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Wisconsin is Paul Ryan’s home state and what a rousing reception he received!  More than ten thousand plus cheering fans came in threatening weather to greet Ryan and Romney in the town of Waukesha.

Ryan was born and raised about 60 miles away in Janesville which is a modest sized town in fly-over country.  That means it is down home America and Paul Ryan is Janesville’s Mr. Smith who went to Washington.  Romney called his running mate “someone who is a leader . . . who has real character, who loves America,”.  That’s a change we can hope for.

When the cheering subsided Romney got serious.

“If you follow the campaign of Barack Obama, he’s going to do everything in his power to make this the lowest, meanest negative campaign in history. We’re not going to let that happen.

Mr. President, take your campaign out of the gutter and let’s talk about the real issues that America faces.”

Someone near the stage started heckling the candidates Romney handled the heckler very well.  Romney faced the person and said “You ought to find yourself a different place to be disruptive because here we believe in listening to people with dignity and respect.”

We are coming to a fork in the road and if we take the path to the left it will be so precipitous there may be no turning back.  It will be the proof that Tocqueville was right.  One reason Ronald Reagan was so loved is that he had great faith in the American people, in you and I, to do the right thing when all the chips are down.  If we choose the path to the right it will be proof that Reagan was right.


This composite video of Walker night on MSNBC reminded me of Saddam Hussein’s Minister of Public Affairs declaring victory while you could see enemy tanks rolling into the city over his shoulder.  The final tally was 53 to 46 in favor of Gov. Scott Walker.  The margins were even wider than that at the time Ed Schulz was calling it close.

The Democrat’s suffered a resounding defeat in this nationally significant election in one of their own solidly blue states.  Does Larry O’Donnell truly believe “the really big winner is President Obama”?  Gov. Walker “may be indicted”, indicted for what, winning an election?

It is unimaginable what the reaction will be at MSNBC on November 6 if Obama is losing badly from start to finish as the Democrats were here.


People vote their pocketbook and their deepest convictions.  Economics, abortion, gun rights and distaste for the opposing party are the four factors, broadly defined, that figure prominently in any election.  The Walker recall attempt only involved two, economics and opponent distaste.  Economics was the determining factor.

When campaigning for office in 2009, Scott Walker pledged to bring down the cost of state government and to deliver on the economy.  He did both.  Imagine that, a politician who keeps his promises.  It didn’t go unnoticed.  Wisconsin’s unionized government workers were among the very highest paid in any state and so far above their private sector equivalents that a sense of unfairness prevailed among the voters.  Why should I subsidize a government worker with my tax dollars when he or she already makes more than I do for the same work?

Unemployment in Wisconsin is 6.7%, far below the 8.2% national average.  On a per capita basis that translates to nearly 20% fewer people out of work in the state.

A lot was at stake here and everyone knew it.  An all out effort to defeat Walker was made by the unions and the Democratic Party.  The campaign was vicious at times and turned downright dirty when desperate Democrats introduced an unsubstantiated rumor at the last minute that Walker had fathered a child out of wedlock.  Feelings of opponent distaste ran high.  Nevertheless, some 11% of self declared Democrats voted for the Republican.  Fair is fair.

Wisconsin is a blue state.  Some pundits now say it will be in play in November.  I don’t know.  But one thing is sure; the wind is blowing our way.


Moore was just one angry blush short of bursting a blood vessel as he declared to Rachel Maddow, “This is War!! This is class war…”. Moore urged everyone within driving distance to converge on the capital and clog the buildings and assembly halls, effectively shutting down the process of government. He urged every thinkable action be taken, throwing in as an aside, “non violently”.
In a move, classic to the left, he called for high school children to walk out of school and join with the mob at the Madison State House. The presence of youngsters is always good PR. It was a call for indoctrination, not education. This crisis must not be allowed to go to waste.

Moore brought a pair of handcuffs with him to the show. That may not be incitement to violence like yelling “Fire!” in a theater, but one might say it’s like yelling “smoke”. He said they were for “anyone who works for the banks”. Tellers look out, Moore’s says his handcuffs are for you and everyone else who makes banking possible.

Setting one class against another is endemic across the full spectrum of the Left. It is hard to imagine the Democratic Party even existing without class distinctions and resentments between them. Who would be their constituents?
The video starts with goons breaking into the State House through a window and forcing their way past a guard. Then MSNBC goes on to give Moore a platform to spew forth his nonsense. Michael Moore is not wrong in most of what he said. He is wrong in everything he said.

I will bet you cannot sit through the whole video. There is no reason to try.


By now it should be obvious to most everyone that there is more to what’s happening in Wisconsin than just issues affecting Wisconsin. In terms of national leftist issues, this ranks right up there with socialized medicine.

Let’s review Gov. Walker’s plan. The plan would:

1. Require employees of the state to contribute 12.6% toward the cost of their healthcare insurance. According to a Kaiser Foundation study, that’s about half of the average paid by state and federal workers nationwide. We don’t hear much from the union defending against this particular proposal.

2. Require employees of the state to contribute 5.8% toward the cost of their pensions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “for government workers with a required plan contribution, the average contribution is 6.3 percent” We don’t hear much from the union defending against this particular proposal.

3. End the requirement that all state employees must pay into the union whether or not they choose to join. Forcing non-members to pay as a condition of employment is easily seen as extortion. We don’t hear anything from the union in defense of this. They are dead quiet about it.

4. Limit collective bargaining to basic wages. This is where the unions are screaming bloody murder.

Items 1 through 3 are about money. Item 4 is about power. Items 1 through 3 concern Wisconsin. Item 4 concerns all unions nationally; it poses a threat to union power. The private sector develops its own wealth. The public sector, and that includes public service unions, taps the wealth of others. To do that requires power. In the private sector, money leads to power. In the public sector, it’s power that leads to money.

The AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) and the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) combined gave over $18M in political contributions for the 2010 election year. According to The Center for Responsible Politics, none of it, that’s 0%, went to Republicans. These unions and the Democratic Party are joined at the hip.

When Democrats are in power, the government and the union sit on the same side of the negotiating table. That’s how public sector employees have come to have higher compensation than their private sector equivalents. That, and the ability to tax and borrow without the constraints of having to be profitable to survive.

There is much, much more at stake in Wisconsin than meets the casual eye.

By the way, if you think “goons” is too strong you should watch this video, entitled “Joe the Plumber” Goes to Wisconsin.


It is becoming increasingly apparent that there is just one political party that represents the American people. The Republican Party is the only party of, by and for the people. The Democratic Party is the party of the government. The Wisconsin issue, and the President’s response to it, is but confirmation of the fact. Writing for the Washington Post, George Will said:

[T]he Democratic Party is the party of government, not only because of its extravagant sense of government’s competence and proper scope, but also because the party’s base is government employees. Second, government employees have an increasingly adversarial relationship with the governed.

What George Will did not point out is how this President has taken the union between the Democratic Party and the corpus of government to a new level by explicit support of government employee labor unions over the will of the majority of Wisconsin’s citizens. Random polls show the public supports the governor’s action by a two to one margin. Random polls include government workers, of course. The ratio would certainly be even higher if civil servants themselves were not included in the polls.

Civil servants, now there’s a misnomer, unless you consider this example civil.

Random Thots will have more to say on the symbiotic relationship between labor unions and government. Stay tuned for future posts.


The scene is the Wisconsin legislature after the vote. What you see here is an appalling glimpse of classic community organizing in action. There is nothing spontaneous or grass roots about what you see in the video. The shirts, the chants, the epithets hurled at members of the legislature, the obnoxious behavior, the obvious presence of leaders steering the angry crowd, all this has organized written all over it. It’s a frightening thing. It’s Chicago in Wisconsin. It is our president’s way but it is not, …I say IT IS NOT the American way.


How can you claim to be for Democracy and against voting?

It all started in Texas in 2003 when state senate Democrats left the state en mass because it was the Republicans turn to present a redistricting plan. The Wisconsin Democrats flew the coop when the Republican governor proposed state workers contribute a percentage of the cost of their health care and retirement plans, still less than normal in the private sector. The trigger issue in Indiana, as I understand it from preliminary reports, is a requirement supported by Democrats, that civil service workers pay a fee to unions they chose not to join.

Bonnie and Clyde, I can understand. They were common criminals and had good reason to go on the run, to cross state lines and hide from the police. We can’t say that about the Democrats, can we. Their actions are extraordinary, certainly not common.

State legislators only need to leave the state to escape certain laws of their state. Washington legislators would need to leave the nation to accomplish the same objective. Do you see where I am going here? Can’t we get the Republican Congress to propose something on which the Democrats don’t want to vote? Even if they are only gone for a week or two it would be like opening the windows on an early spring day.


The Washington Post:  Friday, February 18, 2011

MADISON, WIS. – President Obama thrust himself and his political operation this week into Wisconsin’s broiling budget battle, mobilizing opposition on Thursday to a Republican bill that would curb public-worker benefits and planning similar protests in other state capitals.

Obama accused Scott Walker, the state’s new Republican governor, of unleashing an “assault” on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would change future collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, including teachers.

The president’s political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to get thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.

The emphasis is ours. The President did not just favor on side; he joined the fight. “Wisconsin” is not an external threat. It’s a legitimate domestic dispute within a sovereign state. The federal government has no business taking sides. If the President has any role at all it is to bring calm, to mediate. But Obama comes to agitate. It’s a crisis not to waste.

To this day, and to the discredit of all media the art of community organizing is not well known. Look at WaPo’s third paragraph again. “political machine worked…close coordination…with union officials…get [organize] protesters to gather…plan similar demonstrations.” This is not the work of resolving disputes. It’s the work of feeding disputes. It’s the prime function of a community organizer.

Barack comes home.

“Hello! Michelle! I’m home. Where are you? I have something exciting to tell you.”

“I’m right here, in the den, honey.”

“Ahh, Michelle. What an exciting day I had. This Wisconsin thing. It’s like the good old days, only on a grander scale. Easier, too. We didn’t even have to create an issue. This one just fell in our laps, Michelle.”

“Peter was right, Barack.”

Now who would Peter be in this imaginary tale? Barack would know. It’s Peter Dreier, the author of “Socialist Incubators” (community organizatations) and of “The Case for Transitional Reform” (advancing socialism through the electoral system). Dreier convened a panel on community organizations at the Socialist Scholars Conference held at Cooper Union hall in honor of the 100th year of Karl Marx’s death. Obama attended that conference and went into community organizing immediately thereafter.

We quote from Stanley Kurtz’ book “Radical-In-Chief”:

Dreier’s overall strategy was to first establish quasi-socialist institutions at the heart of capitalist society – ACORN’s role in the banking system very much fit the bill. In the short run, these de facto socialist groups would push society toward gradual “democratic” change. In the long run, perhaps, they’d serve as the vanguard of a revolution.

The second part of Dreier’s strategy was to inject “unmanageable strains into the capitalist system, strains that precipitate an economic and/or political crisis,” by which Dreier meant a “revolution of rising entitlements” that “cannot be abandoned without undermining the legitimacy of the capitalist class.” In the short run, Dreier said, “the process leads to expansion of state activity and budgets, and… to fiscal crisis in the public sector. In the long run, it may give socialist norms an opportunity for extension or at least visibility.”

Peter Dreier was a professor of urban affairs at Occidental College when Obama attended Occidental. Peter served on Barack’s urban policy task force during the 2008 campaign. Barack knew exactly who Peter was when Michelle said “Peter was right.”