Was it really just a few years ago where the Republicans were constantly talking about “the rule of law”? I’m actually glad this happened, because now there’s absolutely no doubt that Scott Walker’s primary goal was not to balance the budget, but to break the state employee unions:
Madison, Wisconsin (CNN) — Wisconsin’s Republican-led state Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees Wednesday, getting around a Democratic walkout by stripping financial provisions from the bill.
“Tonight, the Senate will be passing the items in the Budget Repair Bill that we can with the 19 members who actually do show up and do their jobs,” Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, the chamber’s Republican majority leader, said in a statement announcing the move.
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Mar 9th, 2011 at 11:41 pm by susie
Michael Moore on Rachel Maddow:
MOORE: “This is war, this is a class war that’s been leveled against the working people of this country… The fact that they think they can get away with this… What happened three years ago in 2008… they realized that they could get away with murder. They realized that they could literally loot the treasury, they could play with people’s pension funds on Wall Street, they could destroy the economy, they could essentially do what they could to eliminate the middle class, and there would be no response from the people. There would be no revolt. People would just take it. And people just took it.”
[...] “These protests do matter – in fact, this is one of the few times I can say that in my lifetime – actually going to a demonstration has made a difference. And people have got to come out of their homes tomorrow… They’re planning a huge rally in Madison on Saturday afternoon…”
[...] “We’re not broke. Wisconsin isn’t broke. America isn’t broke. We have trillions of dollars in our economy. The problem is the money isn’t where it needs to be. Those 400 people – … upper 1% and their allies – took that money out of circulation. They took that money and it’s not there anymore. And they’re not being taxed appropriately, and that’s why that money isn’t there. There’s a revenue problem.
That’s all there is. It’s not because there’s debt. There’s always debt. If you’re making car payments, you’re in debt. That doesn’t mean you’re broke. Wisconsin isn’t broke. America isn’t broke. The money’s just not in the people’s hands. It’s in the hands of the rich. The rich who committed these crimes back on Wall Street and they got away with it.
I brought these with me (SHOWS HANDCUFFS). I’d like anybody who works on Wall Street, anybody who works for one of the banks, just take a look at this. This is what is coming for you. Because the people aren’t going to take it anymore. The people are going to demand justice, they’re going to demand that your ass is in jail.
You’ve taken our money. We want the money back. You’ve taken our jobs overseas. We want those jobs back. Those are a national resource. Those are not yours to do with as you please. They affect all of us as a society. We have a right to those jobs. We have a right to that money that used to belong to the people of this country.
A million people evicted from their homes, foreclosed, this year. Another million expected this year.
How many…? I want to again, if I can, just address the Wall Streeters and the banksters out there: How many more people do you think you can throw out of their homes before they do revolt?”
[...] “It’s mostly all northern states. Because the Republican Party, especially, has controlled pretty much the South for the better part of the past few decades, and now they’re trying to take that philosophy and claim these northern states. And they will win. They will win, if people don’t stand up. The good news is that they really are just tools – the Republicans – for this upper one percent that has all the loot. The good news is that there’s a lot more of us than there are of them…. but if we don’t act, they will take it away.”
File this under unintended consequences. If House Republicans get their way and prevent President Obama from using any discretionary appropriations to implement “Obamacare,” it would cripple existing Medicare programs, many of which are operated under methodologies enacted in the health care law.
In response to a letter from Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius lists the ways the House spending bill would hamper existing entitlements.
“If H.R. 1 were enacted, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would not be able to use CR funds to administer payments based on any rate calculated on the basis of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act — which is to say virtually all rates,” she writes.
Among many other things, the law rescinded the old methodology by which the government paid Medicare Advantage providers and replaced it with a new one. The House spending bill would prohibit HHS from making payments under the new regime. And with the old regime eliminated, the department would have no legal authority to cover those services, according to Sebelius.
“This would seem to mean that payments to [Medicare Advantage] organizations would have to be suspended, risking a significant disruption in services to beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage,” Sebelius writes.