After reading AFSCME’s latest propaganda sheet, I’m wondering if Twin Cityites and suburbanites are willing to stage a counterprotest to AFSCME’s astroturfed protest. Here’s some of the propaganda in the AFSCME newsletter:

Instead of creating jobs, Republicans are creating unemployment. They’re ready to shut down the state and cause the biggest lay off in Minnesota history. If you’re angry about losing your job and your public services, join us Wednesday, July 6, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the state Capitol steps.

We’ll set up “Downeyville,” spotlighting the policies of the state representative from Edina (and his allies) that would wipe out the jobs of 5,000 state workers. But that’s just the beginning: If Legislative Republicans get their way, their “cuts only” budget will eliminate 30,000 public- and private-sector jobs, permanently.

People won’t lose their jobs if Keith Downey’s reforms are enacted. This is a DFL scare tactic. They even got political operative Jim Showalter to create fictional fiscal notes ‘showing’ people that the House GOP budget would cut each department’s spending by 9%. Showalter’s fiscal note said that the Senate GOP budget only cut each department’s spending by 8%.

This despite Rep. Downey’s testimony that the vast majority of workforce reductions would be caused by not hiring to replace retirees. The expectation is that 6% of the PEU workforce will retire each of the next 3 years.

That isn’t the only propaganda in AFSCME’s version of Pravda. Here’s more:

The Republicans’ budget also eliminates jobs in other ways:

  • Their proposed cuts in aid to cities and counties will make it harder for communities to provide the public safety and basic amenities businesses rely on.
  • Their proposed cuts to public transit will make it more expensive, and, in some cases, impossible, for workers to get to their jobs.
  • Their refusal to even consider the governor’s bonding bill means continued unemployment for tens of thousands of construction workers.

If you applied truth-in-advertising laws to this statement:

Cuts in aid to cities and counties will make it harder for communities to provide the public safety.

Actually, communities could still provide public safety services if communities didn’t spend money on less-than-essential thing like $50,000/ea. artistic drinking fountains. Public safety should be the first priority of every city, county, township and state. PERIOD. Saying that you’re cutting spending on public safety means that you’re using money on non-essential services. Any mayor that isn’t putting public safety first as a budget matter is the picture of irresponsibility.

If the Republicans force a government shutdown [ed. note: they didn’t] and refuse to meet Gov. Dayton halfway on a budget deal, up to 23,000 state workers could be laid off. It will be the biggest layoff in Minnesota history, at a time when 196,000 Minnesotans already are unemployed.

Republicans didn’t force a government shutdown. They wanted to keep negotiating. Numerous temporary spending bills had been written that would’ve temporarily funded government while the final negotiations continued. Gov. Dayton said that accepting that option was worse than shutting down government. I’m betting that AFSCME or MAPE employees disagree with that statement. If the CRs or other activists put together a counterprotest, feel free to email me any pictures from your counterprotest or from the union’s protest and I’ll post them on this blog.

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4 Responses to “Midsummer Night’s Counterprotest Anyone?”

  • eric z says:

    Gary.

    I am so glad to see you still posting.

    The shutdown has not disabled your ability to think or type.

    This is good news.

    It has been so very, very, very DISRUPTIVE elsewhere. I read it as so, in the papers, online. Which are still posting too.

    But think of the bright side. The reduced carbon load, people staying home.

  • walter hanson says:

    Somebody should tell the unions that Mark Dayton is the person who shutdown the government.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gary Gross says:

    Umm. They have.

  • TW says:

    I am a MAPE union member by confiscatory duress. They won’t represent me unless I pay even more. I support the current Republican legislature in their efforts. I see the waste and profligate spending. I am also fortunate to not be off work since I am in the public safety and higher ed communities.

    That said, I see the outlandish retirements and unbelievable salaries paid out to academics and administrators flaunting the law about not earning more than the governor. I see people who serve little or no purpose and they are protected by towing the party line. No one is saying fire everyone, no one is saying one or the other.

    I was encouraged to contact my legislators and I did, both Republican leaders and my district reps. I told them to hold the line on their principles. The only stipulation is that whatever the sacrifice it must be shared equally across the board. I guess twenty years in the military taught me about things like that.

    I don’t agree with the people who say do away with all government employees. The fact is many of us do work hard for the people of Minnesota. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water my Mom used to say. These are our representatives, supposedly intelligent people, roll up the sleeves and get it done. That means the Governor, too. This shutdown, no matter who caused it is hurting many good people and while they may be misguided on the details they are still hurting. My mortgage company is the beneficiary of my good fortune, others aren’t so lucky. The long term effects will be devastating so those people who say no big deal are misguided as well.

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