The Wisconsin Witch Hunt Goes National


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On May 1, left-wing vigilantes will target companies across the country that have committed a mortal sin: sending donations to GOP Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Rest assured, such intolerable acts of political free speech will not go unpunished by tolerant Big Labor activists. They’re calling for both a national boycott of Walker’s corporate donors and a coordinated sticker vandalism campaign on GOP-tainted products.

The Wisconsin Grocers Association is bracing for the anti-Walker witch hunt. Anonymous operatives have circulated sabotage stickers on the Internet and around Wisconsin that single out Angel Soft tissue paper (“Wiping your (expletive) on Wisconsin workers”), Johnsonville Sausage (“These Brats Bust Unions”) and Coors (“Labor Rights Flow Away Like A Mountain Stream”). Earlier this week, a “Stick It To Walker” website boasted photos of vandalized Angel Soft tissue packages at a Super Foodtown grocery store in Brooklyn, N.Y.

This destruction of private property is illegal. Not that it matters to anti-Walker protest mobsters, who trampled Wisconsin’s Capitol at an estimated $5 million in security, repair and cleaning costs to taxpayers. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “The identity of the backers of the sticker effort is unknown, although many assume it is being orchestrated by public employee unions. This latest effort follows boycotts organized by members of the Wisconsin State Employees Union AFSCME 24.”

AFSCME 24 is the same union affiliate that recently disseminated intimidation letters throughout southeast Wisconsin, demanding that local businesses support unions by putting up signs in their windows. The letter threatened not just Walker supporters, but any and all businesses that have chosen to sit on the sidelines and stay out of politics altogether: “Failure to do so will leave us no choice but (to) do a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means ‘no’ to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members.” Others on Big Labor’s hit list: Kwik Trip, Sargento Foods Inc. and M&I Bank.

Walker, of course, has been at the forefront of government pension and budget reforms. Similar measures are being advanced by Democratic governors and Democrat-run legislatures from Massachusetts to New York to California. But union bosses have yet to sic their goons on individual and corporate donors to Democratic politicians imposing long-overdue benefit and collective bargaining limits for public employee unions.

How convenient, yes? Just as they secured a big fat waiver from the federal health care mandate and tax scheme they lobbied to impose on the rest of America, Big Labor is giving Democratic legislative water-carriers who have been forced to adopt cuts and cost controls a big fat waiver from their organized wrath and vandalism.

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  • Voltimand

    The public service unions can't help themselves. They will rant, they will call people names, they will threaten them with boycotts and worse, they will posture in the poses of thuggery. All this because they are constitutionally incapable of recognizing a bullet to the foot when they're the ones doing the shooting. This isn't just because their leadership is terminally stupid, although citing that cause has overwhelming claims to being true. No, these people have a collective anger and hate problem. It has not gone unnoticed that in the public commentary and blogging the Madison et al. events have elicited, all the analysis comes from the conservative side and most of the name-calling comes from the union side. When you are terminally ignorant of economic forces and the logic that drives them, what can you do when you're angry but call people names? Let the Democratic party pander to these people in behalf of their votes–the Democratic party is also terminal. When all you can do is rage and insult, you are signaling that you are too stupid to know how not to shoot yourself in the foot. All conservatives have to do is stand aside and let these people do themselves in

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    All Johnsonville, Angle Soft and others have to do is print $1 coupons and many will use them to buy their products on double coupon day.

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    That picture looks oddly familiar. I thought you guys loved that Nazi stuff! Here a Nazi..there a Nazi.. everywhere a Nazi Nazi

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    Tony Soprano could not have done better than these people.

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    I've developed a sudden craving for Johnsonville Brats and a Coors… even though I'm on a diet and I don't drink beer!

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    cost: 350,000. Not 5 million. Watch your "facts. The same article that is referenced in many conservative blogs Fox6 was forced to correct. However websites like this continue to cite the bogus first number. The author of this article is either lying, or living with their head in a hole since this story broke two months ago. My guess is lying.

    "Cost to cleanup glue, tape, posters from Capitol estimated at $350,000
    Original estimate was $7.5 million" http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-20110303-capitol

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      It certainly IS possible to get one's facts wrong, in which case they are no longer facts. A person who knowingly publishes incorrect facts is not simply a liar, he is not sane since the public nature of the forum invites immediate rebutal. Here, in this case, I would give Michelle the benefit of the doubt if you yourself are to be considered credible.

      The lower figure – a third of a million – certainly seems more reasonable. I imagine for those who wish to do so, a great deal of time and effort can be spent arriving at an exact figure for the damage and cleanup. It occurs to me further that no such cleanup has been required for any similar Tea Party gatherings. Those pesky Tea Party people – your fellow citizens (both Democrats and Republicans by the way) have the good grace to police up after themselves.

      No matter how much money was spent, the fact remains that the Wisconsin demonstrators were slobs.

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        But this is a magazine that published a grossly incorrect figure that was corrected nearly two months ago. This isn't some teenagers blog. Although I can't really tell. Maybe it is.

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          My larger point is that this happens all to often in both Liberal and Conservative Media. Credible sources is something that is deteriorating rabidly to the point where I must fact check nearly everything I read with a few different sources. Its unfortunate that an educated populace is something to be afraid of, and ones ideas are not enough to win the argument. I see no need to spread disinformation at the high levels both parties do unless its because they know they can't win by ideas alone.

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