What Governor Scott Walker isn't mentioning is that less than two weeks into his term as Wisconsin's governor, he pushed through $117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP. There is your "budget crisis."
If Scott Walker wins his fight in Wisconsin, it is almost certain that some of 36 other states which currently allow collective bargaining for public sector workers will try to follow suit and restrict collective bargaining for public employee unions.
While political leaders try to find scapegoats to deflect blame for our problems, the American people are ultimately smarter than that. They want and are responsive to compelling solutions to unemployment and economic insecurity.
Efforts at union busting and eliminating the right of government workers to organize will not lead to a more constructive discussion of the need for change in this century. Instead we will see further polarization and continued conflict.
The Wisconsin protests have never been about the money. It's about the politics, about the representation and about the duty that public officials have to treat their constituents who are taxpayers with a minimal degree of respect.
The American Dream has been made possible by the strength of the American labor movement. The people of Wisconsin are making history by drawing a serious line in the sand against unbridled corporate power.