Folks, this is the definition of ‘insanity.’
Gov. Scott Walker’s law repealing most collective bargaining for local and school employees was struck down by a Dane County judge Friday, yet another dramatic twist in a year and a half saga that likely sets up another showdown in the Supreme Court.
See Hot Air for analysis, including the (accurate) prediction that this ruling will be overturned by the WI Supreme Court with all due speed. I just want to note that the politics of this are pretty awful for the Democrats. Not to belabor the obvious, but the people of Wisconsin are happy with their collective bargaining reforms. It saves them money and keeps the budget solvent; besides, the people who are against said reforms are pretty freaking bizarre. If the Wisconsin Democratic party wants to go over the cliff, the Wisconsin Republican party will be happy to help them.
And that’s pretty much it. Again: thanks.
I understand why Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is couching the Left’s tantrum (H/T: Instapundit) over the Wisconsin budget bill in terms of having public sector employees contribute more of their fair share to health care and restricting harmful collective bargaining practices; both sides of the issue are publicly and politely pretending that this were the central issues. Only, they were not. Oh, sure, limiting collective bargaining via statute (which makes it harder to reverse) is a clear and present danger to the ability of organized labor to keep its leadership fat and happy; nobody’s debating that, although some (dumb) people would dispute my depiction of said leadership. But the real problem with the bill for the Democrats is much simpler:
The ending of automatic dues checkoff for public sector unions in Wisconsin. Continue reading Dues checkoff: the true issue at stake in Wisconsin.