Don’t get me wrong, because I think the Governor of Wisconsin is an ass, and has demonstrated that to him, removing collective bargaining and union-busting is more important that budget-balancing. I don’t, however, think this is quite the call to arms that a lot of you think it is- a lot of the places, like TPM, are phrasing it to make it sound like he is preparing the National Guard to go out into the streets and to stop rioting. I don’t think that is what he said:
Walker said Friday that he updated emergency plans and alerted the National Guard just in case they are needed to ensure state services aren’t interrupted. His plan would remove collective bargaining rights for prison guards, but it would exempt local police and firefighters and the state patrol.
I can understand how that might seem like some are framing it, but as someone who was in the National Guard, and stationed a block away from a State Pen, we frequently trained for prison riots and prison breaks. I need to see the exact interview, and if someone has access to the emergency plans, that would be helpful, but what I get out of that is that he is saying the Guard is ready to step in and control the prison if the prison guards strike or have their version of a “blue flu.” I have no idea if the Prison guards in Wisconsin are as strong a union as they are in California (catastrophically, so, there), but that may be what he is getting at. “The Guard is ready to do your job if you quit.”