yesterday. The first-term Republican insisted the legislation wasn't "anti-union" and "isn't about us versus them."
Understandably, many labor leaders were upset and vowed retribution at the ballot box:
“If we have to
work it through 2014 and change the makeup of the legislatures, that’s
what we’ll do,” said Lee Saunders, the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal
Frank Burger, a teacher from the Flint area, shook
his head. “These
people just handed over the election to the Democrats in 2014. Just
But it's a little late for that, isn't it?
The Michigan Senate consists of 26 Republicans and only 12 Democrats. The House, meanwhile, is made up of 63 Republicans and 47 Democrats. And the governor, who was elected in 2010, will be in office until at least 2014.
So the voters of Michigan elected a Republican legislature and a Republican governor. After what we've seen in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio, I would just ask them: What did you expect?