So, taking collective bargaining rights away from public employees seems to be a pretty popular pastime for Republicans in the Midwest lately, doesn't it? With so much media heat on the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, it's easy to not notice that pretty much the same (or worse) is also happening in Republican-dominated Iowa, Michigan, Idaho, Indiana and Ohio. (I would like to take this moment to remind you that liberals are destroying the fabric of this country. Thank you.)
How is a decent human beings supposed to respond to this? Well, despondency is one option. (And I have a feeling it's going to be a popular one.) But, also, hope? Maybe some optimism? Sounds crazy, but some people are actually choosing to go that way. Like, for example, in Ohio where there's some speculation that today's bitter pill is maybe tomorrow's ice cream…
Labor is planning to launch a repeal referendum against the bill, and Republicans stand a better chance of defeating such a measure if it makes the ballot in 2011 instead of 2012.
Labor groups privately admit they'd rather vote on a repeal in November 2012 to take advantage of a more Democratic-leaning electorate and potentially help Obama's reelection prospects…
Another potential beneficiary of a 2012 referendum would be Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who is likely to face a tough reelection race next year. Brown has repeatedly spoken out for state workers over the past several weeks and has been dispatching staffers to labor rallies in Ohio.
This is, of course, assuming that the Koch brothers don't decide to privatize the election process between now and then. I have a feeling we could be looking at a President Angel Soft Toilet Paper in a few years time.
Tags: Barack Obama, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Senate, Sherrod Brown, Unions, Wisconsin