Slow and Steady Wins the Race
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  • Kenny

    Public sector unions should be outlawed

  • Joshua Chamberlain

    Notwithstanding the threatened “government shutdown” and a deficit of over 10% of GDP, Federal spending will rise this year. These are all signs that the American people will not get serious about cutting government until we are in a Greek and Italian-style crisis. What you call a prudent desire to avoid extremism I call a head in the sand unwillingness to deal with reality, even when the economy sucks and no one can find a job. I am not optimistic.

  • ms

    Wisconsin seems to have adopted a wiser policy by exempting police and fire fighters from the ban on collective bargaining.

  • john vrklan

    The Ohio election proved the point about overreach, twice. The issue regarding collective bargaining, and the individual mandate in Obamacare. Both soundly defeated by the same margin, by the same constituency.

  • Charles R. Williams

    Kasich is doing the right things in Ohio with the exception that he is rubbing people the wrong way unnecessarily. The groundwork was not properly laid for Senate Bill 5. People saw it as unfair to public sector workers – their friends, neighbors and family members. He may end up as the one term governor who put Ohio on the road to prosperity and got tarred, feathered, and ridden out of town on a rail. Kasich is to Chris Christie as sandpaper is to silk.

  • Stephen

    The good professor may well be right – and it may not matter a bit: Italy.

    You can make the same statements about Italy, its voters and politicians with regard the medicine the EU is dispensing, and it matters not a whit because the bond market doesn’t care what politicians or voters think.

    The problem in Ohio is the same as the problem in California and Illinois, which is the same as that in Rhode Island about which much has been written in this blog. It isn’t what unions and their membership may demand in the future, it’s what they’ve been granted in the past. If states and cities can’t escape the inexorable compounding of debt those earlier commitments entail then bankruptcy, that great leveler, will take them all. Ask Harrisburg. Ohio’s voters may be comforted with their vote but the compounding of debt and the municipal bond market care not a bit. The voters have chosen comfort and a sense of security: they will secure neither.

  • The Australian experience is that you are correct: slow, steady grinding away is what generally works in a democratic polity.

  • Toni

    “Voters are unhappy with the status quo, but they are equally wary of overreach. This is a sentiment that conservatives ought to respect.”

    I wish it had been a sentiment liberals respected in the three years they controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. Instead, perhaps first among abominations, they gave us ObamaCare — which was also soundly disapproved by those same Ohio voters.

  • Charles R. Williams

    The failure of Senate Bill 5 is the result of political incompetence. The case has simply not been made to Ohioans that public sector unions are a threat to the economic viability of their state. The typical voter sees it as a matter of fairness. Why shouldn’t govt workers be able to bargain just like private sector workers. I know the answer but the typical voter has not even engaged the argument.

  • Paul

    The real issue was that the state of Ohio would no longer automatically deduct union dues from salaries. The unions would have to collect on their own. Once that happens, membership drops by two thirds. If Kaisich had made forced payment of dues an issue and let the others alone, he might have won. The unions would then collapse on their own.

  • John Burke

    A seldom noted facet of this issue is that there are a great many state and municipal employees who do not have union contracts — many tens of thousands in New York State alone.

    Yet, elected public officials at every level dish out generous salaries, benefits and pensions to these folks too! Not to mention creating more such jobs.

    It is not clear to me that collective bargaining has as much to do with lavish public sector compensation as some contend. Politics, yes.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    This isn’t the end of the issue, the labor gangs are on the defensive, and had to spend $30 million, 3 times what the other side spent just to get back to the unsustainable status quo. Ohio will suffer compared to more responsible states, and the next time, and there will be a next time, the labor gangs will have a much harder time of it.

  • Glen

    The real message from Ohioans’ rejection of SB 5 is fundamentally a libertarian one. The balance of power in this referendum was held by those who perceived the State as attempting to deny a fundamental right to a subset of the citizenry.

    For better or worse, a majority of Americans believe that they have a right to collective bargaining. This does not mean that Ohioans are oblivious to the problems with public sector pay – instead, they refuse to solve the problem by stripping these workers of “inalienable rights.” Successful politicians will understand this dynamic, and develop strategies that bring public sector spending inline with what the private sector wants – rather than what it can bear.

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