Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Is Faking Fiscal Problems To Bust Unions

scott walkerThis is what Republicans basically believe, they’re just generally not as blatant as Walker with this.

Unlike true austerity measures — service rollbacks, furloughs, and other temporary measures that cause pain but save money — rolling back worker’s bargaining rights by itself saves almost nothing on its own. But Walker’s doing it anyhow, to knock down a barrier and allow him to cut state employee benefits immediately.

Furthermore, this broadside comes less than a month after the state’s fiscal bureau — the Wisconsin equivalent of the Congressional Budget Office — concluded that Wisconsin isn’t even in need of austerity measures, and could conclude the fiscal year with a surplus. In fact, they say that the current budget shortfall is a direct result of tax cut policies Walker enacted in his first days in office.

God forbid Walker win this fight, other right-wing governors will try even harder to copy this plan to destroy unions.