Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thousands of protesters surround Wisconsin Capitol - Yahoo! News

Thousands of protesters surround Wisconsin Capitol - Yahoo! News: "The Wisconsin governor, elected in November's GOP wave that also gave control of the state Assembly and Senate to Republicans, set off the protests earlier this week by pushing ahead with a measure that would require government workers to contribute more to their health care and pension costs and largely eliminate their collective bargaining rights.
He says the concessions are needed to deal with the state's projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall and to avoid layoffs of government workers.
'We did have an election and Scott Walker won,' said Deborah Arndt, 53, of Sheboygan Falls. 'I think our governor will stand strong. I have faith in him.'
At a rally organized by Tea Party Patriots, the movement's largest umbrella group, and Americans for Prosperity, supporters of Walker carried signs with a fresh set of messages: 'Your Gravy Train Is Over . . . Welcome to the Recession' and 'Sorry, we're late Scott. We work for a living.'
'We pay the bills!' tea party favorite Herman Cain yelled to cheers from the pro-Walker crowd. 'This is why you elected Scott Walker. and he's doing his job. . . . Wisconsin is broke. My question for the other side is, 'What part of broke don't you understand?''"

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