Wisconsin union fight not over
Volunteers worked the phones in an office a block from the Capitol, where a day before, about 100,000 people protested a law signed by Walker to curtail collective-bargaining rights for 175,000 public employees statewide.Dilute the impact of organized labor's impact on elections. Bingo! Union labor is a substantial minority compared to the rest of us working in the real world. Why should they get a bigger voice than the majority? While they are out campaigning for the rest of us to be stuck with Obamacare, they get exemptions and get to keep their gold plated plans. They don't even have a dog in the Obamacare fight but they are out actively pushing Obama's Health care agenda on the rest of us.
Republicans say the move is necessary to rein in government spending; foes say it is an effort to break organized labor's back and dilute its impact on elections.
•Wisconsin. The state doesn't permit ballot issues. Constitutional amendments require approval from two successive legislatures before going to voters.They will need more than 540,000 signatures. Good luck with that. If they get more than 175,000 real signatures I'll be shocked. They will have to fake the rest. It will be a healthy exercise for the unions to see how out of touch they are with true middle America. Not that it will matter.
The state allows recall efforts to start a year after a person is elected. Eight Democrats and eight Republicans are currently eligible to be recalled. The process is tough. Recall petitions need signatures equal to 25% of the votes cast in the last governor's election in the district — a high hurdle but achievable for such an emotional issue.