cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
It is interesting to see the very open, and some would say blatant, attempt by major unions in Wisconsin to hand-pick their candidate to go against Scott Walker in the almost certain recall election to come. It is very simple really; either you pledge to veto any budget that doesn't restore full union rights or you run the state without a new budget. There is no inbetween; no 'ifs, ands or buts' as it were.
Very clear cut. No doubts would exist under this pledge. To their credit, no potential Democrat candidates for Governor have agreed to this demand with the exception of one...Kathleen Falk, the former Dane County Executive. She enthusiastically accepted this demand and proceeded to travel the state to appear with union bosses announcing her candidacy.
It seemed appropriate that she would appear in a conference room at the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) surrounded by union leaders, to make her Milwaukee announcement. MATC has proved very adept at spending public money and at raising our taxes in the process.
On the one hand, I have to applaud the union leaders' approach. They are not trying to conceal their goals with some flowery appeal to fair play, etc. They want their power back and they are very much willing to do whatever it takes from their perspective to make that happen. If that were to happen, and if there were a budget stand-off, then the current budget would continue to be in force. That would, of course, presume that the Democrats hadn't managed to replace enough Republicans to have the numbers required to overrule a veto by the Governor, presuming Walker survives the recall election.
We can see the issue from the union perspective a bit more clearly. They appear to really subscribe to the 'do or die' finality that they either recover their power this time around or give it up for a long time to come.
In Texas Hold 'em parlance, they appear to be going 'all in'.