Yeah, this makes no sense at all.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday called on 14 Democratic state senators who left the state rather than vote on a bill that takes away collective bargaining rights for state workers to come back to work.
“They’ve got to come to Wisconsin, do the job that they were elected to do, do the job that they’re paid to do,” Walker said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“If they want to do that, we will sit down and talk to them. But the bottom line is we can’t negotiate over a budget because we are broke and we need the money.”
Walker said the state is trying to balance its budget and “there really is no room to negotiate” because of the state’s $3.6 billion deficit.
First of all, the shortfall this year is $137 million. And the $3.6B deficit for 2011-2013 was exacerbated by three tax cuts Walker wanted — and he wants more.
Besides, “we’re broke because I refuse to raise taxes” is not the same thing was “we’re broke” — and “we can’t negotiate this year because we’re out of money” is not the same thing as “we can’t negotiate ever again.”
Taking away labor’s right to collective bargaining because of a budget shortfall is like invading Iraq in response to 9/11. It’s a right-wing non sequitur.