Amidst the protests in Wisconsin between Governor Walker and teacher's unions over collective bargaining rights (including salary & benefits) and the state budget deficit, I try to shed some light on the situtation, while dissecting the political ramifications of removing a union's primary form of leverage. Are unions a good thing? What would 'breaking the backs' of organized labor mean for unions and future election math? Would stripping the unions of their bargaining rights really solve the budget deficit problems in Wisconsin (or other states, for that matter)?

As someone who has never been in a union, nor worked in an industry where unions were an option, I welcome additional insight from those who have. 

Also, I discuss the 2012 Federal budget and the threat by the GOP of a government shutdown. Have we seen this tantrum before in 1995 when Republicans shut down the government only to see Clinton's ratings soar and the GOP receiving the lion's share of the blame in the public eye? Are threats like this, from either party, a constructive alternative or should there be more focus on making an effective argument before resorting to such dramatic and unnecessary tactics?

Finally, I round out the show with an update on the situation in Libya. Due to his desire to hold onto power until 'the last drop of his blood is spilled', it appears that the only solution in sight is the physical removal (and/or death of Gadhafi). Also, I delve into the ramifications of widespread protests in the Middle East and the concern that it may find its way to Saudi Arabia and the effect this might have on the U.S. (aka: foreign policy & oil imports).

Again, we return to the question: Does the United States, based upon the circumstances, support democracy in principle or in practice? 

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Joined by guest host Patrick, I think we were able to solve all the world's problems (and then some) in this 3 hour segment that drifts seamlessly between serious and silly (rinse and repeat)!

We start off with a follow up to the events in Egypt, Mubarack stepping down, the military taking over and the suspension of their constitution. We weight the effects of democracy in the middle east, in addition to similar protests popping up in Iran & Bahrain. 

Next, we cover the CPAC convention and whether there is any viable GOP challenger to the President in 2012, in additon to the dangers of relying on Fox News as your only source of information. 

Things start to take a turn for the goofy, as we read and respond to some great listener email from around the world! We also recall our funny expereince at the Russell Senate Building when we met Senators and inadvertantly walked into the middle of a gaggle of prominent Senators.

Finally, we wax poetic on the age old question of who is faster, Superman or the Flash? Along with an update on our impression of DC Universe Online as we pick what superpowers we would want and why...in addition to rounding out the show with some technology discussion, a call to design Dana's next tattoo and a lot more!

There is more than enough content this week to keep your boredom stimulated, no matter what interests you, there is likely to be something to keep you entertained for a few hours. :)

www.stimulatedboredom.com

 

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