Look, I don’t think some of you are appreciating just how serious this Wisconsin situation could become.
Democrats are intentionally saying “fuck you” to the system, refusing to participate because they know they’re not going to get their way. On some abstract level, that is very much a similar action to anarchy or revolution.
Meanwhile, public unions are seeing the writing on the wall. If Wisconsin manages to get these initiatives passed, it will become a template for a national restructuring of the relationship between organized labor and government.
They are going to fight this tooth and nail; and the support will (and already has) come from across the reaches of the country.
The problem could also escalate and become far more serious when you understand that if unions strike nationwide, in support of the Wisconsin labor, then all branches of government could be at risk of shutting down.
If enough of them do, then you can also expect the lowest income brackets, now being utterly denied all the basic services they depend on, as opposed to merely cut backs in a few of them, to become most distempered.
Meanwhile, the counter protestors from the private sector have yet to materialize on scene.
That is when tensions might snap. Private sector employees, especially Teaparty groups, who already view the unions as an uncompromising threat, have been looking for a fight. And in Wisconsin, there are far more Teaparty activists than labor unions. I would not be surprised to see fights break out, as impatience degrades into anger.
Incidentally, I think this is going to be the end of the unions. Even on CNN, that liberal bastion, polling shows that more than half the population views unions unfavorably. The unions do not have support, and if they succeed in forcing their way, then it could actually be worse for them as the national temper flares.
However, the unions get that this is the end of the line and are not going down without a fight. They will risk everything on maintaining the legal authority to strike without repercussions. Failure to do so could see as much as a century before working conditions stress people enough to offer the opportunity to re-unionize.
The point is, this is like an unstoppable force meeting and immovable object. If the markets are going to retrace, this could be the kindling.
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