Union Bullies Shut Down Wisconsin Legislature

Wisconsin protestGovernment in Wisconsin, one probably has heard by now, is paralyzed. And the ultimate losers may be future generations of taxpayers. Last Thursday, February 17, up to 25,000 protestors, led by public-sector union officials, rallied in the state capital of Madison to intimidate legislators out of voting in favor of new Republican Governor Scott Walker’s budget austerity plan, which includes major concessions from unions. Demonstrators crammed the Capitol Building to give GOP lawmakers hell. Democratic state senators, knowing their absence would block a quorum for a vote, fled the state en masse. Two-fifths of Madison teachers called in sick, prompting school officials to cancel classes. Union leaders are threatening an illegal strike. The showdown may escalate given that over the weekend the crowd grew to nearly 70,000. Welcome to war.

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