Apparently “elections have consequences” only works when Democrats win. Otherwise the try to take their ball and go home – or to another state in the case of Wisconsin and now Indiana:
House Democrats are leaving the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation, The Indianapolis Star has learned.
A source said Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.
I’m amazed at the number of people on the left, who were so happy to remind the right about the consequences of elections now support this sort of childish nonsense as a good response to the other side carrying out its agenda as they did theirs.
Today’s fight was triggered by Republicans pushing a bill that would bar unions and companies from negotiating a contract that requires non-union members to kick-in fees for representation. It’s become the latest in what is becoming a national fight over Republican attempts to eliminate or limit collective bargaining.
Imagine that – Republicans attempting to stop the extortion of fees required just to do a job contract. How freaking dictatorial is that! Why I imagine the mustachioed visage of the governor will show up on home made signs any second.
And, of course, there’s always a “Baghdad Bob” to be found to spin the unspinnable and somehow do it with a straight face. Rep Teri Austin (D- Anderson) told the Indiana House speaker that the missing Democrats “continue to be in caucus” and are discussing potential amendments to several bills. Additionally:
Austin told reporters that “it doesn’t matter where they (Democrats) are at this point. What matters is that they’re trying to figure out a way to save the state from this radical agenda.”
Asked if they were in the state, Austin said only: “They’re working hard.”
Uh, huh … with some in Illinois and some in Kentucky. Sure they are.
This isn’t the first time they’ve done this:
The last time a prolonged walk-out happened in the Indiana legislature was in the mid-1990s, when Republicans were in control and tried to draw new legislative district maps, eliminating a district that likely would have been a Democrat one, in the middle of the decade. Democrats won that standoff, staying away several days until Republicans dropped the plan.
How desperate are Democrats to protect their new constituency – public sector unions?
Yeah, this isn’t the 1990′s. Different era, different problem and, most likely, different outcome. Keep helping yourselves like this Democrats – please.