Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wisconsin: Democrats on the lam

MADISON, Wis. — Debate in the State Senate over Wisconsin’s controversial bill to cut collective bargaining rights for public workers ended, at least temporarily, on Thursday morning before it began. As the session was due to begin, Democrats failed to appear in the chamber, leaving the body without a quorum and leading the Republicans to send capitol officials in search of the Democrats.

By noon, Ted Blazel, the sergeant-at-arms, began making his way through the Capitol building, packed with chanting protesters (elated at the development), in search of a Democrat — in offices, under desks, in corridors. “Nothing yet,” he said, his forehead drenched in sweat.

If none of the lawmakers were found in the building, the Wisconsin State Patrol would be assigned to begin searching for them elsewhere, said a Senate official.

Inside the Capitol, speculation swirled: Were the Democrats together somewhere, maybe even in another state by now?
Read the rest here.


The Archer of the Forest said...

I don't know what the Democrats were thinking on that one, but that creates a very, very dangerous precedent on many levels.

David said...

Finally they stand up for labor, Dems around the nation have been bought off by corporations, turning their back on weakening labor. The GOP could have had labor who's members in the Rust belt have conservative values and are pro-second amendment but instead it decided it never wants to win WI, OH, MI, or PA ever again in presidential elections.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

The whole premise of collective bargaining is the claimed disproportionate power of capital, hence, the need to cartelize "labor."

Government is not "capital" and collective bargaining privileges are antithetical to civil service.

The public employee unions will kill their egg-laying goose just like the autoworkers did, and there are too many such cases for Uncle Sugar to bail out now.