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Walker Changes Attitudes on Public Employee Unions

PV Wrote: Jun 08, 2012 2:42 AM
Harrison, I agree that in today's world unions are an anachronism. However, I am sympathetic to what they were able to accomplish in the early to middle 20th century. Financial interests were able to collectivize their capital into corporations, so the corollary to that was the collectivization of labor into unions. The initial primary goal of unions was to obtain a greater share of the productivity their individual members were generating. After a great struggle they were able to accomplish this. But they went too far. They started wanting more for less productivity. This brought about their doom, along with all the others depending on industrial prosperity.

The results are in, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has beaten Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the recall election. That's in line with pre-election polling, though not the Election Day exit poll. Even before the results came in, we knew one thing, and that is that the Democrats and the public employee unions had already lost the battle of ideas over the issue that sparked the recall, Walker's legislation to restrict the bargaining powers of public employee unions.

That's supported by a Marquette University poll showing 75 percent of Wisconsin voters favoring increases in public employees' contributions for health care and...