To the Telegram:
The right-wing, moose-poop keeps on coming. There are a couple flagrant falsehoods that require the Ajax of truth, but I only have space one. I’ll start with misinformation published June 8 by Sandy Johnson.
Walker did nothing wrong — seriously? Lies of omission aren’t wrong? He didn’t say he would kill hard-won labor rights. He didn’t say he would gut public education to make succeeding generations more ignorant and easy to control. He didn’t say he would take millions from Wisconsin homeowners caught in the foreclosure scam to balance his phony budget. He didn’t say he would do these — or others, yet to be inflicted on the working people of Wisconsin.
Then again, Hitler didn’t say he would invade Poland and kill millions in WWII. Cheney and Bush didn’t say they would invade a sovereign nation for oil and Hallburton profit. Timothy McVeigh didn’t say he was going to use that fertilizer to kill innocent people.
If lies of omission are not criminal, I’m sure they all would be glad to hear it.
Union bosses didn’t order teachers, firefighters, police or other hard-working Wisconsin citizens into the streets. We went because we saw the evil Walker was perpetrating on the middle class in our once-forward looking state. Now, the motto should be “Backward.” We heard the lies and got mad.
One of Walker’s many is unions wouldn’t negotiate. The truth is, unions conceded to his demands and he rejected it. They said, “OK. You win.” And he said, “No. I want to destroy you.”
Fascist Republican lies have succeeded in vilifying one of the most honorable, critical professions we have, teaching future generations to think for themselves and not to become lemmings blindly following one another off the cliff of corporate totalitarianism.
The rest of Johnson’s bogus, baloney sausage are loosely linked lies.
Wisconsin middle class protesters don’t hate big business. The truth is we hate corporate greed and insatiable lust for power. Corporations — after the U.S. Supreme kangaroo court anointed them human — can make a reasonable profit and pay their employees a living wage with decent benefits. Those are wonderful and welcome, and exceedingly rare.
Corporate profits are reaching record levels while wages for workers are plummeting. The estimates vary, but corporations are sitting on $3 trillion to $5 trillion, in the bank, which could grow the economy. But, they refuse to use it. Why? So they bring the economy down even farther, destroy more unions and defeat Democrats. No, we don’t hate business; we hate greed.
Unions are no different than huge corporations — that’s downright laughable. Over the decades, corporations have succeeded in destroying nearly all unions. Membership went from about 39 percent in the 1950s to about 9 percent today.
Funny, in the mid-1950s, under the only decent Republican since Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, unions were strong. Earning power — thus, spending power — was high and our economy was vibrant.
Today, thanks to Republicans, unions are all but dead, and earning and spending power is weak and our economy is in the dumper. Go figure.
Finally, Walker didn’t earn his dictatorship; Koch Industries, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Exxon-Mobile bought it for him with others of their evil ilk. The two parties spent about $64 million on this election. Corporate Republicans out-spent Democrats 8-1. That means, the Democrats spent $8 million to tell the truth, while Republicans dumped about $56 million worth of lies on the people of Wisconsin, starting last November.
Paraphrasing Karl Rove (or was it Joseph Goebbels), if you tell a big lie long enough and loud enough, people will believe it. That is what happened June 5 in Wisconsin.