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Time for Bossy to go on strike

Governor for Life Scott “Hosni Mubarak” Walker got his union-busting wishes fulfilled by a procedural maneuver in the Wisconsin Assembly Wednesday. When protesters filled the Capitol building. Police, whose collective bargaining rights are not effected by the legislation, escorted or carried the protesters out of the building. Police after all are an essential service in a police state. Police also blocked some of the lawmakers themselves from getting into the chamber for the vote, in spite of their pleas. Some resorted to crawling through a window to get to the chamber. Sorry, but police are there to maintain order, not to serve the people.

Well, it’s time for Wisconsin’s true majority to stand up and be counted. I’m talking, of course, about the 1.26 million dairy cows that are the true essential service of the state. It’s time lawmakers found out which side their bread is buttered on, so to speak. Outweighing most mere humans by several times, cattle would be much harder for police to remove from the capitol. And since the Assembly seems bent on treating their employees like cattle, it seems like a fair moooove.

I’ve never been a strong union supporter. I’ve seen too many instances where the union leadership becomes indistinguishable from the corporate management. There are times that the unions seem to exist for the purpose of supporting the unions rather than the thousands of laborers who pay their dues each month.

But I do believe in the right of all workers to be represented in collective bargaining on all facets of their employment. Anything less gives undue favor to the tiny minority of people who sit at corporate and government board tables.

It remains to be seen whether the voters of Wisconsin will truly rally to reverse this tyranny, or if those who are not in public service will simply breathe a sigh of relief that they are not affected and let life go on until the next battle. Make no mistake, there will be a next battle in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, and everywhere else that power-hungry greed outweighs common sense and compassion.

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