week's revealing phone call between a Buffalo Beast prankster and
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker clarified the extent to which
billionaire rainmaker David H. Koch manipulates public officials.
Koch doesn't just play puppeteer with politicians. He also has his hooks into public radio and television: although it has not been widely reported, Koch is a trustee at
the Boston-based WGBH, PBS's largest producer of web and television
When the Tea Party rabble-rousers began chanting “You Work For Us” at municipal employees, first responders, and state workers, I was hoping that some of them would at least slip on the ice patch lining the nook off Beacon Street where they parked their small parade. If Tuesday's labor rally kicked off as a respectable spat between several thousand union folks and a few dozen flag-waving morons, that incendiary declaration elevated the theater into all-out class warfare.
As the historic protests in Wisconsin compete with the historic popular uprisings in the Middle East, Massachusetts labor organizers are rallying in solidarity with WI state employees on Tuesday at 4 pm at the Golden Dome. The participants include the Mass Teachers Association, Mass AFL-CIO, AFSCME Council 93, a couple of SEIU locals, and many more.