I have been writing about how Scott Walker has come in to the governorhsip of Wisconsin and immediately started to kick ass and take names. More, if you are interested, below the fold.
The predictable response has begun from the AFL-CIO and AFSCME as well as others.
There were about a hundred people or so at the governor’s mansion today and a small rally at the capitol building as well. I have heard that people will be bussed into Madison for some more rallies as well later this week.
Well, I don’t see what this activity will do. The Governor is a Republican, as are the House and Senate by wide margins. The people of the state of Wisconsin booted the previous majorities out in a BIG way last fall. Its over.
From the article:
Others plan to march to the house of Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and rally in Horicon at noon Sunday at 204 West Lake Street.
Have fun with marching to the Assembly Speakers house. And why a rally in Horicon? That is a tiny town about 45 minutes or so northeast of Madison.
Two more rallies are scheduled to take place in Madison on the Capitol steps on Tuesday and Wednesday. Buses will be provided across the state to transport people to Madison for state employee rallies.
I wonder who is paying for the buses. I bet I can guess. Go ahead. Rally all you want. Its over.
Walker’s bill would strip state and local government employees, including teachers, custodians and game wardens, of their ability to collectively bargain everything except their wages. But the measure carves out a special exemption for local police officers, firefighters and the State Patrol.
Critics say the move amounts to political payback for unions that support Walker and could create a schism between government workers. Walker counters that the state has had a long tradition of protecting local safety services.
Perhaps this is Walker’s way of splitting the public service unions, which could be a genius move. The firefighters and cops supported Walker in his election campaign, so he does owe them one. Of course, he needs to address their pensions and pay someday, but he can’t get it all at once. Actually splitting the public employee unions probably does the most damage to them as a whole at this point rather than going after all of them at once. It is a big elephant, and must be eaten only one bite at a time. I imagine the AFSCME workers and others are pissed off that they are going to get ZERO support in this from the cops and firefighters.
Interesting times, to say the least here in Wisconsin. I am finally seeing the sun rise. It is a long fight, but the first salvo has been fired. Walker is like an immense battleship in this, and the opposition is like a tiny destroyer so far.
My friends on facebook, especially the ones in Madison, are losing their minds. I am having a great chuckle over this. I may never forget Walker’s quote from a few days ago:
“I don’t have anything to negotiate,” (emphasis mine – Dan) Walker said. “We are broke in this state. We have been broke for years. People have ignored that for years, and it’s about time somebody stood up and told the truth. The truth is: We don’t have money to offer. We don’t have finances to offer. This is what we have to offer.”
As an aside, I can’t believe I saw a guy on the news chanting “hey hey, ho ho, Scott Walker’s budget repair bill has got to go”. No rhyme, no rhythm. PLEASE come up with snappier chants than that.