Excerpted from In Wisconsin, the real struggle is over power
By Ezra Klein, Washington Post Staff Writer, The Washington Post
, Monday, February 21, 2011; 8:08 PM
he deal Wisconsin made with its state employees was simple: Accept lower wages than you could get in the private sector now in return for better pensions and health-care benefits when you retire. Now Walker wants to renege on that deal.
Rather than stiff the banks, in other words, he wants to stiff the teachers - but the crucial twist he's added, the one that's sent tens of thousands of workers into the streets, is that he wants to make sure they can't fight back once he does it.