The Wisconsin Senate succeeded in voting Wednesday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, after Republicans outmaneuvered the chamber's missing Democrats and approved an explosive proposal that has rocked the state and unions nationwide.
All 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois nearly three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider Gov. Scott Walker's "budget-repair bill" — a proposal introduced to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.
The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measure that spends money. But Republicans on Wednesday took all the spending measures out of Walker's proposal and a special committee of lawmakers from both the Senate and Assembly approved the revised bill a short time later.
The unexpected yet surprisingly simple procedural move ended a stalemate that had threatened to drag on indefinitely. Until Wednesday's stunning vote, it appeared the standoff would persist until Democrats returned to Madison from their self-imposed exile.
It's just amazing. The sheer number of parallels boggles the mind as far as I'm concerned and I'm curious if other politicos and members of the commentariat have noticed the similarities. I haven't see any other posts or articles examining the similarities between the union bill and Obamacare but the link is almost blinding in it 1 to 1 correspondence. The only difference is that the two teams have switched sides with the republicans passing a bill over the objections of the minority while with Obamacare it was the reverse. Even the very arguments each side has made is exactly the same as the opposition in the other case. It's almost eerie and I think teaches a lot about politics and politicians. There really are no ethics or morals when it comes to this sort of thing. You feel justified in the actions you take and the arguments you make because it's your cause you're supporting while the exact same tactics in the hands of the opposition is abhorrent. Seldom has there been such a clear picture of hypocrisy laid bare for all to see.
All in all, because I see a lot more hippy commentary than conservative, I've been reveling in the indignant squawks of various liberals over the current turmoil. I find it hilarious that they don't see the irony and link to the fight over Obamacare. In my opinion, what's good for the goose has got to be good for the gander, right? I thought Obamacare was an asinine and profoundly cynical attempt by the dems to ram through legislation that a majority of americans clearly not want. It only seems fair that they should see the other side inflict the very same shenanigans back upon them. It'll take a while to see what public sentiment about the union bill settles down as, but the circle would truly be complete if it's negative yet all the republicans condescendingly argue that that's due to ignorance and soon the people will grow to love it once they learn more about it. I might just die laughing if that ends up being the case.