Tell Pres. Obama: Stand with the people of Wisconsin

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President Obama needs to make clear he stands with the people of Wisconsin.

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Dear Friend,

The people of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin's 14 state senate Democrats, continue to inspire our nation as they rise up against attacks by a Republican governor who has put the Koch brothers' radical agenda in front of the welfare of his state's citizens.

Initially, President Obama made strong statements in support of the protesters. And why shouldn't he? It's a no-brainer for President Obama to support the teachers, nurses, public workers and other protesters as they stand up to Governor Walker's radical agenda.

But on Monday, the New York Times reported that the White House political team is pressuring the President to back off of his support. They cynically think that strong statements by the President on behalf of these courageous teachers, nurses, and other protesters is out of sync with their strategy for reelection in 2012.1

We know that supporting the people of Wisconsin is exactly what President Obama should be doing.

Can you call the White House and ask Obama to stand up for the people of Wisconsin? Click here for an easy script and number to call.

Taking Gov. Walker's lead, governors across the country are giving tax breaks to big corporations and then seeking to balance their budgets on the backs of the middle class and poor people. One of their favorite tactics in this fight is to mount an all out assault on the rights of public employees — including nurses and teachers — with false claims that these public servants are causing state budget crises as opposed to their obscene tax breaks for corporations and the rich.

Wisconsin is the epicenter of this assault, and it's time for President Obama tell his political advisers that they can't stop him from supporting the people of Wisconsin. He must take a strong stand against these attacks, and expose them for what they are — a radical attempt to take power away from the middle class and working people.

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If Governor Walker really wanted to balance his state's budget, he could have accepted a compromise deal offered by unions that cut worker benefits but preserved collective bargaining rights.2 Or he could have cut the more than 100 million in tax breaks he recently gave to businesses, turning his state's surplus into a deficit.3

And if Governor Walker was really interested in reducing the influence of all powerful interest groups, he wouldn't have jumped to take a phone call on Tuesday from a prank caller claiming to be oil billionaire and Tea-party funder David Koch.4

Walker's actual motivations are crystal clear. He and others in the GOP are seizing this moment to bring to life some of their wildest fantasies about rolling back the political power, rights and protections of the progressive political base.

Wisconsin is the first salvo, but it won't be the last.

President Obama's leadership is crucial to galvanize our nation around the events in Wisconsin and against the GOP's attempt to enact a radical agenda at the state and federal levels.

Call the White House and ask Obama to stand with the people of Wisconsin.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. "Wisconsin Puts Obama Between Competing Desires, The New York Times, February 20, 2011
2. ibid.
3."Unions aren't to blame for Wisconsin's budget," Washington Post, February 18, 2011
4."Wisconsin Gov. Walker Takes Prank Call From Fake 'Koch' Brother," NPR, February 23, 2011


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