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Thursday, Oct 27, 2011

* AFSCME Council 31 President Henry Bayer compares House Speaker Michael Madigan to Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker

* There was a pretty big union rally at the Statehouse yesterday. The IEA has a brief video

* The Illinois College Republicans have a new video

The Illinois College Republicans are launching a new grassroots initiative this week in response to OWS. The initiative is called “Liberate Main Street”. New CR state president Mick Paskiewicz told Illinois Review, “We’re kicking it off by releasing this video today, and from here we’re encouraging our chapters to host Liberate Main St. events on their campuses to recruit college students.”


* From the Daily Herald

Supporters of Joe Walsh’s campaign for the 14th District GOP primary have unleashed a brutal Facebook page that cuts at just about everything opponent (and current 14th District Congressman) Randy Hultgren stands for. […]

Writing as if it’s Hultgren himself who’s posting on the page, it mocks an “allegiance” to “GOP establishment masters” Peter Roskam and John Boehner, Hultgren’s recent hire of campaign “hit man” Joe Calomino, and his promise not to mudsling.

“Here’s screen shot number 14 of my personal attack (that I promised I wouldn’t do) of my opponent Joe Walsh on my Facebook page….that I recently deleted and some pesky Tea Partier took screen shots of. DING DANG IT!” is one recent post.

The Facebook page is here. And here’s a video from that page

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Quinn T. Sential - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 2:38 am:

    The College R’s video is too fluffy, and too generic, with an un-focused message. It also does little to capture the majority of the target audience of college students who have little interest in working on Main St., and have long held visions of working on Wall St. or LaSalle St. as the path to economic independence and freedom.

    They would have been better off showing the polished brass doors of the Northern Trust or the white ivory tower of the Aon building downtown, or the corporate HQ of Baxter or Abbott in Lake County, than showing some guy cutting a ribbon in front of a Main St. shop. Even the new Groupon building adjacent to the Michigan Ave. bridge would have been more effective for recruting purposes than this effort.

  2. - G. Willickers - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 3:20 am:

    CR’s want to liberate Main Street from whom exactly?

    The OWS message is pretty clear — Too Big to Fail is simply too big, too powerful, sucking up too much money/influence/etc.

    You can say it 1000 different ways and maybe that’s confusing the right-wing….
    - Everyone in the 99% is one layoff away from joining the Occupy movement
    - The 99% are paying the price for the 1%’s greed
    - Wall Street is stealing people’s homes and crushing their prospects for a decent job
    - For every American job lost a new one is shipped overseas to the benefit of Wall Street
    - If you’re reading this, you’re in the 99% (even you 53%’ers who keep fighting tooth and nail to redistribute your 53% up to the 1%)


    Maybe the Republicans actually do “get it” but they’re just really really frightened by the simplicity and wide-spread impact of the 99% fighting back.

  3. - G. Willickers - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 3:38 am:

    PS: Occupy Wall Street could also be summed up with this headline –

    Top 1% are getting even richer (CNN)

    “While those at the top have seen their incomes soar over the past three decades, middle-class and lower incomes have stagnated, the report by the Congressional Budget Office found.”

    ….Republicans keep saying they oppose income redistribution yet they fight to the finish to protect redistribution of wealth from the middle class up to the upper crust.

    Heck, every GOP prez candidate with a flat-tax plan is trying to raise taxes on the poor and middle class while slashing taxes on the wealthiest by half or more.

  4. - Quinn T. Sential - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 4:15 am:

    {Republicans keep saying they oppose income redistribution yet they fight to the finish to protect redistribution of wealth from the middle class up to the upper crust.}

    The Illinois House and the Illinois Senate; controlled by Democrats, amd the Democratic Governor, working with the Democratic Mayor of Chicago, are tripping over themselves to give a $100 million tax reduction to the CME/CBOT/CBOE.

    That revenue shortfall has to be made up somewhere, and it will come from you and your family, as well as me and mine in some way as a result.

    Those same Democrats are also working on extending the tax breaks for Sears Holdings corporation in the suburbs. Those tax breaks have to be made up by someone as well, and it is the average family in those communities that picks up the tab.

    By all means of course you should be blamning all of this on the Republicans here in Illinois, and you should be reinvigorated to go out and campaign to make certain that the Democratic majorities in the Illinois House and Senate are retained, so they can continue to stick up for the rights of the average citizen.

  5. - Bill - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 5:15 am:

    ==have long held visions of working on Wall St. or LaSalle St. as the path to economic independence and freedom.==
    A majority? Really? You gotta get out more and talk to some real people. Not everyone is motivated by greed and feathering their own nest.

    As for the D’s and R’s in the GA, you’re right…there’s not much difference just a matter of degree. The D’s want about $100 million of corporate welfare while “leader” Cross advocates 4 times that much for the poor, down trodden 1%.

  6. - wordslinger - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 8:05 am:

    From infamous radical rag, “The Economist,” with link to chart.

    –The causes of the good fortune of those at the top are disputed, but the CBO provides some useful detail on that too. The biggest component of the increase in after-tax income for the top one percent is “business income” as opposed to income from labour or investments (though admittedly these things are hard to untangle). Whatever the cause, the data are powerful because they tend to support two prejudices. First, that a system that works well for the very richest has delivered returns on labour that are disappointing for everyone else. Second, that the people at the top have made out like bandits over the past few decades, and that now everyone else must pick up the bill.–

    Meanwhile, leaders of the Illinois Democratic Party, Sen. Cullerton and Mayor Emanuel, have made their top priority a $100 million tax break for CME, whose CEO didn’t even bother to come Springfield to lobby for his cash, but was golfing in Florida, instead.

    I guess he knows who the boss is.

  7. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 8:12 am:

    Thank you sir, may I have another?

  8. - Mark - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 9:09 am:

    Why did my post here earlier today get deleted?

  9. - Mark - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 9:11 am:

    Now that’s strange, after I posted the 9:09am comment, I can see my 4:12am comment.

  10. - Ahoy - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 9:34 am:

    I see video‚Äôs of people who are out of touch, everything from unions who believe their entitled to a transfer of wealth from middle class taxpayers to middle class public employee unions, to the college republicans who have no clue to the last one which I didn’t even watch since it involves Walsh. Anybody who would support that guys is nuts.

  11. - J - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 9:44 am:

    Joe Walsh’s anti-Hultgren stuff could use some polish. The video looks like it was slapped together in 20 minutes by someone who doesn’t understand how you use a visual medium.

  12. - shore - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 9:54 am:

    It’s one thing when walsh goes after democrats or even boehner, it’s another to trash roskam. That’s not going to sit well.

  13. - Cheryl44 - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 10:40 am:

    What are the frat boys liberating Main Street from? I can’t tell what they want from that video.

  14. - walkinfool - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 11:21 am:

    Walsh’s bit looks like it was put together by a middle school kid. Strange to think you gain votes with a video using your opponents’ face and “positive” message for all but a few seconds.

  15. - Ghost of John Brown - Thursday, Oct 27, 11 @ 4:58 pm:

    Interesting that Walsh is accusing someone of being Boehner’s pet considering that Boehner’s PAC and Eric Cantor’s PAC gave Walsh money back in Quarter 1.

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