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WISCONSIN: THE BIGGEST WAKE UP CALL SINCE THE ASTEROID
by Michael C. Ruppert
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[photo: Karen Hickey, Wisconsin AFL-CIO]
February 17, 2011, 1900 (PST) -- CULVER CITY -- Anyone who was aware of it was captivated by events in Wisconsin today as the Republican Governor, Scott Walker, a power player on the rise in Republican circles, triggered (I think deliberately) massive protests reported to be as high as 100,000 around Madison with an estimated 10,000 peacefully occupying the state capitol. He had moved to almost unilaterally revoke all collective bargaining rights for state employees, especially teachers. He was going to slash pay and eliminate benefits.
I don't have to make the comparison to Egypt. The protesters (mostly teachers, students, parents and union members) did it themselves in placards, chants and interviews. They should be upset, because their collective bargaining rights are on the table in a very (conveniently) poorly executed, high-handed bitch slap. This is a test case for what TPTB need to plan for when it happens in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Michigan and California.
The bill (promoted by Newt Gingrich) allowing states to go bankrupt is very much alive in the House. And as I've been saying for months now, almost as soon as it has passed we're going to likely see four states go down in a matter of a few weeks. Wisconsin is not known for being an historical locus of violent civil unrest. The cheese is good. These were the most polite, well-dressed, well-behaved, angry people I have ever seen. On the other hand Newark, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles were home to the most-violent and bloody urban riots of the 1960s. In 1968, (the year of Tet, MLK, and RFK), the U.S. government was quite-accurately viewing the unrest as a revolution. I know. I remember it all on many levels. I have also seen the classified and unclassified documents from the era. Those cities, where thousands of people died in riots which brought the National Guard and Army to the streets, are also in states that are about to go bankrupt very soon. If Wisconsin is any indicator then we must prepare for a great deal of bloodshed because Chicago, NY, Newark and L.A. unions aren't going down without a fight.
With state bankruptcies public employee unions will lose their collective bargaining rights automatically AND WITHOUT JUDICIAL RECOURSE. As I, and others like Meredith Whitney, have been warning for months, this was going to be very serious. So I would like to ask one question. If the public employee unions get screwed WORSE by states filing bankruptcy -- and in a much-less romantic fashion -- how many more people are going to take to the streets and how much more violent do you think they will be?
Wisconsin is a deliberate test case and the Obama administration is in it as much as the Republicans, who are now going full-attack on teacher unions all over the country. The blitzkrieg to break the unions is well underway in its shock-and-awe phase... exactly as I said it would be over the last three months on the World News Desk.
Wisconsin is the biggest Wake-up call on collapse we have seen since a streak of light filled the sky before the dinosaurs met their fate.
The great tragedy is that there is no pot of gold or cash stash to bargain with. There is nothing to give the unions… anywhere. We've already printed so much debt that we can't pay interest on it. And there will be no energy to fulfill the empty promises of new printed paper or binary ones and zeros. That is what the world is coming to realize as I write tonight… in Egypt, in Tunisia, in Algeria, in Saudi Arabia, in Yemen, in Jordan, in Libya, in Bahrain, in Ireland, in Mexico, in Greece, in Italy, in Japan, in China... and even in Wisconsin.
God forgive me. I prayed for a fast crash.
NOTE TO RON PAUL: You have been bolder and more direct lately. You are speaking a clearer truth. We are listening... God speed. -- MCR
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