At least that’s the version of what happened that a majority of people believed. Fast forward and we’ve got a new new GOP majority, this time led by the much lower key John Boehner. Also, one may hope, a better student of the long game. The current unpleasantness in Wisconsin does nothing but help Republicans.
It’s no accident that the head of the Wisconsin teacher’s union has asked members to return to work. The spectacle of well-paid state employees screeching for more and more does not play well with the vast majority of us who have to pay a lot more into our pension plans and pay a lot more for health insurance.
As reported by John Fund, the spectacle arrayed before us hardly inspires sympathy:
[Wisconsin Governor Scott] Walker’s proposals are hardly revolutionary. Facing a $137 million budget deficit, he has decided to try to avoid laying off 5,500 state workers by proposing that they contribute 5.8% of their income towards their pensions and 12.6% towards health insurance. That’s roughly the national average for public pension payments, and it is less than half the national average of what government workers contribute to health care. Mr. Walker also wants to limit the power of public-employee unions to negotiate contracts and work rules—something that 24 states already limit or ban.
So, faced with layoff of 5,500 of their so-called brothers and sisters, the Wisconsin labor unions would rather show what whiners they are and have a tantrum against the governor.
This only looks good if you are one of those whiners, and most independent voters are not. Getting back to a government shutdown now looming unless something is done by March 4, it is still in the Republicans’ interest not to have such an event. Because even though blame would be at least equally shared with Obama and his minions, he’s a better liar. His teleprompter would be smokin’ hot, spewing out the gospel according to the Left: heartless Republicans are killing granny and blacks, and killing black grannies twice.
On the other hand, if there’s a continuing resolution, it’s not the best solution (actually gutting Obama’s bloated corpse of a budget is), but it will allow the news media to continue the focus on the greedy and noisome public sector unions. And their number one fan, Obama. Neither looks particularly good in the spotlight.
This will not be good for Democrats; this will not be good for Obama. Thus it will be a very good thing, and may yield dividends in the long game of defeating Obama’s attempts to make us into a socialist paradise.