The Wisconsin unions -- and many non-resident union reps of all kinds -- have made quite a spectacle in Madison these the past weeks. Mainstream media have been quite empathetic, not reporting the hard facts about exactly what the Republicans in Wisconsin were asking from the unions.
Instead, Chris Matthews and his kind allowed union mouthpieces to spout absurdities such as "this vote was like Pearl Harbor" and suggesting the GOP members had done something unethical, if not illegal.
But then again, these are the same people who refused to see how ridiculous it was that Megan Sampson, who was named an Outstanding First Year Teacher in Wisconsin, got a layoff notice a week later because her union's collective-bargaining contract chose senior members regardless of how ineffective they may be.
This protestor actually (though inadvertantly, I'm sure) got it right. Sure, go ahead and voice your dissent, but when it's apparent the local citizens are not behind you, it's time for concessions.
Michael Walsh in The New York Post:
Let’s call this what it is: a campaign to nullify the 2010 election, by a sore-loser party that doesn’t like the results.
The Democrats are trying to cast themselves as the heroes — noble prisoners of conscience engaged in an act of civil disobedience by denying Walker a quorum so the vote can be held...
This fight is now about whether we are to have an orderly democracy or legislative and executive anarchy, whether elections can be delegitimized and even overturned by the daily plebiscites of the polls, by the flouting of sacred oaths of office and by the trampling on the laws of the state.
The truant senators were basically hoping that the constant protests and liberal media would sway constituents into telling the Republicans to change their minds. But when that was not happening, they acted as if they were holding on to some higher principle and still refused to come home. They behaved like a bunch of petulant teenagers, holding the legislative process hostage -- so the GOP members did what they had to do.
Let's take a look at what was done:
** The Republican state senators found no reaon to continue to wait for the return of the missing Democrats and went ahead and voted on part of the legislation as they have been telling the Dems for weeks they would. No surprises, no "nuclear option" -- the Dems had every chance to debate this and win over the votes. They refused.
** The legislation they passed still leaves Wisconsin union members more rights than federal workers and the public union members of about half of the other statesin America.
** The WI GOP made a serious move to deal with a deficit of over $6B, which the state reached (no) thanks to a Democratic governor who repaid his teachers union campaign supporters with a collective-bargaining agreement that costs the state's taxpayers -- you won't believe this -- $101,091 per year for each teacher!
The governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, faced a similar situation a few years back. He made tough decisions that made him very unpopular at the time. Now Indiana is one of the few states in the black, and Daniels is a hero.
My guess is that the citizens of Wisconsin will do the same for Scott Walker, and one by one other states will follow suit -- and the days of the charlatans will be behind us.