Mad Max(ine) Waters Wants to Spend at Least a Trillion Dollars to Create Jobs Just Like the Last Time That Didn’t Work

Maxine Waters is a living, breathing example of the definition of insanity, not to mention stupidity. The first time the government spent nearly a trillion dollars nothing happened except the unemployment rate went up, the deficit ballooned, the general economy worsened and the pockets of Big Labor were lined.

Hey, let’s do that again!


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In other Labor Day news: Who’s up for a US Post Office bailout? Me neither.

Here’s a telling USPS fact:

Labor represents 80 percent of the agency’s expenses, compared with 53 percent at United Parcel Service and 32 percent at FedEx, its two biggest private competitors.

UPS is also unionized, and while UPS has a huge labor expense, it doesn’t come close to the public sector example because there’s not an easily accessible bottomless well of money in the private sector (unless the government screws it up by getting into the bailout business where it doesn’t belong).

Labor leaders of US Post Office employees must be salivating, because they know there’s no way the administration is going to want to risk a hundred thousand people (or many more) hitting the unemployment line all at once, so a USPS bailout will probably be included in Obama’s upcoming “jobs plan.” They’re “too big to fail.” Taxpayers can keep paying the price for an organization that, in its present form, simply doesn’t have any place in the 21st century.

More Labor Day news…

President Obama is delivering a “jobs speech” in Detroit today. Lefty politicians talking about job creation in Detroit is like Mrs. O’Leary’s cow promoting fire safety in Chicago. Judging by the photo at the link, Obama needs to deliver a “Let’s Move” fitness speech instead of a jobs address.

Obama will get a large crowd in Detroit… you just never know when he’ll start handing out “Obama money”:

Labor Day “new tone” update: Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa Jr. on the Tea Party and Obama’s opposition: “Let’s take these son of a bitches out!” We’ll now wait for the “tone down the rhetoric” crowd to criticize Hoffa… any second now… before too long… maybe…. maybe not.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Wisconsin Recall Election Day; Updated

Wisconsin is finally getting to a point where the state’s economy is in good shape and they’re responsibly digging their way out of debt — which of course means the left is pissed off.

The recall elections are upon us:

The latest chapter in Wisconsin’s turbulent politics is set to be written Tuesday as the state gets ready to hold recall elections that could result in Democrats wresting control of the state Senate back from Republicans.

Six state Republican senators are facing the possibility of being recalled as voters head to the polls in a key test of early voting strength in the battle over union rights in this traditionally liberal voting state.

Analysis by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Democracy Campaign suggests as much as $30 million has been spent by outside groups in an attempt to win a divisive and intensely partisan local battle, now seen by many as a national barometer ahead of the 2012 elections.

Ahead of Tuesday’s elections, outside interest groups had outspent the candidates themselves 5 to 1, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Two Democrats are facing recall elections on August 16th, so it’s possible which way the state Senate ends up leaning might not be decided for another week. The good news is that even if voters give those two the boot, they’ve accumulated enough frequent lodger points at the Heritage Inn & Suites in Illinois to have a place to stay for the next couple of weeks.

Tabitha Hale has a good post at Red State entitled “Why Wisconsin Matters.” Give it a read here.

If you’re in Wisconsin, don’t forget to go vote — but just do it quietly please so you don’t wake up this guy.

Update: Michelle and I are keeping up on any news on the Wisconsin election over at her place. Head here and scroll down for the updates. And as always feel free to share whatever you hear going on in comments.

Update II: Dems fall one short of taking back the state legislature. This basically means that union/left-wing activists spent $30 million to get two state senate seats.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Says Collective Bargaining Law Can Go Into Effect

And union leftists, thugs, goons, Marxists, assorted White House personnel, power grabbers, public trough pilferers and Michael Moore wept:

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state’s contentious union rights law can go into effect, giving Republican Gov. Scott Walker a major victory.

Walker pushed the law that eliminates most of public employees’ collective bargaining rights and forces them to pay more for their health and pension benefits. He says it’s needed for the state to address its budget problems.

Can somebody please wake up Pigpen, give him the bad news and a comprehensive delousing (not necessarily in that order) and send him on his way?

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Wisconsin Tea Party: Union Reception Committee in Action

In Wisconsin on Saturday, the state unions reception committee was out in full force.

Here’s a union greeter welcoming Sarah Palin to Madison — chivalry is not dead:

This one’s even better. A 14 year old girl was on stage speaking at a Tea Party rally while an obviously really tough guy politely reminded her that she should have been home studying instead of out on the town on a Saturday:

Shouting obscenities at a 14 year old girl — he’ll be bragging about that one around the union hall water cooler for the next few weeks.

In regards to the first video, Dan Riehl uses enhanced audio to explore the rumor that the yelling man is none other than Charles Johnson from Little Green Footballs.

Update: More respectful behavior: Booing during the National Anthem.

Come on, Tea Party — if you want to get the lefties on board and gladly singing along, play this one instead:

(h/t Gateway Pundit)

Wisconsin ‘Bombshell’: Thousands of Votes for Prosser Found after Kloppenburg Declares 204-Vote Victory

Alternate headline: Klopp Goes Plopp

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Michael Moore’s unhappy, so something good must have happened (he’s smelling a rat in Wisconsin, but I think it’s just this guy).

Yesterday, Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg declared victory over David Prosser, the Justice the unions had mobilized to defeat. The problem is that Kloppenburg based her victory declaration on Associated Press reports, which showed her winning by 204 votes. The AP didn’t have the correct vote total, because several thousand votes for Prosser were later discovered.

From the Journal Sentinel by way of Hot Air:

In a political bombshell, the clerk in a Republican stronghold released new vote totals adding a net total of 7,403 new votes in the tight state Supreme Court race to Justice David Prosser, swinging the race significantly in his favor.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said Thursday that she failed to correctly enter in her computer and then report 14,315 votes in the city of Brookfield, omitting them entirely in an unofficial tally released after Tuesday’s election. The new totals give 10,859 more votes to Prosser and 3,456 more to Kloppenburg, she said.

“I’m thankful that this error was caught early in the process. This is not a case of extra ballots being found. This is human error which I apologize for, which is common,” Nickolaus said, her voice wavering as she spoke to reporters.

She said she had reviewed numbers from all the other municipalities in the county to ensure that no other similar errors were made. She said she was not aware of any error of this size being made in any past election in her county.

The fresh numbers provide a new tilt to a race that had appeared to be headed toward the first statewide recount in two decades and as well spring a new surprise on a state that had already faced two months of chaotic politics. But the numbers also seemed almost certain to inject new controversy into an already heated race.

The Daily Kos yesterday: “What a humiliation for the Tea Party and their media toads.” Heh heh.

The SEIU will come in and handle the recount, you know… just to make sure everything’s on the up and up.

Update: Tough night for Tingles.

Update II: If you’re in the mood to laugh at a liberal’s expense, Gateway Pundit has Kloppenburg’s victory speech from last night.

Fleebaggers Welcomed Back to Madison Like General MacArthur Returning to a Unionized Philippines

Odd what some folks’ idea of “American heroes” are, isn’t it?

The Fleebaggers have finally returned to Wisconsin from a lengthy self-imposed duty avoidance, and were of course lauded big time for doing so:

The 14 Democrats who fled Wisconsin to block a vote on union legislation thanked protesters Saturday for supporting them during their self-imposed exile.

Calling themselves the “Fabulous 14,” the Democrats appeared at a rally against a bill signed Friday by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) that ends collective bargaining rights for public employees. Critics call the law an “assault” on unions, but Walker said the legislation is necessary to reduce the state’s budget deficit.
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The Democrats who held up the vote were given a heroes’ welcome outside the Capitol in Madison. Chants of “thank you, thank you” were heard as each of the Democrats took a turn speaking to the crowd.

Someday Wisconsin school children, perhaps even starting tomorrow, will be taught the inspiring Fleebagger rallying quote: “I regret that I have but one month to stay in a mini-suite at the Heritage Hotel for my country!”

Wisconsin Republicans refused to embrace the Fleebag 14 who just spent weeks in a hotel and celebrate them like Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins just returning from the moon:

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald blasted the Democrats upon their return, saying they insulted the legislature with their actions.

“I hope you’re embarrassed to call yourselves senators,” Fitzgerald said in a statement.

No, they’re not.

You know who won’t be in a parade? Republicans. Because they’re afraid they might… ya know… get killed by the new civility.

Flashback: Dealing With Public Union Strife the Reagan Way

Politicians at the executive level having it out with public sector labor unions is nothing new. But what’s missing from the debate today is someone effectively communicating the vast difference between labor/management relations in the private sector vs. the government arena, and why collective bargaining in the latter shouldn’t be allowed. That’s what Ronald Reagan did in 1981, and a reminder is in order.

Reaganite Republican:

In August 1981, President Ronald Reagan faced down an audacious countrywide air traffic controllers strike that threatened to paralyze the nation’s transportation system.

But the walkout violated a regulation prohibiting government unions from striking, so declaring the situation a federal emergency -per 1947 Taft Hartley Act- the President held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden to issue an ultimatum…

Reagan warned that if the air traffic controllers “do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated.”

A bluff? Not at all — as over 11,000 striking controllers soon found out:

Have you noticed that the ridiculous “Reagan/Obama” comparisons stopped dead in their tracks when the Wisconsin mess started? They should have stopped dead in their tracks before the comparisons even started, but even the most intellectually dishonest MSM Obamabot can find no common ground between Obama and Reagan when it comes to dealing with public sector unions.

Obama Delivers Anti-Bullying Lecture While Unions He Supports Threaten to Bust Heads in Wisconsin

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Conservative blogger extraordinaire Jammie Wearing Fool calls it the “irony of the day,” and that’s saying the least.

Today, President Obama delivered an anti-bullying message — all while the unions he backs in the Wisconsin fight use intimidation tactics, death threats and physical violence to try to get what they want.

Another bit of irony: The president who today delivered an anti-bullying lecture is the same guy who once told his supporters they need to “get in the face” of anyone who disagrees with them.

All things being equal, I’d rather have my kids take dietary advice from Michael Moore than learn about how not to be a bully from Barack Obama.

What Country is This Happening In?

Last night I wrote about the Wisconsin GOPers in the Senate working around the Fleebaggers and voting to end collective bargaining rights for public employees.

Well, that’s it then… the protesters can just give up, go home, and settle this at the next election, right? Nah, they’ve decided to prove to the country why they’ve had way too much power and should never have more.

This isn’t Egypt or Libya… is it?

A highly connected source in Wisconsin politics tells Fox Nation all hell is breaking loose at the state capitol.

“Republican leadership was considering calling in SWAT teams or the National Guard. Plans have been set. We have almost completely lost control of the capitol building. Protesters now control the first and second floors and are amassing outside the governor’s office. The third and fourth floors are under control but we’re not sure what side our security is on. Law enforcement is leaking evacuation plans to the protesters. An official tried to evacuate through a secret underground tunnel and was turned back by protesters. No one is safe. Protesters have broken down doors, broken windows, Democrats are helping them into the building and they’re building momentum.

They’re accomplishing nothing except offering demonstrate of the dangers of letting thugs and their third-world dictatorial goon tactics have too much control over anything.

If these were Tea Partiers you might even see a wildly negative story about their “childish, immature outburst” on the network news, and the person banging on the door smacking the sign with MLK’s name on it would most certainly be used as evidence of racism:

More:

UPDATE: Sources say: “Police control the lobby to the Assembly Chambers and they think they are in a position to take back control of the Assembly Chambers. However, right now all they control is the lobby.”

Shh! Nobody wake up Stinky!

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“New civility” update:

MADISON – The State Department of Justice confirms that it is investigating several death threats against a number of lawmakers in response to the legislature’s move to strip employees of many collective bargaining rights.

Among the threats the Justice Department is investigationg is one that was emailed to Republican Senators Wednesday night. Newsradio 620 WTMJ has obtained that email.

The following is the unedited email:

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

The psychobabble goes on. Don’t these people write a little like Al Qaeda?