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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wisconsin Republicans Give Democrats Taste of their Own Medicine

It's long been known to objective observers that Democrats don't care about the rule of law. Their ideological agenda trumps all of that. It's an ends-justify-the-means mentality that is at the heart of that agenda; just read Saul Alinsky. That's the only explanation for why Wisconsin Democrat judge Maryann Sumi (D) put a temporary restraining order on the Wisconsin Collective Bargaining law. When you accept the premise that she had no legal authority to do what she did, it's time for the Republicans to get down in the dirt with these whackos until they're ready to play fair.

It looks like that's exactly what they're doing.

Via JS Online:
Madison — In a stunning twist, Gov. Scott Walker's legislation limiting collective bargaining for public workers was published Friday despite a judge's hold on the measure, prompting a dispute over whether it takes effect Saturday.

The measure was published to the Legislature's website with a footnote that acknowledges the restraining order by a Dane County judge. But the posting says state law "requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish every act within 10 working days after its date of enactment."

The measure sparked protests at the Capitol and lawsuits by opponents because it would eliminate the ability of most public workers to bargain over anything but wages.

The restraining order was issued against Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette. But the bill was published by the reference bureau, which was not named in the restraining order.

Laws normally take effect a day after they are published, and a top GOP lawmaker said that meant it will become law Saturday. But nonpartisan legislative officials from two agencies, including the one who published the bill, disagreed.
The Republican state legislature passed the Bill legally and Governor Walker signed it legally. The final step before becoming law required the Secretary of State Doug La Follette to certify it. Enter the partisan chain of events used by the Democrats.

A Democrat District Attorney named Ismael Ozanne filed to block the law based on a violation of the open meetings law. Subsequent to that, Republicans pointed to a law authored in 1983 by two of the Wisconsin Democrat Fleebaggers that completely refuted Ozanne's complaint. Democrat Judge Sumi (Sue me) then proceeded to issue a temporary restraining order on the law with absolutely no grounds for doing so. Go figure, she has union ties and should have recused herself based on that fact. As if that wasn't enough, the Secretary of State, La Follette is also a Democrat who gladly pointed to Sumi's decision as justification for his not certifying the law by the ten day deadline, which was March 25th.

Hats off to Governor Walker and the Republican legislature for publishing the law anyway, without La Follette's certification. It will be interesting to see how willing they are to get down in the dirt to defeat this thuggery. The best way to do it is to know the left's rule book, particularly uncle Saul's Rule #4:
Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
We'll know based on the final outcome because the Republicans are in the right - by a long shot - on this one. If the objective of the law is to balance Wisconsin's budget and if, somehow, the Democrats are able to prevent its implementation, the nuclear option for Walker would be to start firing public sector employees until spending is at an acceptable level.

h/t Weasel Zippers

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