7:34 PM Eastern - Saturday, February 19, 2011

Governor Scott Walker Manufactures Fiscal Crisis and Blames Public Employees #solidarity

On Thursday night, Rachel Maddow laid out the Republican plan for the future of the country: Bake Sales vs. Billionaires.

"Wisconsin is on track to have a budget surplus this year, I am not kidding. I am quoting their own version of the Congressional Budget Office the state's own bipartisan assess the state's finances agency. That agency said the month that the new Republican Governor was sworn in--last month--that the state was on track to have a $120 million dollar surplus this year. So, um, why exactly does WI look like this today?"

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The State Employees did not make the state go bankrupt, Governor Scott Walker did.

"Even though the state had started the year on track to have a budget surplus, now, there is in fact there a $137 million budget shortfall. Republican Governor Scott Walker, coincidentally gave away $140 million worth of business tax breaks since he came into office."

Hey, wait! That is exactly the amount of the budget shortfall!

So, where's the shared sacrifice? Businesses get handouts while workers get sold out.

The Republicans are working to dismantle the middle class by destroying unions. Legislation is being passed state-by-state -- New Hampshire, Missouri, Indiana, and Ohio -- that takes away the voices, and rights, of workers.

Maddow explains why:

"Unions are the only competition Republicans have in electoral politics. Post Citizens United, Conservatives look at this and they smell blood. Compare this to '08. They have knocked the unions down to 6th and 7th place [below Americans for Prosperity, Karl Rove's Crossroads, and other shadowy corporate front groups]. Without unions, essentially all of the big money in politics would be right-wing money. All of it. That is not hyperbole. All of it. Unions are the only players. They are the only fish of any size on the liberal side."

The right-wing money comes from single million-dollar checks. SEIU and other unions' money comes in the form of $7 COPE donations from working families.

If Walker and the Republicans win in Wisconsin and in other states around the nation, working families will lose more than their voice in Government: they will lose their jobs, retirement, and health care.

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