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March 1, 2011

Negotiate, Don’t Dictate

TEA party supporters (L) argues with Union members during a rally outside New Jersey���s Statehouse, calling for an end to Governor Chris Christie���s benefit cuts in what they see is a war on public workers, in Trenton, New Jersey, February 25, 2011.  Some 3,000 people gathered in the rain outside New Jersey���s Capitol to protest proposed benefit cuts and show support for workers fighting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker���s bill to limit collective bargaining.AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Following up on yesterday’s Wisconsin “capture the flag” post, this protest against Gov. Christie’s proposed cuts in NJ shows a new dynamic on the street.

Whereas we’re well used to the scene on the left with the Tea Party openly “emoting” and pushing their point, the photo not only introduces two sides, but presents a cutting contrast in process and attitude. The message pits negotiation, the communication tool of Labor against the methodology of “the dictators.”

(I guess the main hitch, at this point, has to do with incumbency, and how much the Walkers and the Christies, like this woman, have fixed themselves behind the law.)

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(photo: Emmanuel Dunand. caption: TEA party supporters (L) argues with Union members during a rally outside New Jerseys Statehouse, calling for an end to Governor Chris Christies benefit cuts in what they see is a war on public workers, in Trenton, New Jersey, February 25, 2011. Some 3,000 people gathered in the rain outside New Jerseys Capitol to protest proposed benefit cuts and show support for workers fighting WisconsinGovernor Scott Walkers bill to limit collective bargaining.)

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