What in the name of grilled Cheezus is going on in Massachusetts?
In a clear betrayal of their base and one of the Democratic Party's major backers, the Democrat-led Massachusetts House voted to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights with a vote of 157 to 1.
Just to be clear: the same action that HRM Scott Walker I of Wisconsistan took that resulted in protests crippling his government and perpetrated by Republicans on hardworking Americans in that state just got pulled off without a hitch in one of the most liberal (and thus, one would think, pro-labor) states in the Union. While it still needs to be passed in the Senate and approved by the governor to become law, this is a shocking turn of events.
"'These are the same Democrats that all these labor unions elected,' Massachusetts AFL-CIO president Robert J. Haynes said in a media advisory. 'The same Democrats who we contributed to in their campaigns. The same Democrats who tell us over and over again that they’re with us, that they believe in collective bargaining, that they believe in unions.'"
Wow. Rough week.