what is really happening in Wisconsin

Paul Krugman

a short excerpt from Dr. Krugman’s op-ed.

(…)  For what’s happening in Wisconsin isn’t about the state budget, despite Mr. Walker’s pretense that he’s just trying to be fiscally responsible. It is, instead, about power. What Mr. Walker and his backers are trying to do is to make Wisconsin — and eventually, America — less of a functioning democracy and more of a third-world-style oligarchy. And that’s why anyone who believes that we need some counterweight to the political power of big money should be on the demonstrators’ side.


via Wisconsin Power Play – NYTimes.com.


7 thoughts on “what is really happening in Wisconsin

  1. This is VERY interesting, given today’s Times led off with a story in which most of the people interviewed said they were against the protests/public sector unions. Economists and scholars in labor issues keep pointing out that Wisconsin’s budget woes aren’t as bad as many other states (e.g. California) and there are no economic benefits in forcing public employees to give up or receive fewer benefits; yet there seems to be this perception that the protesters and state spending are “out of control.”

    The protesters have been calling the governor Scott Mubarak. Let’s just hope Gov. Mubarak doesn’t follow through on his threat and sic the National Guard on the protesters.

  2. Thanks for posting this. There is so much misinformation about what is going on here. Dr. Krugman does an excellent job of summing up what is at stake.

  3. In general, I am not pro-union. I mean, I’m pro-worker, and pro-protection from corporate abuse, but some union tactics are a little too bullying for my blood. And as far as I’m concerned, some of the really big unions have become nothing more than corrupt corporations themselves.


    I saw a headline this morning that I found a little disturbing.

    It was on the elevator, and it had no other info. And I’m on the elevator for about 8 seconds anyway, so I wouldn’t have had time to read it, even if it had.

    But it said “Pro union website blocked.”

    Excuse me?!?

    I don’t remember emigrating to communist China. Did I miss something?

    • It’s outrageous but true. The gov. blocked one of the major websites that people were using to organize protests around the capitol. when it gained national attention, he restored access. Basically, access was cut off for people using the capitol’s visitor wifi, which until his interference was free and accessible to everyone. I don’t know if access to other sites was blocked as well.

  4. Krugman is a far, far left hack of an economist who ignores the facts of history.

    Why isn’t anyone mentioning that 24 STATES BAN public sector unions already? Up until the 1970’s most of the states did. The feds didn’t allow it until JFK.

    The reason: they hold the state and the feds hostage and bankrupt them. There is no good faith negotiating. The negotiations are on sided between the unions and the politicians funded by unions; all bargaining with OUR money. NO accountability.

    There is a reason almost every founding father to a man was against social spending.

    “In 2009, the federal government spent 62% of its finances on housing and community services, welfare and social services, recreation and culture, health, education, retirement benefits, disability benefits and unemployment benefits. Yet, the father of the Constitution and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence considered such expenditures to be outside the bounds of federal power. ” justfacts.com

    It is a budget crunch. Krugman just believes the government should be the main provider for all

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