Sad day. Angry day. Scott Walker and his Republican senate just passed a bill tonight stripping most of all the collective bargaining rights of public employees.
Link: Wis. GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining
It doesn't matter if you are Democrat or Republican - you should be pissed. Why? Because they completely circumvented democracy. Whether you love unions, hate unions, or are somewhere in-between, with all of the hoopla going on precisely regarding collective bargaining rights, the last thing anyone should do is ram through a bill destroying all those rights without talking/negotiating with all parties. How could anyone regard that as the right, responsible thing to do? Democracy means that one must deal with the messy business of people relations (gasp!).
The Republicans took out the collective bargaining bits from the Budget Repair Bill and made it into a stand alone anti-union bill (which then didn't require the fourteen Dem senators to come back for the vote to happen because it is not a budget bill). This should also cause some pause since Walker kept insisting that getting rid of collective bargaining WAS a budget issue. Making it a stand alone bill means that it is not budget-related. Why the 180-degree turn? Answer: because getting rid of collective bargaining rights was never about the budget. It was simply to get rid of unions. At least Walker is now admitting the transparency.
Sad day. Angry day. Our Gov't is failing at governance.