It’s a good time to talk about recommitment. In the Wisconsin Capitol, citizens and their legislators worked hard to defend labor protections. In the US Capitol, the legislators issued some official statements. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker started his agenda with $140 million in tax breaks for corporations, discovered the budget shortfall, and argued for austerity. In the US Capitol, corporate CEOs discovered the federal deficit after unfunded wars and massive tax cuts, but pressure for austerity is strongly bipartisan. We hear complaints about the partisan nature of Washington, DC now, but watch carefully! The Sequester, the Fiscal Cliff, and their relatives are bipartisan plans to cut the social safety net of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Effort is bipartisan to hobble the Post Office. Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership are a bipartisan project to bypass worker rights and environmental protections. Immigration Reform is primarily about bipartisan pressure for more H-1B visas to promote age discrimination, contrary to the press coverage.

The Wisconsin situation started with a manufactured crisis. The Federal situation uses a constellation of crises. We had issues to start, then leadership converted issues and concerns to serious crises in order to attract support. Watch their actions, not just their official statements. “If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.”