by D. Cupples | These days, fighting for the interests of folks who lack corporate-jet access seems about as fruitful as a jellyfish protesting the ocean that washed it ashore.
Yes, my mind is on Wisconsin, where the anti-middle-class governor and his Republican cohorts in the legislature have declared war on people who depend on regular paychecks.
Yesterday, it all seemed hopeless when Wisconsin officials passed the bill that stripped public employee unions of collective-bargaining rights.
But then something happened: a branch of M&I bank in Madison closed early after Joe Conway, a local Firefighters Union president, advised protesters to move their money out of that bank. (Apparently, M&I execs had contributed heavily to the anti-middle-class governor’s campaign, and M&I refused to publicly oppose state officials’ anti-middle-class stance.)
“The unions, which include the Wisconsin Professional Police Association and teachers unions in Madison and Green Bay, said they would also target other businesses whose employees donated to Walker [the anti-middle-class governor].”
That’s the answer: the power of the purse. It was money from anti-middle-class business folks that put anti-middle-class officials in office. And where did those business folks get their money (I mean, aside from fat government subsidies, loans, or contracts)?
Some of it came from middle-class folks, who spent part of their paychecks patronizing those businesses. And if middle-class folks start boycotting, those businesses will feel it.
Even without a boycott, businesses will suffer if anti-middle-class officials continue sucking dollars out of workers’ pockets. (If workers lack money, they can't support as many businesses, right?)
It’s a shame that so many folks are blind to the bigger picture. But then, blindness to reality is why our nation keeps Foxnewsing itself into crisis after crisis.
Addition: the Daily Chronicle states:
"...labor leaders say the events in Wisconsin have helped galvanize support for unions across the country, and they hope to use the momentum to help fight off the attacks and grow their membership.
"Said the president of the AFL-CIO: 'I guess I ought to say thank you particularly to Scott Walker [the anti-middle-class governor]. We should have invited him here today to receive the Mobilizer of the Year award from us!'"
Backlash can be satisfying. If you want to help the folks in Wisconsin, you can donate at http://www.wisaflcio.org/