"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Why Walker Will Win, and Should Win

If you needed any more reason to back Scott Walker in the June 5th recall election here in Wisconsin, consider this:

The UW's Teaching Assistants' Association (TAA) has declined to endorse Democratic challenger and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who faces Walker in the June 5 recall election....

"Through his use of Act 10 against the workers in Milwaukee [Barrett] has shown that he is not deserving of support of unions in Wisconsin," says Dan Suárez, a member of the TAA and a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at UW-Madison. Barrett made use of Walker's collective bargaining restrictions in Act 10 to increase pension and health care contributions for workers employed by the city of Milwaukee. Barrett has said he took those steps to avoid layoffs of public workers.

Without an endorsement, the TAA won't expend any of its volunteer or financial resources on electing Barrett, although individual members are still free to contribute as they wish.

"What this means for the TAA is that the conversation is going to shift back to how to meaningfully and effectively rebuild our membership [instead of wasting] time and money on supporting a candidate who doesn't care about us," says Suárez.

Consider how much of our nation's wealth is invested in purchasing useless college degrees in subjects like "sociology," degrees that do not prepare a young person to do anything other than complain about how people who supposedly aren't as smart as he or she is make more money.   Consider what a dying business model the traditional college is... as I've said before on this blog, right now you can get a first-rate education for free online if you're willing to spend, oh, about ten minutes coming up with a curriculum and then put in the time studying on your own.   In ten years the idea of having a "campus" with a "faculty" and "lectures" will seem quaint... they are the buggy-whip manufacturers of education.

Now consider the notion of a sociology graduate student and TA being a member of a freakin' union!

Because that's the kind of  nonsense Madison liberals stand for, and because everyone else in Wisconsin knows it... that's why Walker will win, and should win.

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