The failure of Democrats in Wisconsin to stop passage of a budget repair bill, including a scaling back of public sector collective bargaining as to benefits, is being portrayed as a “gift” to Democrats and public sector unions. The usual suspects are describing Gov. Scott Walker’s victory in the legislature as Republican’s “Waterloo.”
There will be no groundswell of support for public sector unions, even as people feel a connection to public sector employees. The reason is that not much really has changed for public sector employees or the public, other than putting Wisconsin’s ship of state on a proper fiscal course.
Wisconsin has been a devastating blow to public sector union power and pocketbooks, but it was not a blow to public sector employees whose jobs now are more secure because layoffs will not be needed to balance the budget.
In a few days or weeks, even with the recall efforts by national unions and Democratic groups, the nation will have moved on …
to the possible government shutdown in Washington, D.C., budget crises in multiple other states, more controntations between Governors of each party and public sector unions, and so on.
The protesters will be bused elsewhere. The public sector employess will see more money in their paychecks.
There are hockey games to attend, snow to shovel, and a private sector economy to grow.