I found this comment on the Daily Caller fascinating:
I have looked at a lot of articles and posts about this latest “state of the unions”. Seldom do I see anybody from making any real points from a public employee’s point of view. There are plenty of ad hominem attacks and veiled (or overt) threats, but the most intelligent counterpoint to the common-sense stance that “public employee unions are out of control and something needs to be done” has been: “Without public employees, there would be no bridges or roads, FOOL!!!” Of course that is not true–I’m just saying that’s the most intelligible counterpoint that I have run across to date, and believe me, I have been trying to find something better than that.
I am a former public employee. I know for a fact, the pro-union stance has two things, and two things only, going for it:
1 Cooperate with us and like us you will soon become a rich fat slob while others around you are starving, and;
2 Cooperate with us or you will soon have our boot up your ass.
That’s all they’ve got; that’s the sum total of their argument. I learned that as a public employee, and I am somewhat gratified to see that the rest of non-unionized, non-entitled, America also can now see the truth of the matter.
They’re saying that they’re just “doing the same thing as the tea-partiers”–this is the EXACT OPPOSITE of what the tea-partiers are doing. The tea-partiers protest for adult accountability and responsibility. The unions are protesting because the tit is about to get yanked out their mouths.
Most public employees (with the exception of the commentor above) seem to be on the bandwagon of “Walker is the big, bad boogey man who wants to kill the working class in Wisconsin! Stop him!!!!!”
Working class? You’re working class? I’m more working class than you and I don’t get any of the perks you’re whining about losing. Give me one good reason why I should give a crap.
Every issue of my city newspaper is now rife with letters to the editor from people praising to the high heavens the Democrats who fled the state. “Thank you so much, Democrats! Thank you for running away so the bill will not pass!”
That’s one thing that gets a little lost in all of this. In a way, their strategy worked. We mock them for being AWOL runaways, but they’re probably quite proud of themselves. In their minds they’re being brave and noble, or something. Never in a million years can I picture a Republican Senate pulling the same trick, no matter what legislation was coming down the pipe. And now there are major Constitutional issues in play. I’ll talk about that aspect later.
And I’m very sad to say that my Republican assembly rep has voted against the bill. He says it just goes too far. I like the man. I’ve talked to him. But I’ll have to seriously consider whether I’ll vote for him again after this.
In good news, my Republican state senator is for it and has been holding meetings with the public in this area. That’s one thing I admire about him. There are a lot of hippies (Seriously, they moved here from California. Thanks, California.) and leftists around here, and he’s still not afraid to talk to them in a civil manner and voice his own perspective. Something that we lacked from the Democrats during the Tea Party protests when our national representatives hid. Running away seems to be the Democrat MO.Tweet