View Full Version : Assault on the working class #2

02-15-2011, 07:02 AM
link (http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/14/walker-anti-union-bill/)

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Wisconsin Gov. Walker Threatens To Deploy National Guard As ‘Intimidation Force’ Against Workers’ Unions

Last month, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said that if employees strike, “they should be fired,” and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) wrote in an op-ed that the moral case for unions “does not apply to public employment.” Now, facing a $137 million budget deficit, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has proposed a “budget repair bill” that would severely limit collective bargaining, eliminate the right of unions to negotiate pensions, retirement and benefits.

Walker is facing fierce criticism for this all-out assault against state workers, especially after he insisted that the “National Guard” will be used against a walkout:

When asked by a reporter what will happen if workers resist, Walker replied that he would call out the National Guard. He said that the National Guard is “prepared…for whatever the governor, their commander-in-chief, might call for. … I am fully prepared for whatever may happen.” </div></div>

The GOP...The Freedom party................


02-15-2011, 07:05 AM
God bless them.


02-15-2011, 07:18 AM
The best thing that could happen to this country would be if all the government workers were fired.

02-15-2011, 08:16 AM
The second best thing would be to eliminate unions for public employees.

Speaking of which, the DNC recently announced that they will hold their convention here in 2012. This creates a serious conflict, since the Dems have demanded that union workers should be used at every opportunity to support the convention. The problem?? North Carolina is a "Right to Work" state, which means every individual has the right to make a living regardless of any lack of union affiliation. If this is forced through, hundreds of cab drivers would not be allowed to drive fares around downtown hotels and the convention center. Convention center employees would have to be replaced with union workers, and the unions could actually take over the majority of hotels in town.

Fortunately, even our Dem mayor is questioning the wisdom of overturning a longstanding law of the state for a week long convention.

It's going to be interesting.


02-16-2011, 02:30 AM
Absolutely. Get rid of the Police, Fire fighters, etc etc etc.


02-16-2011, 05:54 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Absolutely. Get rid of the Police, Fire fighters, etc etc etc.

Q </div></div>

Who suggested that?

What's that?


You made it up?

Imagine that.


Gayle in MD
02-17-2011, 10:05 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Absolutely. Get rid of the Police, Fire fighters, etc etc etc.

Q </div></div>


Hey, check this out.

It's a little picture of who our worst thieves really are...but do you think Republicans are going to follow Saunder's recommendations???

They will throw people into the unemployment lines, important workers who teach our kids, run the government agencies, put out our house fires, and keep our streets safe, but do you think they will address our biggest problem, which is contractor fraud, which under Bush, during his wars, cost us all a fortune?

Note, since we know they can't count, Obama didn't take office until 1/09.

Finally, we have people looking into this, but after years of the Bush Cronie administration, imagine how many billions were stolen from tax payers, that we'll never even get a true accounting of.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Pentagon Reports Billions of Dollars in Contractor Fraud

David Wood
Chief Military Correspondent

The Pentagon paid hundreds of billions of dollars to defense contractors engaged in criminal or civil fraud -- in some cases paying the companies after they were convicted, according to a new Defense Department report.

At least 91 contractors holding contracts worth $270 billion were the subjects of civil fraud judgments -- and in some cases criminal fraud convictions as well, many of which resulted in fines, suspensions or debarments. Even so, Defense Department contracting officers still assigned $4.9 billion worth of work with these companies after the fraud was uncovered, the report said.

The contractors identified in the report include such blue-chip entities as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Pratt & Whitney, IBM and even the Yale medical school.

The Pentagon said its own sloppy bookkeeping, missing records and inadequate training of acquisition officials were to blame for the mess. The Pentagon also acknowledged that the data in the report, which covers only 2007 through 2009, are probably incomplete because the Defense Department cannot accurately track individual contractors or how much is actually spent. And the report only tracks those fraud cases of over $1 million.

At least $682 million was paid in error to 30 companies that had been convicted of criminal fraud, according to the report, including $29.6 million to Herley Industries, an electronics manufacturer, and $66 million to AEY Inc., a military surplus and sporting goods firm.

The number of fraudulent contractors identified in the report is relatively small -- some 120 companies out of the 235,000 contractors that work for the Defense Department. But the dollar amounts are significant, a continuing drain on taxpayers and on the military's combat readiness.

Military contracting fraud, which first plagued Gen. George Washington during the Revolutionary War, has long bedeviled the American armed forces. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is only the latest of a long succession of defense chiefs to try to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse in the Pentagon's giant acquisition bureaucracy.

Under the pressure of two hot wars and a defense budget that has mushroomed to its current $700 billion size, the Pentagon has set up a Procurement Fraud Working Group. But in the six years the task force has been at work, fraud seems to have expanded even as the Pentagon's ability to detect it has increased.

With the data in the new report, the Pentagon acknowledged, came "recognition that additional guidance and training . . . is needed'' for its contracting officers.

The report was released by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who had demanded a Pentagon accounting of fraud. "The sad truth is that virtually all of the major defense contractors in this country for years have been engaged in systemic fraudulent behavior, while receiving hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money," he said in a statement.

"It is clear that DOD's current approach is not working and we need far more vigorous enforcement to protect taxpayers from massive fraud," Sanders said.