The Death of Unions in Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s sleazebucket governor and corporate-owned state senate have just used their Nuclear Option. They found a way to delete union workers’ collective bargaining rights even without any State Senate Democrats present — and now it’s a done deal.
There have been rumors that Wisconsin Republicans might use this exact gimmick, but most people assumed they wouldn’t go through with it because of the resulting firestorm.
The state senate needs a quorum in order to pass any legislation having to do with the budget. But by turning the crippling of unions into a separate bill, unrelated to spending or the budget, they were able to vote even with no Democrats present.
Before the vote, Democratic Sen. Bob Jauch said if Republicans “choose to ram this bill through in this fashion, it will be to their political peril. They're changing the rules. They will inflame a very frustrated public.”
Bring on the flames.
Governor Scott Walker responded. It was hard to understand him because of David Koch’s cum dribbling out of his mouth, but it sounded something like:
“I applaud the Legislature's action today to stand up to the status quo and take a step in the right direction to balance the budget and reform government.”
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller said:
“In 30 minutes, 18 state Senators undid 50 years of civil rights in Wisconsin. Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten. Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people. Tomorrow we will join the people of Wisconsin in taking back their government.”
Earlier today, Wisconsin’s State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald was whimpering about the looming recall vote against Wisconsin Republicans, basically saying “it’s not faaaiir.”
Give that little shitbird something to cry about.