Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is playing hardball. On Meet the Press, he defended himself:
Wisconsin is “broke,” and unions use their power to block necessary cost-saving measures, Walker said.
“It’s about time somebody stood up and told the truth in this state, and said, ‘Here’s our problem, here’s the solution,’ and acted on it,” he said.
But how sensible is his proposal to remove collective bargaining regarding benefits for most public employee unions? As everyone points out, the unions are agreeing to his other proposals, such as paying for more of their insurance than before.
Why is he being so unreasonable, so “arrogant”?
Last Sunday, I considered the whys on Townhall. Contracts with public employees are completely out of whack because compensation is negotiated outside market competition and by politicians more afraid of the political clout of the powerful unions than their principals (the taxpayers) whose money they’re spending. So, wage rates and especially promises of future medical and pension benefits are sky high and open to abuse.
The union reps can’t be trusted, either. So honed to getting the most for union members (their principals), their monomaniacal purpose washes away every other thought. Now that the corner they’ve shoved the state into has been made apparent, they’ll concede points, sure. But taking away bargaining leverage?
No way. They want to be able to do it all over, when good times roll.
And that is why Gov. Walker’s proposal seems so sound.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.