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A faux war in Wisconsin

This is not a return of class war to America. It’s a clash between nervous-nellie Republicans and trade unions that can only play the victim card.

Read my spiked article in full here.

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  • I'd say that the problematic thing in Wisconsin is not collective bargaining as such; it is the fact that the same guys that have just spent a lot of money electing people then sit down with the officials they helped to elect to negotiate remuneration packages.

    Mind you, the same applies when the same guys who helped elect people then sit down with them to negotiate contracts and industry regulation. So there is certainly a good deal of hipocrisy in Gov. Walker's behaviour but I still think he has a point.

  • This is the most incisive commentary I've read on the whole controversy. I agree with the writer above that it is problematic when the union dues (paid for by taxpayers) automatically go into Democratic campaign coffers, and that has troubled me from the beginning of the controversy, but at the same time, you've clarified for me, other issues and made me somewhat more sympathetic, not necessarily toward the unions, but certainly toward the people they represent.

    Do you think the controversy represents a whole new attitude toward public unions, a watershed, so to speak, or it is a tempest in a teapot?

    Thanks again for your wise insights.

  • While there may be "nervous nellie Republicans" pushing for limitations on Wisconsin public sector unions, they are also the elected government. Elections have consequences, as the Democrats were quick to point out after the BHO victory. Practically every statement made in "A faux war in Wisconsin" can be logically refuted by the other side. However, the important, yet unstated, point is that public employee wages are unrelated to free market wages. Compensation for public sector workers should be determined by voluntary contracts between government and the workers. Given two workers of equal ability, the one willing to work for less should have the position, just as governments take the low bidder on a construction project.

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