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While the eyes of the nation have been transfixed on the uprising in Wisconsin, Republicans in Ohio have used an unprecedented parliamentary maneuver to railroad their own version of a union busting bill through the legislature. The unpopular measure known as SB5 makes public sector strikes illegal and mirrors a savage assault on workers planned throughout the country.
The former attorney General of Ohio explains what happens in Ohio with the corporate tax cut:
"A dozen cookies are put down in front of a CEO, a Tea Partier, and a union member. The CEO grabs 11 then says to the Tea Partier, “That union guy wants your cookie”.
SB5 passed by a razor thin 17-16 vote, with 6 Republicans switching sides and voting with Democrats against the bill. Before the vote could take place, SB5 had to clear 2 committees where it didn’t have the votes needed.
That is the point where Senate President Tom Niehaus (R) did something never before done: he made the autocratic decision to remove 1 sympathetic Republican from each committee that was against the measure and replaced them with a Republican Senator that supported it. Niehaus pulled Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) off the Ohio state Senate’s Commerce, Insurance and Labor Committee without warning or Message, which violated Senate Rule 19, replacing him with a an anti-union loyalist Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay). This allowed a 7-5 vote for the measure.
Plutocracy: rule by the wealthy, or power provided by wealth.
Oligarchy: a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people.
Plutocracy + Oligarchy = Plutarchy
Repeating this autocratic move a second time, Niehaus also ordered the removal of Sen. Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) from the Senate Rules Committee to avoid a split vote. Two decrees to strip committee membership and replace with loyalists is unheard of in the history of American politics.
This Starve The Beast pattern is familiar in many states at the moment, where new republican majorities elected to state legislatures as part of the astroturfed Tea Party movement are trying to railroad pro-corporate, pro-rich legislation through chambers at the expense of workers, often in very large bills with little time given to debate or discussion.
This is characteristic of the national policies as well, that have seen a huge ballooning of the national debt under every republican administration in the last 30 years except Clinton. Tax cuts for the rich and corporations paid for on the backs of the poor and the middle class: America is getting a classic case of buyer’s remorse.
There is a reason for this "strong armed robbery" and lead tea bag Jim DeMint states it best:
"Unions are the most powerful political group in our country today. Their power in politics is unprecedented. AND WITHOUT UNIONS, THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FADES AWAY".Well there you have fellow progressives, the radical right wing agenda is displayed for our very own eyes.
Did you see the NBC/WSJ poll out in the above clip (a must see). Clearly Americans are feed up with the choke and puke politics by these right-wing-nut-jobs.
If we do not allow our voices to be heard, then the freight train called the "tea bag express", which is more powerful than a locomotive, will annihilate the left quicker than a speeding bullet.