Wisconsin's Debacle

Events Leading to State Facism

June 2011

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Gov. Scott Walker

The events taking place in the state of Wisconsin early in 2011 caught the attention of the entire world. That in itself tells us the Republican lawmakers of that state had engaged in some extremely radical policy-making attempts, with Governor Scott Walker leading the way. What the majority of the country didn't know in the early stages was that Wisconsin was just the first of many states with almost identical plans, which begs the question, "was this a pre-planned and coordinated effort"? And if so, who was behind the plan?

Common among all the plans are tax cuts for the wealthy, tax cuts for corporations, increasing taxes on - and increased cost to - middle-class citizens & the working poor, reversing laws that are unfriendly to corporations, cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and dismantling public workers unions. In some cases, attempts are being made to kill private unions. Furthermore, laws are being passed that disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters, most of which tend to vote Democrat.

The following links are to articles and reports on events related to the Wisconsin debacle. The dates noted is the date the articles were published; not necessarily the date the event(s) took place. However, in most cases, the articles appeared within 24 hours or less of the event.

December 7, 2010 - Governor-elect Walker renews calls for union concessions
December 31, 2010 - Scott Walker Took Oath Of Office For Governor From AG Van Hollen On Thursday

2011

January 3 - Walker takes office as Wisconsin's 45th governor
January 19 - Walker called for a special session of the Wisconsin legislature and signed into law not one but two tax breaks for businesses which created a deficit but Wisconsin had a budget surplus when Walker assumed office
February 14 - Wisconsin Gov. Walker Threatens To Deploy National Guard As 'Intimidation Force' Against Workers' Unions
February 15 - Green Bay Packers Criticize WI Gov: 'Right To Negotiate Wages And Benefits' Is 'Fundamental' To Middle Class
February 16 - Wisconsin Gov. Walker Reiterates That The 'National Guard' Will Be Used Against A Worker 'Walk-Off'
February 17 - Wisconsin Democrats Flee To Prevent Vote On Union Bill
February 17 - Several school systems in Wisconsin cancelled classes today, as teachers and other public employees continue to protest
February 17 - Progressive Solidarity Movement Emerges In Wisconsin
February 18 - Wisconsin Assembly delays vote on union bill
February 18 - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) insisted last night that the GOP is "not going to be bullied" or "intimidated" by the massive protests against his anti-union bill
February 18 - Eight GOP State Senators In Wisconsin Can Be Recalled Right Now; Gov. Walker Can Be Recalled In January
February 18 - Joe Scarborough: Wisconsin Public Unions Are 'Greedy' Free Riders
February 18 - Koch Industries Slashed WI Jobs, Helped Elect Scott Walker, Now Orchestrating Pro-Walker Protest
February 18 - Local Business Community May Be Starting To Turn Against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
February 21 - How John Birch Society Extremism Never Dies: The Fortune Behind Scott Walker's Union-Busting Campaign
February 22 - Koch Industries Front Group Americans For Prosperity Launches Ad To Support Walker's Union Busting
February 22 - Is Scott Walker Cutting Off Internet Access To Thwart Protesters?
February 22 - Priorities? GOP Governors Shift Burden To Poor, Middle Class To Pay For Tax Breaks For Rich, Corporations
February 22 - The Last Time Scott Walker Went Union Busting, He Was Overruled And Wasted Taxpayer Dollars
February 22 - Joining Wisconsin, Montanans Protest Tea Party Assault On Workers And Environment
February 23 - Wisconsin Gov. Walker Takes Prank Call From Fake 'Koch' Brother
February 25 - FLASHBACK: Gov. Walker Promised To End Late-Night Votes Because 'Nothing Good Happens After Midnight'
February 25 - Wisconsin Dems shout 'shame' after union vote
February 25 - Troopers sent to homes of some Wisconsin Democrats
February 25 - Wisconsin state Assembly Republicans this morning abruptly passed a measure stripping collective bargaining rights from most public workers
February 26 - REPORT: Top 10 Disastrous Policies From The Wisconsin GOP You Haven't Heard About
February 28 - Ending Special Interest Tax Dodging Would Balance Wisconsin's Budget And End The War On Unions
February 28 - Gov. Walker Misleadingly Claims His Union-Busting Bill Doesn't End Collective Bargaining
February 28 - Chris Wallace Picks Up False Right-Wing Talking Point That Walker Campaigned On Union Busting
March 2 - Walker Introduces Third Straight Illegal Budget
March 2 - Wisconsin Voters Launch Recall Campaign Against Eight GOP State Senators
March 2 - Fox News Airs Random Protest Video To Make Wisconsin Demonstrations Appear Violent
March 3 - Scott Walker's Budget Limits Birth Control Coverage, Eliminates Access To Health Care Services For Women
March 4 - David Koch Claims He Doesn't 'Directly' Support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
March 4 - Walker's Budget Slashes Medicaid, While Increasing Funeral Assistance For Destitute Who Die
March 9 - WI Senate GOP Leader Admits On-Air That His Goal Is To Defund Labor Unions, Hurt Obama's Reelection Chances
March 10 - Wisconsin GOP Anti-Union Vote Violates State's Open Meetings Law
March 10 - Wisconsin Can Repeal Walker's Anti-Union Bill In 2012 And Amend The State Constitution In 2013
March 10 - Wisconsin Assembly Passes Walker's Anti-Union Bill
March 10 - Wisconsin GOP State Senator Admits Union Fight Is 'Absolutely' About 2012
March 10 - Wisconsin Democrats return
March 11 - Wisconsin governor signs bill to curb union rights
March 11 - Gov. Scott Walker Refusing To Release Details Of Contacts With Koch Industries
March 13 - Madison Rally Bigger Than Biggest Tea Party Rally
March 18 - Judge Issues Restraining Order Blocking Anti-Union Wisconsin Law
March 20 - Walker Ally On Wisconsin Supreme Court Calls State's First Female Justice A 'Bitch'
March 21 - Scott Walker Touts His Union-Busting Agenda As 'Progressive'
March 23 - Conservatives On Wisconsin Supreme Court Let Corporate Lobbyists Write Judicial Ethics Rules
March 24 - Indiana Official Reportedly Advised Scott Walker To Stage A Phony Violent Attack By Union Supporters
March 24 - Emails Show Scott Walker Misrepresented Voters' Support For His Union Busting
March 25 - Justice-For-Sale Lobbyists Raising 'Unlimited and Undisclosed' Donations To Buy Supreme Court Seat
March 26 - Lawless Wisconsin GOPers Defy Court Order Against Anti-Union Law
March 29 - Forgetting Budget Rhetoric, WI Senate GOP Leader Brags: We've Busted Unions 'Once And For All'
March 31 - Wisconsin Judge Declares Anti-Worker Law Is Not In Effect
April 4 - Leader Of Koch Front Group Is Behind Ads Supporting Wisconsin Justice David Prosser
April 7 - Prosser Hires Bush v. Gore Recount Lawyer Who Claims GOP Opposes Equal Protection
April 7 - Wisconsin Progressives Collect 9,000 More Signatures Than Needed To Oust Philandering Republican Senator
April 8 - Wisconsin Republican County Clerk Claims She Misplaced 7,500 Votes For Justice Prosser, Her Former Boss
April 13 - Walker And Prosser Crushed Regulations On Koch Industry's Phosphorus Pollution In Wisconsin
April 14 - Scott Walker Admits Union-Busting Provision 'Doesn't Save Any For The State Of Wisconsin
April 16 - After Pledging To Not Raise Taxes, Walker Proposes Hiking Taxes And Fees On The Poor And Students
April 19 - Recall Petitions Filed Against Two More Wisconsin Republican Senators
April 21 - Financial Martial Law In Wisconsin? Scott Walker In 2009: We Have To Look At 'Eliminating County Government'
May 4 - Wisconsin Democrats Win Seat That Was Held By Republicans For Sixteen Years In Special Election
May 9 - Facing Recall, Wisconsin GOP Will Hustle Through Voter ID Bill That Disenfranchises Students, Seniors
May 23 - Wisconsin Orders Recall Election For Three GOP State Senators
May 26 - Wisconsin Judge Strikes Down GOP Gov. Scott Walker's Anti-Collective Bargaining Law
May 26 - Wisconsin GOP could simply re-pass law, but recall elections causing delay