That the current confrontation in Wisconsin between Republican Governor Scott Walker, the Republican controlled Wisconsin State Legislature, and unionized government workers is now being repeated in a number of other states is a clear indication that it amounts to an organized and concerted effort to break, first the public employee unions, and then those in the private sector. (BTW – This contention is even further supported by Governor Walker’s being “punked” in a phone call he believed was coming from Republican sugar daddy, David Koch, wherein Walker iterates with apparent glee how a number of the other Republican governors are dutifully following his lead.)
Conservatives have, almost monolithically, always hated and opposed unions of any sort. Most consider them to be the scourge of the earth. That sentiment has long been voiced here at BC.
As I’ve noted here and elsewhere, I DO believe that unions have in some instances become too powerful and have abused that power becoming in the process as corrupt as the industries in which their consituents toiled. As with all such things, though, the few bad apples have had the effect of poisoning the entire barrel – at least as regards appearances.
That being said, should this effort succeed, which it well may, the unions’ ability to effectively represent their membership will wane much further than it already has over the past few decades. The conservative response, should that scenario come to pass, would likely be “Hallelujah!”
The loss of effective unions will be a huge blow to workers at almost all levels – whether they are unionized or not. Unions represent the only large, organized voice coming from the left and in support of the working class that have any concerted political or economic power. If unions fail, let the right wingnut oppression begin. This IS class warfare.
Governor Walker’s claims that this is all being done to avoid a fiscal crisis in his state is a strawman argument. His contention that Wisconsin is facing a fiscal meltdown has been challenged by some Democrats, and Walker is being aptly criticized owing to the fact that he is doing this on the heels of providing hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations and other business interests both inside and outside of the state. This takes his claims beyond the level of overstatement and bounds them up to the plateau of unadulterated lying. Governor Walker is a liar, especially in his claims that this is the ONLY means at his disposal to avoid monetary default.
The unions and the Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate have all accepted (if begrudgingly) the proposed fiscal reforms. What they are holding out against is losing their right to collective bargaining on issues other than cost of living pay increases which is all Walker will allow. Should they lose those bargaining rights, the result would essentially gut the unions and destroy their very reason for being. Again, the Right jumps up and shouts: “Huzzah!” (just for variety’s sake.)
All I can say is: You had better be careful what you wish for. They’ll be coming for you next, Bubba.
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