I don’t think Newt is conservative or liberal. I also agree with one of his ex-wives–he is not bothered by the fact that he does not believe what he says publicly. Newt says whatever he thinks the majority of potential voters may want to hear. He is a salesman, hawking his snake oil to gain power and prestige. (and maybe some money, too.) If he were a true conservative like Barry Goldwater, maybe I’d have some respect for him. He is, however, very much like the current republican leadership. They might not like Newt, but he is selling snake oil to the underinformed voters just like they are. A true right wing fascist might have some principles. Newt does not.
You mean like roads and bridges?
Maybe taxpayers should put their money into subsidizing big bank bailouts or big oil, or big agribusiness? Oh, yeah. I forgot. We already do that. How has it been working for you? It appears to be working well for large corporations.
@CXA: Are you saying that sometimes there just ain’t enough torches and pitchforks?
That is something that we are not supposed to think about.
This point should have been used by our government after 9/11. That could have really changed the whole world for the better.
So what should our President do with respect to Egypt and Libya? Pretty much just what he has done. If you want to know what he should NOT do, just ask yourself “What would Bush have done?”
@disgusted…:”Wall street perks are privately earned”..? then why did so much of our tax money go to them? What did they do for us?
You and the other teabaggers are actually pretty close to being right on the money with one big exception–Substitute “big corporations” for “big government.” You are right–you are being screwed, but it ain’t the big government that’s doing it to you.
@jimxoo67: If teachers are making so much money, why don’t you sign up to teach? I do not see a lot of people lining up for those cushy, “shovel money at us” jobs.
Corporatists try to divide the workers to lower all our wages. Teachers as a class are worth more than what they are paid. After all, what are we asking them to do for us?
I think other workers are worth more than what they are now paid, too. There is a concerted effort by corporatists to drive down wages for the working class and to divide us politically. It’s worked really well for them since Ronnie Raygun.
We need to stand together. Corporations need us more than we need them.
(@josefw: Give us the source of your info that schools and commuities are forced to buy health insurance from greedy unions at $30,000 a pop.)
The WI governor did not try to negotiate with unions at all. They had already agreed to pay cuts and increased pension contributions. They could not negotiate further cuts because he did not negotiate. Instead he just dictated his decision, “justifying” it because the state is “broke.”
Does the state being “broke” justify huge tax cuts that he just gave the wealthy? Perhaps the state is poorer because he turned down a huge federal rapid transit line between Milwaukee and Madison that would have given hundreds of his constituents good paying jobs and pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the WI economy? Does the state being “broke” justify the wording in one of his pending bills permitting state owned utilities to be sold without bids to private parties, such as the big contributing Koch brothers?
This guy is a phony. He is part of a nationwide conspiracy to lower worker wages.
Public workers are being made scapegoats. We are not supposed to remember that a decade or two back, public workers had lower salaries than their counterparts in private industry. They got decent pensions partly because of their relatively lower pay. Their pensions did not match with those workers in private industry either. We are supposed to forget that wages in private industry have been going steadily downward since 1981. And now private industry does not give pensions so much. We are supposed to put our money into private investments. How did YOUR 401(k) do recently?
It is indeed the wealthy and big corporations versus the working people. Which side is the WI governor on?
@Dry: I do believe teacher tenure laws were passed long before the teachers’ union came into widespread existence. AND you can get rid of tenured teachers, but it requires administrators to evaluate tenured teachers regularly(which certainly is and can be done), to pay attention, and to go through an established procedure. Do some lazy teachers take advantage of lazy and/or inept administrators? Sure. Back when teachers could be fired anytime for no reason, things did not work so well either. Blaming teachers’ unions for our education problems is a convenient political ploy used to distract underinformed voters from more important issues.