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Wisconsin governor visits Kalispell

Walker in town to stump for Hill

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:00 pm | Updated: 8:49 am, Tue Apr 22, 2014.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got a warm reception campaigning for Montana Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill at Republican headquarters in Kalispell Thursday, but later in the day he was met with a union-organized protest at the Flathead County Fairgrounds.

Hill’s running mate, state Sen. Jon Sonju of Kalispell, was dismissive of the protest just before a closed fundraiser at the fairgrounds Thursday evening.

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          • krispistofferson posted at 5:03 pm on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

            krispistofferson Posts: 265

            btw, nice to see you learned how to use a thesaurus.

          • krispistofferson posted at 5:02 pm on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

            krispistofferson Posts: 265

            I believe that you, JT, are a moron then.

          • MfgMan posted at 4:09 pm on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

            MfgMan Posts: 345

            @watchtheworks - I don't know unequivocally, but I really doubt ALL, or even a majority, of the things you posted came about because of unions. But one thing I am certain of is that unions once had a valuable role in society, and did a lot of good. It’s just that their time has passed. Federal and state laws protect workers to the umpteenth degree. If you can’t decouple the past from the present, well, I suppose you can never change your mind.

          • watchtheworks posted at 2:26 pm on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

            watchtheworks Posts: 2

            FMLA, Civil Rights Act, Sick Leave, Social Security, Minimum Wage, Child Labor Laws, Pensions, Workers Comp, OSHA, Equal Pay Acts, ADA, Laws Ending Sweat Shops, Military Leave, Sexual Harassment Laws, Unemplyment Insurance, Age Discrimination Acts, Wrongfull Termination Laws, to name a few that the American People would not have were it not for Unions.
            To quote JFK, "The American Labor Movement Has Consistently Demonstrated It's Devotion To The Public Interest. It Is, and Has Been, Good For All Of America".
            All of these anti-union bloggers should do some research and they will find that in some way they themselves have reaped benefit from the actions of the unions and union members.
            People who support a Walker/Hill agenda will (if he wins) in the future see a downward spiral of many things they have taken for granted.

          • MTGriz24 posted at 11:01 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

            MTGriz24 Posts: 10

            "Rick Hill has been keeping company with one of the most ruthless, anti-worker governors in the country,” said Al Ekblad, executive secretary of the Montana AFL-CIO. “The divisive, anti-working family agenda that Scott Walker pushed in Wisconsin is definitely not what workers want here in Montana.”

            That is possibly one of the most idiotic things I have ever read. Typical of a union leader though.

          • JT posted at 9:55 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

            JT Posts: 203

            Not arrogance, krissy, honesty. Two parties believing polar opposite things simply cannot both be right. Their tenets are mutually exclusive. I don't believe I am smarter than anyone, just smarter than people that cannot see through the lies of liberalism and unions. That leaves roughly 55% of the nation that could in fact be far smarter than me. You see, if you and I have a debate as to the color of the sky and I contend it is blue and you contend it is green. Only one of us is correct. For me to say you are wrong is not arrogance, it is honesty. Not everyone in America is right, but they have the right to be wrong. It is no benefit to our society to pretend everyone is right. All that does is obfuscate every issue into a cesspool of moral or principle fog. If you believe that unions or liberalism is a good thing for society you are wrong.

          • kohana posted at 8:33 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

            kohana Posts: 2109

            Good for you JT and the others of you who understand just what evil the unions are. Having been a victim of unions most of my working life from the 1950s through the 90s. Our working conditions were usually pretty bad, while the union officials lived high off the take. (us) I retired 16 years ago, moved to MT 10 years ago.

            One of the items the union supposedly negotiated was our medical insurance, and we are supposed to get a monthly subsidy to help pay for the insurance. My premiums for a BC/BS part B Medicare "supplement" has risen to $690 per month, with a $152 off set. I had dropped BC/BS in that state several years ago, and picked up BC/BS of Montana for less than $250 a month. Now, here is the kicker. My ex-government employer refuses to pay the subsidy because,

            "you have an insurance that the union did not negotiate, thus you are not eligible for the subsidy. "

            The union negotiated for BC/BS in that state, but not in MT. Neat huh?

            The union "bosses" and "officials" are the only people who benefit from unions. You the worker get just about nothing. But you do get to pay the dues. All the so called benefits are paid by your employer and if you are in any civil service job, it's paid by the taxpayer, which is you.

            If Scott Walker is backing Rick Hill, then he has my support.

          • RIGHTOFCENTER posted at 7:55 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

            RIGHTOFCENTER Posts: 181

            I went by the Union thugs. These thugs won't be happy until they have bankrupted every local and state government in the country. Eventually they need to realize that the goose that lays the golden eggs (ie, the tax payers) will run out of golden eggs for their sustenance. As expected they always hold up signs for Democrats like Jon "Obama Rubber Stamp" Tester and lots of Obama stickers on their cars.

          • MTGriz24 posted at 7:51 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

            MTGriz24 Posts: 10

            Teacher's unions and tenure are the main reason why the educational status of American children is faltering. When you have no accountability, which is exactly what the teacher's unions fight against, the children suffer.

          • krispistofferson posted at 4:35 am on Fri, Oct 12, 2012.

            krispistofferson Posts: 265

            What kind of ego do you have to have to believe you are smarter than everyone else, JT? If people have different opinions and concerns than you, they are dumb? Give me a break dude. BTW, arrogance is not a positive personality trait in most people's opinions.

          • JT posted at 11:14 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

            JT Posts: 203

            I'd like to thank the bused-in, hired protesters and local union sheeple for showing up tonight and giving me a reason to drive by giving them a thumbs down. Made my night! I almost made a "Way to go, Scott!" sign and went to stand among them. A gripping fear of being stricken by stupidity by osmosis deterred me in the end.

            Glad Walker came to the valley. I have nothing but respect for the man and what he has accomplished in WI. MT can be another bright spot in the nation. Hill wasn't my first choice but my goodness he is leagues better than Bullock. I have to believe the people of MT are smarter than to keep voting in people like BS, Tester and Baucus.

          • whatthe posted at 10:59 pm on Thu, Oct 11, 2012.

            whatthe Posts: 131

            Let us not forget. Wisconsin tried to recall Walker after "busting" the unions, and the citizens voted to keep him. That's right the majority voted to keep him!


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