We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
To the extent that these unions shape the Democratic agenda, Democrats aren’t just the party of government; they are the party of inefficient, expensive, unresponsive, bureaucratic government. They are the party of government workers first and foremost, and if there is a clash between the interests of the providers of government services and their consumers (between, for example, unqualified, unmotivated life-tenured public school teachers and kids), the unions come at these issues from the standpoint of protecting workers first, others second.
In terms of the blue social model, they are the party of the bitter clingers: the power of public sector unions among Democrats is a power that inhibits Democrats from putting forward innovative, future-facing ideas (about schools, health care, and so on) and keeps them focused firmly on the defense of the past.
The left’s analysis of its loss in Wisconsin resorts to some classic tropes: it is despair masked as defiance in order to avoid deep introspection...
A rational Liberal, is Prof. Mead. Slick writer too.
I recall when, not that many decades ago, American unions were perceived to be vociferously pro-American.
Now, unions, and particularly public-sector unions, are perceived as being concerned solely with their own welfare, whatever the cost to America and Americans.
Fair-weather friends, indeed.
Unions in this country, whether private or public, are an american expression of communist/collectivist ideals. They have only prsopered to the extent that they have thanks to the power of capitalism. Unfortunately for them, we live in a global economy and the competition is fierce. there is no more money.
Unions at work in private companies only get to dictate the rules until they bancrupt the companiy or industry theyrepresent/ oppose.
In the public sector there are no such limitations. Except that there is no more money. 8.2 to 17% real unemployment. A falling tax base. Little to no new home or business construction. working folk fortunate enough to have jobs spending less and paying down debt all add up to an atmosphere where the common working man can no longer afford to ignore the outsized, immoral demands of the public sector unions.
There is no more money. and they don't deserve it even if there was. The vote in Wisconsin is decisive and it will help steel the resolve and the will of the rest of the country who can no longer stand by and watch the destruction of capitalism and the rule of law. We might just save this country yet.
Can you imagine the classrooms in that state, today and for the foreseeable future? Those poor children. And the parents better be on their toes because no one crosses an aggrieved teacher and gets to have a pleasant life.
Heh!! Yeah I would watch out. But judging by the apparent precipitous decline in dues paid by the members of the various P.S. unions in WI, more than a few teachers probably hold their union in contempt - maybe even support Walker, though I'm sure they would be under enormous pressure not to voice that publicly. Fortunately, the ballot's secret.