The spin is entirely predictable…
Republicans – Obama is on the ropes and Wisconsin rejected big bad labor unions.
Democrats – Wisconsin voted against recalls not against unions, and BTW you outspent us 7 to 1 – thank you militant right wing supreme court.
Both takes are wrong. Best analysis I’ve seen of the election was from reason.com – yes another one of my go-to Libertarian media outlets. See the article here.
The net. Voters are smart and practical. They’ve realized – its the math stupid. We are out of money. Voters in Wisconsin said its completely OK for public union members to pay for their own benefits – what a radical stance!!!! They said its OK to look at adjusting the playing field which gives unions the ability to leverage taxpayer dollars to vote out politicians that that don’t give them huge contracts. Go figure – Wisconsin voters and FDR have something in common – they both fear the corrupting power of public sector unions.
For years I’ve been saying all voters want is for someone to tell them the tough truth about our finances. Scott Walker told the truth and in the process became the only governor to ever survive a recall election.
And in case you missed it, San Diego and San Jose voted to curb public sector benefits as well. So California and the state famous for having open socialists preside over a major city (several Milwaukee mayors were real genuine socialists) all voted to curb the power and benefits of public sector union. Not because they hate teachers, puppies and the poor. But because it made perfectly logical financial sense.
There is hope….
Guest Blogger Jeff
Jeff and Glenn make no friends this week in taking on everything and everyone. They first explain why the GOP field is thin and hurting its chances of victory in 2012 through an apparent lack of organizing, fundraising and hiring. With Sen. Thune out, Huckabee likely not running, Daniels slow to start and Palin in her own orbit, where is this field headed? They also take on Republicans in Congress for the imposter that is posing as a budget cutting bill, explaining that there is indeed no budget for this fiscal year. They chide the Republicans in the House for passing this bill, knowing that it would never become law, and take on all Members of Congress — Democrats and Republicans — for not working together to pass a budget and fund the government in a coherent and responsible manner. How would they like it if their livelihood was funded on the basis of a series of continuing resolutions? It’s no way to run a business, or a government. They also explain why raising the retirement age and means testing Social Security needs to be discussed if we ever want to bring our fiscal house in order. In a surprising move, Jeff — the show’s stalwart Progressive – takes on public employee unions, specifically teacher’s unions – over the policy of tenure, and notes that FDR himself was opposed to public employee unions as standing in the way of the prudent operation of government. They understand why tenure was created, but forcefully argue why it is an outdated model now, especially in a struggling economy. A strong union backer, Jeff also chides Gov. Walker for elevating this issue to the point where there can be no reasonable discussion or conclusion that moves policy forward.
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