The Wisconsin War On Unions

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.)

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

6 thoughts on “The Wisconsin War On Unions”

  1. Thing is, as much fun as it is to point to Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II, Clinton and Obama haven’t exactly helped much either. They’re better, for sure, but neither is exactly FDR. The people want someone to stand up for them, and are easily duped because those who have traditionally done so in the past aren’t doing so anymore. The people voted for Obama expecting Change and haven’t gotten what they expected at all. As such, many are disenchanted and have given up.

  2. Thanks Mason, I’ll read that when I have a chance.

    Anonymous–it’s true the Democrats “haven’t exactly helped much”. One might even say they’ve been total dicks at times. Still, an attempt to bring in healthcare almost cost Clinton a second term so it’s tough for me to totally hammer them. They learned a lesson there they shouldn’t have been taught.

    It’s just a bad situation and electing more Republicans is like putting out fire with gas. America really needs its sense of purpose revised and de-crazified.

  3. I agree on the fire/gasoline remark. But what I’m saying is that when Democrats act like Republicans, people stay home instead of voting. Only the crazies are voting now because they’re the only ones getting attention. Funny thing is that the crazies know everything is F’d up too, but are completely misled as to what the solutions are.

  4. I think the solution might be a Really Big Wall between the United States and Canada.

    But I’d miss visiting the U.S.

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