Union Fascism on Full Display in Wisconsin

Rich Trzupek is a veteran environmental consultant and senior advisor to the Heartland Institute. He is the author of the new book Regulators Gone Wild: How the EPA is Ruining American Industry (Encounter Books).


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Wisconsin voters rejected the teachers unions’ agenda when they elected a Republican governor and gave the GOP a majority in both houses of the legislature. Walker promised that he would fix the state’s budget mess and, clearly, there is no way that he could do that without addressing teacher pensions and health care plans. Soon after he was sworn into office, he asked teachers to contribute more of their paycheck to cover their pensions and to insurance costs. The teachers’ union, used to getting its way in every particular, demonized Walker and his plan. Had the union accepted the governor’s proposal then, it’s very unlikely that Walker would have felt the need to drop the other shoe. But, as was the case in New Jersey, the Wisconsin teachers union has been able to make legislators dance to their tune for so long that even losing an election in one of the most left-leaning states in the Midwest didn’t make them wonder if they weren’t quite as powerful as they used to be.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie showed the way. Christie’s brilliance was that he stayed on point: he made sure that his constituents knew that he wasn’t anti-teacher, but that he was rather working to reign in a bloated, arrogant and out of control union. Driving that wedge in between teachers and union leaders made all the difference, because most of the public is sympathetic to teachers and the work they do, but a growing segment of the populace is waking up to the role that government employee unions have played in creating the fiscal crisis we find ourselves in. Like Christie, Walker went for the jugular after the union blew off his original proposal. Now, entirely belatedly, the union says that it’s OK with increased employee contributions, but taking away mandatory union membership and mandatory union dues is just too much.

Walker’s proposal appears to have the votes to pass both chambers in Wisconsin, which explains why all fourteen Democratic Senators in the state are effectively in hiding. At least one Democrat has to show up for the Wisconsin State Senate to field a quorum and to thus be able to pass the bill. To prevent passage, the state’s Democrat Senators decided that a leave of absence was in order. “It’s kind of unbelievable that they’re elected to do a job and they wouldn’t show up to do it,” Republican state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald told Fox News.

The possibility that there could be a federal government shutdown if Republicans play hard-ball with the budget enrages many of the left. Yet, here we have duly elected representatives of the people of Wisconsin refusing to do the job that they were elected to do and are paid to do, and nobody on the left seems to care. That’s another bit of evidence to add to the hypocrisy file, demonstrating once again that the left operates with one puritanical set of standards that apply to those of us who disagree with them, but are perfectly willing to toss those standards out of the window when a pet cause of theirs is involved.

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  • truebearing

    These same teachers couldn't answer my charge that they were undermining the integrity of our democracy by their actions, and what those actions are teaching their students. They denied they are teaching the kids to lie, get fake excuses, violate agreemnets, etc. No moral clarity whatsoever. The responses were all the same rationalizations about their "rights", ignoring their contractual and moral responsibility.

    Some got angry when confronted and muttered about "civil discourse" as they walked away from the truth.

    Of the union supporters, the teachers were probably the best of the bunch. Many of the people were beyond reasoning with, indifferent to truth or logic, and potentially violent. Typical of liberal/leftist protests, the prevailing attitude was that of a barely restrained mob. They should be ashamed, but they're not. instead, they are proud. They need to be reminded: Pride goeth before the fall.

  • Amused

    Barely restrained mob ? Radical leftist Homosexuals ? Marxists /Socialist Communists ? Undermining Democracy ?

    LOL…..Americans EXERCISING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DISSENT , THEIR FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY , AND THE RIGHT TO PROTEST .
    And Truebearing tags them as what ??

    YOU ARE THE TRUE FACIST …YOUR LOT THE TRUE FACISTS .

    Yea they reject the Conservative/Republican /Teeebager VERSION of the truth , so you denigrate them , SLANDER them , Accuse them ….Wow , how truly American is that ? NOT > What HYPOCRISY !!

  • Amused

    What HYPOCRISY !

  • Amused

    When people disagree and protest ….they are called a barely restrained mob ?

  • Amused

    If they don't tow the Conservative /Republican/ Teebag line they are called "radical -leftist -homosexuals "?

  • Amused

    FREEDOM TO DISSENT ,FREEDOM TO PROTEST , FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY …these ARE GUARANTEED CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS >

    • BOBZILLA

      Freedom to hire homeless day workers because you cannot cause trouble without "protestors" carrying signs. You are an idiot.!

  • Amused

    Better go read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights Truebearing….YOU and your ilk are the TRUE-FACISTS !

  • Amused

    Denigrate / Slander / and Accuse those who disagree ……WOW ain't that American ? What sickening hypocrisy !

  • Amused

    I'll bet you're praing for Walker to bring out the National Guard to "put down " the troublemakers " , eh truebearing ?

  • Amused

    …and you close your statement by quoting the Bible ? hahahahahahaha what a hypocrite !!

  • Pete0097

    The Teachers Unions will do anything to get their way. my brother was a school board member. When they were negiotiating the teachers contract, the union head was told by the national union to send telegrams to the board members that would arrive at 2:00AM so as to disrupt the board members sleep and give the unions an edge in negioiations. My brother merely called the sender and discussed the issues for an hour or so. When I saw the teacher the next day, he was the one that looked ragged. They always complained that the starting teachers salary was too low, but when my brother brought that up and offered to raise it $2000, THEY refused the offer. When he offered to raise all teacher salaries $2000, THEY refused. THEY wanted percentage increases which would help the old teachers more than the young teachers. (The teachers get an automatic pay raise due to another year of experience anyway) Guess which teachers made up the negioiating team? They are a bunch of hippocrits.

  • aussiejim

    I'm a firefighter from Sydney, Australia, who has been proud to see my brothers and sisters in Wisconsin stand up against Walker's reverse Robin Hood policies. From where I'm sitting it is as clear as day – Walker is sinking the boot into those who work for a living in order to give more handouts to his rich mates. I support the protests, and I feel pity for anyone stupid enough to think that the Walker's of this world represent them (unless of course you're a billionaire, in which case he does).

  • jdg

    I don't think you understand what the word fascist means, busting unions is on of the first things fascists do. Look at the definition of the word, it is a right-wing concept.

  • Coco Mndrake

    Have the passage of time and the direct admission from several elected officials that this was entirely about busting unions changed your mind? Has Walkers past fabricated budget crisis in Milwaukee to make cuts no one should make appealed to your sense reason? What about the fact that the immediate Wisconsin budget shortfall was estimated at 137 million, while Walker gave out another 140 million in unfunded tax breaks to corporations? Hows about the sale of publicly owned heating and cooling plants as well as wet lands for no bid contracts? You feel anything yet? I would argue that selling off the states to corporations while making no attempt to listen to any opposing viewpoint would be a much more apt definition of Fascism then your uninformed rhetoric.