That is a poor analogy. The Republicans used whatever tools were given by the rules of the US Senate to try to filibuster the Obama policies that they disagreed with.
It is not a poor analogy. The Republicans obstructed legislation passed by an elected congressional majority using the tools available to them. The rules in Wisconsin require a quorum to do business. Democrats are using those rules to their advantage to do the same thing: obstruct legislation, in this case straight up bad legislation. How they do it is irrelevant. They are using rules right out of the Republican playbook here. By the way, have you heard of the impending "government shutdown" lately?
Or try to return the Democrats into power the next election.
Maybe you haven't been reading. The intent of the legislation effectively banning unions from existence is to PREVENT Democrats from competing effectively and winning again. That is why the stakes are so high here.
I will not read the Hot Air articles because I know all I can expect is nonsensical right-wing ranting.
Now, with all the work related laws, the anti-discrimination laws, and the minimum wage laws that are on the books...
As Tavis Smiley recently said on Bill Maher's show, unions are to thank for:
The 8-hour workday
The minimum wage (though many still go without a living wage)
Also, countless security and safety regulations, benefits, and other labor laws.
Laws can be repealed. Do we really want a far-right legislature, without with no Democrats or unions to protect these provisions, running roughshod all over them?
However, the one thing that strikes me as quite funny is for all the venom spewed at the Tea Party last year, we are finding out who the true Astro-Turf, violent, incendiary people really are-the Unions.
I wouldn't be so sure. Several right-wing groups, including one tea-party group, have already advocated planting people in the protests to make them look crazy. Even Walker himself admitted to exploring that option in his interview with the fake David Koch.
I would say that both parties can agree that the Dems are doing the WRONG thing by fleeing. Well mostly both parties, the Democrats are fairly evenly split.
Aside from the fact that Rasmussen regularly leans right with their polling, I will respond to the "but polls agree with me!" argument in my usual fashion: so bloody what?
But how long is enough time to get public backlash? It has already been 2 weeks. There seems to be no backlash. At least none I can clearly see.
Um, yes there is. What news are you watching?
But yet again, the Republicans were swept into office, including the governorship by the voters. Their agenda was not hidden but they ran on exactly what they are currently proposing.
Why do you not accept that argument for heath care reform?
How long is "long enough"? When should the Democrats return?
When the union quashing bill is off the table entirely.
What if now, for every piece of legislation that the minority party disagree with, they now flee the state in those states where a quorum is needed?
Not every piece of legislation has the far reaching financial and political ramifications as this bill. There is a need for certain majority busting loopholes such as the filibuster, and this tactic. These tools should be used sparingly. This is one of those times.
Most likely Wisconsin and other state legislatures will do what the Senate did after the obstructionist Republicans won the midterm. They will reform the rules to prevent egregious use of the tactic in the future.
I could go on, but I'm done for the night.