Just moments ago came excellent news from the state of Wisconsin. Republicans passed a law greatly restricting collective bargaining of public unions.

In a legislative maneuver to outflank Democrats cowardly hiding in Illinois, Republicans stripped the legislation of all budgetary items. As a result, a quorum of senate members need not be present to vote and the bill sailed through.

CNN Politics has the full story and a video in Wisconsin Senate passes union limits despite Democratic walkout

Wisconsin’s Republican-led state Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees Wednesday, getting around a Democratic walkout by stripping financial provisions from the bill.

“Tonight, the Senate will be passing the items in the Budget Repair Bill that we can with the 19 members who actually do show up and do their jobs,” Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, the chamber’s Republican majority leader, said in a statement announcing the move.

The Senate’s 14 Democrats had fled to Illinois to prevent the chamber from attaining a quorum and passing the collective bargaining measures, which they have called an unnecessary attack on the rights of public employees. Republicans were able to move ahead by voting only on the non-financial aspects of Walker’s proposed bill, which requires fewer members for a quorum.

“The Senate Democrats have had three weeks to debate this bill and were offered repeated opportunities to come home, which they refused,” Walker said in a statement on the vote. “In order to move the state forward, I applaud the Legislature’s action today to stand up to the status quo and take a step in the right direction to balance the budget and reform government.”

Sen. Mark Miller, the Democratic Senate leader, said Republicans “conspired to take government away from the people.”

“In thirty minutes, 18 state senators undid 50 years of civil rights in Wisconsin,” Miller said in a statement condemning the vote. “Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten.”

Major Step Taken to Abolish Union Slavery

I commend governor Walker, the Wisconsin senate, and everyone brave enough to tell public unions to “go to hell”

Indeed it takes bravery because of coercion, thuggery, vote buying, and extortion by public unions. Regardless of Walker’s motivation, abolition of slavery is always and everywhere a tremendous idea.

In case you do not understand how votes for collective bargaining is a vote for slavery, please read Paul Krugman, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, others, Ignore Extortion, Bribery, Coercion, and Slavery; No One Should Own You!

Congratulations to Governor Walker, the state of Wisconsin, and to all the partially freed slaves for this major step in the right direction. More work remains.

Please send this link to Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher because both are hopelessly ignorant as to what this bill is really about.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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