I haven’t written anything on what’s taking place in Wisconsin yet. Rather than go off half-cocked, I’d much prefer giving a more enlightened opinion, without resorting to my own pre-determined feelings on the issue. This issue is rather timely for me also, as it coincides with my take on teachers unions, and their effects on our public educational system.
For now, check out this short clip put together by heritage.org. It gives you a bit of perspective on the impasse from different angles–although it’s slanted toward Governor Scott Walker and his conservative legislation.
For those of you unsure as to what is going on in the upper Midwest, here is a great primer for you. Immerse yourself in the process from different political angles, and draw your own conclusions.
Ezra Klein speaks about what niether side wants to admit:
State and local budgets are in bad shape. They’ll need deep reforms across a variety of categories, from tax increases to service cuts to changes to employee compensation. But the focus on public employees — and the accompanying narrative that they’re greedy and overcompensated — obscures a lot of that: It makes it seem as if the decisions that have to be made are easy and costless and can be shunted onto an interest group that some of us, at least, don’t like. It’s the Republican version of when liberals suggest we can balance the budget simply by increasing taxes on the rich. But it’s not true.
Pain will be a necessary result of fixing this mess, but neither side is willing to capitulate. At all. The end result is the protest-fueled melodrama playing itself out. If Scott Walker is as serious as he claims about reducing the state deficit, is he willing to acquiesce to demands of tax increases on corporations? Are unions willing to pay more than the 1% they’re currently paying toward their pensions?
We will see.