On the heels of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's history-making recall victory, the governor of nearby Indiana with his own record of curtailing union benefits suggested public-sector unions are past their prime and should be abolished.Public-sector unions are the worst thing that ever happened to local government. It has cost taxpayers dearly and has directly led to many of the fiscal problems experienced by state and local municipalities and agencies. It's one thing for workers to negotiate against a multi-national corporation, another thing entirely for workers to negotiate against the taxpayers. It's got to stop.
"I think, really, government works better without them," Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told "Fox News Sunday," when asked whether public-worker unions should even exist.
Daniels had cracked down on collective bargaining for state workers as soon as he took office in 2005, six years before Walker and his GOP allies in the state legislature started down the same path -- triggering a backlash that forced him to stand for election this past Tuesday. Walker made history as the first governor to survive the recall test, beating Democrat Tom Barrett.
Daniels said that vote should send a message about the problems with public-sector unions.
"I think the message is that, first of all, voters are seeing the fundamental unfairness of government becoming its own special interest group, sitting on both sides of the table," he said.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels likes what he saw in Wisconsin: