In his piece on the union unrest in the Badger State, George Will sums up the essence of the problem of public employee unions, a problem which has tainted politics not just in Wisconsin, but also here in California:
Such unions are government organized as an interest group to lobby itself to do what it always wants to do anyway – grow. These unions use dues extracted from members to elect their members’ employers. And governments, not disciplined by the need to make a profit, extract government employees’ salaries from taxpayers. Government sits on both sides of the table in cozy “negotiations” with unions.
For those challenging the notion that Governor Walker is some kind of dictator, acting as a corporate shill or some such, Will reminds us that in his previous job, the Republican had had stand-offs with public employee unions, “As Milwaukee County executive, he had similar dust-ups with government workers’ unions, and when the dust settled, he was resoundingly reelected, twice.” And was elected Wisconsin governor after those dust-ups.
Hey, Bruce, did you notice under whose portrait Walker sits for his interview? Here’s a clue, Will finds that Walker’s “calm comportment in this crisis” reminds him of the actions of another noble Republican just about thirty years ago. 🙂
*whose politicking represents a clear conflict of interest .