Tea Party activists join protests, favoring Wisconsin budget bill
February 20th, 2011
07:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Tea Party activists join protests, favoring Wisconsin budget bill

Madison, Wisconsin (CNN) - Tea Party activists supporting a bill that would slash collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin public employees flocked to Madison on Saturday, bringing a new dimension to a budget battle that shows few signs of compromise.

As tens of thousands of people marched in favor or against the bill, Republican Gov. Scott Walker indicated he has the votes to pass it.


Filed under: Tea Party movement • Wisconsin
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  1. Inmyopinion

    Fire all those government employees for thinking they are the privileged ones who deserve that we all give to them and for abusing their ability to shut down, bring cities and schools to a stop, even denying children their education, in order to keep and get more goodies without having to pay for some of it while our country is in financial trouble and everyone else is having to take cuts. Give their jobs to all those people who have been standing in the unemployment line waiting for months and some for years to get back to work, I'm sure they will be thrilled to start getting a paycheck and get their families back on the right financial track and they wouldn't mind paying a little bit towards their benefits. Let them find jobs in the private sector where they each will have to deal with bosses for goodies, benefits and they won't be able to threaten cities, schools from being shut down if they don't get their goodies. We have given government employees way too much power and they are using it against our cities.

    February 20, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    I think the guys with the tea bags on their heads might be a bit outnumbered on this one and better be careful. This isn't like one of their rallies where they can hold up ignorant signs and shout whatever they want because they are sponsered by FoxNews or the Koch Brothers. You start messing with union workers talking about their benefits you are in for a big fight. I just hope it doesn't turn violent because so far it's been peaceful.

    February 20, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Marcus

    They have the whole (not holly) right to be there.
    They can say anything (as long as it's not words that can't be said in public without fines and jailtime being applied to who said it) about the bill, the POTUS, the governor, the strikers and the likes.
    And that does NOT make them 'more' or 'real' Americans than the ones who disagree with them.

    February 20, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Limbaugh is a liberal

    You do of course realize that most Tea Party activists are retired seniors who receive Medicare and Social Security while no longer paying taxes.
    Damn others getting any government benefits! But if anyone cuts our benefits, we will raise hell!

    February 20, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |