Sheldon Richman on What the Wisconsin Recall Means for Organized Labor


The average person correctly perceives government as out of control. Spending and taxes go up, and most people have no real say in the matter. Where does a lot of that tax money go? To government employees, of course. In fact, writes Sheldon Richman, government employees are tax consumers, not taxpayers. Their pay is tax money. When government employees appear to pay taxes, they're merely rebating some of the tax money to the government. Thus champions of real workers—those in the productive private sector—need not wring their hands over the limits put on government unions.