Demonstrators shouting in the streets. Chaos in the government. Politicians leaving the capitol. No, this isn’t the Middle East. I’m talking about Wisconsin and Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to reduce the bargaining power of public employee unions.
When politicians attack “special interest groups,” we tend to think of greedy corporate fat cats, small business owners, and various types of wealthy investors all jockeying to get the best possible deal from the government on grants, loans, regulations, and taxes.
Surprisingly, the largest special interest group of all is none of these. It is those who work for the government and the unions that represent them. No single interest group gives more to politicians than their public unions.