing he wants “to take away nearly all collective bargaining rights from state employees” (just like John Kasich and Ohio’s Republicans), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker thought it might be necessary to prepare the National Guard just in case there was any trouble.

Gov. Scott Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond wherever is necessary in the wake of his announcement that he wants to take away nearly all collective bargaining rights from state employees.

Walker said Friday that he hasn’t called the Guard into action, but he has briefed them and other state agencies in preparation of any problems that could result in a disruption of state services, like staffing at prisons.

Just a tip for Walker (and Kasich): if you think one of your ideas might anger tens of thousands of your citizens so much that you would need to call in the state’s armed militia to keep order, maybe it’s not such a good idea.

 
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  • Jimbob3

    Both Scott and Kasich have lost their minds…we are on the path to being the new China. Go GOP…

  • Anonymous

    Funny you’d bring up China… check out our next post.

  • Greenchillclimber

    It’s a very sad and scary day for all Ohioans – Maybe we will start to take our vote more seriously –

  • Alli

    Tell Neil Young to sharpen his pencil. He’s got a couple folk songs to write.

  • Anonymous

    Walker also had heightened security of State police when he announced his rollback plan…. a few months ago, we reported that Kasich was massively increasing his own security detail. Coincidence?

  • BasicMath

    “Just a tip for Walker (and Kasich): if you think one of your ideas might anger tens of thousands of your citizens so much that you would need to call in the state’s armed militia to keep order, maybe it’s not such a good idea.”

    Yeah, people tend to get angry when their gravy train is derailed… I’d be angry too if I was one of the tens of thousands who suddenly had to work like I was in the private sector; almost as mad as if I were one of the hundreds of thousands in the private sector, paying for overpaid state employees to underperform. Oh, wait…

  • Urban Surfin

    It’s very interesting that while Egyptians rejoice over demonstrations that led to the departure of a tyrannical leader, a U.S. governor announces plans to strip citizens of rights and threatens to unleash the military if they protest. Gov. Scott could learn a bit about democracy from Egyptians.

  • Anonymous

    I must assume your Oh wait ended with “I’m wrong… a recent study showed that Ohio’s public employees actually make slightly LESS than their contemporaries in the private sector?”

  • Anonymous

    Egypt is the land of milk and honey. Wisconsin is the land of cheese… without the honey.

  • Naturewoman1

    Unless you are one of the underpaid public employees, you have no room to talk. Where in the public sector would someone with 3 college degrees make less than $60,000 with 34 years of experience? Public employees are compared to the public sector when it comes to benefits but when are their salaries ever compared? We should all be questioning the bonuses given to employees of the Governors and the Governors themselves. Not underpaid police, fireman and educators. Wake up America!

  • Grhoades

    Our country’s greatness has always rested on extending, not rescinding peoples’ rights. The National Guard? Is this the same party that complains about government being too big and powerful?

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    spoken like a true republican….

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    what does it cost to bring out the national guard?
    what book are these guys reading ” governing for dummies” or “dummies are Governors”
    its like they are having a contest to see who can do the dummest thing.. its a toss up here him or kasich

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    what does it cost to bring out the national guard?
    what book are these guys reading ” governing for dummies” or “dummies are Governors”
    its like they are having a contest to see who can do the dummest thing.. its a toss up here him or kasich

  • buckeyekelly

    You know what, I’m getting pretty damned tired of people who purport to understand my lot in life defining it for others.

    UNLESS YOU’RE A STATE EMPLOYEE, HAVE LIVED AS ONE IN THE PAST, SHUT UP.
    UNLESS YOU’RE A PROGRESSIVE OR HAVE RESEARCHED THE FACTS ABOUT WHAT WE BELIEVE, SHUT UP.

    I am a state employee who is unable to unionize. I work over 60hrs a week, am on call for whatever my students and directors need (I’m not a teacher), and make only $40K, with a BA, MA, and 10yrs experience. I don’t have a budget – not even for supplies. I literally use paper out of the recycling bin to print on both sides, take paper clips off of old files to use for my own, pay for my own mileage, my own cell phone use for business, out of my own pocket to pay for meals for our trainings. I have had a pay freeze for 4yrs, can’t use the sick time I accrue without it being deemed an “incident” even with a doctor’s note, and have seen my colleagues in the private sector with similar experience and education make close to $60K. If you think for a moment my situation is due to performance – you’re wrong. I’ve been promoted 3 times in the last 2 years, but because of budgets, I’m expected to do more with less.

    Back off. I sure as hell don’t underperform. I sure as hell don’t have a cushy golden parachute. I pay plenty for my own retirement, my own benefits, and sometimes my own expenses in order to train some of the best and brightest graduate students.

    I’ve worked in the private sector, and it was pretty sweet. I took a 15% pay cut to return to the public sector. I remain in research and education because that’s where my passion is. I don’t bitch and moan whenever cuts are made, I step up to the plate and get it done. But I will get defensive when armchair, ignoramuses like you decide to tell it like it is on this side of the tracks. To assume I don’t have a work ethic because I”m a public employee, think again. We’re taxpayers too – we pay others’ salaries. We also pay for the private sector imploding in the way of increased costs, lowered property values, struggling neighbors. I work my ass off, and for you to IMPLY that you know what I do and what I deserve is assinine and your type is currently on notice. Too bad private sectors like BofA, Lehman, Enron, or even Madoff can’t say the same.

    Progressives like me are pissed, and you better call the national guard, because there’s going to be a lot of us and we’re not going away. If we’re good enough to put the fire out in your burning house, save your ass when a criminal is threatening you, educate your children, research diseases that you might die from, protect your natural resources and treasurers, we’re DAMNED good enough to mobilize and demand better pay and treatment.

  • buckeyekelly

    Sorry for the rant, Modern, et al. I’ll attempt to harness this piss and vinegar and contact my local coordinated campaign to kick some elective ass.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t speak for Modern and the other wonderful authors and managers of this blog, but as a reader, I find it sad that you think you should apologize for that rant. To me you are a new HERO!!! It gets my juices going and I am gonna take action now too!

  • publicservant17yrs

    @BasicMath, I am glad to know that you think I, as a state employee, am overpaid. I am also glad to know that you & so many others want to decide how much money anyone should make when you have no idea what those people do. I dont know what you do for a living, if anything, but I am not going to be the one to judge whether or not you are overpaid.
    As far as underperformance is concerned maybe you could back that with some facts and then compare that public to private, there are bad apples in every group.
    I have a job where I put my life on the line daily, is there a certain hourly rate that you could suggest? Just exactly what is safe roads, fire, police & prison protection worth to you?

  • Anonymous

    I like the energy. But don’t talk about piss here. We’re aware there are some in the government who are obsessed with it.

  • Anonymous

    I like the energy. But don’t talk about piss here. We’re aware there are some in the government who are obsessed with it.

  • buckeyekelly

    I’ll never apologize for what I said, but I do feel bad that I felt I hijacked a pretty decent and clean blog and somehow turned into the hulk from my keyboard. Luckily, I do take this energy and knock on more doors, call more voters, and take my paltry salary and donate to key races in time, energy, and dollars. Day of reckoning isn’t coming, it dawned this morning.

  • Slapshot

    I saved 6 lives last year. How many did you save?

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Exactly……… ironic isnt it
    we are seeing so much of this … all most every state is doing something to its workers … what was the old slogan “coming to a city near you ”

  • Anonymous

    I suppose Wisconsin is as good a place as any to start the revolution.

  • Anonymous

    I suppose Wisconsin is as good a place as any to start the next phase. Robert LaFollette must be rolling over in his grave.

  • Anonymous

    Robert LaFollette must be rolling over in his grave.

  • Anonymous

    I suppose Wisconsin is as good a place as any to start the revolution.

  • Anonymous

    Going to be some very happy times for the new Governor!

  • Angery

    What kind of benefits does the Governor have? and how much does that cost tax payers? Or does he plan on cutting them also?

  • leeseh

    Thank you! I was a state employee for 30 years and I am sick of people saying I didn’t earn what I made. For 15 years, I was basically an office manager (except for approving leave) and got paid as a secretary. Until collective bargaining, you did not get overtime no matter how many hours were put in and I put in a lot. Promotions were given on the basis of who wanted who to have the job (Yeah, real “merit” there, isn’t it). I listened to people who were losing their cars and houses because Workers’ Compensation doctors said they could work. Their doctors would not approve them to go back in the position they had. So it was find another (usually lower paying) job if they could or attempt to stay on Workers’ Comp. All this while BWC was giving employers 75% (I believe) cuts on their premiums (think Coingate).

  • Valleyranch

    If you are so unhappy with your current job/pay, then leave and work for the private sector. Stop moaning about how “unfair” this will be – you always have had a choice to find another job – now may the the time to exercise that right.

  • Majonesson

    Thank God for the union and the freedom to collectively bargain over wages, benefits and work conditions in Ohio.
    We could be where we were in the ten years prior to collective bargaining in Ohio wherein state employees only saw pay increases in TWO of the ten years.
    Kentucky corrections officers currently start at a gross salary of a little over $19,000 a year to be police officers in that states prison system. Most of their children qualify for K-Chip insurance. Many full time state employees families in KY qualify for food stamps. Eye and dental insurance isn’t included in their medical plans. It is offered, but most can’t afford to buy it. Most of them pay between $400.00 and $600.00 per month for their medical minus the eye and dental benefits. KY state employees just recently got very limited negotiation rights in their state to finally dig themselves out of the poverty hole laid on them by rich politicians who were only too willing to treat them so badly while rewarding their contractor friends, political appointees and other wealthy pork rinds from BOTH political parties who could give a darn about working people.
    Generally, for the last 25 years, working people in the public and private sector have not seen their wages keep pace with the rising costs and ever-increasing profits that are being hoisted on them by the same above mentioned wealthy power brokers. When the power brokers realized many people didn’t make enough to pay back loans properly because of their poor wages, they just simply cleared the way and loaned the money any way with changing and increasing future payments and many defaulted. The taxpayers had to bail this out and now the same Wall Street scoundrels are calling for everyone to blame workers and their unions.
    It is also interesting to note that in states where the plantation owners have prevented collective bargaining rights for the public employees, those states still have budget woes.
    Destruction of unions is one of the ten top warning signs of a government heading toward Fascism.
    Destruction of our middle class lifestyle won’t fuel our economy and it will only create more wealth for those calling for it’s destruction and the unions they created to improve quality of life because the wealthy in charge were too greedy to do so without pressure. Most of the great fortunes in the world were made during times of economic hardship for the greater mass of people.
    And YES! It’s a class thing! Just view the new inflated salaries of the political appointees of some of these “patriots” who claim to help the tax payers in comparison with the salaries of the folks they replaced. All this while calling for the race to the bottom for working families both public and private sector.

  • Christy

    cheer!!!

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  • Karlhensel

    You supported actions at Kent State didnt you. The current situation is the fault of all elected officials, once they taste power thats the end. It is fine all the record earnings by big business, the huge gains in the stock market, bailouts of thieves. It goes on and on…Thank goodness high tech attacks will be the choice of retaliation of the younger generation. Cripple the economy with the use of a computer leaving the rich broke. It will happen and man will it be great. The world laughs at how stupid Americans are and I for one am tired of it…..

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