Tea Party Rally Tomorrow! 02-22-11

Southwest Michigan Patriots

Tea Party Rally

Lansing, Tuesday Feb. 22nd

From 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

State Capitol, West Side along Walnut St.

Dear Jason,

Most of probably are aware of what is happening in Madison, Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker is standing firm with the legislature to address the budget crisis.

Governor Walker is facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit, and he wants state workers to pay one-half of their pension costs and 12.6 percent of their health benefits. Currently, most state employees pay nothing for their pensions and virtually nothing for their health insurance.

Exempting police, fire, and state troopers, Governor Walker would end collective bargaining over pensions and benefits for the rest. Collective bargaining for wages would still be permitted, but there would be no wage hikes above the Consumer Price Index. Unions could still represent workers, but they could not force employees to pay dues. In exchange for this, Walker promises no furloughs for layoffs.

Government employee unions have been staging strikes, teachers have been calling in sick, schools are closed, and school children are being driven to the capitol by their teachers. Over 70,000 showed up on Saturday to rally for both sides. The rallies are spreading across America.

Below, is a notice from the Southwest Michigan Tea Party Patriots inviting you to come to Lansing to rally in support of the taxpayers who want fiscal accountability. I am passing it along as it was written by Gene Clem, President of the SWMIPATS. Hope you can come.

Gadsden Flag

We will gather along Walnut on the West side of the Capitol.  There seems to be plenty of parking within 2 to 3 blocks to the West of that area.

Please check out this web site: Worker Solidarity

As you can see they are calling for rallies across the nation this week.  Folks, this is the start of the 2012 campaign.  In contrast to Tea Party rallies in support of the rule of law and the constitution and election of folks who would vote as we desired, these rallies are against the duly elected representatives of the folks who turned the nation red in November.   I’ll let you make up your own minds as to who may be behind that site….  “workers of the world?”….

We cannot let our elected government officials be intimidated by these ill informed people who will show up for these rallies.  We must let them see that ‘the folks’ are here to support them in the difficult decisions we sent them to Lansing, or Madison, or Springfield, or where ever to make.

As always, bring signs that are to the point; humor is usually the best way to make a point.  No personalities, no politics, we are about citizen control of our government.  Elections mean things.  “No more $140,000 per year bus drivers” or “I can’t afford my health insurance AND yours” or “Tea for two means you pay too”.  Come on, you can do better than that I am sure.

For those of you who live several hours from Lansing it means it will be an early morning road trip, but we need to show our support for spending cuts against those whose interest is in continued growth of government.  Dress warm, Lansing is a cold, cold place.

February 22nd is George Washington’s birthday; What Would George Do?  Make him proud of us.


Gene Clem

9 comments for “Tea Party Rally Tomorrow! 02-22-11

  1. February 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    As you accurately laid out Governor Walker’s position, it would end collective bargaining as we know it. That is the intent and that would be the outcome. Accountability is not the issue. Middle Class Tea Partyers we are fighting for your rights too. This is not about the money or taxes, it is about our right to counter the efforts of corporations to take this country away from you. Don’t be fooled by those who try to tell you that the tea party is looking out for your interests. It is not. Taxes are not the problem a 300% discrepancy between workers rights and working conditions, and the profits being made by the corporations is what is at issue here. Unions are the only thing standing between you and the complete corporate take over of the government. Don’t be fooled, get the facts.

    • Terry
      February 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Don’t be fooled?? This is about money that is provided by other productive citizens who go to work, earn money, pay their own health care, provide for most,if not ALL of their retirement savings and pay taxes to help provide you with your salaries, your health care, and your retirement funds. Unfortunately we have had either stupid officials and/or corrupt officials which have not or did not understand the ramifications of the negotiated contracts which were unrealistic and unsustainable. I don’t understand how supposed educated people can’t recognize the problem and let people stirr them up and manipulate their minds. YOU ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNIYTY TO KEEP YOUR JOBS. I know many college educated professionals in the private sector who have not worked in over 2 years, they have depleted their retirement accounts, lost their business’s and their homes. They are now the Middle Class Poor. I’m sure if you ask them they would be quite willing to trade places with you. Another thought, what will happen to your monies and jobs when more people no longer work and pay taxes to support your livlihoods? I don’t see your UNIONS making any monetary concessions in order to help it’s members. I do see them spending your dues on supporting polititions and other interests such as buses and posters. WHO IS BEING USED AND FOOLED???

  2. Steven Addison
    February 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    You tea party members are as weak mined as you were after our President was elected. Bring you demonstration to Kansas City, Missouri and we will show you what happens to scabs and those who support them. If you are unable to see the greed being amased by executives of these companies then you blindbess equals your stupidity. Just go away, you have become irrelavant.

    • JGillman
      February 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      I really don’t need to add anything. Do I? No.. thought not.

    • Jason Gillman Jr.
      February 21, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      Awww shit, son! Bring the party to my place! I got all sorts of fun for you kids!

  3. Sylvia Bloomquist
    February 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    If you are supporting fiscal responsibility, how do you feel about the 117 million dollars that Wisconsin Gov. Walker gave away before going after middle class working citizens and their union? How can that seem right to anyone? Another thing that seems a bit off is how he excluded some state workers from these issues and the ones he left out happened to be the ones who supported him in the last election. There is a lot going on in Wisconsin that is immoral rather than an effort to balance the budget. If you are moral people wanting fairness, I think this is not a situation you can support.

    • JGillman
      February 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      Elaborate if you can.

  4. Anna
    February 25, 2011 at 11:18 am

    My mom posted this on her facebook page. I thought it was quite fitting for the situation:

    “There’s an article going around answering the thought that public school teachers are expensive babysitters
    by Tammy Lambert on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 9:44pm

    “This person goes through and cites the costs per pupil and then concludes that they are very underpaid. In light of facts given, it’s true. Teachers choose their profession and attempt to choose where they will teach.

    “I know a few other scenarios: I know some teachers that work two and three jobs year ’round. They pinch pennies so thin that an unbeliever would even have to conclude it’s supernatural that they get by. They hold master’s degrees and PhD’s and give college prep educations to elementary through high school children, year after year turning out an amazing percentage of students who go on to receive college degrees. There was a time in Michigan that these teachers would have been put in jail… because they aren’t public school teachers – they are Christian school teachers. Their average pay…hahahahahahaha! Oh please!? Wipe a tear from laughing if ya knowwhaddamean.

    “Not one citizen of Michigan or the USA is forced to pay one penny to them or their school. Instead, each of these teachers are forced by law to pay toward the buildings and salary of the public school systems and teachers – no matter if they agree with the teaching or budgeting. These Christian school teachers do not contest anyone’s right to a public school education, but at any time, you can find a fierce battle by the public school unions to keep American citizens from having the choice to educate their own children how they see fit, whether it’s school choice within the public schools or to keep back even a portion of their own money to use toward educating their own children in a private or more horrifying – home school.

    “Now I just hope I spelt everthing rightly and put my commas wear they belongded? YIKES!”

    My parents have homeschooled all 13 of their children and still have to pay public school teachers to indoctrinate future voters in liberalism and immorality. I plan on being at tomorrow’s tea party.

    • JGillman
      February 25, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      I will be there tomorrow!

      I think my sign will be:

      “My other job is paying for yours!” or some such derivative

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