Highlights From Day 5 of Wisconsin Protests

Thousands gathered at governor’s office. Photo by Abel Uribe, Chicago Trib

Channeling Norma Rae? Give me a break! Photo credit Abel Uribe, Chicago Trib.

Counter-protesters rally in Madison, WI, 2/19/11 photo credit: Abel Uribe, Chicago Trib

Supporting the governor (Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune / February 19, 2011)

Saturday saw the largest crowds of protesters in Madison, WI, yet,  with tens of thousands of union members rallying at the Capital, and Jurassic commies from other states astroturfed in to join the fray. Conservatives, (being off work for the weekend) also showed up to counter-protest, led by Americans For Prosperity. Also taking part in his new favorite past time, (“bar tricks” at lefty protests), was Andrew Breitbart, who was able to snag a doctor’s note  from an ethics challenged doctor:

Michelle Malkin reports:

Doctors told an interviewer in video from the MacIver Institute that the fake teachers have “mental health” challenges; another defensive doctor accused the interviewer of interfering with “private,” protected “confidential” consultations — in the middle of a public demonstration.


Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? White House used fake doctors to promote Obamacare. DNC/Big Labor protesters use fake doctors’ notes to protect Wisconsin union monopoly.

Wisconsin blogger/professor Ann Althouse will be reporting more on her interview with the group of doctors handing out the notes.

See Malkin for much more on Saturday’s protests, including recourse for the voters having to deal with AWOL Dem Senators.

Karl Denninger at The Market Ticker tells Wisconsin’s Unions: Sit And Spin:

The unions want everyone to pay more taxes.  But we have paid more taxes.  What we haven’t gotten for our taxes is better results.  So we’re paying for nothing – a pig in a poke.

The money doesn’t exist.  Private sector employees have had to suck it up, work harder and get paid less.  There’s no way around this – you can’t spend what you don’t have forever.

The public unions think they’re exempt from the laws of mathematics.  They’re not.  All they can do is what they’re doing – try to hold people up.

It’s time to say no and shut them down.

You’re free to speak all you want.  You’re free to protest.  You’re not free to spend the taxpayers money to pay you to protest, and you’re not free to lie about the reason you’re not showing up for work.

When I ran my company if you lied to me about why you were not coming to workyour job was toast.  No ifs, ands, buts or maybes, and no second chances.


Either go back to work or get fired and replaced.

End of discussion.

Doug Ross says this fraud exemplifies everything that’s wrong with unions and the Democrat party.

Democrats: flee the state rather than honor the democratic process. Protest having to pay a measly amount of their salaries toward their own retirement and benefits, which everyone else in America has to do. Hold an illegal strike under the guise of a “sick out” — leaving kids and parents in the lurch.

Ross also comments on the unrealistic,  math-challenged complaints of the unions:

The economy is flat on its back and the states’ pension systems are about to collapse.

And the crybabies in Wisconsinare complaining that they’ll have to contribute 5.8% of their salaries towards pensions and contribute 12.6% of their health insurance premiums (hint: the national averages for real workers — real because they’re the taxpayers, not the tax-takers — are 7.5% and 20%, respectively).

What in the heck is the matter with these people?

See also:

Breitbart TV: Breitbart in Madison: ‘America Will Be Community Organized No More!’