March 6, 2011

Craig Counsell Supports Wisconsin's Union Workers

Craig Counsell grew up and went to high school in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, and has played for the Milwaukee Brewers since 2007. The 15-year veteran infielder recently expressed his support for the working people of Wisconsin:
As a Major League baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers who works in Wisconsin under a union contract and whose right to bargain collectively is guaranteed under federal law, I support the thousands of public sector employees who are threatened with the loss of that right under recently-proposed state legislation. These employees are real people with real families whose livelihoods, careers and futures are being jeopardized. I urge the government of Wisconsin not to take away this most basic of union and human rights.
Thumbs up to Counsell for his unequivocal statement of support for the people fighting back against the truly evil attacks against citizens like you and me.

16 comments:

Zenslinger said...

Counsell and the liberals are so misguided. Can't they understand that the wealthy can create so much more wealth unburdened by taxes and union contracts? That way everyone will have a higher standard of living. At some point.

All you have to do is trust that the wealthy have your best interests at heart. Is that so difficult?

laura k said...

I'm thrilled to see Counsell make that statement.

Athletes willing to take a public stance on anything are so rare, and when they do, they're often fascists. Counsell joins that little club with Carlos Delgado and Steve Nash.

allan said...

You would think that supporting workers -- to allow them to be more than lowly serfs -- would be an obvious stance with which no thinking person could disagree. Well, you would be wrong.

I deleted a comment from (I assume) a multi-billionaire who signed up with Blogger solely to comment on my little post. The ignorance is astounding. It's as if slaves in the South got together and demanded to be worked harder and beaten more often.

laura k said...

The ignorance is astounding. It's as if slaves in the South got together and demanded to be worked harder and beaten more often.

Oh that's well said! Just thought I'd copy it for emphasis.

laura k said...

IIRC, there's a term for that: internalized oppression.

Matthias said...

This is the only site I've found that has good politics and good Sox. Now part of my regular morning read. Thanks!

ToddH said...

daily reader of your blog til you started with the politics. sorry to be leaving.
cheers,
t

laura k said...

20 lies told by Wisconsin Gov Walker

laura k said...

daily reader of your blog til you started with the politics.

Couldn't have been reading for very long!

Pokerwolf said...

Couldn't have been reading for very long!

Apparently, he didn't notice any of the links on the sidebar either!

allan said...

Bye, Todd! LOL

Jack said...

Kudos to Counsell.

I've been coming here for years for the baseball talk. Maybe I don't notice the politics too much since I think I'm pretty much on the same page, but don't think that Allan really goes into political stuff too often.

Even if I felt his position was in contrast to mine but I find the percentage of political postings to be so low that I'd like to think I've continue to visit anyway. Which is to say I have a hard time understanding the low tolerance of people like ToddH for differing viewpoints.

laura k said...

I would have very little tolerance for a baseball blog where right-wing viewpoints were expressed. And so, I would not visit the blog. There, "problem" solved.

blogtard said...

Athletes willing to take a public stance on anything are so rare, and when they do, they're often fascists. Counsell joins that little club with Carlos Delgado and Steve Nash.

I believe Adrian Gonzalez would fit under category as well, yes? Was it not our new first baseman who came out publicly about the ASG being in Arizona after the immigration legislation passed there?

allan said...

Yes, Gonzalez said he would boycott the ASG if the law was in place. A number of players have said that.

(I was doing some research on it over the weekend.)

allan said...

At least three of the Wisconsin state Senate Republicans currently demanding that public workers sacrifice benefits, wages and even collective bargaining rights for the sake of the budget have applied for and received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal farm subsidies ... From 1995 through 2009, state Sens. Luther Olsen, Dale Schultz and Sheila Harsdorf all had stakes in farms that received between them more than $300,000 in taxpayer funds.

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Same as it ever was.

Politicians (including Democrats, of course, just in case you think I actually support those assholes instead) begging for and receiving free money while denying basic rights to everyone else.