GRITtv: March 10, 2011

"The idea of fiscal crisis is the pretext for a real power grab," says Jesse Jackson of the latest news from Wisconsin: Scott Walker and the State Senate Republicans separated the union-busting portion of the "budget repair" bill and passed it without a quorum. Rev. Jackson is in Madison and checks in with Laura by phone to tell us what's going on on the ground as Wisconsin gears up for the next part of the fight. "It's an ideological mission they have in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, they're going after an ideological agenda," says Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio on the latest moves by Republicans to bust unions, defund Planned Parenthood, and restrict women's right to abortion. He points out that neither Ohio governor John Kasich nor Wisconsin governor Scott Walker campaigned on any of these issues--and that the people of his state and around the country are ready to fight back. Senator Brown joins Laura from Washington, D.C. to discuss the attacks on workers in his state and around the country, how they connect to attacks on health care and abortion rights, and why he's optimistic about the fight ahead. "This is a country that has seen an incredible increase in hate crimes and hate groups. They're not simply one group of people. If they were it would be easy," points out Maya Wiley of the Center for Social Inclusion, to do what Rep. Peter King is doing today in his hearings on "Muslim radicalization." But it's not just one group of people, and King's myopic focus is contributing to an increasingly toxic political discourse. Maya joins Laura in studio to discuss the hearings, the forgotten influence of patriot groups, white supremacist groups, and more. Finally, when Wisconsin's capitol building echoed with cries for a general strike, Laura remembered another general strike, just over a hundred years ago in New York. What could we accomplish now? Distributed by Tubemogul.

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