It's not time to negotiate with public sector unions. It's time to abolish them

Left attempt to usurp 2010 election results in Wisconsin


By Arnold Ahlert
Friday, February 18, 2011

Anyone wondering just how far unionized public sector employees are willing to go to get their way can stop wondering. What is going on in Wisconsin is nothing less than an attempt to usurp the results of the 2010 election, using Democrat- and union-organized intimidation as the vehicle of choice. Yet when one cuts through all of the orchestrated outrage by union thugs and their co-conspirators in the media and Democrat party, one inarguable fact emerges: the progressive agenda was thumped on November 2, 2010 by the Wisconsin electorate. Not nipped. Hammered.
Progressive agenda was thumped on November 2, 2010 by the Wisconsin electorate. Not nipped. Hammered

Despite the fact that Barack Obama carried Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008, the 2010 election was a bloodbath for Wisconsin Democrats. Scott Walker was elected Governor by with a 52% majority; the state Senate went from 18 Democrats to 14, and 15 Republicans to 19; the Assembly went from 50 Democrats to 38, Republicans, from 45 to 60.

In other words, the people switched sides, from Democrat to Republican, in no uncertain terms. One of the critical issues of the election? Democrat fiscal irresponsibility—driven in large part by unsustainable outlays for public sector workers. Now that they’re a minority, what do Wisconsin’s state Senate Democrats consider representative government? Running away and hiding in order to prevent a vote on something with which they disagree.

Does it get any more infantile and contemptuous than that?

Beyond Wisconsin, what do progressives in general think of representative government? The Democratic National committee has been brought in to organize the demonstrators, and the president himself has abandoned any pretense of neutrality: “Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally seems like more of an assault on unions.