We Need to Pay Attention to Madison, Wisconsin Right Now!


This is a news site, but not
a hard core, government or economic news site. The specialty is sports, but
what's going on in Madison, Wisconsin right now is SO BIG it transcends everything American, and it affects all the games we love.

Collective bargaining may not be the sexiest topic to read about, but disputes of this nature may prevent us from even having a NFL and NBA
season next year. So it is something we should all be paying attention
to. If the middle class weren't endangered enough already, the elites of
this nation are trying to render it extinct; in order to grab more
money and power for themselves.

And in the process start America down a path that would take our
already canyonlike gap between rich and poor, and extend it to a level
you only see in third world banana republics.

Here's the gist of it from CNN Politics and Citizens for a Legitimate Government:

The Wisconsin state Assembly passed a Republican bill Friday
that strips most public workers of their collective bargaining rights,
but the fight over the bill seems far from over. It still has to pass
the state Senate, which could prove to be a more contentious battle.
Fourteen Democratic senators have fled to neighboring Illinois to
prevent a quorum from voting on the issue, and they remained absent
early Friday.

Thousands have protested the legislation in recent days

The confrontation reached a fever pitch after Walker was recorded
during a prank phone call discussing the idea of duping absentee
Democrats by luring them back to "talk, not negotiate," allow them to
recess and then have the 19 Republican senators declare a quorum.

Hopefully this situation resolves itself, because this is exactly how
revolutions and civil wars begin. And it's happening right in our back
yard, and the story
will play itself out (partially anyway) in Illinois. For more on that prank phone call go here.

In the meantime, here's an excerpt from a must-read New York Times column from Paul Krugman:

The story of the privatization-obsessed Coalition Provisional
Authority was the centerpiece of Naomi Klein's best-selling book "The
Shock Doctrine," which argued that it was part of a broader pattern.
From Chile in the 1970s onward, she suggested, right-wing ideologues
have exploited crises to push through an agenda that has nothing to do
with resolving those crises, and everything to do with imposing their
vision of a harsher, more unequal, less democratic society.

Which brings us to Wisconsin 2011, where the shock doctrine is on full display.

What's happening in Wisconsin is, instead, a power grab -- an
attempt to exploit the fiscal crisis to destroy the last major
counterweight to the political power of corporations and the wealthy.
And the power grab goes beyond union-busting. The bill in question is
144 pages long, and there are some extraordinary things hidden deep

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net. He is also a regular contributor to the Tribune's Chicago Now network, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker Network, and Fox Sports.com

He does a weekly radio segment on Chicagoland Sports Radio.com and Cleveland.com

You can follow him on Twitter @thesportsbank


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