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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Conservative States’ Anti-Union Bills are Almost Identical

You think of states as being individual; having their own identity. Or as George Will put it, “fifty individual experiments in democracy.”

And yet there’s an eerie similarity between all of these anti-worker laws that are popping out of the red states like mushrooms blooming in a cow pasture. This article by Lee Fang concludes with:

“The conservative strategy for decimating the labor movement is being replicated with great speed — and little creativity. Each state, from Wisconsin to Ohio to Maine, and others across the country face a similar threat of phony Tea Party groups, business front organizations, and even nearly identical legislative proposals.”

This article was surprising at first, but then I realized: it figures. How could it be any other way?

The Right does everything in unison. They march in lockstep. Rightwads don’t have any individual ideas or originality. It’s the same pattern you see over and over. A rightwing demagogue comes up with a new talking point on Fox News or talk radio, and immediately, millions of dumbfucks are dutifully parroting the same line; probably without even knowing what they’re saying.

A corporate power-broker sends out marching orders, and millions of useful idiots snap to attention and go “Ugh! Yes Master.”

In addition to the union-crippling laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, there’s a new “right to work” law popping up simultaneously in Maine, Missouri and New Hampshire. Funny, all of these mouthbreathing reactionaries from three different states just happen to be on the same wavelength. Amazing, no?

I just remembered something: the first time I heard the word “euphemism” was high school Social Studies class. The teacher gave us the definition, and then used “right to work laws” as an example. “Doesn’t that sound nice, a ‘right to work’ law. Gee, who could be against something like that?”

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Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

There are behind-the-scenes interests and big-time operators initiating and directing what's going on. It's no more spontaneous and coincidental than the Astroturf tea party hirelings and useful idiots the Koch brothers bankrolled and Dick Armey's PR firm sent out to kill health care reform last year. I'm convinced Karl Rove figures into it in a much bigger way than we know. I wouldn't be surprised if the Walton clan is involved as well.

March 14, 2011 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

"Right-to-work law". Yes, who could be against that? LOL!

It's always great to polish up a turd as much as one can. And if you do a good enough job, quite a few people might even believe the turd is edible.

March 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

I heard on a radio show (Thom Hartmann's, I think) that right-to-work law states give people the wonderful opportunity to work for about 17 percent less on average than the rest.

What that means is that a person in a right-to-work state who's earning $36,520/year could be making $44,000 in a neighboring non-right-to-work state.

Clearly, right-to-work laws are designed to benefit businesses, their CEO's, executives, directors and investors at the expense of workers and the common good. That last part is because lower-earning workers pay less in taxes, so public services and infrastructure suffer.

March 14, 2011 at 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Their ideological fathers, the Nazis, taught them about Orwellian language for bill writing. And their idiot masses, who the Nazis would have exterminated as inferiors, just eat it right up.

March 14, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: Good analysis. It's more and more clear that everything from state laws to teabagger "demonstrations" are bankrolled and orchestrated by a few power brokers.

Interesting report about "right to work" laws. No wonder CEOs and board members think these laws are such a great idea.

Snave: "Right to work" laws are an excellent example of a shiny polished turd.

JR: Republicans are sort of a more refined version of the Nazis. They discovered that there's no need to exterminate anybody; just dumb them down for a few generations and then exploit them.

March 14, 2011 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

The Fourth Reich has learned the lessons of Third Reich excesses and over-reach. They will be much harder to defeat, it it is even possible.

I'm blocked from your site.
Vast Right Wing conspiracy, or something like that?

March 14, 2011 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Dave: That might be true, that they've learned what not to do from previous Nazi mistakes. But they still have this overpowering tendency to over-reach, overplay their hand and read in a bunch of "mandates" that weren't there. I hope this will be their undoing. Hope is all we've got :)

March 15, 2011 at 9:32 PM  

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