Patrick and I mainly know Kurt Griesemer from Minneapolis SF convention music circles, but he’s a Wisconsin public employee. He’s written a song and made a video, both of which are titled That Ain’t Right:
Went down to the capitol todayKurt’s the blond guy with the guitar. The little kid on his shoulders is his daughter. The rest of the people in the photos are those scary union agitators (i.e., peaceable public employees) the right’s been lying about non-stop since this thing began.
Cause I heard some people say
It was filling up with dangerous Union thugs
Radicals and greedy bastards
Lazy teachers holding placards
Trying to get all the money they could grub.
So I got myself to Madison;
It was quite a sight I’ll tell you son
People in the streets all wearing red
Shouting slogans and singing songs
Holding hands and walking along
Protesting what the governor had said.
See he claims we’re in crisis and we can’t afford to wait
It’s time for you workers to sacrifice
In the meantime don’t you worry—the government’s in a hurry
To sell itself to Koch at any price.* …
Full lyrics and credits for the song plus a link to a free MP3 download are available on Kurt’s Live Journal.