More power to the Wisconsin workers attempting to retain their collective bargaining rights. They had already agreed to major concessions with Gov. Scott Walker before he went ballistic.
I am reminded of little Oliver Twist, holding up his gruel bowl, and politely requesting, “Please, sir, may I have some more?”
Walker, clearly in the back pocket of the Koch brothers (each worth $17.5 billion), would seem at home in Dickensian industrial England. The industrial era had ultra-rich robber barons, a staggering poverty level and a preponderance of sweat shops with no minimum wage, no workman’s compensation, no unemployment compensation, no eight-hour day and no Social Security for the elderly. It had a propensity for a mean-spirited, Darwinian worldview of “survival of the fittest.”
The recent prank telephone conversation with Walker revealed a plan with the Kochs to break the unions across the country. Ohio and Indiana Republican governors are attempting to follow suit.
Breaking the unions would provide the second punch to Citizens vs. United of 2010, wherein our Supreme Court gave license to endless, anonymous political contributions by corporations. The main defense by Democrats is the ability by unions to raise funds and to mobilize force by and for American working-class citizens in elections.
The Kochs, known to be among the top 10 worst industrial polluters in the U.S., gave Walker $43,000 last year and funded massive ad attacks against his opponent.
This concerted effort to break the unions threatens our national values and democracy itself.