After 2008, the Left enjoyed crowing that “elections have consequences.” Consequences for thee, maybe, but not for me. In Wisconsin, there’s a sign of the shape of things to come in their utter refusal to accept the results of the 2010 election that saw the Badger State swept by the GOP. My New York Post column today takes a look at this troubling situation:
Well-heeled public-employee unions and die-hard Democrats are pressing their bid to undo Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s pro-taxpayer reforms, part of a conflict playing out in “blue” states across America.
Passed this year, Walker’s “budget-repair law” helped close a $3.1 billion shortfall, in part by restricting collective-bargaining privileges for government-worker unions and forcing them to chip in for their generous retirement and health-care benefits.
Enraged at this loss of privilege, labor and its allies have gone for a series of rollback tactics, including sending hordes of union goons to besiege the state capitol during the debate over the law’s passage, getting friendly judges to temporarily invalidate it and targeting six GOP state senators for recalls — an effort that fell one Senate seat short of returning Democrats to the majority.
Now they’re after the Big Enchilada — Walker himself.
Like the Islamists, the Taliban wing of the Democratic party seems to subscribe to the faux-democratic motto of “one man, one vote, one time.” Their other role model, of course, is the late Leonid Brezhnev and his now-buried Brezhnev Doctrine, which stated that once a country had embraced Communism, it could never go back.
But the unions simply can’t accept any rollback in what they regard as collective-bargaining “rights” over pensions and benefits — even when such “rights” are the exception, not the rule. (Federal employees don’t have them.) President Obama called Walker’s reform “an assault on unions,” and one local pol trotted out the usual Hitler comparison.
It was clear from the start of this fight that the “progressives” wanted to make Wisconsin an object lesson for others. Unions and Democrats have poured money and manpower into the state, waging a scorched-earth campaign of demonization against the governor.
Far from being “progressives” — a term that’s roughly a century old — much of the mossbacked Left is now more conservative than the conservatives, always and everywhere against rollbacks and change, bitterly clinging to their shopworn thirties socialism and their moth-eaten sixties Marxism. They’d be pathetic if they weren’t so persistent, and funny if they weren’t still so dangerous. Next November’s going to be a heck of a ride.