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NYT: Wisconsin’s Warning To Union-Busters

An editorial from the seemingly straight-faced editors of the New York Times:

Wisconsin’s Warning to Union-Busters

August 10, 2011

Five months after Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin pushed through a law stripping public unions of their bargaining rights, the Republican Party has paid a price. Two of the state senators who backed the law were thrown out of office by voters on Tuesday and replaced with Democrats. Mr. Walker’s opponents did not succeed in turning over the Senate, but it was still an impressive response to the governor’s arrogant overreach.

It’s always shocking to see the editors of the New York Times concern themselves with anything besides advancing their militant homosexual agenda. But, then again, they always side with anyone or anything that will hurt our country.

Recall elections are extremely difficult to win; only two had succeeded in the state in the last 80 years. The districts lean Republican, and getting people to turn out in an unusual off-year election is always a struggle.

As we understand it, only one of the two districts leans Republican. And in that district the Republican candidate was weakened due to his alleged involvement in a sex scandal. Oh, and the turnout was actually huge.

Had Democrats won one more district, they would control the Senate, but they were also trying to send a warning to Republican lawmakers around the country who are trying to break public employee unions. In that, they succeeded.

There are lies. There are damn lies. And then there are New York Times editorials.

In fact, as we have noted, the Associated Press and practically every other ‘mainstream’ media outlet is shaking in their boots in fear that the Wisconsin revolution will be replicated across the rest of the states – and in Washington, DC, come November 2012.

There is no putting the genie back in the bottle. Even New York’s Andrew Cuomo realizes that reality.

Republicans will not admit this, but the numbers showed significant strength for Democrats even in the districts they lost — strength that could grow if lawmakers continue cutting spending and taxes while reducing the negotiating rights of working families. In one rural senatorial district that had not elected a Democrat in a century, the Democratic candidate reached 48 percent of the vote. Another race was also close, and as Nate Silver noted in The Times, the overall results suggest that a contemplated statewide recall of Mr. Walker himself would be too close to call

Which is why the Democrats are putting off Gov. Walker’s recall election until November 2012. If they even still try to do it then.

Mr. Walker and his colleagues tried to paint the unions as unwilling to sacrifice a bit of their pensions and health benefits in rough fiscal times. It was heartening to see more than 160,000 Wisconsin voters reject that false notion

Earth to the New York Times: the Wisconsin voters have embraced that "false notion" three times now.

Back in November 2010, when they gave Walker and the Republicans an historic landslide. Then, back in April, in the Supreme Court elections, where Justice David Prosser held off the rabid Democrat challenger, JoAnne Kloppenburg.

And now we have the Republicans holding on to the Senate by beating back these massively funded recall elections.

The unions had already agreed to significant concessions on both; what the Republicans really wanted was to break their organizing ability by ending bargaining on anything except wages and limiting raises to inflation.

Which is exactly the situation federal union employees face, since that radical conservative Jimmy Carter changed the government employment laws.

The measure they enacted, which would block withholding of union dues from state employees’ paychecks, was aimed solely at labor’s political power and had nothing to do with the state budget.

Which, of course, is all that that the New York Times and the rest of the Democrat Party machine care about. They would gladly see any number of layoffs, as long as their revenue stream is not threatened.

But Tuesday’s vote proved that the unions and the middle-class voters who support them remain a potent force.

They are such a potent force that even with $35 million dollars in funds they couldn’t overcome the common sense of the Wisconsin taxpayers.

It was probably a stretch for union supporters to go after six incumbent senators, rather than concentrate their forces on the most vulnerable. Nonetheless, voters around the country who oppose the widespread efforts to undermine public unions — largely financed by corporate interests — should draw strength from Tuesday’s success, not discouragement.

Well, The Times should know from ‘stretches.’ Since this editorial is one of the most laughable ever seen.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 11th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “NYT: Wisconsin’s Warning To Union-Busters”

  1. oldpuppydixie says:

    And MOST laughable about the Times…this article could easily appear on the NEWS pages tomorrow!!

  2. Voice of Reason says:

    Hey S&Lers!!! Haven’t posted in a while but most times still lurking. Hope all is well for all of you inspite of the tough times we see all around us.

    I just couldn’t resist throwing in one more thing here.

    While they have SO FAR captured two seats….and I find it utterly telling that it’s ommitted in this article by the Grey Lady……the WI Dems have two seats of their own to defend next Tuesday and from what I have read….one of them may be a “dead man walking”.

    So, after all the crap…….after all the union members dues money…..$35M is the figure I read………was dumped into attack ad after attack ad…..I also read a letter to the editor of a paper I think was in Milwaukee stated that every other commercial for the last month was an attack ad…..and that in NONE of them did they gripe about collective bargaining…….is was all they want to put granny out in the street, they hate poor people, they are going to steal your social security, blah blah blah…….so after it is all said and done…..all this money and time wasted…….they may end up picking up a net of one seat.

    Those able to overlook the abject stupidity of it might call it pathetic.

    I simply see it as typical.

    Cheers Steve my friend!!!! I hope all is top of the mark for you sir and keep on keeping on……you have been one of the few who has been consistently putting truth to lies for as long as I can remember.

    Truly heroic IMNSHO.

    My best to all!!

    • proreason says:

      Cousin Voice of….visit more often.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Damn right VoR. It’ll be icing on the cake if their whole recall theater doesn’t even net them any gains, let alone control.

      Great to hear from you! Hope you and yours are weathering this okay, too. Indeed, don’t be a stranger!

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Bold talk from a financially and ideologically bankrupt institution now pwned by Mexico’s richest padron (and rumored head of drug cartels)

  4. P. Aaron says:

    Cuomo’s picture is missing from that poster. He’s probably sliced into union largess more than anyone elese on that poster.

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