The labor movement in Egypt has spoken in full support of state employees in Wisconsin. According to ThinkProgress, Kamal Abbas, the General Coordinator of the Centre for Trade Unions and Workers Services states:
I am speaking to you from a place very close to Tahrir Square in Cairo, “Liberation Square”, which was the heart of the Revolution in Egypt. This is the place were many of our youth paid with their lives and blood in the struggle for our just rights. From this place, I want you to know that we stand with you as you stood with us.
No one believed that our revolution could succeed against the strongest dictatorship in the region. But in 18 days the revolution achieved the victory of the people. When the working class of Egypt joined the revolution on 9 and 10 February, the dictatorship was doomed and the victory of the people became inevitable. We want you to know that we stand on your side. Stand firm and don’t waiver. Don’t give up on your rights. Victory always belongs to the people who stand firm and demand their just rights.
In other news…
Statistician extraordinaire Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight discusses why the recent Rasmussen poll that showed 48 – 38 support for Governor Walker across the country may be biased. First, Rasmussen polls have historically overestimated Republican voters by about 4% due to the fact that they do not poll individuals with cell phones, among other reasons. Second, the wording of the questions did lean in a particular direction. In fact Nate goes on to mention another poll by We Ask America with a similar methodology to Rasmussen showed that a majority of respondents actually disapprove of Governor Walker’s budget plan, though only Wisconsinites were asked. In the final comment, Silver suggests:
Because of the problems with question design, my advice would be simply to disregard the Rasmussen Reports poll, and to view their work with extreme skepticism going forward.
From rbw: Good luck with the protests Tuesday!