Being an early indicator of where November might be heading is not the only lesson from Scott Walker's historic recall win. William Tucker writes in the American Spectator that "the ruling class is the last to know that Americans have had it with big government," in reference to the outcome in Wisconsin. He gives a laundry list of lessons learned from the Walker win, but the most emphatic one is at the top of the list:
The issue was not "labor versus management." Editorial writers steeped in memories of the 1930s inevitably portray the contemporary rebellion against public employees' unions as a replay of the top-hats-versus-factory-workers of yore. It is no such thing. The issue is the public sector versus private economy. ... Unionized or not, private sector workers have no interest in seeing public sector workers pile up retirement and health benefits at their expense. The old union-versus-management arm-wrestle has no relevance in the era of runaway government.
Precisely. Taxpayers have finally realized that public union subsidies are unsustainable, particular off their backs!