To what do we owe the honor…?
December 1, 2011
Is Wisconsin populated with uniquely angry people? Is there something in our abundant water that triggers militancy and a belligerent sense of entitlement? It didn’t used to seem that way.
So if you’re wondering what drove people to make Wisconsin the nation’s battleground since last winter, be assured there’s a straightforward explanation that has nothing to do with bad genes or chemically-altered drinking water: Other state governments are taking sometimes unpopular steps to put their finances in order. But what’s being done in Wisconsin is far more consequential.
In other states where you hear about reforms, there’s controversy. Here, there’s apocalypse.
It’s all because Wisconsin is taking the only action that can solve the real problem, and the Left doesn’t want it solved. The Left understands Wisconsin is the one state that’s playing for keeps.
A fine analysis of the nationwide dynamics now converging in the streets of our state can be found in The Wall Street Journal’s “Weekend Interview.”
Some key conclusions:
- Love it or hate it, the Democratic Party at least used to represent broad and diverse coalitions; it now exists only as the political vehicle for government unions.
- Government unions exist chiefly to enable those who seldom produce anything of value to the real economy to take freely from those who produce value every day.
- Government unions are deadly serious about politically and personally destroying Scott Walker because right now he’s the only reformer whose actions realistically may end union dominance of government.
Though Walker is mentioned only briefly, every part of the Weekend Interview is essential to understanding why the fight he’s in matters nationwide and what we’re in for if last winter’s gains are reversed. It’s must-read stuff.