Endgame: Wisconsin Ends Collective Bargaining

After weeks of rangling and protests, Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republican passed the legislation to virtually end collective bargaining in the state.  Halted by the quorum need to pass fiscally related bills in the Wisconsin Senate, Republicans split off the legislative language regarding collective bargaining into a stand alone bill, which did not need a quorum.  The Wisconsin Senate passed the bill this evening.

Democrats are outraged by the ‘nondemocratic’ nature of such a maneuver.  This is dripping with irony.  It was only one year ago Republicans said the same thing when Democrats in the U.S. Senate used reconciliation to pass Obamacare.  At the time, I said liberals would rue the day that they opened the door to such a legislative gambit…that day is today.

Walker can call this a victory, but politically it cost him.  He has a long time to make amends, and largely his future will be determined by economic fortunes.  Most everyone will have forgotten this by the time 2014 rolls around.  How this affects Presidential politics for 2012 is another question, and should be fascinating.

10 thoughts on “Endgame: Wisconsin Ends Collective Bargaining

  • March 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm
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    “Nondemocratic nature” of passing the bill. This is hilarious coming from the Fleebaggers who fled the state to avoid their “Democratic duties”. What is democratic about the symbiotic relationship between public sector unions and Democrats? It closely resembles a criminal enterprise of extortion–mobster government.

  • March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm
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    The backdrop for the formation of Unions is well understood as to why they were once needed. However, there is no place for unionization in the protection of the public sector. By position and authority there needs a natural check whereby unionization should never be allowed. In this way it should be in place that public workers are beholden and accountable to the private sector whose taxes pay for their salaries and decisions.

    The lesson of the Democratic majority in both the House and Senate have given insight to the real desires of those who seek power in this county. While the economy tanked they paid attention to their pet projects to the detriment of most of the United States population. Power should be limited. Pay should be fair. Yet it has been shiffted in balance to those that vote on their pay raises… It is far past time it ended for them.

  • March 10, 2011 at 1:31 am
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    I for one am realtively unimpressed by the political side to this whole drama. The real undrlying game is more interesting: numbers. So many municipal, county and state governments are rushing pell-mell from illiquidity to insolvency, with the next stop being bankruptcy even if not “legal” in the sense of some state and federal law. Reality doesn’t give a darn about definitions, and numbers remain numbers. The choices become ever more stark. Give government a significant haircut, or give “investors” who buy bonds a significant haircut. Doing the latter will only accelerate the inability of fattened government to refinance its debt. The obvious choice coming is the former, as sooner or later governments will be getting significant haircuts, and many by the Left then in office. Why? Because it is the only numerical choice in the end. The rest of the howling is just fattened calves of various flavors coming to realize they are in the chute and being prodded by reality towards the slaughterhouse of reality. Simple numbers are not spun into “la-la-la-la.” Only political verbiage can tie iself in knots, and that will not solve the number issue. Haircuts coming soon to a government near you. It is not a threat, but a promise.

  • March 10, 2011 at 4:31 am
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    So in essence, a wrong should be righted by another wrong? How ridiculous it is to constantly make new laws to deal with old laws because they are outdated today only to create one-sided issues that will one day also need correction with yet another law. No wonder the law profession see’s so much money! This bill not only strips their collective bargaining rights, it allows for a pay-off in the form of guaranteed inflationary raises- ANNUALLY. Let’s see if you anyone realizes whats this does.. an average teacher in Wisconsin makes $56,000.00 a year according to MSNBC so with annual inflation running even at a low 4% a 40 teacher will end their career making upwards of $200,000 a year and be entitled to a pension equal to half that annually?

    And this somehow solves the budget crisis and pension funding issues?

    And this solves the State’s budget?

  • March 10, 2011 at 5:29 am
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    Remove this fascist governor by force of arms. It should be quite clear to the middle class that our “democracy” is 51% running roughshod over the human rights of the other 49% without any debate or compromise. This is the way of the Nazi Zionist jews who have pillaged our coffers and contributed nothing to humanity or our country. This governor should be shown the door as Mussolini was in WWII. MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF HIM AND HIS KIND.

  • March 10, 2011 at 7:29 am
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    The history of how workers in the US have been treated by the robber barons shows why it was a grave mistake for the Unions to have ever backed off EVEN ONE inch from their demands for justice in the workplace. The comment by James shows how ignorant Americans are. Real wages have been stagnant for decades while more wealth is in the hand of a few than ever before. It’s been known since ancient times that a Republic cannot exist when wealth CONCENTRATES in the hands of a FEW! That’s why the Founders overthrew the British oligarchy [aristocracy] that controlled the colonies and established a Republic. The Unions are our last line of defense against the robber barons. If you oppose Unions of workers, then you are nothing more than a Loyalist/Royalist or as Ross Perot put it, you have sold your soul to the “economic traitors.” Thomas Jefferson declared that the United States would “become a paradise” by “TAXING THE RICH ALONE.”

  • March 10, 2011 at 9:06 am
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    What this boils down to is, do Americans have any economic rights or do your rights end once you are at work?
    Scott Walker clearly believes that you, the American Worker are nothing more than a slave from 9 to 5, soon to be 8-9. I hope everybody enjoyed the weekend and 40 hour workweek while the existed.
    If you want to defend the hard fought rights given to you by generations of American workers who fought and DIED to bring them to you, then ORGANIZE!!!!

  • March 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm
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    Unfortunately, they didn’t end collective bargaining for cops and firemen, whose unions have ripped the public off more than any others.

  • March 11, 2011 at 6:27 am
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    Too true, anyone with an opposing opinion and an eye for economic truth is ignorant. How silly of us to watch our communities go bankrupt for promises they should never have made. Look freeloaders, government employees aren’t exactly dying at their desks slaving over helping the public sector. Do as you will… vote more tax and spenders in from both parties.

    Roughshod, interesting: ins’t that exactly what was done with healthcare we can’t afford while raised the National Debt to pay for what we already can’t afford. So, does that logic of ‘make an example of him and his kind’ also apply to Maobama? Somehow I doubt it…

    Both sides have ripped us off people. End the Government gravy train or be run over by it. If you allow them to unionize and make certain you can do nothing about it to save your own money than you have truly made an egregious erros.

  • March 11, 2011 at 6:33 am
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    Last word should have been error. By the way, most public employees I have ever dealt with have been lazy and arrogant. They know their lot is protected and they don’t care. Great system: deaf ears for tax dollars spent.

    My previous mention of union was clear. Even the most ignorant should have understood it. The problem I guess is that I didn’t write it in feel good terms that are more appropriate these days for the hypocrites on the left.

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