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If Ya Can’t Beat ‘Em, Extort ‘Em

By Doug Powers  •  March 12, 2011 10:33 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

WTMJ radio has a letter that was apparently sent last week to Wisconsin business owners who supported Scott Walker for governor.

The crux of the threat is as predictable as the sun rising in the east or a visit from Jesse Jackson wherever there’s a media horde and the irresistible “moth to bug zapper” draw from television camera lights:

In the event that you cannot support this effort to save collective bargaining, please be advised that the undersigned will publicly and formally boycott the goods and services provided by your company. However, if you join us, we will do everything in our power to publicly celebrate your partnership in the fight to preserve the right of public employees to be heard at the bargaining table.

Here’s the entire letter (PDF):

One commenter at WTMJ was reminded of the following scene from Animal House:

Mayor Carmine De Pasto: If you want this year’s homecoming parade in my town, you have to pay for it.

Dean Vernon Wormer: Carmine, I don’t think it’s right that you should extort money from the college.

Mayor Carmine De Pasto: Look, these parades you throw are very expensive. You using my police, my sanitation people, and my Oldsmobiles free of charge. So, if you mention extortion again, I’ll have your legs broken.

Meanwhile in Wisconsin, the number of Republican state senators receiving death threats is reported to be 18. Imagine how bad it would be if not for all the calls for a “new civility.”

(h/t Big Government)

**Written by Doug Powers

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Posted in: Unions,Wisconsin

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