In a brief meeting that lasted barely five minutes, Wisconsin Republicans appear to have jammed through the union-busting, anti-collective-bargaining provision that has been the focus of the protests and political turmoil in the state for the past month.
Here, as best we understand it, is what just happened:
The Republican leadership convened a special conference committee late in the day to take up the collective bargaining provision only, separate and apart from the budget bill it was a part of. By a vote of 4-2, the conference committee just approved sending the union-related provisions alone to the floor of each chamber.
And here's the key part: Because it's no longer part of a budget bill, the collective bargaining provision can now get a final vote in the Senate with or without the Senate Democrats who fled the state to deny Republicans a quorum. It renders their protest-by-absence moot.
Jude's in the Capitol, so follow him here. I hope this doesn't send things south, but honestly? I mean, tell me what to say here. Tell me what words to give you because I've got nothing.
So much for Fitzgerald's promises in general, and the word of anybody, and fuck all these people. I wish I had something more articulate right now, but they're bastards, and not that we didn't know this, but just keep it in mind in the future. They're bastards. That's what they are, and they should never, ever, be able to kid anybody that this is any different.
Let me ask, though, if everything's solved now. If everything's fixed. If everybody's gonna be rich now, and nobody's going to have to worry, and we're all gonna be okay. Because the way they sold this, the way they did this, if you're gonna play that card you better have everything on the table. Don't do it for nothing. Don't do it to win one hand. You'd better be damn sure you're gonna take it all, you're gonna do this.
So tomorrow, probably, or the day after, Wisconsin should be rich. Manufacturing jobs should come back by the score. Those schoolteachers, now that they know their places, will begin turning out class after class of geniuses, unburdened by union thuggery and other such nonsense. Every public worker will now work twice as hard, since the distractions of dignity and decency have been taken away. Once you slash everybody's salaries and make everybody beg, each on his own, Wisconsin can just settle down and start kicking all the unkicked ass that's just been waiting for precisely this solution.
And if that isn't the case? Well, then I guess we have some questions to ask. I guess we have some discussions to have, about what happens when you promise you need something to get things done, and those things don't get done. I guess we have some motherfucking petitions to sign, and you bet your bottom dollar every dollar I can spare is going to those folks, and I'll be raising money every which way until you all are sick and tired of being bothered, because you know and I know that this isn't going to do a damn thing to fix any of the problems that exist.
But hey, the Republicans won, so I guess that should make all the unemployed feel warm and cozy at night.