Wisconsin vote gives rise to anger, satisfaction in social media sphere
The vote drew howls of outrage from outside the chamber, where pro-union demonstrators chanted "Shame" and "You lied to Wisconsin" as the bill passed.
March 9th, 2011
10:59 PM ET

Wisconsin vote gives rise to anger, satisfaction in social media sphere

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"This is a date that will live in infamy."

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's oft-quoted assessment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 surfaced on Twitter Wednesday night, as reaction to the Wisconsin Senate's vote to pass proposed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees began to flood the social media site.

Accompanied by the hashtag, #AshWednesdayMassacre, the sentiment captured the anger and disbelief of many around the Wisconsin capitol - and in the Twitterverse - who feel that the Republicans manipulated the vote by stripping the budget bill of all things budget-related to get around the need for a quorum in the absence of 14 Democratic senators. The move, some believe, lays bare their true motive from the start: to gut the unions, pure and simple.

"Either #Wisconsin GOPers just violated the constitution, or Scott Walker lied," the pro-labor publication Mother Jones said in another oft-retweeted sentiment.

Not everyone's upset with the vote, which would bar public workers other than police and firefighters from bargaining collectively for anything other than wages, in what Walker and GOP lawmakers say will help close a $137 million budget shortfall.

"wisconsin gop reminds unions that collective bargaining is a privilege, not a right," brooksbayne tweeted.

Here's some more reaction to Wednesday's vote:

"Nothing says democracy like voting with no notice, preventing the public from observing, and locking the doors of the capitol" - mirerony.

"Still waiting for @BarackObama to stand the picket line as promised. This is class warfare of the worst kind." - ericming5

"Tonight #WI GOP showed their true aim: undermining workers' rights. I continue to stand in solidarity with #wiunion." - NancyPelosi

"Hey, Governor KOCH! Some of your shareholders, err, constituents aren't too happy right now. That's bad business." - mariannesp

"This is EXACTLY why we need collective bargaining. Would you trust these legislators to determine your working conditions?" - shankerblog

"Repubs freaked out abt czars, but claim rt 2 dissolve towns. wht planet did I wake up on? Planet Plutocrat?" - XicanaMama

"Furious beyond belief. What happens now? This can not be abided & will not be forgotten. It has only just begun." - HarryWaisbren

"Has anyone else noticed that the state of #Wisconsin looks like a clenched fist?" - Red_Ben89

"Apparently Gov. Walker is giving up democracy for Lent." - blissfulfun

"Since there don't appear to be any rules/laws in WI government now, let's skip the 1 year rule and recall Walker's ass right now." - AnnieRauh

"Hey, things happen. RT @TeresaKopec: I guess the Kochs got their money's worth. And the middle class just got kicked in the teeth." - umarsattar

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    i know some mexican teachers that'll do it for 8$ an hr.. just dont ask for there green card..

    March 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • mshup

      And I know somebody who doesn't know the difference between "there" and "their."

      March 10, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Bear

      That would work.. unless of course you're anti-immigration (and therefore Pro-Republican).

      Oops, you kinda kicked yourself in the teeth there.

      March 10, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • ctg07002

      Actually... that would be giving teachers a raise!

      Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do – babysit!

      We can get that for less than minimum wage.

      That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan– that equals 6 1/2 hours).
      Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.

      However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.

      LET'S SEE....

      That's $585 X 180= $105,300

      per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

      What about those special

      education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an

      hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

      Wait a minute - there's

      something wrong here! There sure is!

      The average teacher's salary

      (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days

      = $277.77/per day/30

      students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!

      March 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yakazuna

    Yes, shameful voting in the dark on such an important bill, without debate, or enhanced review.......kind of reminds one of health care legislation. What goes around....comes around.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • len.

      look at the purpose of the healthcare law. it was meant to help Americans even though it wasn't perfect. Everybody was given the opportunity to contribute something positive, but what we got was republicans who had special interest money over shadowing their vision of doing the work for the people. To do the work of the people is to give us and opportunity to enhance our lives. with laws that will make that happen but money has blind all the republicans they as a party only see green.

      March 10, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Healthcare for the poor. Boycott the Koch Brothers. Dense armor drywall and decking.tough armor gypsum board, georgia pacific products, flexroch, densglass sheathing,Blue ribbon sheathing and subfloors.

      March 10, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      In 2004 Bush signed a bill to allow insurance companys to raise rates and the people in government that helped him pass the bill became CEOs at various Pharmecutical companies.

      March 10, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. len.

    The republican parties goal is to destroy this country. No republican should hold a position of authority until they as a whole start working for the American people. Their ideas and goals are not meant for us middle class Americans, only for the rich that they profit from. When will we wake up and see that they as a party don't value us as a people. Four years ago they the republican sent out 300 dollars and 600 dollars in the mail as a stimulus, that got us in the mess we are in. Is that what we are worth to them? I hope that we see who has our best interest at heart and sure isn't the republicans.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Wow you must work for a union? You are so screwed up! Unions and Democrats are FREAKIN BANKRUPTING OUR COUNTRY! Get a clue! Just because all the whining Union Workers want to make sure their salaries are secure and their big Union bosses get their share of Union dues all the Lib Goofballs are acting like 60s beatniks and allowing the country to take notice of how Liberal idiots are only concerned with how the Government and Unions will take care of them! This Country is going down the Socialist Toilet! Give me a break!

      March 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. arrowrod

    I think the way it works, if you have the votes, you make the rules.

    The good news, it is going to be worse. Your union wages will seem like your not getting paid. Your U.S. Senators and President are not going to control spending. Inflation is going to unbelievable.

    Even if you replace your state lawmakers, who will give you cost of living, the taxpayers won't be able to pay.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • len.

      regardless if you have the majority isn't it fair to say lets work together to make the lives of the American people better and not this idea of my way or the highway mentality it is we the people who suffers when they the republicans behave like this. And i am not just picking on the the republicans but history has shown over the pass 10 years they have lied, stole cheated in every way possible to make us believe them and we always end up in trouble when they are in some what of control.

      March 10, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • NoWhereNearBiased..

      @len. Of course it's "fair".. But they in fact did hash the plan out for weeks before the Dems left. There were concessions made on both sides, but when it came down to making the tough decisions needed to put this country back on track, the Democrats made a politically motivated decision to leave. It was for publicity. The charade worked. The Republicans are painted as the bad guys. Now they can go back to work and pass the bill reluctantly. By the way, another "fair" thing is to have a balanced budget. It wouldn't be "fair" for me to go out and spend without restraint. It will be interesting to see how the Koch brothers and unions will fare in the years ahead.

      March 10, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. NoWhereNearBiased..

    I like how this article mentions a two sided coin, then proceeds to show us a one sided coin. Not the head, but the tail.. I also like how Wisconsin Dems have since done nothing but complain about the "process" and "duty to the people". Here's a process for you.. Represent the people who; 1) Voted you in, 2) Pay your wage, and 3) Can't expect anything more than representation.. To lose a vote is much less damaging than tucking tail and running. I am interested to hear who was paying for their hotels in Illinois. If they bill that as an expense, they should be fired. If it was members of the Unions, they are in violation of law. If it was out of their paycheck, so be it.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Gabb

      The Unions hit the Media on around the 2nd week, and spoke very clearly that they would be financing the Fleebaggers.

      March 10, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Big D.

      You are aware that when Walker took office the state had a surplus, aren't you ? Kinda like that other snake that was appointed president, isn't it ?

      March 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Taxpayer

    Gov Walker just cured the cancer that has been eating away at WI taxpayers, working families and the middle class.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Gov. Walker is a cancer and has given up democracy for Lent.

      Recall...recall...recall...let's get it done, folks!

      March 10, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • litedir4650

      Hey Wisconsin,how much are you paying this clown a year to cut your income and/or lay you off?

      March 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane Doe

      You are a jerk. Walker is destroying thousands of families in Wisconsin.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane Doe

      Taxpayer – your head is in your Ass, just like Walker

      March 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. D Grant

    Find out where these monkeys live and picket there.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. ChiltepinRN

    @ 6 and 9, repubics are the evil cancer of this country! Thwy have never ONCE in history worked within a balanced budget. You absolute morons! The next step Walker will take is to change the law so that states can declare bankruptcy so that they (the GOP, i.e. the Koch brothers) can steal the retirement funds of state workers. The next step? Big corporations who have more rights than humans, will have the legal right to vote. In fact, they will get to vote according to the money they weild. The invitation to the party celebrating the death of worker's rights will read "BYOKY" (bring your own KY) and bend over for the big one!

    March 10, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bigrick

    what a shame. isn't the governor a public employee? where is his pay cut? his pension giveback or health benefit premium cost? or foe that case any politicians sacrifice? These big corporations receive tax break from the government and how do they return the favor, they fire American workers and hire Indian or Chinese workers for 2 dollars a day. great way of looking out for our country, but no to some here it is all the unions fault. did you ever consider if maybe your place of employment had a good union you would not be envious of a government worker. I remember when in the 90's people looked down at government workers but then your 401k went belly up ( having nothing to do with the union and everything to do with big business) and now government employee must give up everything they have that you did not want in the 90's because you lost your 401k. what a great direction this country and its people are heading to.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. FireFighter

    Scott Walker is going to H3LL where the firefighters can't put out the fire.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. NotBiased

    Scott Walker should be arrested, placed in general population with a sign on his back saying "cherry boy" and a tattoo on his lower back sayin "give it to me hard" and an arrow pointing down.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. FistRaisedHigh

    Hahahahahaha! The koch brothers should join him in jail with identical tatts saying "We will pick up soap for some Bubba love"!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Gabb

    Life comes at you FAST!

    March 10, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Gabb

    Comrade Michael Moore was right about one thing....."Wisconsin is just the beginning!"

    March 10, 2011 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. BoilerMaker

    Scott Walker is the Koch's 8itch. May they all rot in h311 right after someone crushes some disks in their nex.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
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