Thursday, March 10, 2011

Free unions and collective bargaining

"They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost."

-Ronald Reagan
Labor Day Speech at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey, September 1, 1980

You can fast forward to 7:30 to hear the quote above.

Let us keep in mind that what happened last night in Wisconsin was not intended or even able to save the state money, balance the budget, or solve a fiscal crisis. All of those parts of the legislation had been removed, so that the anti-union and anti-collective bargaining parts could be passed through the Wisconsin Senate to the Wisconsin Assembly despite the absence of quorum.

"After stripping the bill of fiscal measures that require a 20-member quorum for action, Senate Republicans abruptly passed the measure 18-1. Republican Sen. Dale Schultz cast the lone no vote.
Analysts say the bill would cripple most of the state's public employee unions."

Crippling the unions is the whole point of this exercise and pretending otherwise has become untenable.  In the words of Wisconsin Republican 
State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, "If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a much difficult, much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin."

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