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Posted at 4:26 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Reconciliation

By Ezra Klein

Recap: Wisconsin is about power; why unions care about Medicaid; and are Republicans overreaching or just negotiating effectively?

Elsewhere:

1) Has Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker moved the conversation from what unions have done wrong to what unions have done right?

2) Why Hollywood is terrible.

3) Where the female bylines are.

4) I'll be talking Wisconsin and related issues on "The Rachel Maddow Show" tonight.

By Ezra Klein  | February 22, 2011; 4:26 PM ET
 
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Comments

--*Wisconsin is about power*--

Lemme guess: Klein comes down on the side of *government* power.

Am I right?

Posted by: msoja | February 22, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Ezra, it’s all about power; money too (looking at you, Koch bros.). But whither Walker’s threat to fire public employees if HIS budget / union busting is not passed? How does firing people win voters over to his side?

Posted by: deconstructiva | February 23, 2011 1:06 AM | Report abuse

If tax cuts to the Rich and Businesses creates jobs, THEN WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

Gov. Christie, Gov. Walker and the GOP Party are drones motivated by money and power with absolutely no Heart and Compassion for the people who work hard everyday for a living. They are no better than dictators or a Hitler. Hitler did the same thing in May of 1933, which is to jail union members and abolish Unions.

These acts are how democracy dies and a tolitarian society is born.

Posted by: wdsoulplane | February 23, 2011 5:06 AM | Report abuse

This is part of a concerted nationwide attack by Republicans on workers' bargaining rights, a direct attack on the middle class. The Republicans will not be happy until every worker is homeless and on food stamps. Fight the governor to the death. Mark Montgomery NYC, NY boboberg@nyc.rr.com

Posted by: boboberg | February 23, 2011 6:04 AM | Report abuse

--*The Republicans will not be happy until every worker is homeless and on food stamps.*--

Exactly. Those Republicans have been promoting the welfare state for *ever*.

Posted by: msoja | February 23, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relations and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government. The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to obstruct the operations of government until their demands are satisfied. Such action looking toward the paralysis of government by those who have sworn to support it is unthinkable and intolerable.

Posted by: illogicbuster | February 23, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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