Onward to the Wisconsin protest thingy.
If you didn't know already Governor Walker did sign the collective bargaining bill in a signing ceremony. I have a few questions for you Deaf Echo-ers and readers here. But correct me if I'm wrong, didn't the voters pick Governor Walker?
Didn't the voters understand who they were voting for? Despite fliers circulated during last fall’s campaign by union AFT-Wisconsin who warned voters that Walker wanted to curb the unions’ power to negotiate? But they still voted for him? Why is that?
Maybe the people of Wisconsin want to see their state regain control and get the state's fiscal sanity back for once?
Scott Walker was elected by the people as a fiscal conservative Republican, and he is governing as a fiscally conservative Republican. He is doing exactly what he promised he would do. And because of that campaign platform he won the largest landslide victory of any party in any election since 1928. A 54-45 percent landslide win in Wisconsin.
Isn't that Democracy in action?
And lastly, how it is that public employees in 24 other states — and in the federal government — have managed to survive without collective bargaining rights? Imagine that.
On collective bargaining when compared to those with no collective bargaining:
The boldest and most effective option is to prohibit collective bargaining entirely in the public sector. Virginia and North Carolina do this. Twenty-two other states forbid collective bargaining for some classes of public employees or allow it only by local option.
Not having to bargain employee contracts makes it easier for elected officials to control employment costs. The Washington Post has written extensively about the different budget environments in Fairfax County, Virginia, which does not use collective bargaining, and Montgomery County, Maryland, which does:
Virginia law denies public employees collective bargaining rights; that’s helped Fairfax resist budget-busting wage and benefit demands. As revenue dipped two years ago, Fairfax officials froze all salaries for county government and school employees with little ado. By contrast, Montgomery leaders were badly equipped to cope with recession.I strongly suggest you read the link to the The Washington Post above. It's really an eye-opener to understand when it comes to the ability to control cost.
Now, if you want to discuss this, fine. But if you disagree, just say so instead of making up fantasy excuses in the effort to silence me for my opinions. Let's avoid the echo chamber effect.