Tennessee is not Wisconsin.

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You know why? Because when Tennessee legislators create a bill to strip teachers of their collective bargaining rights, they don’t mess around.

Hundreds of labor supporters swarmed the Capitol to denounce a bill to pare back the public union fleecing of Tennessee’s treasury. State Troopers were waiting.

Even FDR, the granddaddy of wealth redistribution, was solidly against public sector unions having the ability to basically bribe politicians with campaign donations in return for unsustainable health, retirement benefits and wages.

From a large crowd of obviously jobless people, seven were arrested when they stood up during a hearing and began chanting “union busting”

Most demonstrators left the hearing room after about 30 minutes, but a small group tried to lock arms to keep from being removed. Troopers pulled the holdouts out of the room one by one, while lawmakers, lobbyists and other observers looked on.

It’s true Toto, we’re not in Madison anymore.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was the first lawmaker to email a statement to media on the protests, enjoy…

‘The right of all citizens to protest and assemble peacefully is sacred in the State of Tennessee. However, this General Assembly will not be intimidated by nomadic bands of professional agitators on spring break bent on disruption. We talk through our differences here. Tennessee is not Wisconsin.’

“..nomadic bands of professional agitators on spring break bent on disruption” Aren’t they suppose to be drinking, hanging out at the beach and Sexting?

Some of those kids could be graduating this year. Thank god they’ll soon be working and they won’t have time to interrupt the Tennessee legislature as they conduct their business…oh wait..

Unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, hit 10.3% in February — up from 9.8% at the end of January. The U.S. unemployment rate is now essentially the same as the 10.4% at the end of February 2010.

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Kimberly_Schwartz
March 16, 2011 7:00 am

This started my day off in the best possible way, Speciallist. Since the union thugs in Wisconsin started turning that state’s beautiful capitol building into a chaotic trash pit, I have had intermittent daydreams about the way the Georgia State Patrol would have reacted in the same situation. Glad to see that the Tennessee Troopers were on the job, and kudos to Lt. Gov. Ramsey.

bobmontgomery
March 16, 2011 12:16 pm

Thanks, ‘list. Lot of state governments around the country need some good press.

TNJim
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March 16, 2011 1:05 pm

If I remember correctly the THP has no union, so no conflict of interest like in Madison as Ron Robinson wrote about here. As for Ramsey, you see a glimpse of why I voted for him in the primary. He tells it like it is.