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Rupert Murdoch and David Koch Collude Against Wisconsin Workers | | AlterNet: "You might think it's all about what brings in the advertising dollars for Rupert Murdoch, CEO of Fox's parent company, News Corporation. But it runs much deeper than that, involving key players at the Wall Street Journal, News Corp.'s crown jewel. The informal partnership between billionaire David Koch, whose campaign dollars and astroturf group, Americans for Prosperity, have fomented the Wisconsin crisis, and billionaire Rupert Murdoch, is profoundly ideological -- the ideology being the exponential enrichment of the two men's heirs, all dressed up in the language of libertarianism and free enterprise. Together with his brother, Charles -- also a big donor to right-wing causes --David Koch runs Koch Industries, the conglomerate that sprang from the oil and gas company founded by his father."
STATUS: “Come to Madison,” said Norm Stockwell, a local community radio station manager. “You needn’t worry where to sleep or about food, simply bring a sleeping bag and we can assure you that you’ll be fed.” Ian’s Pizza, a popular town favorite, has been fielding donations from all over the world for pizza deliveries to protesters.
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Patrick Darnell This is how my ticker works: if AMerica looks at itself with objective eyes, we will see that our infrastructure is kaputz, not maintained, lacking new structures.... right? Why is that? We depend on 'illegal immigrant workers' at slaves' wages to do the maintenance on billion dollar sewer systems, rusting bridges, and damns. Am I the only person who ever traveled to Mexico?
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Patrick Darnell The Great Recession did blow a massive hole in state and municipal government finances, with tax receipts—including income, sales and property taxes—dropping sharply along with household incomes, spending and real estate values. Meanwhile, demand for public services, such as Medicaid and heating oil assistance, has risen as people’s circumstances have worsened. But let’s remember that the recession was caused by Wall Street hyper-speculation, not the pay scales of elementary school teachers or public hospital nurses.
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Patrick Darnell Yes, I am on the SOAP-Box with my appeal to all-o-us about INFRASTRUCTURE in all our neighborhoods.
Here's what to do: Find your city's budget long form, not the summary, usually published in a public forum. Notice the various amounts of money going to projects, but then take a look at the enormous amount of tax money going to Insurance, and Lawyer retainers. The people of government elite are all lawyers, remember they will look after their own. Even the election judges are lawyers. We need them, but what we don't need is the excess of them. We need street people, who will take up the responsibilities of their neighborhoods, and recruit others to do the same. IF all we do for the rest of our lives is pick up and take out the trash, then so be it. At least we leave it cleaner for our kids.