Will Wisconsin Lead to a Rebirth of the Progressive Movement?

Only time will tell for certain, but it now seems that Governor Walker has misjudged the political will of the Wisconsin people in his stark grab for power.  Indeed, at this moment, it even seems possible the Wisconsin protests will expand beyond Wisconsin.

And what could happen if they do?

I don’t think it likely, but I do think it possible that a rebirth of liberalism could come out of this.

17 thoughts on “Will Wisconsin Lead to a Rebirth of the Progressive Movement?

  1. Boy, how the lib-labs like to rewrite history. Governor Walker campaigned on this issue!!!! The people of Wisconsin elected him, soundly, because they recognize progressivism to be yet another name for the failed ideology known as liberalism.

    Liberalism, or whatever other name you wish to give it, is falling by the wayside, fella! America can finally rebuild itself. Hoot! Hoot!

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  2. This is addressed to Terrance. I believe my eyes. I see thousands of people crowding the capitol. I can only hope that they can only hold back the governor’s bid to send the American Labor movement back to the Neolithic age. By the way what is “Hoot”, “Hoot?”

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  3. Guv Wanker is a dedicated liar and he’s the creep who caused Wisconsin’s budget deficit:
    “There is no fiscal crisis in Wisconsin. Governor Walker reports a nearly 130 million dollar deficit, but doesn’t report that he caused it by giving a 140 million dollar tax break to large multinational corporations here in Wisconsin (e.g. WalMart). However, this cover story gives him an excuse to do the unthinkable….”
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/18/946466/-What-Most-People-Dont-Understand-About-the-Wisconsin-Budget-Repair-Bill

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  4. Further documentation on Guv Wanker:
    “more than half” of the new shortfall comes from three of Walker’s initiatives:

    * $25 million for an economic development fund for job creation, which still holds $73 million because of anemic job growth.

    * $48 million for private health savings accounts — a perennial Republican favorite.

    * $67 million for a tax incentive plan that benefits employers, but at levels too low to spur hiring.

    In essence, public workers are being asked to pick up the tab for this agenda. “The provisions in his bill do two things simultaneously,” Norman says. “They remove bargaining rights, and having accomplished that, make changes in the benefit packages.” That’s how Walker’s plan saves money. And when it’s all said and done, these workers will have lost their bargaining rights going forward in perpetuity.”
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/02/wisconsin-gov-walker-ginned-up-budget-shortfall-to-undercut-worker-rights.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium

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    • One thing this seems to have the power of doing, CD, is to show folks on whose side in this dispute the Right Wing stands. I think it’s possible the Right has made a mistake and might lose some of its support with average voters over this.

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  5. Hi Paul,

    I live just down the road from the excitement. Illinois is, of course, very interested in the outcome.

    Rachel Maddow (if you saw her coverage of the story) makes the intriguing argument that this is about gutting the Democratic party, not about fixing the budget.

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    • I don’t know why, Jenny, but for some reason, I got it into my head you lived in San Francisco.

      Rachel Maddow seems to me one of the sharpest commentators on TV. I agree with her that it’s hard to see how removing the collective bargaining rights of the public service unions is an innocent budget move.

      Ed Schultz has also made the same point, by the way. Without those two, Maddow and Schultz, I’m not sure there would be represented anywhere on corporate owned TV a genuine Progressive take on events.

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      • I went up to Madison yesterday (Sunday) and I wanted to let you know what I saw.

        There were substantial crowds (nothing like those reported on Saturday, but respectable), people of all ages, most of them looked like I might have gone to college with them or they would grow to be the sort of person I went to college with. No big surprise there. I did not see any Walker supporters.

        Police had asked those occupying the building to leave voluntarily, and I while I was there, a number of them did. The crowds greeted those leaving the capitol building with gratitude. The mood was positive and civil.

        This morning, I heard the news that some Republican senators may be changing their minds. Perhaps there will be a good outcome.

        I did see several funny signs, for instance:

        Cheese is better than tea.

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