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Why Wisconsin Guv Walker's win spells trouble for Obama

On Tuesday, Republican governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker scored a resounding victory in the public union-led effort to recall him. Walker won by an 8 point margin, 53% vs. 46%.
This was the third gubernatorial recall election in the history of the United States and the first in which the incumbent won.
Here are some interesting numbers on how Wisconsins voted, which show the significance of Walker’s win and why it spells trouble for Obama this November (source: Boogai!).

Scott Walker is the one in front of the American flag

2008 presidential election:

  • 1,677,211 (56%) voted for Obama
  • 1,262,393 (42%) voted for McCain

2010 election for governor:

  • 1,128,941 voted for Walker
  • 1,004,303 voted for Barrett

2012 recall election (with 99% of precincts reporting):

  • 1,284,935 voted for Walker – more votes than McCain received in the 2008 Presidential election.
  • 1,107,012 voted for Barret

Despite the money of public employees unions, and despite union members being bussed in from other states to vote against Walker in Tuesday’s recall election, Scott Walker won the recall by a slightly larger margin (53% to 46%) than the 2010 gubernatorial election (52% to 46%)!
In the 1½ years since Scott Walker became governor (he took office on January 3, 2011), he has achieved the following (Source: Wall St. Journal):

  • Stopped the anti-choice policies of the unions, by not allowing dues to be automatically taken from workers paychecks.  This resulted in union membership dropping from 62,818 in March of 2011 to 28,745 in February of 2012, which shows just how little love rank-and-file members have for their union leaders.
  • Flexibility created by Walker’s union-busting led to school districts being able to avoid teacher layoffs and make ends meet. In the Brown Deer school district, savings created by pension and health-care contributions from employees allowed the school to prevent layoffs and save some $800,000 for taxpayers. In Fond du Lac, school board president Eric Everson says the district saved $4 million as a result of last year’s reforms, including $2 million from the changes in employee contributions to their pensions. Another 52 schools across the state saved an average of $220 per student thanks to the ability to introduce competitive bidding for health insurance, rather than automatically going through WEA Trust, the favored provider of the Wisconsin Education Association Council.
  • Property taxes in Wisconsin were down 0.4% in 2011, the first decline since 1998.
  • According to Chief Executive magazine, Wisconsin moved up four more places this year to number 20 in an annual CEO survey of the best states to do business, after jumping 17 spots last year.
  • Altogether, Governor Walker’s reforms have saved Wisconsin taxpayers more than $1 billion.

All of this is making an impression on Wisconsin voters. According to a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday, only 12% of Wisconsin voters say “restoring collective bargaining rights” is their priority.
Walker’s reforms were a modest but necessary response to the state’s fiscal problems, and the proof is in the emerging results. The union reaction was so ferocious because the reforms reduced Big Labor’s clout over state and local taxpayers and thus its ability to milk taxpayers year after year without challenge.
In contrast, in the 3½ years since Obama became president:

  • U.S. unemployment rate soared above 8% and has stayed there, and is getting worse, according to last month’s jobless statistics.
  • U.S. economy grew anemically, by only 2.2% in the first quarter of 2012, which the government last week revised down to 1.9%.
  • U.S. national debt has risen by some $5 trillion, more than under any previous president, George W. Bush included. Worse still, the Congressional Budget Office said in its latest analysis Tuesday that, if present trend continues, federal debt will double in 10 years and reach more than twice the size of the entire U.S. economy by 2037.

So, whom would you rather have in the White House — Scott Walker or Barack Obama?
~Eowyn

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Americans With No Abilities Act

Breaking News!

Washington, DC – June 13, 2011

The Obama Administration is urging Congress and the Senate to
pass sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many
Americans: The Americans With No Abilities Act (AWNAA). President Obama said he will sign it as soon as he squeezes out some free time from playing golf.

The AWNAA is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.

“Roughly 50% of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society,” said California Senator Barbara Boxer, a ready-made candidate for the AWNAA. “We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing.”

Another AWNAA candidate, Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) also threw his support for the bill: “As a representative an exhibitionist with a big small penis, way too much time on my hands, but no abilities whatsoever, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and a good salary for doing so.”

In a Capitol Hill press conference, two other AWNAA candidates — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) — pointed to the success of Congress, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance. Approximately 74% of the members of Congress lack any job skills, making this institution one of the largest U.S. employers of Persons of Inability.

Other institutions and industries with good records of non-discrimination against the incompetent and inept include teachers’ unions (75%), Wisconsin public employee unions (95%), SEIU (99%), TSA (99.5%), U.S. Dept of Homeland Security (99.8%), ACORN (99.9%), and the Obama White House (100%).

At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent record of hiring Persons of Inability (a whopping 83%).

Under The Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million ‘middle man’ positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.

Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given so as to guarantee upward mobility for even the most inept employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability into middle-management positions,and gives a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.

Finally, the AWNAA contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the Non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as, “Do you have any skills or experience that relate to this job?”

“As a Non-abled person, I can’t be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them,” said Ken Cox, who lost his position as a TSA screener at Kennedy International Airport due to his inability to remember Janet Napolitano’s instruction, “Strip Search All Blond, Blue-Eyed Babies!”

“This new law should be real good for people like me,” Cox added.

H/t beloved fellows May & Joseph.

~Eowyn

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Leftist Unions Launch Recall Drive Against Wisconsin Senators

Demonrats and their public employee unions have launched a multi-million dollar drive to recall 18 Wisconsin state senators who had voted to rein in those government unions. Here’s the recall TV ad:
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Please help those senators fight against this malicious drive. Americans who live outside of Wisconsin can help by donating, all the more because in-state donations are being suppressed.
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Salena Zito writes at RCP:

Wisconsin has what can only be described as a screwy recall law; get  enough signatures on a petition and you can trigger new elections. Democrats hope to use this law to undo the GOP’s statehouse majority.
Recall elections could begin as early as June for 16 targeted  Wisconsin state senators — eight Republicans who voted in favor of the law that ends most collective bargaining powers for public-employee  unions, and eight Democrats who ran and hid in Illinois in what turned  out to be a failed attempt to keep GOP lawmakers from voting on the  measure….
While Wisconsin’s story fell off the front page, the left — fueled by unions, the Democratic Governors Association and [George Soros’] MoveOn.org — has begun a multimillion-dollar TV campaign to support the audacious recall effort…. Unions and the left are far outspending pro-business interests and the right on recall ads.
Democrats…see more at stake than a single state Senate majority…. They know this is the first battle of 2012….
If Walker and other governors cannot tame public pensions and union contracts, you will see tax hikes enacted under freshmen GOP governors across the country in the next few years. It is simple math.

You can donate here. It’s important that Wisconsin Republicans get out of state donations, because instate donations have been suppressed due to union threats.
H/t NiceDeb
~Eowyn

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Left Plans Waves of Militant Pro-Union Protests

Last Saturday, a reported 10,000 people marched through downtown Los Angeles to demonstrate their “solidarity” with public employee union workers in Wisconsin. Darsha Philips of ABC7News reports on March 26, 2011:

Wisconsin passed a law stripping public employee unions of collective bargaining rights and local protesters say it could happen in Southern California. Union members and their allies gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center and marched onward to Pershing Square in hopes of sending out a message that collective bargaining rights cannot be taken away from unions.
A controversial bill in Wisconsin has pitted Democrats and Republicans against each other, limiting collective bargaining rights of government employees. The bill was signed into law by Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Legislators and governors in several other states are seeking to adopt similar laws, citing budget problems.

Anti-government budget cuts protesters, London, March 26, 2011


Given what happened in London on Saturday, where an estimated 400,000 protested against government budget cuts and attacked police with homemade  ammonia-filled light-bulbs, as our writer Candance warned, we can expect more such protests here in America in the days, weeks, and months to come.
In fact, even before Governor Scott Walker’s battle with public unions in Wisconsin, the Left in America already had drawn plans for successive waves of massive militant protests. As Kyle Olson of BigGovernment alerted us on January 13, 2011, “Radicals in Planning Stages of Massive ‘Militant’ U.S. Protests“:

The Huffington Post reported last year about college students shutting down major freeways in California. In Wisconsin, protesters threw “punches and ice chunks” at police after the students were refused entry into an administration building in Madison. Now, plans are being made for a month of similar actions this year, kicking off March 2nd.

Some activists have complained that unions are not currently leading the charge because they’ve become too “corporatist.” But they believe once they make their move, unions will move to “co-opt” the movement.
“Student strikes” will occur in March to fight budget cuts and increased fees for students. What’s happening in Europe is about to be emulated in America, friends. Radicals know this is one of their last opportunities to keep the gravy grain running on time. But reality, courtesy of fed up taxpayers, may interrupt their plans.
One of the movement’s leaders, Los Angeles high school teacher Omar Hussein, recruited “student militants” to support the March 4th protests in 2010. He’s a leader again this time around, according to sources within the movement.
The month of “actions” will be capped off with a global action stemming from a huge union/socialist rally in London March 26th. As many as one million people will show their solidarity with those “in the firing line of the government’s cuts,” according to a statement posted on a public employee union website.
The pro-big government radicals are in the planning stages of something similar in the United States. One radical from Arizona pledged that the actions will be “very militant” because what they’ve done so far hasn’t worked and “there are no other options now.”
Radicals who fantasize about Che Guevara’s revolution, the Soviet States of America and the good ole days of Chairman Mao will soon be making their move. They’ll be doing their best to seize the current “crisis” and push their socialist agenda.
Will they get anywhere?  The big government agenda certainly had its wings clipped in the November election. But that doesn’t mean violence, upheaval and chaos can be stopped. And we shouldn’t kid ourselves that it’s simply a small band of “student militants” that break a few windows and celebrate at the local (fair trade) coffee house. When this action occurs, SEIU, AFL-CIO, NEA, AFT, NAACP and others will be right behind them to push the socialist agenda forward.
This is the moment to stand up to them, reject their agenda and defend a free and capitalist America.

~Eowyn

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Surprise! 89% of NPR Political Contributions Go to the Left

National Public Radio (and its twin PBS) — as well as public government employee unions, like teachers’ unions and SEIU — are merely entities that act as conduits to send TAXPAYER dollars to the Demonrat Party, Demonrat candidates, and liberal-Progressive-socialist-commie causes and interests. 
It’s a giant shell game.
By allowing our hardearned dollars to support these entities, Republicans, Conservatives, and Independents are actually financing those with interests and objectives directly opposed to ours — and America’s. How stupid is that.
~Eowyn

From “NPR Boardmembers and Fundraisers Give Overwhelmingly to Democrats,” by Danielle Kurtzleben, US News, March 15, 2011:
Conservatives have long complained that the public broadcaster has a liberal bias, a charge NPR’s defenders have denied. In at least one regard, however, NPR’s board and fundraisers have, as a whole, shown a marked lean to the left in recent years: political contributions. A review of campaign finance data found that NPR board members’ campaign contributions have sharply favored Democrats. Since 2004, members of the boards of NPR and the NPR Foundation, the public broadcaster’s fundraising arm, have contributed nearly $2.2 million to federal candidates, parties, and PACs, of which $1.95 million, or 89 percent, has gone to Democratic candidates and liberal-leaning political action committees. [See where members of Congress get their campaign contributions.]
Officers and trustees of the NPR Foundation, which has no control over the organization’s programming, have given substantially to national political campaigns in recent years. According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, this group’s members (as listed on NPR’s most recent available annual report, from fiscal year 2008) have given almost $2.1 million to political campaigns in the last eight years. Fully 89 percent of this giving was to Democrats and progressive organizations. These figures include all federal contributions since the 2004 election cycle, the first in which “soft money” contributions were banned. “Soft money” refers to money given to a party for non-campaign activities, which until being banned in 2002 were unlimited and largely unregulated.
A majority of contributions from members of NPR’s Board of Directors have likewise gone to Democrats. This board comprises 10 NPR station managers, the NPR president, the NPR Foundation president, and five prominent members of the public, selected by the board and confirmed by member stations. Political contributions by these station managers have been virtually nonexistent, and there are also no recorded political contributions from either Ron Schiller or Vivian Schiller. Of the five public board members, however, giving has been far more Democratic than Republican, with nearly 95 percent of the group’s $106,000 in contributions going to Democrats or progressive committees. Three of these members have given exclusively to Democrats since the start of 2003, though in amounts less than $5,000 each. One member, Carol Cartwright, has given $4,100 to Republicans and $700 to Democrats. But the biggest giver, John A. Herrmann, Jr., has given $82,500 to candidates and committees since 2003, 98 percent of it to Democrats. [See editorial cartoons about the Democratic Party.]
NPR spokeswoman Anna Christopher says political giving does not impact NPR’s news coverage. [Hahahahaha. Good joke! ~Eowyn] She points out that the foundation is primarily responsible for fundraising and is not involved in programming, and that NPR’s board “is not involved in day to day [operations]” and does not make recommendations about news coverage. “Past political contributions of members of a foundation or board–I would hesitate drawing a line between that and our news coverage,” she adds.
The tendency toward Democratic giving does not extend across all areas of public broadcasting. For example, five of the six members of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides funding to local public radio and television across the country, were appointed by President George W. Bush. The board members’ cumulative giving since 2003 totals over $100,000, nearly three-quarters of which has gone to Republicans.
See which members of Congress get the most in campaign contributions from the TV, movies, and music industry.
H/t Canada Free Press.
~Eowyn

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Activist Judge Blocks Wisconsin's New Union Law

Liberal activist judges across America are misusing their power to block laws and voters’ initiatives (e.g., California’s anti-gay marriage Prop. 8) which they don’t like. The latest is a Wisconsin judge who just issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state’s new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect.
~Steve & Eowyn

Jason Smathers of the AP reports:
MADISON, Wis. – A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday blocking the state’s new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect, a measure that drew tens of thousands of protesters to the state Capitol and sent some Democrats fleeing to Illinois in an attempt to block a vote on it.
The judge’s order is a major setback for new Republican Gov. Scott Walker and puts the future of the law in question.
Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi issued the order, which was requested by that county’s District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, a Democrat. Ozanne filed a lawsuit contending that a legislative committee that broke a stalemate that had kept the law in limbo for weeks met without the 24-hour notice required by Wisconsin’s open meetings law. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the measure and Walker signed it last week.
Secretary of State Doug La Follette planned to publish the law on March 25, but the judge’s order will prevent that from happening, at least for now.
Assistant Attorney General Steven Means said the state will appeal the ruling, but he didn’t say when. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said in a statement that the governor was confident the bill would become law in the near future. “This legislation is still working through the legal process,” Werwie said.
A spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald declined to comment, citing the ongoing legal fight.
Democrats were hopeful the ruling would lead to the undoing of the law. “I would hope the Republicans would take this as an opportunity to sit down with Democrats and negotiate a proposal we could all get behind,” said Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach, of the 14 senators who stayed in Illinois for three weeks in an attempt to stop the bill from passing.
The bill was part of Walker’s solution for plugging a $137 million state budget shortfall. A part of the measure would require state workers to increase their health insurance and pension contributions to save the state $30 million by July 1. Other parts of Walker’s original proposal to address the budget shortfall were removed before the bill passed last week. The Legislature planned to take those up later. Lawmakers are not scheduled to be in session again until April 5.
People opposed to the law converged on the state Capitol over the past month with massive demonstrations that went on for more than three weeks.

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Gap Grows Larger Between American People & Ruling Class

The Founders believed in We, The People.


Last July, an article in American Spectator confirmed what many of us (68%) had long thought:

There is a Political Class in America comprised of both elected politicians and unelected cultural elites, who not only don’t care what most Americans think, they hold us in contempt.

The article, “America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution,” by , a professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University, makes a compelling case that the real divide in America is not so much between liberals and conservatives as between the bipartisan political-cultural ruling class (the “regime class”) vs. the American people (whom Codevilla calls the “country class,” as in America, the country). Whereas the majority of the “country class” are religious (Christians) and patriotic, the bipartisan ruling “regime class” — stripped of their lip-service rhetoric — are irreligious; arrogant and contemptuous of the American people; and do not love America or the American people. These traits are all symptomatic of a terrible narcissism. [Read excerpts of Codevilla’s 16-page article HERE.]
Now, there is more evidence of a yawning gap between this preening Ruling Class and the majority of Americans:
On illegal immigration:

On public employee  GOVERNMENT unions:

On Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security (and TSA crafter) Janet Napolitano:

On Muslims in America:

On the fading American Dream:

Rebellion Against the Elite:

~Eowyn

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Wisconsin – What Really Happened?

We’ve ceded our power to unions
By Patrick McIlheran   3/09/2011
Frank Zeidler, former mayor of Milwaukee, unstinting ally of labor and by then doing work for AFSCME, wrote 42 years ago that government unions change democracy.
The rise of government unions, he wrote, created “what amounts to a two-chamber local government” – elected officials in one and unions as the other, with taxes and budgets requiring the consent of both. This curtailed the sovereignty of the governments that voters chose, he wrote: “This is a revolutionary principle rather quietly at work in American government.” Continue reading

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Mayhem in Madison

 

Unions want a fight


MADISON, Wis. — Republicans in charge of the Wisconsin Senate have apparently discovered a way to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, by passing Democrats. All 14 Senate Democrats left the state nearly three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider Gov. Scott Walker’s so-called “budget repair bill” — a proposal introduced to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.  MSNBC reported “GOP rams anti-union bill through Wisconsin Senate”.
Gov. Scott Walker this evening applauded the Senate’s actions. “The Senate Democrats have had three weeks to debate this bill and were offered repeated opportunities to come home, which they refused. 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. The action today will help ensure Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs.”
Via Instapundit:   Meade on the scene at the Capitol says hundreds of protesters have gotten into the building, and security is vastly outnumbered.  Protesters are locking the Capitol doors shut from the inside using metal handcuffs, Meade reports from the scene. Plus this: “Meade called back to say, some of the doors are handcuffed shut and some are wide open. ‘ANYBODY CAN GET IN AND ANYBODY CAN BRING ANYTHING IN. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO SECURITY WHATEVER.’”
Hold on folks, this is going to be a bumpy ride.
DCG

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Is Obama Behind Public Union Demonstrations?


In a recent interview on FoxNews, Bill O’Reilly said: “I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that President Obama may be behind the scenes in this Wisconsin brawl. It might be he and his guys directing what happens out there.”
O’Reilly is not prone to paranoia or conspiracy theories. Heck, O’Reilly is not even a birther! LOL
Given Obama’s Feb. 17 characterization of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to trim the state’s $3.6 billion deficits as an “attack on unions,” the notion that Obama is not just sympathetic to unions but may be orchestrating the demonstrations is not wholly far-fetched.
To make my case, I present you with six exhibits or pieces of evidence.

Exhibit 1:

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On January 15, 2008, when Obama was still a mere senator before he was elected president, he said this to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest growing  labor union in the United States representing about 1.8 million workers:

“[Political candidates] all sing we love the SEIU. The question you’ve got to ask yourselves is do they have it in their gut, do they have a track record of standing alongside you in picket fights, do they have a track record of going after the companies that aren’t letting you organize, do they have a track record of voting the right way but also helping you organize to build more and more power…. I come from an organized background, so I know. I’ve been working with SEIU before I was elected to anything….”

Exhibit 2:

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On August 23, 2009, now President Obama once again rallied the SEIU troops:

“Hope and Change is not just the rhetoric of a campaign for me. Hope and Change has been the causes of my life…. We have a lot of good friends of labor who are running in this election. I admire all of them. But the question I do want SEIU to ask yourselves is not who can talk about your agenda, but who can change the politics in Washington so that we can actually make your agenda a reality. And I believe I can do that. But…I can’t do this by myself. That’s why I am not just asking you to trust my ability to change this country, I’m asking you to trust in yourselves. I’m asking you to bet not just on me, I’m asking you to bet on us…. That’s what you did with me in 2004 because I probably wouldn’t be standing here if it hadn’t been for the SEIU endorsement back then….”

Exhibit 3:

Obama and Trumka


Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, is very close to Obama. Trumka recently said: “I’m at the White House a couple times a week. Two, three times a week. I have conversations everyday with someone in the White House or in the administration. Everyday.”

Stern is the white-haired guy.


Bill O’Reilly points out that this means Trumka, as of January 28 this year, has been to the White House 46 times since Obama was elected. We also know that Andy Stern, former SEIU president, had made 58 visits to the Obama White House.

Exhibit 4:

Organizing for America had planned and sponsored the unions’ “emergency rallies” on February 15 and 16 in Wisconsin. This is what Wikipedia tells us about the organization: “Organizing for America is a community organizing project of the Democratic National Committee. Founded after the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, the group seeks to mobilize supporters in favor of Obama’s legislative agenda.”

Exhibit 5:

MoveOn.org is calling for a nationwide march on state houses at noon tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 26), to counter Wisconsin’s and other states’ efforts to trim multibillion dollar deficits by reining in public employee unions. MoveOn.org calls these efforts “Republicans…using the wrecked economy as an excuse to slash vital programs and hurt workers. The American Dream itself is under attack. So we’re helping lead an emergency call for rallies in every state capital this Saturday at noon to support folks in Wisconsin and oppose these attacks, wherever they occur.” MoveOn.org is a Progressive Democratic Party political action committee, financed by George Soros, Peter Lewis (of Progressive Auto Insurance), and Linda Pritzker (of the Hyatt hotels).

Exhibit 6:

On February 17, 2011, a Tweet from Bob Woodhouse, the Democratic National Committee’s communication director, said the White House was “proudly” playing a role in the Wisconsin public employee union protest.
~Eowyn

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