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AFL-CIO poll: Scott Walker overreaching in WI, respondents side with unions

by- DemFromCT  for Daily Kos

Tue Feb 22, 2011 at 09:30 AM EST

A new pair of AFL-CIO polls out from GQRR show support for the protestors and dropping numbers for Gov Scott Walker.  Mark Blumenthal covers the issue:

New polling conducted for the AFL-CIO and shared with The Huffington Post shows Wisconsin voters siding with the state workers, unions and protestors by large majorities and expressing net disapproval of Republican Governor Scott Walker.

While Mark covers some of the confounders (partisan poll, union sponsored), he also notes

In this case, however, the ratings of Walker and his budget and collective bargaining proposal are roughly comparable to an automated survey conducted in Wisconsin last week by WeAskAmerica, a for-profit subsidiary of Illinois Manufacturer’s Association (an organization that has endorsed Republican candidates for state office in Illinois).

Also of interst is this tracking poll:

MORE HERE

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By Robert Scheer | TruthDig | Posted on Feb 17, 2011

Editor’s note: The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This is especially relevant given news that the Obama administration is abandoning those institutions, as explained in Scheer’s column here.

 

Chapter 7: Poverty Pimps

It’s the same the whole world over
It’s the poor what gets the blame
It’s the rich what gets the pleasure
Ain’t it all a bloomin’ shame?

That chorus of the nineteenth-century Cockney ditty “She Was Poor But She Was Honest,” detailing the travails of a poor lass whose life is ruined by the deflowering advances of a rich man, best captures the mainstream Republican response to the banking meltdown. Their defense has been to blame “bleeding-heart” liberals concerned for the poor for a debacle that occurred unmistakably on their watch, and in response to their antiregulatory ideology, but for which they shuddered to take responsibility.

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Common Sense

By Kathy Malloy | OpEdNews | February 21, 2011 at 18:26:30

There’s a lesson to be learned, Truthseekers, from our former countrymen in Great Britain. The media here isn’t covering this, for obvious reasons, but England is experiencing a very different kind of Tea Party uprising and we would do well to take notice.

Unlike the bizarro backward movement here, where otherwise normal Americans are taking to the streets to protest policies that would further cut their wages, benefits, health care coverage, and public services they rely upon, in England the protests are against (gasp!) the corporations and pro-corporate government policies that are ravaging their economy.

Now, doesn’t it make more sense to speak out against tax-evading Big Corporations who have created the recession than attack the very progressive policies that attempt to improve our standard of living?

Johann Hari thinks so, and that is the topic of his very thoughtful, very important article How to Build a Progressive Tea Party, which appears in the current issue of The Nation magazine. Please read it. In light of President’s Day, Thomas Paine couldn’t have said it better himself.

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