Local bloggers the Blogfather and RWF are crowing about Scott Walker's win in Wisconsin. The Citizen's United decision opened the spigot for outside and anonymous money that may have swung the election.
CBS: According to the Center for Public Integrity, candidates and outside groups spent in excess of $63 million on the recall election - an enormous figure that easily breaks the previous record of $37.4 million (set in the 2010 gubernatorial contest) for spending in a Wisconsin election. According to the New York Times, Walker and his Republican allies spent $45.6 million on the race as of May 21, while Barrett and his allies have spent $17.9 million.
Mark and Aggie are celebrating a defeat for the unions involved. Maybe the people who ask why do those people have protections and benefits that I don't have should ask why don't I?
This thing started as a fight about union rights.
What Have Unions Done for America?
- End child labor
- 8 hour work day
- 40 hour work week
- Paid Overtime
- Weekends (yes, they didn't exist as days off before unions)
- Workers compensation for people injured on the job
- Unemployment insurance
- Paid sick leave, vacations, and holidays as standard benefits for most workers
- Health Insurance for many workers
- Pensions or 401Ks for many workers
- Improve workplace safety and reduce on the job fatalities
- Pushed for Civil Right Acts and Title VII which outlaws job discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin
- Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Family Medical Leave Act
- Push for livable minimum wage