In an effort to prevent Egypt in Milwaukee, Governor Scott Walker has put the National Guard on alert:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, unveiled an emergency budget proposal Friday to deal with the state’s growing budget woes. Wisconsin has a $137 million deficit this year, and faces a projected $2.9 billion budget shortfall for 2012 and 2013.
Under Walker’s plan, public employees would lose all of their collective bargain rights, except a limited negotiation of wages. State workers would also have to contribute more to their pension and health care benefit plans.
Unions erupted in outrage as they learned about Walker’s proposal. The Governor told Milwaukee Public Radio that he has briefed the Wisconsin National Guard to prepare them for any worker unrest today.
Source: Business Insider
For readers of SHTFplan, it’s no secret that the Pentagon and Military are Actively War Gaming â€˜Large Scale Economic Breakdownâ€™ and â€˜Civil Unrestâ€™. The Governor of Wisconsin seems to understand what the result is when you start making emergency cuts and instituting austerity measures.
The National Guard has been training for these scenarios for quite some time, and soldiers returning from the Middle East are well versed in urban and suburban-style policing and warfare. In the initial stages of protests, we’ll see traditional police deployment, but once the first Molotov gets thrown, you can be assured that US military assets will be deployed on American streets. It will not be a good day for America when that happens.
Unless the trend of broke and hungry and unemployed Americans is reversed, we will soon see a breaking point. People can only sit on their couches watching Jersey Shore for so long before their hungry bellies force them into action – well, that and if the cable were to get turned off due to an inability to pay the bill.
Protesters In Action:
The fact of the matter is that States are bankrupt. What we’ve seen from Governor Walker in Wisconsin and Governor Christie in New Jersey is nothing compared to what needs to, and will, happen. The estimates are that roughly 2 million government workers on the State and Local level are going to lose their jobs during this crisis. Plus what we’ll continue to lose in the private sector.
While unemployment insurance is a backstop for now, more and more people are losing their benefits each month – and they’re left with no way to pay their mortgage, feed their families, or put gas in the car. For those now joining the unemployment benefit plans, there’s inflation to be dealt with. Thus, even though one has 99 weeks left before benefits expire, as the dollar continues to lose strength and food and energy costs rise, it becomes much more difficult to even cover the basic necessities with a weekly government assistance check.
According to Celentian philosophy, “when people lose everything, and they have nothing left to lose, they lose it,” which means the S hitting the fan is coming to a city square near you fairly soon.
Hat tip Steve Quayle