I’m used to a lot of dirty tricks from politicians, but this is pretty shameless:

Wisconsin’s new Republican governor has framed his assault on public worker’s collective bargaining rights as a needed measure of fiscal austerity during tough times.

The reality is radically different. Unlike true austerity measures — service rollbacks, furloughs, and other temporary measures that cause pain but save money — rolling back worker’s bargaining rights by itself saves almost nothing on its own. But Walker’s doing it anyhow, to knock down a barrier and allow him to cut state employee benefits immediately.

Furthermore, this broadside comes less than a month after the state’s fiscal bureau — the Wisconsin equivalent of the Congressional Budget Office — concluded that Wisconsin isn’t even in need of austerity measures, and could conclude the fiscal year with a surplus. In fact, they say that the current budget shortfall is a direct result of tax cut policies Walker enacted in his first days in office.

Nothing like a ginned up crisis to create a handy opportunity to get your way.

Come to think of it, doesn’t this sound like what the Republicans in Congress did under George W.?  Run up trillions of dollars in debt and then turn around and start screaming about how America is on the brink of financial collapse?  Say what you want about them, they’re pretty crafty.

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  2. Schu says:

    First you create a problem, then you use the problem to attack the opposition with.

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