I published a post a few days ago about John Kasich’s attempts to curb government service union power in Ohio. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin in on the same mission. Conservative analysts have long contended that excessively powerful unions representing teachers, welfare workers and other state and local employees have boosted pay and pensions across the US, laying the groundwork for the nation’s fiscal crisis. Other Conservatives claim that the groups are nothing more than Democrat party operatives. The Wisconsin Governor’s budget repair bill, an attempt to rein in a $3.6 billion deficit, has sparked days of violent demonstrations.
Before the expected vote on Walker’s proposal, all 14 Democratic senators fled the building, leaving Republicans one senator short of a quorum. The Senate adjourned without debating the bill. The biggest crowds of the week marched on the Capitol on Thursday, shouting down the state Senate president as he tried to start the session. Thousands more gathered outside, chanting slogans and yelling abuse well into the night. During the day, 15 school districts in the state closed because teachers were at the protests, claiming sick leave for the time they were there.
Walker’s plans are not that radical. His proposal would not apply to police, firefighters or state troopers. It would require all other state workers to pay half their pension costs and 12.6% of their healthcare coverage, shaving an estimated $330 million off a $3.6-billion deficit. It would also prevent public workers from receiving raises above the inflation rate unless the increases were put to a vote. Walker promises no layoffs of public workers should the measure pass.
A Washington Post columnist suggested Walker was like deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. State Senator Lena Taylor likened Walker to Adolf Hitler. Barack Obama accused the Wisconsin governor of an “assault on unions.” Several hundred protesters even showed up at Walker’s personal home.
School children were brought by the teachers.”Our teachers brought us here today,” said one student. Asked what they were protesting, she said: “I don’t know.” Another student said: “We’re trying to stop whatever this dude is doing.”
The real issue though is the sinister threat of violence that hangs over Wisconsin. Republican senators are not saying whether they are sleeping in their own houses, and are working with law enforcement to keep themselves and their families safe.
Stanley Kurtz has documented these tactics throughout Chicago in the late 1980s and 1990s in his book “Radical in Chief. Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism”. That gangs of activists are now showing up en masse, whether at people’s homes, or at state capitals, shouldn’t surprise anyone who has been paying attention, and certainly won’t surprise Kurtz who devotes an entire book to these new rules of politics.
Quin Hilyer writes an excellent article in The American Spectator. It refers to a column he wrote just after Obama’s election, entitled “Saul Alinsky Takes the White House”.
And, always, a few carefully calibrated street demonstrations, splashed with just the right headlines across the East Coast newspapers and captured by just the right camera angle on CBS News, will be used any time, on any issue, to make the point that civil unrest would be the price of resistance to the benevolent desires of the Obama regime.
He writes in his recent column-
These tactics come right out of Saul Alinsky’s playbook. These are dangerous times. The Obama left will not go quietly into that good night. And they will not let their targets sleep quietly at night. They want their targets — in the Wisconsin legislature, and at Speaker Boehner’s house, and, watch, in other places as well — to feel fear of the mob.
I have news for them. We don’t fear them. We think they are beneath contempt, these rabbles of rabid radicals. In America, we are above these hoodlums, and we transcend them. We are a society of ordered liberty, and we have endured worse than these pathetic paraders will muster.
They have Saul Alinsky. We have James Madison and George Washington. We win, they lose.
The good news is Tea Partiers are organising to protect The Wisconson Senate and the Republican senators from the left’s mobs. Great to see the silent majority no longer silent. In America, anyway.