in Perspective on the Protest-Revolution Scale
by Robert Wenzel: Krugman
Explains the Wisconsin Power Game
Governor Scott Walker appeared on FOX News Sunday and told host
Chris Wallace that he did not want to see any public employees lose
jobs. Say what?
Yup, he wants
to break the back of public unions, which will result in some loss
of power by public employees in negotiations, but this should not
be viewed as some kind of brave battle to cut the size of government
by any significant degree.
gets a lot of his support from unions and this looks to me like
a Republican attack on that base. In other words, government budgets,
including that of Wisconsin, are way out of control. Wisconsin will
eventually not be able to pay out the pensions and other benefits
promised to teachers and other government employees, so why not
take the knife to the unions along with the benefits? Getting rid
of unions for public employees isn't a bad idea, but as far as serious
cuts beyond what must be done, not a chance.
When you hear
talk that education and healthcare need to be returned to the free
markets and that charity should be conducted by private sector charity
organizations, you will know that the battle is for liberty. Right
now, the battle is for who gets to control the shrinking, because
of the recession, plunder.
way I can cheer for a bunch of government workers protesting against
some of their perks being taken away. I'd like to see their jobs
ended. But I can't cheer on a Governor who doesn't show the slightest
clue that he understands that public education makes education a
bureaucratic monstrosity that turns curious by nature children into
bored stiffs (some of whom end up being treated for something called
ADD, when the real disease that they have is GCE government controlled
But, of course,
current upheaval in the world is not now limited to Wisconsin.
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