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Obama’s Assault on Wisconsin

This is disturbing.

President Obama has decided to wade directly and aggressively into a STATE budget battle, accusing the newly elected Republican governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, of an “assault” on the state’s unions.

Walker wants to cut public sector worker benefits and limit their collective bargaining rights. Obama has slammed Walker and ordered his personal political army, Organizing for America, to gin up opposition within the state.

Here’s Obama’s comment  yesterday to a local Wisconsin reporter who was invited into the Oval Office.

Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where they’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions. I think everybody’s got to make some adjustments, but I think it’s also important to recognize that public employees make enormous contributions to our states and our citizens.

Organizing for America is the famous 13-million strong email list assembled under the banner “Obama for America” during the campaign. The group today technically resides within the Democratic National Committee, but it has taken its marching orders from for Obama campaign chairman David Plouffe, who as of last month began working a few feet from the Oval Office.

You don’t have to be a States Rights acolyte to wonder what business the president of the United States has inserting himself into a state budget battle, and where in the Constitution it suggests he may do so. There is no federal issue at all here, other than that Obama’s health reform law is going to make budgetary matters worse for the states by dumping millions of new patients into state run Medicaid programs.

The Washington Post today described the unleashing of Obama’s political force in graphic detail. The effort is set to move beyond Wisconsin.

The president’s political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to mobilize thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.

Their efforts began to spread, as thousands of labor supporters turned out for a hearing in Columbus, Ohio, to protest a measure from Gov. John Kasich (R) that would cut collective-bargaining rights.

By the end of the day, Democratic Party officials were working to organize additional demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana, where an effort is underway to trim benefits for public workers. Some union activists predicted similar protests in Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Obama, as the article makes clear, is not merely taking a stand for the unions. He’s taking a stand for himself. By galvanizing his political operation, particularly in swing states like Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, he is revving up his own reelection campaign. He’s also appeasing the union activists who will also serve as his foot soldiers in 2012.

If George W. Bush waded into a state fight in this manner and sent his political shock troops in to enforce his will, the Democrats and the press would be comparing him to Mussolini.

22 Responses to Obama’s Assault on Wisconsin

  1. The good people of WI spoke loud and clear last November. Their newly elected GovWalker heard what they were saying and is doing his job.

    MrO’s intrusion into a sovereign state’s affairs isn’t new or unprecedented; he directed his DOJ to actually SUE Arizona to prevent the state from identifying illegal aliens and taking lawful actions to remove them from our country. By directing an arm of his re-election team to invade and incite a protest for political reasons the Prez has, once again, shown that his interest is in the organized unions and not the general population.

    The Dem legislators of WI have shamed themselves and their political party by cutting and running instead of facing a difficult decision. The POTUS’s position of supporting anything that the unions want is wrong and ill advised.

  2. Keith, *great* article.

    At the next WH presser, I hope someone asks: “Mr. Carney will the WH release emails from the Presidents office to his major union donors calling for these protests? Is the President aware that he is using executive power to attempt to bully the Governor of Wisconsin?”

  3. This is really a war of Disinformation.

    What Gov Walker has asked for is not Armageddon. He is for a *LIMITED* reduction in benefits, not a complete reduction as the liberal MSM has been reporting. The liberal reporting on this issue has been nothing short of criminal as MSNBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and NPR have been fanning the flames telling listeners that teachers will be fired, schools closed and thousands left in the snow.

    The main problem we have in WI is the same problem we had during the 2008 Presidential Election: a war ON correct information and a war OF disinformation. And the WH has joined the fight, using intimidation and false propaganda while Obama uses the power of his 2008 contacts to get what he wants.

    Our media simply will not report the facts.

    • Although the WI-Union-Obama thuggery is not impeachable, Obama is slowly walking over the line. Having sex and lying about it is one thing, but using the power of the Executive to intimidate is impeachable in my book. I *honestly* beleive that Obama will continue to use his office to obfuscate, intimidate and coerce … until he is threatened with impeachment.

  4. And the Dems are on the lam, out of the state at motel 6, laying low, and wearing nose/mustash eyeglasses so no one recognizes them. OK people, release the hounds!!!!

      • The State Police cannot authorize a return across state lines (if Wisconsin public law follows that of my state, Texas, when our Democrats went AWOL last year) but my assumption is, if the Democrats decide to remain outside the state, under the belief that the Governor will cave (and does not), the Governor has an executive power to close the Senate and rule by force majeur, with a limited quorum. Whatever happens, this is the beginning of the end of union influence (not the unions themselves) in the United States.

  5. By the way–that Wisc governor–he can talk some. He just said what he wanted to say and at a good clip–very listenable…no binkie, no er-ah-ums… I was impressed.

    • Ditto.

      I heard him speak on FOX and he’s well entrenched for a fight; I am glad to *finally* see a Republican stand up to left-wing intimidation. Gov. Walker needs to keep the fight directed onto the flanks of the teachers union: in time they will cave in and go home. If Walker turns this into a seige, he will win simply by perserverance. If he caves (as most Republicans tend to do) the union thugs win.

  6. This is a total disgrace. The Squatter in Chief is intervening where he has absolutely NO authority. However, it does add more to hid pile of dung with respect to his union buddies.

    The teachers should be suspended without pay for a number of reasons. One of which is contributing to the delinquency of a minor by involving them and transporting them to this demonstration. Not to forget, abandoning them in empty schools.

    Every senator that remains away should be charged with dereliction of duty and malfeasance of office. They are nothing more than COWARDS and TRAITORS.

    • Izzy, great post.

      I think your right about the Dem’s. They should not just be allowed back but prosecuted for corruption. MSNBC would most likely call for a pardon or ask the President to intervene or some warmfuzzy; it smacks of sheer fascism on the part of the WH.