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Tom Toles

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  1. Justice22

    Justice22 said, about 2 years ago

    Well Done, Mr. Toles.

  2. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, about 2 years ago

    Remember, Scott Walker did not attack or weaken all public employee unions. … Only public employee unions made up largely of Democrats (teachers). The public employee unions made up chiefly of Republicans (police and firefighters) he left alone. The unions were prepared to make concessions, but Walker denied them even the right to choose.

    We talk about checks and balances. There was a time when unions (as flawed as they were) provided some check and balance on the power of concentrated money. But Divide and Rule is an ancient maxim now perfected in labor relations. Unions are now definitely weaker than they have been in a century, and the law (i.e. the government) is now the only protection the working man has left. Maybe that will be enough to prevent a return to the abusive practices that the unions were created to correct. But the decline, and immanent fall, of the unions in the US, makes me think of a community that, discovering corruption in the police force and fire department, and noting that there hasn’t been a major crime or fire lately, decides to disband both as no longer necessary.
    Or to disband the military after a few years of peace.

    But who knows? Maybe Wisconsin will soon find that teachers no longer want to work there, or maybe the US will soon find even fewer able young people to go into teaching, and as teachers become less able, the GOP will be able to more easily justify treating them like dirt.

  3. piobaire

    piobaire said, about 2 years ago

    Well said, Doughfoot!

  4. josefw

    josefw GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @Doughfoot

    Remember, Scott Walker did not attack or weaken all public employee unions. … Only public employee unions made up largely of Democrats (teachers). The public employee unions made up chiefly of Republicans (police and firefighters) he left alone.


    You are wrong. Did you witness the civil unrest just to change the teachers contracts? Just think if he would have added the Firefighters and Police. PS: The teachers union through their collective bargaining health insurance was sucking $20 to $30K per family per year from the state. ACT 10 changed that saving the state millions.

  5. cdward

    cdward said, about 2 years ago

    @Doughfoot

    The death of public education is the goal of Republican policy. Their ideal is private education for those who can afford it, private delivery, private armies, private prisons, private police – we will soon be back in the gilded era – or more likely back in medieval times.

  6. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, about 2 years ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Col. Potter of MASH also like the smell of horse dung. Glad you’re not alone.

  7. midas welby

    midas welby said, about 2 years ago

    @Doughfoot

    Excellent commentary Doughfoot, and factual as well. What gets lost in the myopic fascination with single-topic us vs them national "news"coverage is that this recall was about a large number of outrageous power grab events, some of them outside of the law, not just union busting. Ultimately, recall efforts were largely ineffective, but the state did decide to remove Republicans from total control of the government, perhaps bringing some semblance of political dialogue back to the capitol. Progressive government has definitely become a footnote in history for Wisconsin, but civility and working for the good of all may not be dead yet.

  8. MurphyHerself

    MurphyHerself said, about 2 years ago

    Where are the jobs he promised as a “job creator”?

  9. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 2 years ago

    @Doughfoot

    You have some good points but fail to recognize several issues that disprove your statement. 38% of those who worked for Unions voted for Scott Walker in the recall vote. Next over half of the people in Unions left in the past 16 months. Yes and that is Fox news. It is also true.

    Most important of all. If issues occur people will start joining the Unions again and their real power their members will come back.

    Last an on a different note:
    Scott Walker thank you for showing us how to stand up for ourselves.

  10. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    oh no “capitalism” next up “profits” and oh no where are all the jobs unions think that they are protecting?

  11. Heavy B

    Heavy B said, about 2 years ago

    @Harleyquinn

    Where are all the jobs that walker promised? Wisconsin is 50th in job creation.

  12. Naughtius

    Naughtius said, about 2 years ago

    In OTHER Words, OTHER Worker[s]…
    .
    You’re NEXT
    .
    HOW LONG Can YOU TREAD WATER?

  13. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 2 years ago

    @Heavy B

    Heavy as usual job creation is misleading. If that was all their was to it why is Wisconsin at 6.8 unemployment when the nation is at 8.2.

    It is the same when Mitt was Governor and Massachusetts was 47 out of 50 in job creation. Unemployment was under 5%. When you get so good the job creation slows because there are less workers available to hire.

    Relying on one figure is never a good idea.

  14. lookinside

    lookinside said, about 2 years ago

    Wisconsin = milking cows.
    Massachusetts = flipping burgers.
    GOOD jobs?
    Not.

  15. T.E. Lawrence

    T.E. Lawrence said, about 2 years ago

    And so we go back to the Gilded Age of dire poverty, Robber Barons, and rampant pollution.

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