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US Workers: Resurgent or Waging a Rearguard Action?

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Thousands of Wisconsin workers "swarmed the state capitol and airwaves to intimidate lawmakers and disrupt Governor Scott Walker's plan to level the playing field between taxpayers and government unions."

"Mr. Walker's very modest proposal would take away the ability of most government employees to collectively bargain for benefits," except for wages no greater than annual CPI increases.

Saying Mr. Walker has no other choice to close his budget gap, comments entirely omitted what's absent in all major media reports - making corporations and America's aristocracy pay their fair share. Nothing in The New York Times, Washington Post, WSJ, other major broadsheets or on corporate TV, backing monied interests, not worker rights they disdain.

On February 18, Washington Post writers Brady Dennis and Peter Wallsten lied headlining, "Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill," when, in fact, his rhetoric masks support.

"The battle in the states underscores the deep philosophical political divisions between Obama and Republicans over how to control spending and who should bear the costs," they said, when, in fact, they only disagree on timing, united in supporting monied, not populist, interests.

On February 18, Financial Times writer Hal Weitzman also ducked real issues headlining, "Wisconsin deadlock as Democrats flee budget vote," quoting Republican Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald saying:

Democrats were "not showing up for work....That's not democracy. That's not what this chamber is about."

What's not democracy, of course, is trashing worker rights, supporting wealth and power interests only, and mocking worker courage to confront power no matter how daunting the challenge. 

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