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1649, 20 Feb 15

Wisconsin Senate to Move on Right to Work

This is some positive news.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the right-to-work bill lawmakers will consider next week in an extraordinary session will be clean with no carve outs.

Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, also said he has 17 “rock solid” votes and hopes to persuade Sen. Jerry Petrowski, who has said he was unlikely to support right-to-work, to get on board.

Fitzgerald and his office have not returned calls so far this morning. But he said on 1130 AM the bill will be released this afternoon with plans to vote on it Wednesday.

Some had expected the Senate to wait for the open 20th Senate District to be filled before moving ahead on the bill with Republican Duey Stroebel, who backs the legislation, all but assured of winning the seat in April.

But Fitzgerald said he didn’t want to wait.


1649, 20 February 2015


  1. 3rd Way

    I am starting to think this is positive too. Walker’s Wisconsin is going to play a pivotal role in the necessary reform of the GOP. We are now America’s test case for corporate owned governance. As WI has moved to the right MN has moved to the left. We are going to see which ideology is better at promoting growth and the common good (it is already pretty clear which one is moving in the right direction). Wisconsin will suffer for a good couple decades, but Walker’s audition for the candidate most willing to kowtow to corporate interests will set WI far behind our neighbors to the west and lay bear the lunacy of a government designed to serve business and the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

    As far as the pendulum swings to the right it will eventually swing back to the left.


  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Full Steam ahead!

    Its time to put a fork in failed leftest ideology!

  3. Dave

    3rd Way is right. Wisconsin will suffer because of Walker’s interest in serving his corporate overlords. Right Kevin, let’s stick a fork in an ideology that placed the greatest good for the greatest number at the forefront and created the 60 years of middle class growth that we enjoyed. Let’s return to the Gilded Age where great wealth ruled the day. Full steam backwards!!

  4. Kevin Scheunemann


    “Right Kevin, let’s stick a fork in an ideology that placed the greatest good for the greatest number at the forefront…”

    You mean like these favoite liberal advocates in action:

    “Death solves all problems – no man, no problem.” —Stalin

    “You can kill ten of our men for every one we kill of yours. But even at those odds, you will lose and we will win.”—- Ho Chi Minh

    “There is not Communism or Marxism, but representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy.” —Fidel Catsro

    “Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away.” –Fidel Castro

    “I have died many times. I have actually beaten Jesus Christ because he only died once.” — Robert Mugabe

    At least the “corporate overlords” only gain power by serving others (vs. taking from others).

    I suggest you read Radical Son by David Horowitz. The intellectual destruction his super liberal, academic, professor parents (intellectual liberal contributors in 50s and 60s) suffered when the truth about their liberal heroes, Stalin and Lenin, came out is profound and stark.

    Corporate overlords are a nothing burger next to the destruction and human rights violations of unlimited liberal-Marxist government in full power.

  5. Dave


    Where in the name of pluperfect Hell do you get off equating liberalism with communist totalitarians?!?

    If you pull out your Websters as a starting point you will find:
    ” a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties; specifically : such a philosophy that considers government as a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities (as those involving race, gender, or class)”

    Perhaps you are a devotee of Dr. Goebbels and his belief:

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    True liberals have led this government in the past and, pary God, they will lead in the future as well.

    JFK: “If by a liberal you someone who looks ahead and not behind; someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of people…then I am proud to say I am a liberal.”

    FDR: “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.”

    Barry Goldwater: “Today’s so-called ‘conservatives’ don’t even know what the word means. They think I’ve turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That’s a decision that’s up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the Religious Right. It’s not a conservative issue at all.”

    Theodore Roosevelt: “I believe that there should be a very much heavier progressive tax on very large incomes, a tax which should increase in a very marked fashion for the gigantic incomes.”

    James Monroe: “To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people.”

    Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis:“We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.”

    Dwight D. Eisenhower:“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”

    Kevin,these are liberal thoughts that show concern for the greater good. Not sure what your quoting of totalitarians was intended to prove other than your ignorance what liberalism really means.

  6. Conley

    Hey Dave – let us know if you or your fellow chronic masturbators ever equated conservatives with fascists.

  7. Nashotah Conservative

    I’m glad we’re moving in this direction, but I’m also a little concerned that many private businesses seem to be opposing this move. Can anyone clarify which private business interests hired John Gard and Bob Welch?

    Overall, I don’t believe that people should be “forced” to join a union to get a job. That said, I also don’t like government intrusion into the private sector. Maybe a compromise would be if a business owner decides that they (as the owner) want to deal exclusively with a union, that they could require all employees they hire to be members?

    That said, I think some businesses might deal with unions already that aren’t specific to their company (maybe in the trades)

    Anything that improves the business climate in our state is good for all. More jobs and more wages earned = more taxes for bridges, health care, and education all while dropping the number of people that need assistance because they can’t find a job

  8. Kevin Scheunemann


    The Soviet Union was the ideal form of government for intellectual liberals in the 50s.

    Are you saying liberalism has backed off taking income through higher taxation and taking property from citizens through government by force? (whether by IRS, DNR, EPA, etc.)

    Seems like you agree with Fidel Castro on “well planned economy(s)”.

  9. Calvin and Hobbs

    Then on to ridding ourselves of prevailing wage and minimum mark up laws.

  10. Owen

    Indeed. Former Senator Grothman was a roadblock to getting rid of minimum mark up. Hopefully our new senator will help correct that error.

  11. Nashotah Conservative


    Why did Grothman oppose minimum mark up? I have a great deal of respect for Glenn’s positions on business issues, and I didn’t realize that he was a minimum mark up supporter.

  12. Owen

    I agreed with him 96% of the time too, but he was dead wrong on this one. There are some local business folks who support minimum mark up (for obvious reasons) and had his ear. His excuse was the normal canard that repealing minimum mark up would allow big businesses to drive small businesses out of business.

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