Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Fox News Giddy Over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Union-Busting
Stuart Varney is getting tingles up his leg over the fact that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is ramming through legislation to strip Wisconsin workers of their bargaining rights. He's practically breaking open the champagne over it.
I guess he hasn't seen the images I'm seeing, of thousands gathered at the State Capitol in Wisconsin, protesting Walker's attempt to strip them of all bargaining rights. Meanwhile, Walker is doubling down on his promise to call out the National Guard if there's a walkout, while dismissing the protests.
Today is the second day of demonstrations. These people are not going anywhere. Scott Walker would do well to look at what happened in Egypt when the government dismissed protesters and threatened them. I am not saying he is the equivalent of Hosni Mubarak, but I am saying that when thousands gather outside your office to let you know they object to your strong-arm tactics, risking their health and possibly having to face down the National Guard, they're not doing it for fun and giggles. They're as serious as he is.
I highly recommend Talking Points Memo's wonderful slide show.
Update: Looks like Governor Walker has moved on to the negotiation stage of grief. Something tells me the protesters aren't going to accept any erosion of their right to bargain. Soon, anger. Then acceptance.