Or, the people are dumb. Yet they do not make that argument when their side wins electoral contests and billionaires like George Soros make greater contributions than the Koch Brothers ever made to produce victories for leftists. They did not make that argument when, a few years back, former Governor Jon Corzine of New Jersey ran the most expensive election in that state’s history, spending his own fortune to assure his election. When that happens, they declare only that the people choose wisely.
So Dreier ends repeating himself, over and over. If you didn’t get his point, he tells you again: “In other words, business and billionaires bought this election for Walker.” He didn’t make that argument in 2008, when Obama outspent John McCain by millions.
What the Dreier-Brown argument shows is how bankrupt the Left is in its ability to comprehend reality. As I and others pointed out earlier, Scott Walker succeeded in Wisconsin. He has lowered property taxes, saved teachers from being fired, exposed the shell game practiced by public sector unions, improved the economy and fiscal standing of his state, and generally proved to be a popular reform governor. Chris Christie has noted,
There is a divide between private and public-sector unions that Republicans can benefit from if we convince those whose livelihood depends on economic growth and job creation that we can bring that to them.
That divide, as Seth Lipsky points out in The New York Sun, is “for the same reason that communism didn’t work… a zero-sum game that pits labor against everyone else. It’s a fight that labor, like the communists, can only lose.” Walker’s fight was not against unions per se, as Lipsky notes, but only against that sector of the labor movement — public sector unions — that is reactionary to the core. Labor can be, as it has in the past, a bastion of a free society, working with management to increase productivity and growth that benefits the working-stiff.
Lipsky goes on to note that a free labor movement can be a pillar of strength in a democratic society, and he reminds us that Sarah Palin — yes the detested VP candidate in 2008 — reminded the Republican convention that her husband was “a proud member of the United Steel Workers” and that she herself was a union member when she was a telephone company dispatcher.