And creating emergencies that have to be fixed by draconian measures.
Last night, ReThugs in Wisconsin and Michigan stole democracy. In what is a doubtlessly illegal move, the Wisconsin 'Budget Repair Bill' that guts union powers was stripped of spending issues -- though it wasn't really -- to make it passable without a quorum. In other words, passable despite the fact that all 14 Democratic Senators are out of state to prevent just this.
And then it was passed.
One Republican voted against it.
In the video posted by Buckdog you can hear protesters shouting 'Shame' in the background.
Remember that the unions had already made all the financial concessions called for in the bill. But they wouldn't agree to having their rights fucked with.
Scott Walker, elected governor by 52% of voters, kept saying that the the bill was all about the budget. The people kept saying it was all about union-busting.
Unions called for an emergency rally this morning. The #WIUnion twitter tag is rolling like mad but it's clear that protesters are at the Capitol again. Locked out. State troopers are guarding the doors and riot gear has arrived.
Just now, people are tweeting that cops are dragging out the protesters who managed to get into the assembly area.
You think that's bad?
Over in Michigan -- Michigan for chrissake -- there is practically no opposition to the ReThugs and looky what they passed yesterday.
A day after facing hundreds of rowdy, pro-union protesters that filled the state Capitol, the Senate voted on Wednesday to grant broad new powers to emergency managers who oversee financially struggling cities and schools, including the authority to void union contracts and remove elected officials.
Got that? Remove elected officials.
And just for extra ReThug frothy fun, there are also new taxes on the poor and elderly. And, of course, it strips unions of collective bargaining rights.
Michael Moore was on the Rachel Maddow Show last night.
This is how it starts, folks.
ADDED: Good summary from the Guardian.