Saturday, June 9, 2012

"Norma Rae nostalgia is not enough"

More on Walker's win in Wisconsin from Charles Krauthammer

The unions’ defeat marks a historical inflection point. They set out to make an example of Walker. He succeeded in making an example of them as a classic case of reactionary liberalism. An institution founded to protect its members grew in size, wealth, power and arrogance, thanks to decades of symbiotic deals with bought politicians, to the point where it grossly overreached. A half-century later these unions were exercising essential control of everything from wages to work rules in the running of government — something that, in a system of republican governance, is properly the sovereign province of the citizenry.
Why did the unions lose? Because Norma Rae nostalgia is not enough, and it hardly applied to government workers living better than the average taxpayer who supports them.

Even more from Patrick Archbold at Creative Minority Report:
Governors across the country quake in their boots when it comes to direct confrontation with the unions. You don't mess with them because they have gobs of money, incredible organizing skills, and very low moral standards. If you are dumb enough to directly confront the unions, You. Will. Lose.
Scott Walker just proved that wrong.

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