Some of the message coming from various Republicans lately is that the public employee unions give the Democratic Party an edge since the Democrats are supposedly happy to give the unions whatever they want and then the unions provide the dollars and the votes to elect the Democrats. A fine circle of back scratching.
In the first place, if this was such an effective dynamic, how did a Republican get elected to the Wisconsin governorship? Why are there any Republican office holders anywhere? And, why is it that
over the last fifteen years the pay of public-sector workers, including teachers, has dropped relative to private-sector employees with the same level of education — even including health and retirement benefits.
(Yes, I just used that a couple of posts previously…)
I suppose it is all hunky dory that big business and the wealthy give loads of cash to Republicans who vote to give them tax deductions and tax cuts, and to ease the regulatory burden. It is so much easier to make money when one is free to pollute the environment, treat employees as expendable assets, and customers as people to swindle.