By Dan Perin
Governor Scott Walker’s brazen attempt to foil the “open meetings” rule by passing the ban on public workers collective bargaining rights in the dark of night has met its first legal challenge.
Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order Friday barring the publication of the controversial law. That gives opponents of the law some breathing room to marshal their next efforts to permanently prevent it from taking effect. So the fight is not over and needs the continued support of those who oppose the manner in which not only Governor Walker, but Republican governors in other states, are attempting to sidetrack any social issue that gives middle class Americans a hand up toward realizing their dreams of a life of dignity and financial security. (See: Here)
The reason this is an important issue is that it affects those well beyond Wisconsin’s borders. It is representative of the broad Republican political policy to take from the poor and give to the rich. Whatever happened to their crying about jobs? It was nothing but “Yak, yak, yak,” a meaningless jabber to confuse the voters into thinking they would actually do something about jobs if they were elected in the 2010 vote. What they are doing is scuttling worker’s rights and pushing the kind of budget cuts that affect the lowest wage earners while giving more tax breaks to their business friends.
See the Congressional Budget Office report on Republican economic policy (here).
We urge you to pay attention to what is going on in your state, your community. Inform yourself on the issues and vote your conscience one way or the other, but know what you are doing.