If, as we suspect is the case with most normal people, you’ve grown weary of ceaseless political combat, we have some unwelcome news.

Labor unions, nationwide, are investing their money in building political operations that will be active not just at election time, but all year ‘round. And Wisconsin is one of their key target states.

Last Monday The Wall Street Journal quoted AFL-CIO Political Director Mike Podhorzer sketching out the plan:

“He said unions are shifting money toward getting their own members and others to vote for labor-backed candidates. The federation is also investing in key states, such as Wisconsin and Ohio—sites of big battles over the rights of public-employee unions—to build a political structure that will operate year-round instead of just ahead of elections. Mr. Podhorzer asserted that this type of spending will result in Mr. Obama and other Democratic candidates ‘getting more value out of what we’re doing.’”

On one hand, this wouldn’t be happening if unions didn’t think they were in very deep trouble. On the other hand—though we don’t know exactly what shape this continuous campaign will take—it’s a pretty good bet there will be attempts to horn in on every event that attracts more than 50 people for the next few years. Think: Occupy Summerfest.

If there’s a silver lining, it’s that every new episode will sharpen the contrast between the makers and the takers. People will notice.

And one other thing: If some pretty competent political strategists at the AFL-CIO didn’t think the Walker reforms were leading this whole nation in a new direction, they wouldn’t bother working so hard to destroy them.


About Wisconsin Club for Growth
The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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