Deus Ex Machina

It appears that Scott Walker will survive the best efforts of the public sector unions to roll back his reforms.

In 1959 Wisconsin became the first state to allow collective bargaining by government employees. It appears it is now to be the first state to correct this disastrous mistake, which has led to the vicious circle of closed-shop mandatory unionization, compulsory dues collection, oversized campaign donations to politicians that promise to do the unions’ bidding and ludicrously excessive compensation and benefits for unionized government employees.

Having destroyed virtually every major unionized private sector industry, they may now be pulled back from the brink of destroying state and local government. The unions were mistakenly granted a monopoly where they could set any price they wanted, which they then exploited without any thought of service to the taxpayer or sustainability of their privileged position. Even FDR knew that public sector unions would be the death of the social welfare state he created. Hence, he always opposed allowing government employees to unionize. He was right to do so.

Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees.

A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.

— FDR

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