Protest in Wisconsin being helped by the Democratic National Committee Organizing for America

Posted on: February 18, 2011

It seems that the Democrats like a good protest. As Rahm Emanuel once said, “Don’t let a good crisis go to waste,” so the state of Wisconsin must be the next good crisis. According to an article in Politico the Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America arm which is the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign, is now playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights.

This group is filling buses and encouraging turnout for rallies in Madison. They have organized 15 rapid response phone banks urging supporters to call their state legislators and working on planning and producing rallies. They have used their twitter account to publish 54 tweets promoting the rallies along with its blog.

Of course a lot of the information being provided to the protestors may not be exactly correct. The spin on what the Governor wants to do may be far from the truth but obviously these people don’t care about telling the truth. Here is a sample of what Organizing for America Wisconsin State Director Dan Grandone wrote supporters in an email.

“At a time when most folks are still struggling to get back on their feet, Gov. Walker has asked the state legislature to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Under his plan, park rangers, teachers, and prison guards would no longer be able to fight back if the new Republican majority tries to slash their health benefits or pensions. But that’s not even the most shocking part: The governor has also put the state National Guard on alert in case of ‘labor unrest.’ We can’t — and won’t — let Scott Walker’s heavy-handed tactics scare us. This Tuesday and Wednesday, February 15th and 16th, volunteers will be attending rallies at the state. Gov. Walker won’t even talk to state workers about his proposal to strip them of their rights. He is ignoring Wisconsin voices today and asking for the power to drown them out permanently tomorrow. We’re ready to do all we can to make sure that doesn’t happen. OFA volunteers are going to fight for our friends with state jobs, our allies in organized labor, and the freedom of all Wisconsinites to organize their communities.”

True the Governor wants to end the public employees’ collective bargaining rights. He also wants them to contribute to their health and pension funds – which they haven’t been doing. That’s all he is requesting.

Whatever happened to what President Obama said to all of us about “getting some skin in the game”? You know distributing wealth and helping to recover our economy.

What these people fail to understand is that Wisconsin is in bad financial trouble. They need to balance their budget. Their public employees need to put some skin in the game and help out their state.

House Speaker John Boehner called on Obama to pull Organizing for America out of the effort and he said: “I’m disappointed that instead of providing similar leadership from the White House, the president has chosen to attack leaders such as Gov. Walker, who are listening to the people and confronting problems that have been neglected for years at the expense of jobs and economic growth. I urge the president to order the DNC to suspend these tactics.”


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