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Malkin: Fleebaggers - The New Cut-and-Run Democrats

By Michelle Malkin

First lady Michelle Obama said, "Let's Move!" Who knew Democratic politicians in Wisconsin and Indiana would take her literally?

Faced with stifling debt, bloated pensions and intractable government unions, liberal Midwestern legislators have fled those states -- paralyzing Republican fiscal reform efforts. Like Monty Python's Brave Sir Robin and his band of quivering knights, these elected officials have only one plan when confronted with political hardship or economic peril: Run away, run away, run away.

Scores of Fleebagger Democrats are now in hiding in neighboring Illinois, the nation's sanctuary for political crooks and corruptocrats. Soon, area hotels will be announcing a special discount rate for card-carrying FleePAC winter convention registrants. Question: Will the White House count the economic stimulus from the mass Democratic exodus to Illinois as jobs "saved" or "created"? More important question: How much are taxpayers being charged for these obstructionist vacations?

Voters have spoken: In Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and across the heartland, they put Republican adults in charge of cleaning up profligate Democrat-engineered messes. Instead of defending their same old tax-hiking, union-protecting, spending-addicted ways, Democrats are crossing their state borders into big government sanctuary zones -- screaming "la, la, la, we can't hear you" all the way.

Wisconsin Democrats warned that their delinquent members -- evading state troopers and literally phoning it in -- could be gone "for weeks" to prevent a quorum on GOP Gov. Scott Walker's modest plan to increase public union workers' health insurance and pension contributions, end the compulsory union dues racket and rein in collective bargaining powers run amok.

Big Labor insists its intransigence isn't about money, but about "rights." But the dispute is about nothing but money and power -- the union's power to dictate and limit its members' health insurance choices to a lucrative union-run plan, for example, which adds nearly $70 million in unnecessary taxpayer costs.

On Tuesday, only three of 40 House Democrats in Indiana showed up for legislative debate on a similar bill to end forced unionism and join 22 other "right to work" states. Hoosier media reported that some of the fugitive pols may be headed to Kentucky in addition to President Obama's old political stomping grounds.

The White House and Beltway Democrats have paved the way for subverting deliberative democracy, of course. If only Republicans in Wisconsin and Indiana had followed the Obama/Pelosi/Reid model and rammed their behind-closed-doors-crafted legislative agenda through in the middle of the night on a holiday weekend, the Fleebaggers wouldn't be on the lam today. But GOP legislators just don't roll that way. It's Democrats who cut and run -- abroad in wartime and at home in crisis.

Almost eight years ago, more than 50 Texas Democratic state lawmakers holed up in Oklahoma and New Mexico for weeks to stymie a vote on Republican-sponsored redistricting plans they opposed. Over the past week, it was thousands of public school teachers in Wisconsin who faked illness and boycotted their classrooms. And it's union henchmen calling out loud for statewide strikes to bring Republican reformers to their knees.

The Party of Truancy has become a laughingstock -- and Americans aren't waiting for left-wing late-night comedians to bring down the hammer of well-earned mockery. The Internet has lit up over the past week with "Wanted" posters and all-points-bulletin alerts for missing Democrats.

Blogger John Hayward of the conservative Human Events newspaper joked that "the next issue of National Geographic will track the migratory patterns of fugitive Democrats across the great plains." Seton Motley of the Washington, D.C.-based Media Research Center weighed in: "First, Wisconsin. Now, Indiana. When we said 'runaway government,' it was a complaint -- not a suggestion." Comedian Stephen Kruiser snickered that OFA -- the Democrats' political organizing arm, Organizing for America -- now stands for "Organizing Fleeing Americans."

Note: Many of the loudest Washington and Hollywood critics of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to resign from office in 2009 are themselves now AWOL on the Wisconsin and Indiana AWOL-ians. Who's all for mocking "quitters" now? Anyone?

One mortified Wisconsin taxpayer speaks for many. "As the daughter of former Wisconsin Senate Minority Floor Leader William R. Moser (D-Milwaukee, Dist. 6)," Mary Magdalen Moser told me, she's humiliated by the "flee-bagging" politicians. "I am ashamed of the actions taken by the minority party to subvert our system of government by boycotting its legitimate processes. Anarchy is undemocratic, and I know that my Dad is spinning in his grave right now. ... I do not support refusing to participate, because that will not solve any of the issues facing our state."

Remember the 2008 Democratic Party chant: "Fired up! Ready to go!" Well, there's a new Democratic Party motto in town: "Ready to go? OK, then, let's blow this pop stand!" It's difficult to see how Obama and his absconder allies can "win the future" when they're stampeding over each other to escape the present.

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Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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  1. unbelievableComment by unbelievable
    February 23, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    Oh my Gosh!  What are these Deomocratic legislators thinking???  If they pulled this childish game in my state I would be on the phone to their offices asking for their removal! 

    ALL these public servants should be serving the public, not running from their responsibilities.  Just when I thought I’d seen it all, the Democrats continue to show their true colours!

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    • godsgirlComment by godsgirl
      February 23, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

      I think the term “public servant” does not describe these individuals. They clearly only have been elected to serve unions – I wonder why that is.

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  2. wenramComment by wenram
    February 23, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    While I agree with much of what you are saying, Michelle, we have got to stop with the name calling.  All you are doing is perpetuating the polarization between the parties instead of encouraging any hope of bipartisan efforts.

    Yes, I know they have thrown more stones at us but we must stand up and lead by example.

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    • Comment by LuLu
      February 23, 2011 @ 9:38 am

      Really?
       
      Maybe you want to turn your other cheek to this Democrat congressman so he can bloody it too.
      http://www.gopusa.com/forum/discussions/dem-lawmaker-on-labor-protests-get-a-little-bloody-when-necessary/#p523

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    • Double AceComment by Double Ace
      February 23, 2011 @ 10:07 am

      Are you kidding me? Why is it when anyone opposes the liberal/progressive left they are polarizing. Yet the left does it constantly. Why aren’t you yelling at the unions in Wisconsin about polarization? You have to be some sort of an idiot. It the left doesn’t want polarization then they need to stop stealing from the American taxpayer. Yes it is stealing any way you look at it. What gives out government the right to steal money at the threat of a gun? If anyone else tries it they call it armed robbery.

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    • wenramComment by wenram
      February 23, 2011 @ 10:21 am

      I’m saying we can be better then they are. We don’t have to stoop to the name calling level. If that makes me an idiot then so be it.

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      February 23, 2011 @ 10:47 am

      Wenram, I am not being disrespectful to you but lets call a spade a spade. The Wisconsin 14 is a big joke. If they can’t respect fair election results and act like adults, perform their duties, then they have no business in politics. I am still asking and wanting to know, and for days now, have not heard anything as to who is paying for their board and lodging whilst they are in hiding in IL.

      Lead by example, didnt Mr Obama, demonised everyone the other day and defended his precious unions, saying what is happening in WI is “an assault” on the Unions??? As far as I know, Mr Obama is not doing much leading, instead he appear to be stoking this problem!

      The Gov of WI should stay firm and strong. Some of these very self serving union members is holding WI hostage. If they are allowed to get away with it, this politician runaway sickness will sure to spread. They have not got away with it yet and the sickness has already spread to IN and OH.

      What is wrong with these people, do they think that it is fair to retain their fat  benefits by riding on the backs of hard working taxpayers, who have had to make many sacrifices themselves?? What is it that they dont understand?? their benefits etc simply cannot be sustained… As always, the media is doing such a great job by distorting what the Gov is trying to ask of collective bargaining.

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    • txagswComment by txagsw
      February 23, 2011 @ 11:12 am

      I’ve turned my cheeks on head and those of my butt, I will not be bullied by people who do not get it anymore… This was not name calling, this was calling it like it is! Eventually the parents/adults have to take action

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    • RoBoTechComment by RoBoTech
      February 23, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

      “Comment by wenram
      February 23, 2011 @ 10:21 am
      I’m saying we can be better then they are. We don’t have to stoop to the name calling level. If that makes me an idiot then so be it.”
       
      Then so be it, you are an idiot.
      Turning the other cheek so the Socialists can slap you silly is why we are in this mess.

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    • FrogmanComment by Frogman
      February 23, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

      ARE YOU FRIGGIN KIDDING ME? BIPARTISAN EFFORTS!
      This is why we are screwed and will continue to be screwed. I guess you simply don’t get it. The Democrats play politics as a blood sport. The Republicans have been trying to keep to the high road and play nice but, it hasn’t worked. Until we suit up and start kicking their teeth in this country is doomed.

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    • TRUTHTELLERComment by TRUTHTELLER
      February 23, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

      Wenram, 

      Left wingers, use polarization as as a normal and regular part of their propaganda.  It is the only effective tool they have.  Name calling and negatively labeling of the opposition, is the only option, when you omit the truth and the facts regarding your cause.

      I agree with Frogman, that Conservatives should remove the gloves and stop standing there, with their fists in the air like J.L. Sullivan, playing by Marquis of Queensbury rules. Why haven’t they learned, that it’s a good way to get the stuffing kicked out of you? 

       Left wingers, Radicals, Marxists, Unionists, Socialists and Communists, (Obummer’s crowd) are street fighters.  They kick, bite, claw and scratch , stab you in the back and hit below the belt.  Anything, to get what they want.

      The Governor of Wisconsin should quietly pay bounty hunters to go after these Democrat cowards and return as many of them back across the state line, wherby State Troopers would escort them back to the Legislature.

      The A.W.O.L. teachers should have, long ago,  been sent notices that gave them 24 hours to return to work, or else face termination of their employment.

      The doctors writing fake sick slips should all be turned over to medical licensing board for disciplinary action or termination of their medical licenses. 

      It’s about time Republicans/Conservatives learned how to deal with them, on their own level.

      Show these miscreants that in real life, there are real consiquenses for their actions.

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    • BillComment by Bill
      February 24, 2011 @ 6:02 am

      We have to talk to them in their language, that’s all they  understand.

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    • wenramComment by wenram
      February 24, 2011 @ 11:00 am

      I agree that each and every one of those state senators who have fled the state should be held accountable.  I believe that they should accept the results of the elections and be present in the senate chambers, make their arguments and vote on the measure.  That is what they were elected to do.
      I’m not turning my cheek at all.  I lead by example and my example will be not to call people names.  The train of thought that says “They did it first” does not lead to a solution but rather to more problems.  It is a distraction to the key element of this situation. I refuse to stoop down to their level.

      If Michelle wants to use name calling that is her prerogative.  She is the one being paid, not me.

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    • ScottLComment by ScottL
      February 24, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

      I agree with you wenram.  The name calling is childish and just preaches to the choir.  Where I disagree with you is on this notion that “they” throw “more” stones.  By what measure?  Human beings in general are susceptible to confirmation bias and a group mentality.  Both the right and the left loves to claim it’s the victim of more abuse than the other.  The most logical conclusion (and one that strikes me as pretty self evident if you watch and read an equal amount of both liberal and conservative media) is that on average, all political stripes engage in similar tactics and suffer from the same measure of myopia. 

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      February 24, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

      wenram and ScottL:

      You guys are both missing the point. This isn’t about name-calling, and I don’t even think Michelle has done any name-calling here to speak of. If both sides were to stop all name-calling tomorrow, we would still have a delinquent bunch of legislators not doing the job which they were elected to do, teachers who selfishly go out on a wildcat strike and claim they’re “doing it for the kids”, and union thugs who initimidate anyone who doesn’t support their cause.

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    • wenramComment by wenram
      February 25, 2011 @ 9:52 am

      ScottL, thank you for your comment.
      Name calling. stone throwing on all sides needs to stop.  We have no time for it and should not tolerate it, period.  We say we have zero tolerance in schools and yet politicians and pundits engage in bullying every day.
      I support Walker and I hope he does follow through with all that he says he will do.

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  3. billsComment by bills
    February 23, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    They have learned well from their leader in Washington. Any time a difficult vote came up or one he did not want his fingerprints on in the Illinois Senate, he voted “PRESENT” or even actually hid in the cloakroom. The Dems learned well. I assume we will see many instances of this as the Republicans in Congress move to undo the mess created by years of Democratic mismanagement and corruption.

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  4. Srini VaradarajanComment by Srini Varadarajan
    February 23, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    Another term one can use is “simpering eunuchs”–given that their behaviour is modelled-off the one in the White House!

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  5. American to the endComment by American to the end
    February 23, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    The Gov needs to give them 72hrs, then declare a special election to replace the missing lawmakers.  See what happens then.

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    • Double AceComment by Double Ace
      February 23, 2011 @ 10:10 am

      I think that is a great idea. Let’s start special elections for any missing elected representative, and while we are at it let’s pull their government credit cards and make them pay their own expenses, while absent from duty.

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    • wenramComment by wenram
      February 23, 2011 @ 10:23 am

      The question is does the law support this?  If they have vacated their post and refuse to do their job AND the WI law allows for this then yes, he should do that.

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    • Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
      February 23, 2011 @ 10:24 am

      I don’t think that would work as it is probably not a lawful move, but a special election for a referendum to adopt a law which would give the state government the right to remove legislators who refuse to attend legislative sessions would probably bring a landslide approval. What these Demonrats are doing is probably the most dictatorial technique I have seen in all of my 74 years on this planet.
       
      What these people are doing with both the protests and the “running away” from responsibility will only serve to diminish the number of Democrats in the Wisconsin legislature after the next election.  It is laughable what these union members will do for a thuggish leadership which is primarily involved in an attempt to save their own cushy (and extremely corrupt) jobs.

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    • RoBoTechComment by RoBoTech
      February 23, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

      “Comment by wenram
      February 23, 2011 @ 10:23 am The question is does the law support this?”
       
      no. But the Democrats are committing a felony, and the so called “Governor” won’t press it.
      And the wimpy Republican Senate Leader won’t vote for for the contentious part of the bill, even tho they can. They don’t need the Dems there to vote for ending the Public Unions power. Or a host of other bills that the Dems don’t like.
      But, the Stupid Republicans are too cowardly to take these bills up.
      To top it all off, these bills will hasten the Dems back to the floor, so why aren’t the two Houses not taking up these bills?
      Someone is playing games, and it’s not just the Fleebaggers.

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  6. CapnoverComment by Capnover
    February 23, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    While I am normally against more laws, etc., I would wholly support one which would REQUIRE all representatives of the people to be at their seat when the body is in session.  NO excuses except for severe illness (requiring a VALID Dr’s note), or death.  It may sound extreme, but from this point on, all would understand the rules and be required to follow them if elected.  Make it retroactive even, replace those migrating WI officials with someone dedicated to WE THE PEOPLE.  I would also agree with Double Ace….in NO WAY should the off-site debt racked up by these A-Holes be paid for on their expense accounts.  No work, no pay, just like us!

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  7. MadeinAmerica33Comment by MadeinAmerica33
    February 23, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    In private Companies when a person fails to report to their job,their pay was “DOCKED” or canceled for every missing day. Wisconsin , Indiana , start by Docking their pay. As for the Union members that think it is So important to carry on their protest, Did they ever protest their Union Bosses contributions to Polictical candidates or ask their Union Bosses to take those Millions of their Union Dues and use it for say finding the Union members some supplemental health insurance, or some thing useful for the membership benefit. Maybe a Credit Union to assist on their Mortages?

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  8. mattbowComment by mattbow
    February 23, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    I would like to know when “collective bargaining” became a right. If a person doesn’t like the job changes that their employer makes then “FIND ANOTHER JOB”!
    The majority of the unions along with the thieves in washington are the main reasons that the Country is in the shape that it is in..

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  9. FlaJimComment by FlaJim
    February 23, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    As I recall, the holdout by the TX Dems was put to a stop when their government-issued credit cards were put on hold.  When they discovered they were paying their own way in OK, they finally came back.  Would be interesting to know if the same tactic could be applied here.

    And for the umpteenth time, <b>wenram</b> and like-minded, bipartisanship means only one thing to Dems:  GOP caves; they win.

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      February 23, 2011 @ 11:13 am

      FlaJim, I just read that all direct deposit pay to these DemocRATS have been stopped. In order for them to get paid they now must go to the senate chamber and retrieve their pay from the head of the Senate. How long will they go without pay, considering they love to spend tax payers money?
       
      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      February 23, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

      “I just read that all direct deposit pay to these DemocRATS have been stopped. In order for them to get paid they now must go to the senate chamber and retrieve their pay from the head of the Senate. How long will they go without pay, considering they love to spend tax payers money?”

      Onewildman:
      Probably not long, if they spend their own money as foolishly as they do the taxpayers’. I can’t wait to see them coming back and facing arrest if they don’t get their stubborn as*es back to work.

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  10. bigal883Comment by bigal883
    February 23, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    a little humor is not the same as calling people a sexist slur…or are you to ignorant to get the pun??????good work michell….

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      February 23, 2011 @ 11:07 am

      Fleebagger is not a sexes slur like the one you liberals use (teabagger) Fleabagger” should not be confused with “fleebagger”—a politician who flees a state to prevent a quorum. Before you make a statement you should know what you are talking about. Now who is the ignorant one bigal883? Liberals think they know everything.
      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      February 23, 2011 @ 11:55 am

      bigal883 where is your apology to Michelle? Oh that’s right liberals don’t apology they just accuse people of things they have no remorse. it’s also odd that they are the first to demand apologies from conservatives.
      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      February 23, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

      Bigal, who are you talking to?

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  11. txagswComment by txagsw
    February 23, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    This was a great article! You are right on too!  I gave you credit, but I posted several  exerts on my facebook page… Great!

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  12. bruceflukeComment by brucefluke
    February 23, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    This is the answer to the states where DEM’s left town to avoid being responsible elected for their poor performance. NO WORK, NO PAY AND THE WORK MUST BE DONE IN THEIR HOME STATE, NOT THE NEIGHBORS HIDING PLACE.  THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO NORMAL FOLKS WHEN YOU REFUSE TO GO TO WORK OR YOU LOSE YOUR JOB. hAVE THE STATES NULIFY THEIR SEAT.
    Bruce

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  14. bobnipComment by bobnip
    February 23, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    I was listening to the Lars Larson Show the other day and a person calling in asked a great question, “If the Democrats simply leave any time they don’t want to vote on something at State level, what’s to stop the Democrats at National level from doing the same thing?”  What these people are doing is very similar to what Obama does by doing Executive Order after Executive Order. They are all circumventing the democratic process and undermining the stability of this nation!
    Imagine, if you will, the condemnation from the Liberal Press had Republicans taken this stance before November 2010 elections! Our Republic form of government is under attack! A civil war is manifesting and blood will be poured in the streets. We have a Pseudo-President mounting a National Civilian Army, the “Obama Brigade”, which will be mobilized against us. The Liberal/Socialist/Communist Democrat element are already preparing for it. The Leader of the American Communist Party said a few months back, “If we can’t break their will, we’ll break their heads.” I say, “Bring it on….Slimeball!”

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  15. larry76712Comment by larry76712
    February 23, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    What a well-written commentary. Thanks Michelle.

    We in Texas have had the last word. All of our fleeing Democrats are now out of office. I suspect many of them have volunteered to be bussed in to Wisconsin to swell the crowds of protesters there.

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  16. ciceroComment by cicero
    February 23, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

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    • FrogmanComment by Frogman
      February 23, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

      REALLY?
      I’m self employed so, I can only complain to me but, as for when I did work it was in the dreaded private sector and I was in unions here and there and watched them destroy companies with their tactics. Sorry but, when it comes to unions their is no give and take its all take, take, take. This has nothing to do with taking a stand this has everything to do with pandering to the unions which are the democRATS darlings. The state of Wisconsin is BROKE get it. If major changes are not enacted it with FAIL. Former dissent had nothing to do with states that were bankrupt and failing. And like a typical lunatic democRAT you threaten violence. Funny how you say your a strong supporter of the 2nd amendmant when your fellow democRATS think it should be abolished. But, then again I truly believe that most democRATS and all liberals have some sort of mental imbalance.

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  17. FrogmanComment by Frogman
    February 23, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    All teachers with fake doctors notes should be fired and benefits forfeited.
    All doctors who penned said fake notes should have their license pulled for a year.
    All law makers who don’t return and join session should be immediately removed from office and benefits forfeited.

    Until their are swift penalties imposed on irresposible PUBLIC SECTOR people such as these they will never be stopped from continuing these types of dispicable actions. Imagine if these people were in the private sector they would have been long gone.
    And look at what this is showing the children that they were tasked to teach.

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  18. John E. NevolaComment by John E. Nevola
    February 23, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    You are spot on once again, Ms. Malkin!

    It is curious how this President lauds the efforts of the Madison, Wisconsin protestors and rallies behind the Egyptians in Tahrir Square but admonishes the Tea Party rallies as promoting violence.
     
    Both the President and his lapdog mainstream media ignored the ugly signs in Madison and the beating/molesting of journalists in Egypt but were complicit in accusing talk-radio and tea party protests of inciting the shooting spree in Tucson.  And no MSM outlet has yet commented on the racial makeup of the Madison protestors.
     
    So, how is America supposed to solve the pressing problems of our times when our leader and the media manage the news, manipulate the truth and have such an insidious agenda?  What the unions fail to realize is Governor Walker is offering a lifeboat but the unions are too power-crazed to see that and would rather dance on the decks of a sinking ship!
     
    This President has decided that he will be a President only for the Left.  He will embrace their causes, fight their fights and intervene in issues that are none of his damn business in support of the Leftist agenda.  So be it.  I doubt there are enough on the Left to re-elect him.   Now let us see if the rest of the country still wants him to be President in 2012!
     
     
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  19. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    February 23, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    I am ignorant of the Wisconsin state constitution. But I believe that most constitutions provide the governor of the power to appoint, when incumbent legislators are incapacitated from performing their function.

    Hopefully, the Wisconsin constitution has that provision, and that the Governor will quickly act accordingly.

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  20. bgannyfComment by babs
    February 23, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    You know, once again Democtats have fled the sceen instead being accountable and making a choice.  Has our country lost all sense of honor, integrity and responsibility?  For these elected officials to have shirked their responsibility, run so they didnt have to make the hard choice, they should be rewarded by being replaced immediately.  They should not be paid for their absence and not reimbursed for expenses they are presently racking up while in hiding.  Why do we continue to compromise with or reward bad behavior?

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  21. pypypypyComment by pypypypy
    February 23, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    Fox News today, showed a very recent video of the Union boss, Richard Trumpka, who admited to having Mr Obama’s ear, 2-3 times a week and also regular telephone conversation with Obama. It is reported that even Obama’s senior cabinet members dont get this luxury, some have never had a call from Mr Obama since he became POTUS.

    THe WH trying to distance themselves from the Union, a few days ago, is a sham. He defended the Union, saying that the Gov’s proposal, an assault on the Union, he had to do an about face, putting his centrist mask back on, hoping that we are not paying attention or watching. He is the Stoker in Chief. The Unions bosses and Mr Obama are two peas in a pod and they are running the WH side by side.

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  22. TangoComment by Tango
    February 23, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    The crushing predatory taxes that support the bloated union salaries and benefits are the product of the union’s willing Democratic shills, who are now on the loose and running wild.

    To protect the safety of the public from these predators, could we not just shoot them on sight?

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  23. godsgirlComment by godsgirl
    February 23, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    As an employee in the private sector, where you are required to show up for work even if you would rather protest, I promise you I would have been fired about a week ago as a no call-no show. These childish “lawmakers” should be fired, and their pay should definitely be docked. What a bunch of immature jerks.  And Michelle – I love the term “fleebagger.”

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  24. dwilliams429Comment by dwilliams429
    February 23, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    Charles Krauthammer had the solution.  Walker put the restrictions on Union collective bargaining in a ‘budget bill’ which required a larger quorum to bring it to a vote.  The Dems skipped town to keep the bill from going to the floor.  The republicans can re write the ‘budget bill’ and take out the collective bargaining restrictions.  Create a new bill that only talks about restrictions on collective bargaining.  It would not be a budget bill and could be brought to the floor with a simple majority.  The vacationing Dems would not be able to stop it.  Vote on that, restrict the collective bargaining.  Then bring the new budget bill out.  Most of the unions have agreed to increasing the employee share for pensions and health insurance.  The Dems could then return to Madison and vote on that new budget bill, or if they refused, they and all public employees would be put on furlow without pay because the Dems refused to allow the vote to come to the floor.  Game, Set, Match!

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