Class Warfare Has Officially Begun
** Another political rant, bear with me
Wisconsin Republican Senators threw us a curveball today when they stripped the union rights bill out of the budget bill and passed it without Democrats even being able to make it home for a vote (at least one Dem tried). Not only does this prove union rights had nothing to do with the budget but it shows how class warfare begins in a sleepy midwestern state.
I live in Minnesota, Wisconsin's much better looking neighbor, and I know a few people who will be affected by this bill. While the merits of union rights for state employees has and have been debated with this Fool unable to take a definitive position on either side. I do know that two realities are unfolding in front of our eyes.
1. Class warfare has officially begun
Over the last 10 or 20 years the middle class has been relatively stagnant as the wealthy have been piling stacks of gold in their basement for a rainy day. In the US the difference between rich and poor tends to be less distinct than other countries and the difference we do have is tolerable because in a free society anyone can become rich. If rich is within reach why should I care to define "too rich"?
But there's a fine line between tolerating a gap between rich and poor and shoving it in people's faces. In my opinion what Wisconsin has done is take advantage of a high unemployment rate resulting in little power for workers and squeezing everything they can from the middle class. Business leaders are trained to squeeze every penny from suppliers, customers and their workers and that attitude has spread to the Republican party. Workers are weak and now is the time to stick it to them.
What I am interested to see is how this affects the action of workers as the economic recovery continues. If unemployment goes back down to 5% in a few years will you see workers fighting for more pay? My generation has already lost any loyalty they may have had to corporations, big or small, so I think the powers that be are shooting themselves in the foot in the long run. You may win this fight but unions rose to power because people were tired of being stepped on and I see a similar path from here.
2. Democrats are smiling ear to ear
I find it interesting the Republicans are saying they just want Obama out of office but then they act like this. If anything will bring out the liberal base or swing independent voters to vote Democrat in the next election it's something simple like worker's rights. How can a Presidential candidate from the Republican party possible defend this nation wide?
And the same will happen in Wisconsin. I guarantee that Democrats will now win back any seat that's even close to up for grabs. Ohh well Republicans. It was fun while it lasted.
PS. I'm excited to hear what you have to say about the happenings in WI.