I have been chronicling Scott Walker’s (governor of Wisconsin) bold first moves. He has been in office for a very short time and has really been pressing his advantage. The advantage is the wave of people that voted him in, along with giant Republican majorities in the state House and Senate. Honestly, I don’t know what the unions and other Democratic allies can do to stop Walker.
But they are trying.
Yesterday, angry UW students went into the capitol building here in Madison and marched all the way to the Governor’s offices. Students at a local high school walked out of class. Other high school classes are planning on doing the same today. Why these students are allowed to walk out of class for something like this is beyond me, besides the obvious reasons – the teachers and principals are allowing it. I hope they all get zeros for their work that day.
Also, much bigger rallies are planned today at the capitol and elsewhere. I have instructed my personnel to keep my delivery trucks away from that area of town. I don’t think it will get violent, but traffic will certainly be snarled and I would rather be safe than sorry.
I heard on the news last night that the trade unions said they would “stand up” with their brothers and sisters in the government service unions. I think this is a bluff, plain and simple. Commercial contruction as well as residential (and work in general) is scarce and I think that if a union contractor walked off of a job to support a different union (or for any other reason) that they would be canned in a millisecond. I heard from one of my customers a few weeks ago that he was considering eliminating the union tradesmen from his company. This is a big deal. They are a large contractor here in the southern Wisconsin area.
I originally wanted to go the capitol myself today and cover some of the protest/marches/speeches, but I am a working stiff, and I need to get my work done. Unlike everyone else down there today. Hey hey, ho ho, not getting my work done has got to go. As they say.
Interesting times to be sure. We will soon see what sort of stones Walker has. I believe in him.