Friday, February 18, 2011

Watching Wisconsin

Athens in Mad Town. WSJ.

Jennifer Rubin in the WaPo.

Governor Walker due on Charlie Sykes' show momentarily.

More. Heritage: The American People Can't Afford to Lose Wisconsin Union Showdown:
Let no one be confused, the stakes in Wisconsin are high and the Badger state could turn into the crucial battle ground between progressivism and the new Tea Party majority in the country. Issues as important as public sector compensation, bulging state deficits, union power, federalism, education, federal entitlements as well as others are being fought over. That Wisconsin is the birthplace of American progressivism with a new conservative governor, new conservative majorities in both chambers, a new conservative U.S. senator and the bright new conservative chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan, has made it ground zero for the left.

President Barack Obama has federalized the issue, throwing the full weight of the White House, the Democratic National Committee, and his own Organizing for America operation behind government unions, with the assistance of the SEIU and AFSCME unions. This is a major new test for the new governor, Scott Walker. If conservatives lose in Wisconsin, reform might be stifled elsewhere. If they can win, progressivism is in real trouble.
P.S. Flashback. Obama wins Wisconsin in the Dem primaries. A critical test for 2012.

...Pundit & Pundette, By the pricking of my thumbs: Enter Trumka It's the National Thug Convergence

Other states facing the same unconscionable union hog pressure as bankruptcy looms. Indiana. Michigan. Ohio.

More. WTMJ reporting the Wisconsin Assembly will take up and are expected to pass the bill as the Senate Dems are hiding to thwart a quorum. Along with the newly-elected governor, voters put into office a Republican House and Senate for the clear purpose of enacting these reforms to save the state from bankruptcy. Up until now Wisconsin public workers, including university professors, paid NOTHING for generous health care and pension benefits. They are being asked to pay about half of private sector norms and collective bargaining under the bill is being restricted to salary only. This is not unreasonable, but the privileged pampered unions are willing to bully the rest of the public and shut down schools illegally--calling in sick in Madison and now Milwaukee.

More. Obama punts on his own budget but inserts himself into Wisconsin. WaPo: Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill

More at Memeorandum.

In contrast, Illinois.

Previous posts: Illinois Tea Party Tracking WIDems:), Follow WIDems. On the lam, WI Teachers Put Crosshairs on Gov. Scott Walker, Listening to WTMJ Milwaukee--The Walker Revolution:)

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