First and foremost, all of the turmoil happening in Wisconsin has less to do with stripping public workers of their rights, and more to do with the class war being perpetrated against the middle class by the ultra wealthy.
There are SIMPLE things we can do to fight back, and I hope some of you out there will have the courage to take it upon yourself to boycott certain organizations and the products and/or services they sell.
Number 1. Do Not Shop At Walmart. This should be a no-brainer. But if you need further motivation, try to remember that Walmart employs more child labor in the world than any other organization. That is the high price of low cost. I understand that some people don't have a choice but to shop at Walmart, since Walmart moves into rural areas, thereby causing the collapse of small businesses, and making them the only game in town. Think Smart. Plan Smart. Shop Smart. Drive the extra 25 miles to get to a retailer not engaged in human rights abuses and whose owners are not on the Forbes list of richest American billionaires. Every dime in their bank accounts has the sweat of a child on it.
Number 2. Don't take a Carnival Cruise. There are other cruise lines. Boycott Carnival Cruises and its billionaire owner. Why anyone would pay $2000 for a sardine packed ride on a bacteria infested boat is beyond me, but there it is. Find better ways to spend your vacation dollar.
Number 3. Don't Watch Fox News and Boycott Advertisers Who Buy Air Time on Fox News. Anyone who has ever tuned into Rupert Murdoch's ultra right wing television network knows how biased everything stated on the network is. For people who are biased and singularly blind to the world around you, this is the place for you. For others, watch the commercials and boycott the products.
Number 4. Know the Wealthy Families in Your Community and Boycott Their Businesses. If you need a list of the wealthiest families in Wisconsin, I am happy to provide it to you, along with the businesses and services from which they earn their millions. Meanwhile, support small, independent businesses, like non-chain movie theatres, restaurants, banks, financial services companies, hotels, etc.
The middle class has been asleep for far too long. They have been handed enormous credit lines, which has kept them in a perpetual state of indebtedness, and the hopelessness and helplessness that goes along with it. Wake Up. Do Your Research. Cut Up Your Credit Cards and Start Kicking A$$.