Last time we heard about Dennis Kucinich, the Democratic Congressman was questioning whether or not President Obama should be impeached for his actions in Libya. Kucinich believes he should be.
Today, Kucinich somewhat redeemed himself and was able to reconnect with his Democratic roots during his questioning of Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker. Walker went to congress to give his testimony about his recent actions of stripping Wisconsin’s public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Mr. Walker has always maintained that taking away these rights from Wisconsin’s public employees was a necessary step towards deficit reduction.
Enter Dennis Kucinich;
KUCINICH: Let me ask you about some of the specific provisions in your proposals to strip collective bargaining rights. First, your proposal would require unions to hold annual votes to continue representing their own members. Can you please explain to me and members of this committee how much money this provision saves for your state budget?
WALKER: That and a number of other provisions we put in because if you’re going to ask, if you’re going to put in place a change like that, we wanted to make sure we protected the workers of our state, so they got value out of that.
KUCINICH: Would you answer the question? How much money does it save, Governor?
WALKER: It doesn’t save any.
KUCINICH: I want to ask about another one of your proposals. Under your plan you would prohibit paying union member dues from their paychecks. How much money would this provision save your state budget?
WALKER: It would save employees a thousand dollars a year they could use to pay for their pensions and health care contributions.
KUCINICH: Governor, it wouldn’t save anything.
I think Kucinich wins…!