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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kucinich has a few questions for Gov. Scott Walker

It's not that anyone with a smidgin of intelligence and a bit of empathy didn't understand but it's still feels good to see. Rep. Dennis Kucinich got to ask Walker some questions at a House hearing on State and Municipal Debt. It revealed what we already know; that Walker's attack on public employee unions had nothing to do with balancing the budget and everything to do with a political vendetta.

It didn't go well for Walker.

KUCINICH: Let me ask you about some of the specific provisions in your proposals to strip collective bargaining rights. First, your proposal would require unions to hold annual votes to continue representing their own members. Can you please explain to me and members of this committee how much money this provision saves for your state budget?

WALKER: That and a number of other provisions we put in because if you’re going to ask, if you’re going to put in place a change like that, we wanted to make sure we protected the workers of our state, so they got value out of that. [...]

KUCINICH: Would you answer the question? How much money does it save, Governor?

WALKER: It doesn’t save any. [...]

KUCINICH: I want to ask about another one of your proposals. Under your plan you would prohibit paying union member dues from their paychecks. How much money would this provision save your state budget?

WALKER: It would save employees a thousand dollars a year they could use to pay for their pensions and health care contributions.

KUCINICH: Governor, it wouldn’t save anything. [Goes on to present letter from LRF and is denied unanimous request for it to be placed in the public record by Issa]

Don't fuck with a little pixie like Congressman who has righteousness on his side. They get the coolest women as well.  Witness Kucinich's wife, more than half his age, with a tongue ring and a head taller than he but who doesn't love Dennis Kucinich.

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