So when Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi struck down Scott Walker’s ‘Budget Repair Bill’ which would limit the collective bargaining rights of all Wisconsin unions, I was furious. Convinced that an activist judge was attempting to create, or in this case, thwart law, I decided to actually read the official judgement and court finding papers. Well! What a surprise! I am a fair person. So I can’t ignore the following conclusions:
1) It is absolutely clear that Scott Walker and the Republican legislature broke the law when signing the “Budget Repair Bill”. They used sneaky tactics, such as using a tiny room that couldn’t accommodate the public. They purposely had too few security officers there to man both doors of the buildings, thus forcing the closure of one. They enforced screening at the one door and an additional one at the top of the stairs. They didn’t post even a two hour notice to the public, let alone the 24 hour notice normally required. They lied & said there was no more seating for the public, though there were open seats. They ‘closed’ the building at 6pm and forced the public out of the building and then held their meetings after 6. Basically, they broke their own rules!
Whatever happened to honor? This is not ok under any circumstance and embarrasses me, a conservative, to no end. What if a liberal legislature was allowed to do this to us? (oh yeah, they already did- when Congress passed Obama care unconstitutionally)! Walker should have had the courage to conduct his business, shouting over the mouth frothers if necessary, in public, in honor, and in a way that could make his supporters proud. All violent protesters could have been booted. Instead, he sneaked around getting signatures in dark hallways, lied and schemed in a way not worthy of any governor.
Further, you know how the conservative press keeps saying that the only limits being put on unions were ending their collective bargaining rights on issues other than pay- that the focus was on teacher performance? Welllll, true and not true. Walker’s bill actually states that it will end bargaining for pensions, sick days & vacation. To me, those are fine (as long as pensions remain reasonable and sustainable). What I don’t like is how the unions refuse to fire poor performers. Also, how they enforce (on us, the public), their belief that time served =job security=higher pay. The newbies can’t get the money they deserve and thus, we can’t attract real, young talent we so desperately need in our schools. Also, I can’t stand how they strike, like little babies, over small matters. It is curbs on those things that I want.
Fellow Americans, I feel a little dirty on this one. I feel manipulated. How about you?