A Victory for Self-Government is subtitled 'In Wisconsin, voters defeat a campaign of union revenge:'
"The resounding failure by unions and Democrats to recall Wisconsin
Governor Scott Walker on Tuesday is a significant moment for democratic
self-government. It shows that an aroused electorate can defeat a
furious and well-fed special interest that wants a permanent, monopoly
claim on taxpayer wallets.
The crisis unfolding in Europe is less about the euro than it is
about whether the union-dominated entitlement state can reform so it can
pay its bills. In Wisconsin as in Greece and France, unions and the
political left were trying to demonstrate that power and privileges once
granted are eternal. They wanted to run Mr. Walker out of Madison as an
object lesson that trying to limit collective bargaining and mandatory
dues collection for government unions will end your political career.
One of the stranger analyses of the
Wisconsin brawl has been that it could have been avoided if only Mr.
Walker had sought "consensus." We're all in this together, yada, yada.
Tell that to Governor John Kasich, who passed similar reforms in Ohio to
much less fanfare, only to see unions use a referendum last year to
repeal his collective-bargaining changes. Public unions are never going
to cede their dominance over taxpayers without a fight.
worth recalling how brutally they fought. They occupied the state
capital for weeks. They harassed GOP lawmakers and their families, tried
to recall state Senators and defeat a conservative Supreme Court judge,
while Democratic lawmakers abdicated their legislative duty by fleeing
the state. They lost in the end because Mr. Walker and Republicans rode
out the storm, passed their reforms, and are now able to show Wisconsin
voters the beneficial results.
The longer-term impact of Mr. Walker's vindication will depend on the
lesson other political leaders take from it. Some 30 states allow
collective bargaining for public unions, and removing that power is the
kind of core reform that makes spending control, school choice and
property-tax reductions easier. It should be a major goal of reformers
who want to limit the size of government."
It's all about the public sector big union dominated entitlement state versus the taxpayer-in-charge subsidiarity mind-set.
Subsidiarity simply means that work is always best accomplished at the lowest level of competent authority.
Decentralizing as much as possible should always be the main idea behind how work is organized and responsibilities are apportioned.
In that regard, big centralized unions are a negative force for those they represent, as well as the general public.
As a result, they now appear to be losing some of their former appeal to public sector workers.
They've already lost much of their appeal to the general public.
But there's an even bigger lesson to be learned from the Wisconsin recall vote than the one about big unions.
We the People need to "think small" with respect to self governance, competence, decentralization and the blessings of liberty.
As we think individually and think self reliance,We the People will make our own decisions better than anybody else can make them for us.
We must trust ourselves and each other to do what's right and not delegate those decisions to large and impersonal institutions of any kind.
Hopefully, someday soon the days of "bigness" will be replaced with the days of emphasizing smallness and individual freedom of choice.
Big unions, big government, big school districts, and even many big corporations need to be viewed as problems needing solutions.
If scale or bigness brought about efficiency or effectiveness, the federal government's bureaucracy would be a model thereof. Instead it's a model of waste and consists of government knows best big spenders of OPM.
Big unions are a lot like big government. In both cases, leadership has lost touch with reality.
Somewhere along the way we've apparently forgotten about those simple yet profound concepts of entrepreneurship and simplicity, local control as preferable to centralization, and the power of MOM thinking as superior to the impersonal and institutional mind-set of OPM.
It's an appropriate and necessary time to embrace self reliance, and yesterday Wisconsin voters led the way by refusing to blindly follow the lead of big public sector unions.
So when in doubt about how to organize the work that needs doing, let's "recall" the word subsidiarity, and then proceed accordingly.