A must-read story on Salon:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has declared war on state workers, almost literally.

First, he proposed a state budget that would cut retirement and healthcare for workers like teachers and nurses, and strip away nearly all of their collective bargaining rights. But even more significantly, he announced last Friday that he had alerted the National Guard to be ready for state workers to strike or protest, an unprecedented step in modern times.

This would be the first time in nearly 80 years that the National Guard would be used to break a strike by Wisconsin workers, and the first time in over 40 years that the National Guard would be used against public workers anywhere in the country. The last time was the Memphis sanitation strike in 1968, just before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

This is the road the States has been heading down for quite awhile. Not sure what else to say. You vote for bastards election after election, you get what you get. Too many Americans are crazy and they vote for people who degrade the country which makes them crazier.

(I can’t find a link, but didn’t Brad Wall say something about “war with labour” before we voted him in? I think we’re a ways away from the premier calling the army into Saskatchewan. But still.)