In the wake of the second successful election of Scott Walker in two years, these fine, upstanding Democrats turned to issuing death threats:
Many of the threatening messages were posted on Twitter. One user tweeted, "Scott Walker must die." Another said, "Someone in the NRA should shoot Scott Walker in the head." Yet another tweet read, "Scott Walker will die within the next week. I've already paid for the hit."
As they're finding out, the police tend to take that sort of thing rather seriously.
And their good friends in the "occupie" crowd seem pleased as well, as the failed recall effort has given them a perfect excuse to riot in Milwaukee. Not that they ever need much.
The elections in San Diego and San Jose differed markedly from from the unnecessary Wisconsin battles, however: in California, voters essentially required - and by large margins - that their public employee unions be shifted, almost overnight, from a defined-benefit pension to a defined-contribution plan, along the lines of of a standard 401(k). That was a huge loss for the unions, which they are unsurprisingly taking to court.
But the moves that Governor Walker implemented in Wisconsin were essentially a one-two knockout punch:
Wisconsin public employee unions are now required to get the consent of their members to exist on an annual basis, and they no longer have the government collecting their dues for them. The effect of these two changes has been to have most public employee unions in the state decertify because they can’t get a majority of their members to rejoin voluntarily, and those same public employees are significantly less likely to write a monthly check for their dues rather than having it automatically deducted.
These two changes transform public employee unions to voluntary organizations rather than ones that throw their weight around using compulsory membership and dues. Needless to say, without forced-dues money coming into their coffers, a group like AFSCME will not have the $87.5 million it reported spending to elect Democrats in 2010. Incredibly, the head of the union bragged that it was the “big dog” in the elections of 2010.
They aren't going to be the "big dog" much longer, and it's a change that's long overdue.