Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wisconsin Public Union Leaders Viciously Criticize Tactics Used To Pass Collective Bargaining Bill, But Praised Similarly Passed Obamacare

In a round of mind-exploding hypocrisy, Wisconsin WEAC president Mary Bell and AFSCME 24's Marty Beil harshly criticized the Wisconsin GOP and Gov. Walker for the tactics used to pass their collective bargaining bill. They criticized splitting of the budgetary and non-budgetary items in order to allow passage under Wisconsin Senate rules and used terms like "nuclear option". They accused Republicans of ramming through a bill the majority of Wisconsin citizens don't support. Is this beginning to sound familiar? Watch the video. it is worth it just to see progressives this outraged.

Last March, The AFSCME and WTCS practically gushed at passage of Obamacare under reconciliation rules and against the wishes of the majority of voters.

Statement of AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee on final passage of the health care reconciliation bill
— “AFSCME members fought hard to pass President Obama’s health care reform package. We are grateful to President Obama, Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi for their leadership and commitment throughout this entire process. Health care reform is a remarkable achievement. This victory will protect and improve good union health care benefits. It stops the worst abuses of the insurance companies. It gives workers and families without coverage on-the-job access to affordable health care. It ends skyrocketing premiums and caps on benefits. It helps seniors by strengthening Medicare and helps preserve employer coverage for early retirees. It provides critical new funding to states...

Largely lost in the celebration over the passage of healthcare reform was another huge win for students and the rest of the education community: the legislation passed by Congress includes billions of dollars for student financial aid and community & technical colleges.

In addition to healthcare reform, the recently passed budget reconciliation bill cuts banks out of the student loan business and puts the federal government in charge of directly lending to students.

Update: DSCC weighs in. Pot meet Kettle.
BREAKING NEWS: Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have circumvented their Democratic colleagues and used a procedural trick to strip public workers of their right to collectively bargain.

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