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The Sidewalks of Madison

George Will took a trip to Madison recently and had this to say about some graffiti he found:

“Solidarity forever” was perhaps painted by a graduate student forever at the University of Wisconsin.

Insults are not always needed to make one’s opponent look bad; they often do that themselves well enough:

The authors of the sidewalk graffiti have at least read Jefferson: “The tree of liberty is watered by the blood of tyrants.” The tyrant is “$cott Walker American Fa$ci$t.”

Fascists started World War II and attempted to wipe every Jew from the face of the Earth. All in all, fascist governments directly killed more than 14 million souls. Scott Walker is the governor of Wisconsin.

A word of advice to Wisconsinites who are upset with Scott Walker’s policies: if someone wants to be taken seriously, they first have to be able to be taken seriously.

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Are the Wisconsin Protests Backfiring?

Protests in Wisconsin over public sector compensation cuts have been the big story this week. Over at the Daily Caller, I explain why some of the tactics that union members and supporters are using are actually backfiring.

The teacher sickout is classic bad PR. The parents who have to find and pay for last-minute daycare are now less likely to side with teachers’ unions, not more.

The nationwide saturation coverage is actually doing far more damage. Millions of people are learning about the sweetheart salary and benefit deals that many public sector union members get. Even if Gov. Walker’s cuts pass, the protesting workers will still be much better paid than their non-union counterparts. Both are better compensated in turn than most private sector workers.

Read the whole thing here.