Don't petition the White House, Use

Don’t petition the White House, Use

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

What Happens in Madison Doesn’t Stay in Madison

Feb 21, 2011 Aaron Krager 1 Comment

It is not often that we focus on the happenings of another state’s Capitol and their legislation but the protests and the power grab by Governor Scott Walker matters greatly for the rest of the country. The struggle is between middle class working families. Most of them provide every day services that we take for granted. They teach Wisconsin’s children, they do the day to day work in state run offices and they plow Wisconsin’s roads. Basic services that Wisconsinites depend upon are done by workers who are lucky enough to enter into a union are being demonized.

Now before some of you scoff and think of the word union as a negative thing just try to get the picture of Jimmy Hoffa out of your mind. Do away with the movie-esque version of mobs and union thugs beating people down. Instead take a look at the people protesting in these two videos here and here. Do they look like thugs? Do they look like Tony Soprano or his goons that go out and break legs? Or do they look like your neighbor, your friend or even yourself?

Now consider the ramifications of Walker’s proposal. In an email from PFAW, Wisconsin State Senator writes:

If this bill moves forward in Wisconsin, rights in all America we have grown to take for granted will no longer be so reliable. Workers will no longer be able to work as a group to negotiate anything besides wages. Republicans here have already passed a “tort reform” law that makes it much harder to seek justice in Wisconsin. But this new move by Walker is much worse. It is an unprecedented attack on workers, their communities and our tradition of working with labor to move our state forward.

If this passes here, it will pass in other states.

To be clear, Walker is seeking to scapegoat unions as the cause of the fiscal crisis in an effort to divide the middle class against itself. This, while he is opening tax loopholes for the richest in the country.

Two key things stand out and should force us to take notice. The legislation pending in Madison is a two-fold test:

1. Scapegoating unions
2. Wisconsin is a battleground state

By blaming a budget crisis on taxpayers is the most ridiculous claim ever. The idea that we can have our cake and eat it too is to blame. We need to raise revenue to pay for the basic necessities of life. Roads, police, firefighters, and schools cost money. You know that as a taxpayer – but the politicians that run on cutting taxes seem to think money grows on trees. The people to blame are the decision makers that cannot understand the concept of sustainability.

Furthermore, collective bargaining is all about bringing democracy into the workforce. It gives workers a voice. For those of you in the private sector and not in a union. Don’t you wish that you yourself or a representative for you had a seat at the table with the bosses. They could air grievances, negotiate wages and benefits and stand up for you. This is the concept of a union and it works hard to achieve that. The only leverage a worker has though is by striking. Both sides are contractually obligated to each other and thus a strike prevents the work from getting done. The only leverage but ultimately a powerful one that levels the playing field for employees and employers.

Wisconsin is an incredible state. They claim the birth of the Republican Party as well as some of the greatest achievements in worker’s rights (8 hour workday anyone?!?). During Presidential elections it is often a hard fought state and can tilt in either direction. If a bill like this can pass in Wisconsin it will be tried in other states. Possibly your state.

It matters to each one of us not lucky enough to be born into wealth or to strike it rich with the lotto or some flash in the pan idea. It matters to those of us who wake up in the morning, work hard during the day, go home to a family and really just want to earn enough to support a loving household.

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