Last week, Cairo. This week, Madison, Wisconsin.
The crowds in the streets of Madison this week weren’t as big, but – like the protestors in Cairo – they turned out to fight for freedom. In their case, the freedom of public employees to exercise their constitutional rights, including the right to join a union and enter into collective bargaining.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is trying to destroy public sector unions. And he’s not the only one. Other Republican governors – Chris Christie in New Jersey, John Kasich in Ohio, and Rick Scott in Florida – are trying to do the same thing.
For the same reason. Because they’re broke. And the only they can fix their budget problems, they say, is to cut the salaries and cancel the pensions of cops, firefighters, nurses, teachers, sanitation workers, home health care providers and other government employees.
Which is nonsense. Those states may have budget problems, but they’re not caused by a secretary making $35,000 a year and retiring after 30 years with a $19,000 pension.
Republican governors all over the country have declared war on unions.
We have to fight them, just like they did in Cairo. Take to the streets!
That’s my parting shot for today.