Gerry Canavan

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Sunday Morning Wisconsin Links!

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* Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca lets the GOP majority have it. Via the latest incarnation of the MeFi thread, which also offers up the picture at right.

* 12 Things You Need to Know About the Uprising in Wisconsin.

* Succinct primer from Rortybomb: Wisconsin Draws the Line on Austerity Opportunism and Class War.

* More reasons why the Green Bay Packers are the only football team to support.

Wisconsin Union Battle: A Convenient Distraction From the Real Culprit in State Budget Woes.

Corporations repeated at the state and local levels what they accomplished federally. According to the US Census Bureau, corporations paid taxes on their profits to states and localities totalling $24.7bn in 1988, while individuals then paid income taxes of $90bn. However, by 2009, while corporate tax payments had roughly doubled (to $49.1bn), individual income taxes had more than tripled (to $290bn).

As long as raising taxes on corporations and the rich is off the table states will continue to face these sorts of manufactured budget crises. A functioning government costs money.

* Wisconsin’s union employees are upset about a loss of collective bargaining and a mandated increase in benefit payments, including for health insurance. But at least these employees would still have health insurance. What has been widely ignored about Walker’s bill (in part because of the speed with which he’s fisting it down Wisconsin’s gullet) is a sneaky provision that paves the way for him to cut, or eliminate, Medicaid and BadgerCare healthcare benefits for low-income people.

* No unions on the teevee. I don’t watch the sunday morning shows, but I hear on the Twitter that there were no union members on television to discuss the issue today, either.

* The latest protests have drawn 80,000 people.

* How Abraham Lincoln wrote the breaking quorum playbook.

* If you want more links, zunguzungu’s got ’em, including a great little piece on a taxicab co-op that has joined the protestors in solidarity.

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