As for the political climate, Republicans introduced a controversial bill; liberal lawmakers fled the state to avoid votes while Leftists occupied the capitol, spewed vile hatred, and leveled chilling threats. Who is primarily responsible for the incivility in Madison, again? Livid and defeated, Democrats launched a costly do-over election campaign against Walker, indicting him with some of the objections raised in the editorial above.
When the dust settled, the people of Wisconsin decisively chose to let Governor Hitler McDivisive retain his job. Walker won by a larger percentage, and with more raw votes, than in his original race. Now, as their membership craters, Wisconsin’s government unions despair. Behold, the wages of choice. Government union workers — the very people who opposed Walker most strenuously — have discovered that their membership isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be: These dues aren’t worth it…I can spend my own money better…buh-bye. It’s this phenomenon that explains government union bosses’ vituperation and desperation throughout 2011 and 2012. The anti-Walker hordes weren’t out there for “the children,” or to champion any of the other arguments they trotted out. The calculation was pretty straightforward and self-interested, really. They knew this law would spell their demise because it would liberate their own people to evaluate the true value of membership, and to say no thanks. And oh by the way, Walker’s budget reforms have proven to be a demonstrable success, an outcome the Journal-Sentinel editors concede.
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