Have you been following what is happening in Wisconsin? I hope you have, because it is going to have a long lasting effect however it turns out. I also hope you understand that the desire of the Republican governor in that state to bust the unions has nothing whatsoever to do with budget problems. It’s all politics. This, from Agence France-Presse, is perhaps the best analysis I have read…
MADISON, Wisconsin — Republican attempts to disband public workers unions in Wisconsin and other key states are part of a broad strategy to undermine US President Barak Obama and his Democrats at the ballot box, analysts said.
Unions have been the biggest sources of financial and grass roots, get-out-the-vote organizational support for Democrats and have long been a target of business-backed Republicans.
But they’ve seen their power and membership rolls shrink as the manufacturing sector declined and shifted to anti-union southern states, and now represent just 12 percent of US workers.
Public workers account for more than half of union rolls, even though a dozen states prohibit state and local government workers from forming unions.
And now Republican governors in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Iowa are looking to curtail or even eliminate collective bargaining rights for state and local government employees.
The move to bust public unions is part of a broader attempt “to bring us closer to a more permanent Republican majority,” said Marjorie Hershey, a political science professor at Indiana University.
Republicans won a major victory last year when the Supreme Court overturned a ban on corporate spending in elections.
The flood of new money — $190 million by conservative groups compared with $94 million from liberals — helped propel Republicans to win back the House of Representatives and make major gains at the state level in November’s mid-term election.
It’s really just another salvo in the Republicans’ war against the middle class in America.
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UPDATE: Also of interest: “What the Right-wing Assault on Women, Unions, the Environment, Health Care and PBS Is All About.”