Watch as John Kasich mentions “collective bargaining reform” and gets ripped by protesters. He’s clearly rattled at first, but pivots to basically say “you can protest, but we’re still running over you with the bus”. To this the entire Republican majority and leadership gives a rousing standing ovation:

It’s extraordinary to note that what they are applauding is the decimation of the rights of firefighters, police, and teachers to be able to collectively negotiate the terms of their employment and conditions of their workplace. It should serve as a reminder that these are the same types of people who love to pose with these honorable public servants in their campaign literature and tout them (and rightly so) as heroes when they step in the line of fire, run into a burning building, or take on the honorable task of teaching our kids.

Those same people are now attacking them and they are applauding their king when he makes reference to those attacks.

Evangelize!
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  • Anonymous

    “I grew up in the 70s …”

    So the people who are trying to keep Kasich from destroying the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people because they pissed him off and didn’t endorse him, are just a bunch of dirty hippies.

    This man is blind. Shameful.

  • Tpiteo65

    what a smarty arrogant piece of Shit. This man has obviously never worked a real job a day in his life. He moched off of his union dad and he has mooched off of the taxpayers his whole life. To bad there is no recall system in Ohio.

  • Firemans

    ohio workers, can you hear me? – Yeah! Look at the GOP up there, sitting on their fat asses, drinking coffee and eating doughnuts. – Have you had enough of it?

  • Nyse

    You are turning more Republicans against you by the day. You have a major problem as the Republican base is turning against you.

  • Nyse

    You are turning more Republicans against you by the day. You have a major problem as the Republican base is turning against you.

  • ThatDeborahGirl

    You just don’t get it. The Republicans are the party who are decimating education and defending child labor. Republicans want you to have no rights in the workplace. Period. Your employers word is law as to what you get paid, when you pee…do you realize there are people in the state of Ohio who get 20 minute lunch breaks? How that’s even legal in this day and age is beyond me but it sure as hell isn’t humane. And you can say goodbye to healthcare? What business do you have being sick? And if you’re a woman, what are you even doing thinking about working? You should be married and in the house cooking and cleaning for your man and homeschooling your children.

    Kasich wants total control – total rich, white male control over this entire state. Even if I had voted for his sorry ass, that’s certainly not what I want in a governor.

    And the jobs that have gone overseas? Now those workers want better pay, better hours, worker’s rights on the job. Do you really think they’re going to work forever on 25 cents and hour and no bathroom breaks? And just who the hell is going to buy the products these companies keep producing if there are no jobs here?

    I refuse to respond to more threats like “do you want more jobs to go overseas” or “we need to fight them abroad so we don’t have to fight them at home”. Wake the hell up. You’re being sold a bill of goods. There is a better way to do better by ALL people instead of just the privileged white few.

    Of course if that’s working out for you, then by all means, keep supporting Kasich. But the folks who voted for Kasich already know: being white and middle class is no longer protection from the GOP.

  • Diggitt

    Sorry — this is anti-union lies. The right-to-work states may have, as you say, “enticed” the owners to build factories in those states. But factory owners don’t give a damn about state budgets — all they want is their tax abatements and they will move wherever they get them. How well the state is managed doesn’t interest them at all.

    Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee are abominably managed. Their schools are lousy and their local governments are badly run too.

  • Real Get Real

    It all comes down to the teacher in the classroom, the cop on the street, and the firefighter on a call. The GOP Jack Boot on the throats of public employees is too oppressive and radical to either be effective nor durable. The GOP can legislate all they want, but taking away the voice of people hard at work every day does not lead to success.

    Anybody who has worked in a public or private sector environment where the workers are disgruntled and angry KNOWS this is hardly productive and never leads to success.

    Kasich does not realize this because he has never really lead a true organization. A two man office, a small congressional budget staff, and a solo career at FoxNews is not exactly a stellar resume to lead Ohio.

    And BTW, a proven cause and effect between lack of collective bargaining rights and economic success as one poster insists is totally lacking. That is a weak position to take and one, unfortunately, overplayed by the GOP.

  • http://twitter.com/Quackers48 Linda Myers

    Kasich may be getting his way, but at what cost to the Republican party? How many Reagan Democrats have turned their backs on Republicans and will now be voting Democratic? And I’m not even taking into account all the people who get badly burned by the budget bill and turn against them.

  • http://twitter.com/Quackers48 Linda Myers

    Kasich may be getting his way, but at what cost to the Republican party? How many Reagan Democrats have turned their backs on Republicans and will now be voting Democratic? And I’m not even taking into account all the people who get badly burned by the budget bill and turn against them.

  • http://twitter.com/Quackers48 Linda Myers

    Kasich may be getting his way, but at what cost to the Republican party? How many Reagan Democrats have turned their backs on Republicans and will now be voting Democratic? And I’m not even taking into account all the people who get badly burned by the budget bill and turn against them.

  • Anonymous

    I have been a declared Republican for 20 years. As ashamed as I am to say that, I am delighted to say that will change on May 3rd.

  • http://www.plunderbund.com Eric

    welcome

  • http://www.plunderbund.com Eric

    welcome

  • David from Hilliard

    Daytonborn, as of January 2011, South Carolina and Kentucky both have unemployment rates over 10%, while Ohio’s is 9.5%. And Alabama and Tennessee are right behind Ohio, both with unemployment between 9.1 and 9.4%. Texas unemployment is 8.3% – which was a .1% rise over December 2010.

  • Ashamed

    I’ve been a card carrying Republican for 15 years and it only took a couple of weeks to change my political views and party loyalty. The Republicans should be ashamed of what they are doing to Ohioans. It was also very distasteful to see the Republicans standing and applauding the King’s speech and putting down teachers, firefighters, police, and all public employees. In the area where I live, it is very difficult to find a Republican right now. 2012 will be a wake up call for the Republican party and how they should treat people.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure the police and state troopers of Ohio know what car their GOP reps drive, where they go and what they do for fun. And I’m sure they’re also on a first name basis with many reporters for the local newspapers.

    These GOP reps voting to gut the bargaining rights and benefits of police and fire workers better be as ‘family-values-squeaky-clean’ as they say they are in their campaign ads. If not..I imagine if SB5 passes they’re going to find themselves exposed in ways I’m sure they’ll find alarming.

    At least that dumber-than-a-bag-of-doorknobs GOP governor of Wisconsin and his Republican lap-dogs in their legislature were smart enough to exempt the very people who could expose their corrupt drunken philandering spouse abusing public bathroom sex soliciting closet case ways.

    Look at the history of the GOP…they’re the ‘do as I say, not as I do party’. Ensign. Vitter. Newt Gingerich. Larry Craig. Mark Foley. Bob Ney. Randy ‘Duke’ Cunningham. Dreyer. I could go on…It’s one repressed messed up group of people who break laws and violate the values their constituents hold dear while professing to hold on a daily basis. Then they cry as if they’re on death row when faced to deal with their transgressions publicly.

    If this travesty of a bill is passed. I look forward to the revelations about our Ohio Republican lawmakers in the future.

    Elections have consequences…so does attacking the middle class.

  • sick of it…

    Coming from someone who has WORKED in a “right to work” state (Georgia), I can tell you that it is demonstrably worse for the middle class. Right to work should be called the right to slave labor. When employers can tell you that you have to work a 16 hour shift with no breaks at all or you can get out, it is not a good thing. Ohio has these amazing things called labor laws that protect the workers. Those nice breaks and lunches you are required by law to receive, those don’t exist in “right to work” states. Have you ever stopped to consider who protects labor laws in states? Yeah, that’s right, the Unions. Do you like getting overtime for more than 40 hours worked in a week? Well that doesn’t happen in “right to work states.” Do you like having a day or two off a week? Well that doesn’t happen in “right to work” states.” In right to work states, employers literally say “bend over and take what I am offering or enjoy unemployment” (which, btw, you will NOT be eligible to receive actual unemployment). Until you have lived and worked in an environment where the employer has total control and the employees have absolutely no voice, do not talk.

  • ThatDeborahGirl

    Ohio is an at-will employment state. So unless you are in a job with a union or where you can get tenure, an employer can fire you for any reason at all and make your life hell for the hours you work for them.

    It seems to me that you and I have both worked for bad employers. Why would you want to give them more power by giving unions less?

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  • Jay

    I wish there was someway we can start the “Impeachment” process to remove this terd!

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