The governor of Wisconsin is back in the news this week with new attacks planned on public safety workers’ collective bargaining rights – and this time he’s urging other states to follow his lead. Gov. Scott Walker is poised to extend the provisions of Act 10 to police officers and firefighters — two groups that had largely been spared, for obvious reasons, in his first go-round at the state’s public sector unions. But, now that they’ve been properly patsied to serve his own devices, it’s their turn.
Walker boasts that his policies should act as a model for Michigan and the nation, and that Detroit simply wouldn’t be in bankruptcy if it had been under his leadership. In an address given at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the Governmental Research Association, the governor dialed up the hubris to elephant-ball maximum, rivaling even that of Anthony Weiner. Walker told the crowd:
“The position I pushed is not unlike the principle that Franklin Delano Roosevelt — not exactly a conservative — pushed as well when it came to public sector collective bargaining.He felt that there wasn’t a need in the public sector to have collective bargaining because the government is the people. We are the people. And so what we’ve done is to be able to empower our great employees, to affirm them.”
Yup, FDR. This is not the first time Walker has flattered himself with that inappropriate comparison. Two years ago, he recorded his own “fireside chat” in which he explained that he was destroying public sector unions for their own good — Ooops, sorry guys, had to be done. More…