Didn’t Democrats dismiss the Tea Party as a temporary bump on the long road of politics? Harry Reid said grassroots conservatism would disappear quickly.
Saturday’s Tea Party rally in Madison in support of Governor Scott Walker indicates otherwise. Thousands showed up to voice approval of responsible budgeting to bring Wisconsin’s red ink under control, including the reasonable reduction of benefits to union members. Many taxpayers are sick of being hosed by public employee unions.
Interestingly, the quintessential liberal, Franklin D. Roosevelt, thought public employee unions were a bad idea:
FDR’s Ghost Is Smiling on Wisconsin’s Governor, Real Clear Politics, February 19, 2011
“The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service,” Roosevelt wrote in 1937 to the National Federation of Federal Employees. Yes, public workers may demand fair treatment, wrote Roosevelt. But, he wrote, “I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place” in the public sector. “A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government.
One of the speakers was businessman, radio host and possible Presidential candidate Herman Cain:
Here’s Andrew Breitbart with a few remarks: