In 53-42 Vote, Wisconsin Assembly Gives Final Passage To Bill Stripping Collective Bargaining Rights; Politicians Get Death Threats Over Imminent Austerity

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After yesterday the Wisconsin Senate passed the controversial Union Bargaining Bill, using a surprising loophole, resulting in a Union occupation of the Capitol building, the next formality before its enactment has just taken place: the Wisconsin Assembly has just given final passage to the bill, meaning just the signature of Governor Walker is all that is needed at this point, something which will surely happen in the next few hours. And after earlier the Obama administration expressed its disappointment that Wisconsin managed to find this legislative loophole, thereby making the farcical taxpayer funded self-exile of the state democrats all for naught, we are confident the president will be making the teleprompted rounds imminently.

From AP:

Wisconsin lawmakers have voted to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from the state's public workers in one of the strongest blows to the power of unions in years.

The state's Assembly passed Republican Gov. Scott Walker's explosive proposal 53-42 Thursday. The state's Senate approved it the night before after using a procedural move to bypass its AWOL Democrats.

Walker says he'll sign the legislation as quickly as possible.

The vote brings a swift end to a standoff over union rights that has rocked Wisconsin and the nation. Tens of thousands of protesters have converged on the state's Capitol for weeks of demonstrations.

The implementation of Walker's proposal will be a key victory for Republicans who have targeted unions amid efforts to slash government spending.

In the meantime, as Karl Denningers highlights, social decay is propagating after Wisconsin politicians receive the following death threat:

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we've had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it's going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it's a matter of public records. We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn't leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so "high" on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won't tell you all of them because that's just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it's necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will "get rid of" (in which I mean kill) you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it's worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!! 

Forget Saudi days of rage: you take away some entitlements right here in our own back yard and civil war may soon break out...

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ReeferMac's picture

This just in, Canada is preparing for air strikes against union protestors in neighboring Wisconsin.

NewThor's picture

I hope they don't blow up the cheese curd factories. Those are so good.


Poor people buying homes caused the Credit Crunch Crisis of 2008.

Unions caused the $20 trillion dollar federal and state debt situation of 2011.


Get rid of poor people and unions, give the banks another $20 trillion, and

America will be better than ever's ever! Swear to the Bernank!


saladbarbeef's picture

According to a 120 year old plat map, at the time there were three cheese factory and creameries within 5 miles of my house.  Gotta love Wisc.  


Interestingly, what passed in the past two days would not have passed two weeks ago.  The GOP Senators are saying they really were stunned by the Fugitive-14 and tried to work out a deal to get them here with honor (throw them a bone.)   Instead the GOP just got fed up with the Fugitives taking orders from fat union bosses and refusing to do their job.  Rioting and death threats showed them who they were really dealing with.


Wisconsin GOP:  Like a BOSS!

gmrpeabody's picture

No advance notice...

Surely you jest.

JW n FL's picture

$440,781,045,961.00 is what the Banks Robbed the People of with QE 2...

           $??,???,???.00 is what the Lobby just robbed the Working Class of Wisconsin for...


Every little bit helps.. when Robbing from "We the People".


Thank God for the Republicans!!  

JW n FL's picture

How many in Wisconsin were out in the Street with signs against the Bankers Bonus Monies?

So, $440,781,045,961.00?? Gets a pass from the Republicans in Wisconsin?? But the Union?? Get’s Ass Raped?

All this media fan fare?? For how many millions of dollars? But no fan fare from the Republicans or Democrats for $440,781,045,961.00 in Wisconsin.. not one fucking picket sign painted up? Maybe abortion then?

When the Country falls to the Police Force (who didn’t get a pay cut) and Politicians, Wisconsin’s will ask how did it happen?  

You all must be right, it is just me being concerned with the larger problem.. that is being completely fucking ignored and played down..

My bad, Carry on.. at least a few more months before you will be forced to think about it..

All is well, food stamps for all!!! Banker Bonuses, just for the few.. Sorry.

JW n FL's picture

Thank!! God!!!


The Unions in Wisconsin are almost Dead!


All of our problems are solved!!


This event will stop the Bankers from Robbing the Country Blind of Trillions of Dollars a year!!!


When the house is being robbed, it is not a good time to Paint Abortion Signs or Union Bust.. we should be dealing with the larger problems at hand..


Ahhhhhh.. never mind.. Unions, Danzig Wiff Da Starz and / or Jerry Springer... its all the same thing.


Broker Union Workers in Wisconsin are NOT! the Problem.. Trillions of Dollars and Bank Bonuses that could have paid for the Union plus! Plus!! PLUS!!! thats the fucking problem people!


Wake the FUCK! UP!! PEOPLE!!!



66Sexy's picture

They are coming for your ships, your planets, your people

Bob's picture

I'm afraid you are AWAKE, JW, and the nightmare is real.  Virgins are being sacrificed by the thousands and blood floods the streets while the goons of the elite praise the gods for their deliverance. 

It's frustrating to see that the finance community, after all its talk about the banksters, apparently sides with the . . . finance community.  But think about that. 

It is what it is. 



Been Jammin Burn Hanky's picture

Keep calm...WalMart's having a sale...

simpleminds's picture

In my opinion, since "We the People" pay the salaries and benefits of employees in the the public unions, it is the public employees who are robbing "We the People" in a similar fashion to Wall Street by paying off those in charge to look the other way or to vote in their favor.

OnyerMarks's picture

If the public sector can get together and demand pay raises and gold plated benefits, then we private sector people (who pay the bill) should get together and demand some fiscal accountability.  oh...wait....we did in November!



GO RYAN!!'s picture

So you're just a small time moocher and that ought to be OK?

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Hey Unununium....A repeat of my previous comment on the live streaming thread...

Perks, pensions, health-care, ridiculous undeserving salaries, shenanigans going on behind the scenes to cover up mismanagement of public funds, public officials/politicians looting the tax payer of every cent they can get away with through subtle covert deceptive tactics, the corruption, lying, cheating and stealing goes on, and on, and on....

We in the private sector have been more than generous to the public sector and we get rewarded by their union thugs and self obsessed politicians making trouble for us by trying to bleed us dry in the midst of an economic collapse. They have been spoiled to the point where their minds have been infected with the sickness of greed and like spoiled children with no boundaries they will have to be punished.

Their review on their performance has just been published....They are definitely over paid! They wouldn't last 2 seconds in the private sector with a performance record like this....



SWRichmond's picture

We certainly don't need any public sector unions.  Public sector employees have no concept of business and are, for the most part, under no pressure to accomplish anything.  They expect regular raises, get comparably great benefits, job security (now unknown in the private sector), retiree medical, defined benefit pensions.  They get all of this at the expense of the ever-shrinking productive sector.  Unionize and demand more and more?  FOAD.

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Well said SWR, well said indeed!

Oh regional Indian's picture

up and down this thread

so clear

everyone is ruled by fear

fear makes you an easy tool

for the con-trollers

to divide and _________


Fight on!


G-R-U-N-T's picture

Fear is negative anticipation which is what consumed the politicians into retreat while union thugs and their useful idiots reacted like spoiled adolescent children acting out causing an estimated $7.5 million in damage to the Capitol building.

Another tax payer casualty of irresponsibility from unrestrained union merry making...Good lord!

Governor Walker and a small majority of his colleagues were courageous enough to stand up for the private sector in PRINCIPLE and not back down thus fulfilling their elected responsibilities. My hat goes off to them because in American there still exists principled moral clarity.





Guy Fawkes Mulder's picture

Must be something wrong with me, but I figured unununium for maybe 5 junks, not 40.

I thought he made a fair amount of sense.

I've always been of the opinion that selfish traders who profit from buying and selling bullshit paper are moochers and generally useless to society (at least for the last 10 years). Hoard PMs to protect your wealth if you want, but if you have 100 times as much PMs as me when TSHTF, it doesn't make you 100 times as valuable as me.

I hope the survivors of the Wisconsin riots and massacres junk you junkers 40 times when dictators come for ZH.

edit: apparently he is now junked to oblivion...

Creed's picture


This battle didn't spring up overnight.

It's been on my radar for many years.

It needs to be handled. It's part of deconstructing the monstrosity we call "government" here in the USA.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Peace Creed, i was just rhyming and pointing out that if this board is any indication, I see a house divided, against itself.

Perhaps energies being distracted into a seemingly important issue, while the house burns down.


Bob's picture

You've got it, ORI.  Imagine that madness from the inside watching the "victors" celebrate like pagans dancing in ecstacy around the fire. 

May your times not be too interesting.

downwiththebanks's picture

What's clearly not part of the agenda is addressing the economic crisis.  Laying off workers does not help that one iota.  Because improving the economy has nothing to do with what's happening in Wisconsin.

What's happening in Wisconsin, and on ZeroHedge, is a diversion taking people's attention away from the REAL worthless, thieving social parasites who do NOTHING productive:  the banker-gangsters.   Any proposed solution that doesn't involve these thieving bastards committing suicide en masse for the sake of humanity is not a solution at all.

Anyone who attacks the working class for their greed while saying NOTHING about the true problem is either a dupe, and idiot, or an agent.

One of the three.

So which are you?

Virginian's picture

For that pithy comment SW, a dram of single malt at the establishment of your choice! We Richmonders must hang together - or surely we will all hang separately.

Sic Semper Tyrannis

ebworthen's picture


I hate to bust your inside the beltway business school bubbles but you guys don't get it.

Wisconsin is simply a sellout of the American individual and family.

The "Government versus Entrepreneurial Mavericks" is a dead horse.

That is part of the fog, part of the distraction.

"The People" are losing.

You can have an election with for "Republicans" then a win for "Democrats" but all it really means is more long term see-sawing that GUARANTEES the loss of individual rights and freedom.


BrosMacManus's picture

There's good arguments on both sides. However, the paying members are the pawns of the real power brokers, and the circle jerk set up be/w the union brass and a pandering political class is so blatantly conflicted as to keep me ambivalent to the fact that middle class people are getting the shaft in this. Rinse and repeat, switching another pandering political class with corporate power brokers, with another screwing of the middle class.

downwiththebanks's picture

But the banker-gangsters, who steal and pillage and rape and rob on a scale that dwarfs that of anyone belonging to the working class - they're allowed to collect $50 billion dollars in bonuses without being taxed.

Are you a dupe of the banker-gangsters, their agent, or just simply an idiot?

Creed's picture


There is no place for unions in PUBLIC SERVICE that

is paid for by PUBLIC FUNDS.

Government workers are not America. You do not represent me or most of the people on my block.

Government workers first allegiance is to GOVERNMENT.


KinorSensase's picture

Ha.  I can't believe there are retards on this site actually bashing unions.  I thought the ZH crew was aware of the banking/finance system?  No union corruption could ever scratch the surface of the magnitude of corruption and thievery perpetrated daily by banksters.  And you're shitting on teachers!  Hahahahaha.  Really, punish the teachers, you'll have a real nice future for your children.  Did I mention that you're retards yet?  Retards.


Have fun chasing the nickel and dime "crooks," don't forget to open the door for the Guv after austerity comes to a town near you.



Larry Darrell's picture

We the PRODUCERS are completely aware of ALL OF THE PARASITES.........the elite bankers and pols, the food stampers who have no desire to do anything else, and the public sector unions.


And here's what you haven't considered.........if we bring the public unions down, then those people have to live like we do.  Once that happens, MAYBE (and it's an admittedly small chance since the union parasites are mostly ignorant) we can get them to pay the fuck attention to how the BANKERS are fucking us ALL.


And we need the union members to wake the fuck up to the bankster problem so they can join our fight because if they are anything, it is organized, and we could use that skill on this side to help bring the bankers down.

rich_wicks's picture

And here's what you haven't considered.........if we bring the public unions down, then those people have to live like we do.  Once that happens, MAYBE (and it's an admittedly small chance since the union parasites are mostly ignorant) we can get them to pay the fuck attention to how the BANKERS are fucking us ALL.


The problem is the public sector employees couldn't give a rat's ass about what the government does to screw over the private sector employees, as long as they get their share of the loot from stealing from us.

Bob's picture

I don't know your story, Larry, but this being a finance site, I'm wondering if you're asserting that finance people are producers?

Yeah, keep pointing at the other guys.

ManOfBliss's picture

Is that your indirect way of supporting unions? By trying to chastize people for not putting down banks in the comment section of an article on teachers?

Not a day goes by where 100 people on this website don't hate on banks for all the terrible corruption they perpetrate.

You should tell the union members in Wisconsin what you just said. While they "nickel and dime" (as you put it), none of them were up in arms over bailouts. I can just as easily use your silly argument against you.

KinorSensase's picture

Meh.  Retardos.  Dos.  I still think chasing unions is a waste of time, and in "nickel and dime" I'm referring to wasting the allocation of effort in seeking and prosecuting corruption within unions instead of on the far greater scale of banking.  I think you could get a better ROI going after the banks. 

In particular, it's just lame the way the Koch Bro's hijacked the Tea Party and have this hard on for busting's the fucking base of capitalism.  Teachers?  Why would you want to skimp on the that part of your state budget?  It's supposed to be the investment in your community's children, and it's fucking stupid to make it a focul point for cutting costs, esp. when they lion's share is off being stolen by the banking system.

Also, I also work in the private sector, funny enough using my two hands.

sun tzu's picture

Somehow it is beyond the comprehension ability of the left-wing cretins that a person can oppose both banker and union corruption at the same time. In the demented mind of the left-wing, you have to either support the corrupt bankers or corrupt unions.

The honest and decent people in America oppose the corrupt bankers, unions, politicos and media.

KinorSensase's picture

haha you think I'm left wing.  I'm actually more of a breast meat guy. 


But the corrupt teachers, you winning me over on that point.  In fact, I cede the post.

Creed's picture


That's the art of war in action buddy.

Those are called "smoke grenades".

They throw out things about bankers hoping to capture populist emotion & obfuscate the issue,


Michael's picture

Cretin is a good description. Michael Savage says those kinds of people have a mental disorder. They teach everyone around them to talk and think the same way using the same talking point sayings, even the school kids are taught to talk the same way. They never deviate from their script even when given more precise language, they revert to what appears to be some mind control tactic they are using, whether consciously but more likely subconsciously. It's as if they are stuck in some sort of a hypnotic state of mind and can't break themselves out of it. I do believe they will wake up when it is too late and nobody has any money anymore.

downwiththebanks's picture

It's not "beyond the comprehension" of anyone.

Rather, the choice you've made to focus your fire on those people working to make a living and to lay off the people who CAUSED the economic meltdown demonstrate one of three things:  either you are a dupe of the banker-gangsters, because they have suckered you into saying the two groups - workers and banker-gangsters - are more or less equivalent.

Or you're an agent of those very same banker-gangsters, sent to attack the workers and divert attention from their crimes.

Or you're just an idiot incapable of seeing the problem for what it is, sucking down corporate propaganda.

Creed's picture


You're blowing smoke up my ass.

The bankers are one battle, overpaid PUBLIC UNION EMPLOYEES are another battle.

There's lots of other battles & together they make a war.

Teachers? Yeah, and all the rest of the workers that make up city/county/state & Federal governments.

All of them need to have a haircut.

Why am I paying for their benefits when I don't have my own benefits? How about I just pay for mine? Isn't that fair?

Michael's picture

That's how most people really feel Creed.

And there are more than one theater of war.

In one theater you kill the king in the other theaters you kill the cronies.

downwiththebanks's picture

If you're concerned about fairness, I suggest you look up the rate of corporate profits over the last 30 years.  Or executive bonuses.  Or CEO pay.

It's the height of lunacy to talk about haircuts and fairness while adopting their position on Wisconsin.

That you don't have your own benefits does not imply that nurses and bus drivers don't deserve them.   It means you do, yet do not receive them in order for banker-gangsters to loot more cash from those who actually perform labor.  And I guarantee you one thing:  crushing the working class, which is the project afoot here, will not help you GAIN anything.  

Yet you're participating in the attack against them without paying anything other than lip-service to the real criminals, parasites, and thieves.

PD Quig's picture

Right. The. Fuck. On.

It isn't about the teachers: It's about the backroom deals where public employee unions and politicians on the campaign contribution "take" both negotiate to eachother's benefit at the expense of the poor schlub taxpayer who pays both of their asses and has no way to stop the one-way ratchet upwards for compensation and benefits. Look, I carry no brief for Republicans (they abandoned their small government principles long ago, and it remains to be seen whether they are serious about returning to them), but the Dems are absolutely beyond contempt--and the left-wing hypocrisy about 'civility' has been revealed in spades in the past few weeks. The ironic thing is that if the unions were to get what they want, their jobs and pensions would absolutely go up in smoke when the final reckoning came in a few more years. The public employee unions and Dems are too fucking stupid to understand that a forced diet right now will keep them from suffering a massive financial coronary in a few years (actually, their fiscal arteries are hopelessly clogged already). Dumb fuckers still believe in the money fairy.

downwiththebanks's picture

Your view is that working-class people in Wisconsin should stop bitching about the "money fairy" IN VIOLATION OF THEIR CONTRACT.  You say they should take sleeping severe cuts to their health care, benefits, and wages.

But banker-gangsters get bailed out at par, collect $50,000,000,000 bonuses while performing not a day of labor in their lives.  

This has nothing to do with solving an economic problem.  It has to do with the same banker-gangsters who have robbed the workers blind redoubling their attack, going after the working class with dupes, agents, and useful idiots.

Michael's picture

"We in the private sector have been more than generous to the public sector and we get rewarded by their union thugs and self obsessed politicians making trouble for us by trying to bleed us dry in the midst of an economic collapse. They have been spoiled to the point where their minds have been infected with the sickness of greed and like spoiled children with no boundaries they will have to be punished."

And to know these are our employees doing this to us. They truly are children that need to be spanked.

downwiththebanks's picture

Don't act like businessmen are smart.  THEY CAUSED THE CRISIS.

Compared to the banker-gangsters who DESTROYED the economy, any drooling invalid could do a better job.

The "private sector"!  What a joke.  Does the United States even have one of those, anymore?

Ironmaan's picture

I guess it depends on what problem you are referring to. I do believe that they are responsible for the fact that our students are borderline retard when compared to the rest of the world. So, I wouldn't consider teachers greedy, just incompetant and undeserving of their salaries.