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With Republicans triumphing in the Wisconsin recall elections on Tuesday, political analyst John Fund tells Newsmax it is “astonishing” that Democrats and unions spent so many millions to battle Gov. Scott Walker and his labor reforms and came away with so little to show for it.
Fund, senior editor of American Spectator, says unions never talked about the core issue of labor law reforms in their anti-Republican ads because they were afraid of opening up a “whole can of worms” about the privileges of public employee unions.
He also asserts that the election results are a clear vote of confidence for Gov. Walker, and predicts that unions will now bring their “road show” to Ohio where a similar union battle looms.
“It was astonishing to see labor unions spend $35 million of their members’ dues money to beat back Scott Walker’s labor reforms. But the astonishing thing is that for all the money they spent, mostly unsuccessfully, their ads against the Republican incumbents they were trying to recall never talked about the labor law reforms,” he says.
“They talked about ending Medicare, which is a federal issue, not a state issue. They talked about Paul Ryan. They talked about cutting budgets for education. They talked about everything except the issue of whether or not labor unions should have the right to withhold dues from their members if they didn’t want them to go to politics.
“That was the core of the issue that brought 75,000 people to the Madison state capital in February and March. And that was the one issue the labor unions didn’t want to bring up because I suspect that would have opened up a whole can of worms about union privileges and how much better public employee unions were paid, and how much better their benefits were than people in the private sector.”
You’re seeing school districts all over the state being able to avoid layoffs. In fact they’re adding teachers and reducing class size. They’re saving lots of money because the health insurance monopoly that used to be controlled by the teachers’ union has been broken.
Originally posted by buster2010
reply to post by jibeho
The people of Wisconsin have spoken AGAIN!
Shouldn't that be the Koch brothers have spoken again? You have to give them credit though good tools like Walker are hard to find.
Originally posted by David9176
So...jibeho...how much money was flooded into the Republican coffers for this election?
Also wanted to add,
Dems actually gained 2 seats in heavy Republican districts.....they didn't lose anything. And there is one Republican in the state's senate who has sided with the public unions and is against privatization of the public school system....of course...there are still 2 recalls to go next week that could change that.
This did however show that there was a backlash...regardless of what happens the next week.
So, what do you say to the corporations who funded the anti-union stuff, or helped create the laws Walker enacted through ALEC?
Money well spent????edit on 10-8-2011 by David9176 because: (no reason given)