Apparently, members of Wisconsin's government unions are about to get their collective comeuppance. "The nation's most aggressive anti-union proposal has been speeding through the legislature since Republican governor Scott Walker introduced it a week ago." This bill will align public sector compensation packages more closely with those of the private sector. The gravy train has run out of steam. "In addition to eliminating collective bargaining rights, the legislation would make workers pay half the costs of their pensions and pay at least 12.6 percent of their health care coverage--increases Walker calls 'modest' compared to the private sector."
"The union concessions will save the state...$300 million over the next two years to address a $3.6 billion budget shortfall." Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald opined, "I think the taxpayers [at least the ones who are sentient] will support this idea." This proposal's effects will be wide ranging since it ends "collective bargaining for state, county, and local workers, except for police, firefighters, and state patrol." The union has launched a fierce counterattack.
Union members and their supporters have brought out their heavy artillery and have delivered a whithering intellectual attack on the logic behind this bill. Using keen perceptual acuity and disciplined rational deliberation, they have landed a knock out blow to the reasoning of the proposal's sponsors. Let's hear it for chanting, sloganeering, rhythmic hand clapping, and shouting down civil debate.
These intellectual titans have convinced themselves that the louder they shout, the righter they get.
May your gods be with you.