Say this for Scott Walker; he’s showing a lot of courage:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says his party has been emboldened by massive protests against his controversial budget plan.
Walker said demonstrators who filled the state capitol building in Madison and the boycott by state Senate Democrats — some of whom fled the state in protest — have steeled the resolve of members of his party.
“If anything, I think it’s made the Republicans in the Assembly and the Senate stronger,” he told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren in an interview Thursday night. “They’re not going to be bullied. They’re not going to be intimidated.”
Walker also fired back at President Obama, who sided with the public employees, saying on Fox News Friday, “We are focused on balancing our budget. It would be wise for the government and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budgets, which they are a long way off from doing.”
Walker might have also wanted to ask whether the President didn’t have anything better to do than to get himself involved in a local dispute. One would have thought after the Henry Louis Gates episode that someone in the White House would have informed President Obama that he doesn’t have to comment on every little conflict that happens in the country, but apparently, if that message was delivered, it certainly did not take.
I hope that the state troopers get their men and women. It would be perfect payback for the snit that Wisconsin Democrats are throwing; apparently, losing an election justifies trying to shut down state government purely out of spite. Perhaps teachers with the blue flu in Wisconsin, and those in Michigan can be informed that it is time to look for different careers.
This editorial sums up matters well:
Democrats in the state Senate threw a temper tantrum Thursday – essentially they took their ball and went home.
Actually, they didn’t go home. They apparently went to Illinois, just out of reach of their obligations.
By boycotting an expected vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, they were able to prevent action on the measure. Twenty senators are required for a quorum; the Republicans have only 19.
The Walker plan is deeply divisive. We’re not supportive of some aspects of the bill, either, including those that will make it nearly impossible for unions to negotiate. And we think that police and firefighter unions should not be excluded as they are now. But public worker benefits need to be reined in, and Walker is right to target them.
State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), apparently with plenty of time on her hands Thursday afternoon, posted on her Facebook page, “brb,” slang for “be right back.” Too bad she and her colleagues weren’t.
One leading Democrat – Obama was his name, as we recall – put it well after winning the White House in 2008: “Elections have consequences,” he told Republicans at the time. Indeed they do. The Democrats’ childish prank mocks the democratic process.
Now, of course, the President’s message is “elections have consequences, but those consequences ought to be respected only if Democrats win.” There can be no more dramatic demonstration for the White House’s–and the Democratic party’s–disregard for the democratic republican process, the rule of law, and the business of government than their backing for this snit by Wisconsin Democrats.
And by the way, spare me the argument that unions concerns are on the level. I beg to differ:
It would be very interesting to see how many outsourced protesters are at work in Wisconsin. As the video, and as this story make clear, the tactic of outsourcing protesters in union disputes is quite common. Note in the story that outsourced protesters receive no benefits from the unions that hire them. And note as well that this tactic has elicited the outrage of homeless advocates; the homeless are being used and manipulated by the unions, the work they do does not go far enough to pay for essentials like rent, and working for the unions prevents homeless people from having the time to go out and look for jobs that pay more, and offer benefits.