Obama Boosts Wisconsin Union Workers, Decries Gov. Walker's 'Assault'
As AlterNet reported yesterday, Governor Scott Walker is merely a stooge in the larger Koch Bros agenda to kill the rights of the average American worker. Yesterday, President Obama did the right thing and stood firmly on the side of the unions, in an interview with a Milwaukee TV reporter, calling Gov Scott Walker's intent to carry out the Koch agenda an 'assault' on workers. Meanwhile, Organizing for America, his political organization, helped mobilize similar protesters nationwide through Twitter, Facebook and email. The Washington Post:
Under Walker's plan, most public workers - excluding police, firefighters and state troopers - would have to pay half of their pension costs and at least 12 percent of their health-care costs. They would lose bargaining rights for anything other than pay. Walker, who took office last month, says the emergency measure is needed to save $300 million over the next two years to help close a $3.6 billion budget gap.
"Some of what I've heard coming out of Wisconsin, where they're just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions," Obama told a Milwaukee television reporter, taking the unusual step of inviting a local station into the White House for a sit-down interview. "I think everybody's got to make some adjustments, but I think it's also important to recognize that public employees make enormous contributions to our states and our citizens."
Congressional Republicans were none too happy about the President's support of the people, many of them having been recipients of Koch dollars as well. John Boehner, who met with David Koch before he even had a chance to swear in as House Speaker, denounced the President's support while totally infantilizing the thousands of hard-working union protesters in Wisconsin fighting for their benefits and families.'This is not the way you begin an 'adult conversation' in America about solutions to the fiscal challenges that are destroying jobs in our country,' he said in a statement. 'Rather than shouting down those in office who speak honestly about the challenges we face, the president and his advisers should lead.'
Which is really cute, coming from a man who purports to so love the Constitution. What he so condescendingly calls 'shouting down,' the framers called 'freedom of assembly,' and thought it important enough to include it in the First Amendment.
Read more at the Washington Post.