View Full Version : Wisconsinís Walker Has His PATCO Moment!

03-12-2011, 04:03 PM
Let them go after Walker. While they focus on him the axes falling across the nation will go largely unnoticed. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

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Labor Relations: The media and the unions screamed to keep the bankrupt status quo in Wisconsin, but the newly elected governor refused to bend or break under the pressure. At last, a real lesson in leadership.

We're tempted to call Gov. Scott Walker's courage Reaganesque. Remember the Patco strike of 1981? The air traffic controllers' union had walked out, illegally shutting down the nation's air transportation system. Their attempt at extortion was President Reagan's first big test, and the unions seemed to hold all the cards.

But Reagan held firm. He fired the strikers, hired replacements and, despite claims by unions and their supporters on the left that it would lead to disaster, it didn't.

Wisconsin just had its Patco moment, with Walker outmaneuvering Wisconsin Senate Democrats who illegally departed for Illinois rather than vote on a bill to curb union benefits.

Fed up with the Democrats' no-show tactics, Walker on Wednesday night used a perfectly legal parliamentary maneuver to get a vote ó treating the measure as a stand-alone bill ó and won. On Thursday, the bill passed the state Assembly by 53-42.

Walker did it, as he wrote in the Wall Street Journal, for the "countless taxpayers who want us to balance our budgets and, more importantly, to make government work for each of them." To which we say, Amen.

But he really had no choice. Without change, the Badger State's overall spending was forecast to surge 44% from 2010 to 2013. In that scenario, the state's $3.6 billion deficit would only grow ó putting job-challenged Wisconsin on an unsustainable path to bankruptcy.

All he asked was that public union workers pay 12.6% of their health care premiums, and contribute half of their pensions ó a far more generous package than what comparable workers get in the private sector.

But by the tantrum thrown by the unions and their bought-and-paid-for Democratic politicians, you'd think they'd been sold into slavery.

As the debate raged, Democrats benefited from the thuggery of the unions. They physically intimidated opponents, issued death threats against Republicans and occupied the statehouse to stop any vote. More sickening, they did all this to the applause of the Democratic Party and President Obama, both of whom have shown contempt for the rule of law and democracy.
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Yet, in the end, Walker won. And his courage is having an impact. Quietly, Idaho on Tuesday ended tenure for its public teachers. In Iowa, the legislature has begun debating its own bill to curb public unions' bargaining power over benefits and layoffs. And in nearby Ohio, Gov. John Kasich seeks to limit union bargaining power to wages only ó not benefits or layoffs.
Perhaps we've reached a turning point in reversing the unions' pernicious influence on public policy ó and their insistence that the 95% of the population that doesn't belong to a public employee union must be taxed to pay for organized labor's gilded benefits.

If so, this will go down as a shining moment for Walker, Wisconsin and state governments everywhere.

03-12-2011, 05:10 PM
What kind of site has a NewsAndAnal section?

03-12-2011, 05:13 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">What kind of site has a NewsAndAnal section? </div></div>


I dont know but thats funny.

03-12-2011, 05:16 PM
OK. Its truncated. Its News And Analysis.

03-13-2011, 12:12 AM
My cousin was caught up in the PATCO strike. While he was on record for speaking up against it, he was fired,blackballed, as this was the first step to destroy organized labor in this country, and..... amazingly, by a former head of the screen actor's guild. I guess that their union was just too important....
I found this comment on RR:
" Reagan never had an original thought of his own. Even the famous lie about telling Gorby to "Tear down this wall" was dreamed up by one of his writers two years after the fact. When you think of Bonzo, think of his work for Joe McCarthy, the House Unamerican Activities Committee and etc.