Tuesday’s vote in Ohio to strike down a law restricting collective bargaining for public workers is a clear repudiation of the Republicans’ economic message. Voters know that police officers, firefighters, and teachers aren’t responsible for our nation’s economic struggles. Each monthly jobs report shows that continued Republican attacks on public workers are negating the employment gains made in the private sector and holding back our recovery. Voting to treat the individuals who protect our communities and educate our children with respect is not a matter of being in denial about the fiscal situation, but an expression of priorities.
The vote also shows that voters disagree with Republicans about the true meaning of shared sacrifice. Republicans want to punish teachers and first responders, or put the burden on the 99%, asking more from families already struggling just to make ends meet. Voters would rather see millionaires and billionaires pay a little bit more to give back to the communities that helped make their success possible. If Republicans continue to spout their extreme rhetoric, the message sent by Ohio voters on SB5 will be repeated loud and clear across the country in 2012.
In this clip, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan thanks the Republicans in the state legislature for pushing through Governor Scott Walker’s union-busting initiatives earlier this year.
“Right here in Wisconsin, you’ve got a government of doers,” Ryan says. “I just want to say for a second as a constituent, to all those state representatives and state senators who are here… thank you for having the backbone and the guts and for standing up for us and doing what you said you would do.”
This footage was captured by an American Bridge tracker in Elkhorn, WI, on September 10, 2011.
This may be Mitt Romney’s fastest and most transparently political flipflop to date.
On October 25, he told reporters that he wouldn’t comment on local Ohio politics — namely, the anti-union initiative supported by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Here’s what he said specifically: “I’m not speaking about the particular ballot issues, those are up to the people of Ohio.”
The next day, Romney changed his mind. “I’m sorry if I created any confusion in that regard,” he said on October 26. “I fully support Gov. Kasich’s — I think it’s called ‘Question 2′ in Ohio. Fully support that.”
On October 27, 2011, the Associated Press reported:
Mitt Romney gingerly distanced himself from a labor issue on the Ohio ballot one day. The next, he embraced the initiative “110 percent.”
The equivocation not only highlighted his record of shifting positions but also underscored the local political minefields national candidates often confront in their state-by-state path to the presidency.