Read this article about Wisconsin
25,000 people protested at the capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin. The protesters were gathering in an attempt so show disapproval with the new governor of Wisconsin's plan to change collective bargaining rights of public employees. In effect, he would be breaking up unions, and decreasing their ability to negotiate with the people they work for. This is part of the plan to reduce the deficit in Wisconsin.
I am interested in seeing how this plays out in Wisconsin, because I think it will influence other state's budget decisions. I think unions are an important force in any industry, and throughout history they have represented the middle class- people who are struggling to keep their head above the water as it is. Although I do believe that we need to face the budget defecit, I hardly think challenging unions was a good idea on the Governors part. The idea of challenging unions seems silly, they know how to organize and they represent thousands of middle class jobs...it just seems like a recipe for a giant protest on the capital, especially in Madison - with the University of Wisconsin and thousands of students and teachers present. I wish that our government could come up with answers that don't strangle the middle class, because they are essentially what keeps our country running.
Here is a quote from the article I liked:
But Wisconsin's greatest governor, Robert M. La Follette, declared: ""We have long rested comfortably in this country upon the assumption that because our form of government was democratic, it was therefore automatically producing democratic results. Now, there is nothing mysteriously potent about the forms and names of democratic institutions that should make them self-operative. Tyranny and oppression are just as possible under democratic forms as under any other. We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle. It is only as those of every generation who love democracy resist with all their might the encroachments of its enemies that the ideals of representative government can even be nearly approximated."