A video clip of Saturday’s Madison Protest

Thanks to Mike Whitney for posting this video at FireDogLake.

Let’s take out unions at the knees

Americans for Prosperity, a Koch astroturf project, makes union-busting a key component of political project:

Pittsburghers support Wisconsin’s public unions

The contagion effect touched Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday (2.24.2011).

Rick Santorum supports Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin

Governor Walker recently proposed an austerity budget for the state of Wisconsin, one which quickly generated demonstrations protesting the proposal’s attempt to strip some of Wisconsin’s public employees of their collective bargaining rights. The viciousness of Walker’s budget along with the strength of the opposition put Republican legislators on the defensive while Democratic Senators used the occasion to flee the state for Illinois, doing so in order to deprive Walker and the Republicans of a Senate quorum. Walker recently claimed that he and his party would stand firm while also claiming that his budget would leave these collective bargaining rights intact, a claim debunked here. Rick Santorum does not mind Wisconsin’s efforts to strip some Wisconsin citizens of their rights. He instead

“… commend[s] Governor Walker for having the fortitude to stand up against the fiscal irresponsibility that is plaguing our country. He is showing tremendous courage to put an end to spending that his state and many like his can simply no longer afford,” Santorum stated. “Americans are looking for this kind of commitment to fiscal responsibility in Washington and in state houses across the country.”

Why would Santorum fail to support Walker’s union-busting work? For Santorum and the rest of the Republican Party, it’s crude class war all day, every day. It’s what the Republicans do.