One thing clear in the Wisconsin budget kerfuffle is that it's not about the budget.
If it were about the budget, when the unions and Democrats offered to accept all of the proposed financial concessions the Republicans would have jumped on the opportunity.
If it were about the budget, those concessions would have included all public unions, not just the ones that supported the Democrats in the most recent election.
If it were about the budget, the Governor's plan wouldn't include the ability for the state to sell off its power, heating, and cooling plants to whomever they chose, for as much or as little as they choose, without so much as a competitive bid.
If it were about the budget, it would not have followed on the heels of major corporate tax cuts.
No, the proposal to disempower public unions is a political move, a way to leverage Wisconsin's budget problems to accomplish long-term Republican goals.
Labels: Constitution, Daily Camera, First Amendment, labor