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Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy Likes To Be ‘Family-Friendly’ At Parade Time

August 28, 2011

News that the Wausau Labor Day parade will not be open for Republican politicians to march in made for a most amusing comment from the office of Northwoods Congressman Sean Duffy.

Marathon County Central Labor Council sponsors the Sept. 5th parade, and has roughly 30 locals represented.  All of them have more than enough reason not to want Republican politicians who have only disdain for the labor movement to then use the labor parade for purposes that run counter to the best interests of working men and women.

Politicians who worked to undermine collective bargaining this year would not be invited, nor would those who stood by and were silent.  Hearing that news Duffy commented through a spokesperson that he was disappointed that all would not be allowed to participate in a family-friendly event.

Now Wisconsin Republicans want to be family friendly?

When there was a total outright assault on the working men and women of this state Congressman Duffy was not once to found to be standing alongside firefighters, snow plow drivers, or college professors.   He was either too timid to take a stand, or was one of those who had contempt in his heart for the work that state employes  and public workers provide  across Wisconsin.    For whatever reason Duffy did not stand with the average worker in Wisconsin.

Now that a labor parade comes to town Congressman Duffy would love to take center stage and march, throw candy, and glad-hand as if the policies the GOP enacted in Wisconsin are no longer remembered.

Wisconsin will not forget what took place this year.

I suspect the voters of Duffy’s congressional district will not forget either.

Congressman Duffy is after all the poor freshman member who told a town hall meeting, “If you think I’m living high off the hog, I’ve got one paycheck.”

What Duffy failed to mention was that his yearly income is $174,000.  In front of  the folks of Amery, Wisconsin that comment was like a wet towel across the face. 

But now the Republicans are family-friendly and want to come and lob some hard candy at you on Labor Day.

Maybe not.

7 Comments
  1. August 29, 2011 8:25 PM

    Dave,
    Who cares if a union works with Sean Duffy? The point is that Sean Duffy was willing to recognize labor but they chose to snub him. Go figure.

    Nothing like making an adversary when you can make a friend….(sarcasm)

    I believe unions may still serve a purpose (and have done so in the past) but I don’t worship them as if they are some superior form of organization.

    When management is corrupted by avarice and/or places too little value on human beings then there is a strong need for unions. Government, laws, and free enterprise cannot solve all wrong-doing perpetrated by companies. Unions can serve as a foil for company abuses.

    Having said that, it would be great for me to see unions working to figure out how to lower costs of production so that both the company and the employee benefit. Then both can kick a little Chinese butt in manufacturing costs.

    Let me paraphrase Deke: ‘When unions do not stand with owners, they stand against the companies they work for.’

  2. Dave permalink
    August 29, 2011 9:02 AM

    Hey Patrick, you got one thing right – your understanding IS zero. And isn’t the “crybaby parade” just another name for the GOP list of presidential candidates?

    Unfortunately, the other righty posting above didn’t get it right at all. There is no reason for a union to work with Sean Duffy (R-Dioxin) nor to have him in their parade (except perhaps to dispose of old, rotten vegetables from the garden….).

    “When the day comes that national holidays are partisan, we should all hang our heads in shame.”

    Hmmmmm. So, when imbeciles (e.g. anyone on Faux Nuze) starts to squeal like stuck pigs about the so-called “war on christmas” we shouldn’t consider that partisan?

  3. August 28, 2011 4:59 PM

    To your point, if unions do not recognize the value of relationship building with a seated member of Congress then they are devolving. If they prefer a clenched fist instead of an open hand then they adopt an adversarial role with government.

    The ugly truth is that the things that unions have striven for in America have become codified into law. There are labor statutes in place and a federal agency to support them. Union membership is in the decline precisely because unions were successful in changing the owner-labor contract culturally in our country. Are unions still needed? Yes, just read Mother Jones this month about the Hormel plant in Iowa and you will see that they are.

    But for Labor to reject a seated Congressman who would honor them is a disrespect that will not likely be forgotten by Rep. Duffy.

  4. August 28, 2011 3:11 PM

    The average worker benefits from unions. Who brought the weekend to the average worker? Who demanded labor standards that are now common everywhere? When politicians do not stand with unions they stand against workers.

    Since Labor controls the parade that day they set the agenda for the parade.

  5. August 28, 2011 2:54 PM

    You wrote: “For whatever reason Duffy did not stand with the average worker in Wisconsin.”

    The average Wisconsin worker is not in a union. Only 14% are union. The other 86% still work though. Perhaps Sean Duffy was trying to recognize the majority of Wisconsin workers and not the minority.

    Click to access unionwi.pdf

    And let’s be adult about this and recognize that Labor Day is about the government recognizing the value of labor in America. You know that Representative Duffy is part of the government.

    When the day comes that national holidays are partisan, we should all hang our heads in shame.

    Go all in for American Labor. Not just union labor.

  6. August 28, 2011 2:51 PM

    Firefighters were brave and stood with union workers…recall the sound of the bagpipes. Duffy did not stand with the firefighters.

    As for profs being lazy, you are kidding me, right? I live with one. I can assure you profs are not lazy.

  7. Patrick permalink
    August 28, 2011 2:36 PM

    What I don’t understand is why duffy would want to be in the crybaby parade. Let’s all weep for the college professors…boo hoo. Pampered and lazy almost to a one.

    As for the firefighters, what collective bargaining rights have been taken from them? My understanding is zero.

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