Walker also fired back at President Obama, who sided with the public employees, saying on Fox News Friday, “We are focused on balancing our budget. It would be wise for the government and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budgets, which they are a long way off from doing.” – Wis. governor: GOP won’t be ‘bullied’ by union bill protesters
That’s how Republicans want to balance the state’s budget in Wisconsin. Gov. Walker joining Speaker John Boehner’s callous disregard for a living wage, which comes through the collective bargaining process of union members. In fact, federal employees’ ability to collectively bargain is the last line of defense for the middle class.
As I’ve written before, my blue collar gas technician husband made a great living, with strong benefits and a respectable pension, back out in the West before we moved to the Beltway. One reason his former company was kept honest and offered competitive wages is because unions were always one step away. I can’t tell you all the times he’s talked about the importance of unions to people who are non-union as well.
Republicans have wanted to break unions for decades. Globalization helped marginalize their effectiveness, with the austerity disease now at politically epidemic proportions making unions fight even harder.
When Speaker Boehner proclaimed “so be it” and that he didn’t care if federal jobs were lost he revealed the callous disregard of the Republican Party on how any job lost matters to the American economy. That union jobs are what makes the middle class strong is lost on Republicans, with Gov. Walker and Speaker Boehner leading the way the foundation of our country through their ideological zealotry.
What Gov. Walker is trying to do in Wisconsin, which Gov. Kasich hopes to do in Ohio, with governors across the country waiting to see how it all plays out, is a direct assault on the middle class.
Republicans have one goal and it isn’t balancing the budget. It is to once and for all destroy unions, beginning where they think they can safely make the anti-government rant stick by attacking federal union employees.
As an aside, the bookend to this issue is the Right’s war against women. While the world is breaking out in freedom protests, the Republican Party wants to curtail freedoms of women, right along with the collective bargaining of union workers.
The only thing standing behind those fighting today is the Democratic Party. I’m all for more choices, but we have one reality today. Independents need to get a grip on themselves, because their fickleness has become dangerous to us all.
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