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Thursday Round-Up: Wisconsin Edition

Of course, we can’t let little things like the unprecedented flight of the Wisconsin 14 or massive, massive protests get in the way of corporate profits.

Last night, if you didn’t hear, the Wisconsin Senate removed all budgetary language from Walker’s anti-labor bill in order to circumvent the necessary majority prevented by the 14’s flight. In fact, we now have it from the publicly-spoken record that Walker is an evil, terrible man. From the Governor’s statement to the Senate:

In order to move the state forward, I applaud the legislature’s action today to stand up to the status quo and take a step in the right direction to balance the budget and reform government.

Status-quo? I don’t think that means what you think it means, Governor.

In even more surprising news, Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald spoke on Fox News in naked honesty about the goal of the bill:

If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a much difficult, much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin.

In response, it seems that the massive protests won a bit of a fight by getting inside the Capitol Building once again, with police ceding access in what may or may not have been a response to the threat of the crowd.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the locked King Street entrance to the Capitol, chanting "Break down the door!" and "General strike!"

Moments later, police ceded control of the State Street doors and allowed the crowd to surge inside, joining thousands who had already gathered in the Capitol to protest the votes. The area outside the Assembly, which is scheduled to take the bill up at 11 a.m. today, was crowded with protesters who chanted, "We’re not leaving. Not this time."

 

But, really, what does this accomplish? There has been talk of legal remedies, which worked so well to restore access to the building. /snark

In fact, it looks like forceful/threatening entry is what restored the power of the people. What does that say?

In terms of the protestors, occupation of the Capitol Building seems, to me, the best course. What’s happening right now isn’t an occupation. It’s a well contained sham. That is to say that a bunch of horses stampeding within their own pen isn’t going to be a problem. Occupation, and I can’t help but think of my own favorite moment of history back in May and June of 1968, works because you disrupt and take over. Protestors must seize the Assembly Hall, the Senate, the Governor’s own office (it’s cool, there are tons of corporate ballrooms for him to use), and shut down the government. In tandem with a general strike in the state, that would be power.

But that won’t happen.

I keep going back and forth on what the hell is going on, and why the state Senate would move forward like this. It has been suggested that they simply want to win, or that it’s a ploy to force the 14 back in-state to pass the real bill. Perhaps it’s naked truth: that they’re willing to do whatever it takes to meet their funders’ goals.

 

Happy Thursday. Wear black.

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