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. S.Ruffenach

    The issue here is that the elected officials have an agenda they no longer care to hide. The issue never has been balancing the budget. If they wished to do that, the Koch brothers alone, by paying their fair share of taxes would balance the budget. Besides, in all honesty, no republican has ever balanced the budget. Every republican president's goal has been to raise the deficit as fast as possible and shift as much money and power to the rich so that when their a55e5 are canned and a dem gets elected, the repubics can scream and point at the dem saying "see what a horrible job the dems do!!!!"

    March 10, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Exactly. Reagan and Bush 1 left a deficit. Clinton paid it off. Bush 2 leaves a deficit and now the states are in deficit because of republicans who favor the businesses like the Koch bros. The Koch bros get a tax break. If it was fair share the Wisconsin deficit would be paid already. All the working Dems and Republicans should be outraged unoin or not.

      March 10, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar


    March 10, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rebecca Stevenson

    Tired of driving to work and working for others?? Get your own internet business. http://www.kachingkaching.com/pets Not wanting a business then click on my store tab and shop name brand products and great prices. May all your dreams come true.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. personny

    Wow! http://nopolicestate.com

    March 10, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. cbchs5744

    id like to thank mr walker, you sir have awoken the sleeping giant knowm as the american labor movement! these actions have basically assured a liberal goverment in control for the next decade. were foing to hit em were it hurts ; the ballot box!

    March 10, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Raffly

    Let's impeach walker.
    This the day when people know who Republicans are. Lets not forget what they capable of, after 8 years in Bush and Chenny's hand, US changed from surplus country to deficit country. Republican will do everything they can to wreck this country. They are not american, they hate American.

    March 10, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Recall day 366 in office. Get the signitures ready.

      March 10, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Righty

    Hahahahahahahahaha. Free lunch is over freeloaders! Get a job.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      You may not get a lunch. Are you the paid right, are you a Koch Brother? or just the right, because you cannot be a worker bee. You will feel it too if the unions go its working people in the everyday sector that will be under siege too.

      March 10, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    Boycott the Koch Bros. They did not pay their fair share. Angel soft, Brawny, Dixie Quilted northern Sparkle,vanity fair,Zee napkins Lycra Stain master,and Georgia pacifis,

    March 10, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. S - 2100 - S

    Who gives a S**T anymore !! The liberals are in BED! With the Dems. And the shadow GOV. Is pulling the phucenstrings like a puppet master!!! And the ameican sheep follow these corupt a$$hos like stupid little Dunder Heads. The U.S.A. Is in falling apart and all of you are responsible for it !!!!! So quit complaining and eat the crap u made for yourselves ........

    March 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      What is your remedy?

      March 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      What is your respnsibility in it?

      March 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. S - 2100 - S

    AMERICA ....... The Land of the Free and the Home of the DUNDER HEADS !!!! "we are the greatest nation on EARTH" !! Yeah sheep of america..."keep telling your selves that YOU BUNCH OF DUNDER HEADS".. !!!!!

    March 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Righty

    Haha. Yes, quit wiping your rears, cleaning your homes. Wait, libs don't do that anyway! Hahahahahaha!

    March 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CathyW

    Public employees should NEVER have the right of collective bargaining, and in truth, no rights above and beyond what the private sectors, who pay their wages, have. This had to be done and will be done all across this country, so get used to it.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big D.

      Hey little girl, why don't you get yourself a little bit of political education before posting in a grownups discussion. It's obvious you are sorely lacking in this area.

      March 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Actually from Wisconsin

    We voted for walker, we are tired of seeing teachers and unions sue over viagra not being included in their medical benefits, were tired of seeing teacher salaries be based only on tenure and the number of degrees they hold. Bring merit back to our education, kick the unions out!

    March 10, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • KN

      There are two sides to a collective bargaining agreement. The state and the schools have to OK the union demands before they cost the taxpayers anything. It is not the unions fault if the state is willing to accept all of their demands. If I ask my boss for a mandatory raise each year and he is willing to give it to me, why would I ask for less? The problem is not with the unions. It is that the schools, state and municipalities are willing to accept unsustainable demands that they cannot finance. In turn they shift the burden to the taxpayer to make up the difference and then blame it on the union for making the demands in the first place.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tarheel

    NC has had these same rules in place for years and you know what State employees still do okay and teachers are paid based on results not union BS its great! At times like these when the economy is down and tax revenues are off and private sector workers are getting laid off or no salary increases state and local employees are seeing the same thing too. Its basic economics if revenue is down things have to change to balance budgets and public sector unions prevent this from happening.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. naenae

    Poor people have a name for these things,it's called hoodwinked.Republicans have been pumping you up about the scary socialist democrats trying to steal your purse(rights).Well guess what...republicans just picked your pocket. Find you streetsmarts people or it will be your rights that are on the chopping block next.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
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