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Transcipt of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's "fireside chat" last night is found here.
A few excerpts....
You see, despite a lot of the rhetoric we’ve heard over the past 11 days the bill I put forward isn’t aimed at state workers, and it certainly isn’t a battle with unions. If it was, we would have eliminated collective bargaining entirely or we would have gone after the private-sector unions.
As I've demonstrated over the last few days, what Walker says here is not true. Of course state workers' unions are being targeted. Walker has CHOSEN this battle and he has chosen this battle specifically with state employee unions.
October 29, 2010....two months before Walker took office....
The Scott Walker campaign contacted C24 (contract negotiating group) last Friday and stated that if we want a working relationship with the next Governor we should immediately walk away from the current bargaining table and wait until after Mr. Walker is elected to negotiate the current contract.
Dec. 7, 2010.....
Governor-elect Scott Walker raised the possibility of essentially abolishing state employee unions on Tuesday as one option to control rising employee benefits costs and eliminate the state's budget deficit.
Walker, a Republican, said he's looking at a range of options that would weaken unions, including eliminating their ability to negotiate with the state."Anything from the decertify all the way through modifications of the current laws in place," Walker said at a luncheon sponsored by the Milwaukee Press Club at the Newsroom Pub.
Last night when Walker fireside chatted.... "the bill I put forward isn’t aimed at state workers, and it certainly isn’t a battle with unions"....he was lying, plain and simple. As an after thought, Walker gave this as his evidence that he isn't targeting unions..."If it was, we would have eliminated collective bargaining entirely or we would have gone after the private-sector unions."
Well, there's eliminating...and then there is eliminating. Walker's plan takes away the right of state employee unions to collectively bargain for benefits. Additionally, Walker's plan permits in certain cases, collective bargaining for wage increases, but only up to the cost of living. Benefits and wages are the heart and soul of collective bargaining......so if state unions in Wisconsin can no longer negotiate for either....Walker, in effect, is eliminating collective bargaining. Another lie from Walker, but a shrewder one.
Back to last night's chat....
The legislation I’ve put forward is about one thing. It’s about balancing our budget now -- and in the future. Wisconsin faces a 137 million dollar deficit for the remainder of this fiscal year and a 3.6 billion dollar deficit for the upcoming budget.
Those two sentences from last night's chat are evidence that Gov. Walker is continuing to weave a deceitful and dishonest narrative about what he is doing.
In its Jan. 31 memo to legislators on the condition of the state's budget, the Fiscal Bureau determined that the state will end the year with a balance of $121.4 million.
To the extent that there is an imbalance -- Walker claims there is a $137 million deficit -- it is not because of a drop in revenues or increases in the cost of state employee contracts, benefits or pensions. It is because Walker and his allies pushed through $140 million in new spending for special-interest groups in January.
All of the above information helps in comprehending this big lie from last night's chat....
Now, some have questioned why we have to reform collective bargaining to balance the budget. The answer is simple the system is broken...
No and no. Behind those soul-less eyes of his is the deceit filled mind of a liar who will say anything to defend his premeditated, and unilateral plan to destroy state employee unions in Wisconsin. A person, under pressure, who cannot tell you the truth, is a person no one can trust.
When dishonest, lying people are called out on their lies and dishonesty....as Walker has been the last 6-7 days....thuggishness and threats usually follow.
Right on schedule then....from last night's chat....
The missing Senate Democrats must know that their failure to come to work will lead to dire consequences very soon. Failure to act on this budget repair bill means (at least) 15 hundred state employees will be laid off before the end of June. If there is no agreement by July 1st, another 5-6 thousand state workers -- as well as 5-6 thousand local government employees would be also laid off.
Do what you have to do...you liar.....but you've already lost the fight you personally picked.
61% of Americans oppose Walker's proposal.
Walker's approval rating....in Wisconsin.... is now 41%.