The growing unrest in Wisconsin over emergency budget measures that would strip public unions of many collective bargaining privileges -- and force members to contribute to their pensions and health care -- seems to be spreading. This week, hundreds have demonstrated in Tennessee and Indiana while thousands gathered in Ohio. It was there where Tea Party members where allegedly subjected to angry, verbal abuse.
The group Truth About Bills claims to have shot video of a "union thug" ranting about the Tea Party at the Ohio State Capitol during a Wisconsin-style budget protest.
"We have insider video of a Union member at the S.B.5 debate shouting down a Tea Party member without any antagonization," the group explains on its website. S.B.5 is the state bill that would, like Wisconsin, strip public unions of many of their collective bargaining rights. And like in Wisconsin, opponents have showed up in droves to protest -- including this guy, who used very explicit and graphic language to express his opinion (including comparing the Tea Party to Nazis):
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The Hitler comparisons have been prominent in the Wisconsin protests, too. One man in Madison caught a woman with a sign comparing the state's governor to the Nazi leader. But he also captured someone calling for revolution in the background:
The proposal in Ohio is based on the same budget woes plaguing Wisconsin. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, citing an estimated $8 billion budget gap, wants to restrict union rights for state workers and in townships, cities, counties, school districts and publicly funded universities. The legislation would generally eliminate salary schedules.
Kasich drew support Thursday from local tea party leader Ted Lyons, an electronics executive from Troy, Ohio, who said the proposed union changes are long overdue. "The labor unions have become so powerful now on a worldwide basis," Lyons said. "It's beyond just the benefits of the membership, it's about all the spending."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.