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Arizona unions have been quietly lobbying against the set of anti-union bills being pushed by Republicans in the state Senate, and it appears that their efforts are achieving some success. TPM cites a report in the state that:
“Senate President Steve Pierce and Senate Whip Frank Antenori expressed serious doubt that there were enough Republicans in the upper chamber willing to pass a bill ending collective bargaining,” the Guardian reported. Antenori described the bill’s chances as “questionable.”
The collective bargaining ban wasn't the only bill attacking public workers on the table, however. Other bills would prevent public workers from having union dues deducted from their paychecks and end the ability of union stewards and other representatives to spend work time on certain union functions, such as contract negotiations or handling grievances. Gov. Jan Brewer is also pushing a proposal to make it easier to fire state workers. According to TPM, "As of Wednesday afternoon, none of the measures were scheduled for a full vote of the Senate."

Passage of any of these bills would be a real blow to Arizona's public workers. But given the Republican majority in the Arizona legislature, if any of the bills don't pass, it will be a win.

Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 10:16 AM PT: The anti-collective bargaining bill remains stalled, but Thursday, the Arizona Senate passed a bill that would require public workers to authorize deductions of their union dues each year. A competing bill would have prohibited dues deductions at all.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 02:24 PM PST.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks and In Support of Labor and Unions.

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  •  It Is Almost As If Republicans (5+ / 0-)

    are acting like mad monarchs on their deathbeds, bound to enact every possible shitty legislation they can because they may never have the chance again,........

    •  Please, mad monarchs were never... (5+ / 0-)

      as bad as the current GOP.

      "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Candide08 on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 03:35:45 PM PST

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      •  point conceded (2+ / 0-)
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        joe wobblie, Larsstephens


      •  Yup (2+ / 0-)
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        Diamond81, joe wobblie

        The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

        by a2nite on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 05:38:48 PM PST

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      •  Perhaps not, but aristocrats were. (1+ / 0-)
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        joe wobblie

        Keep in mind that under European feudalism a king was appointed by the aristocrats to act in their collective names to protect their interests. He was usually quite powerless because the aristocrats who appointed him held the real power. The Holy Roman Empire was one such political entity. Poland was another, and because the barons refused to give the king of Poland any power over them Poland literally disappeared from political maps for several centuries. Such aristocrats will usually refuse to cede power to a central executive even if not giving up the power is self-destructive.

        Fukuyama writes that the central government gains power over the aristocrats because of war and the threat of war. Then in Europe the wars leading up to the 30 Year's War demonstrated that a trained and well-equipped long-term professional army almost always defeated either mercenaries or rapidly assembled armies made up of feudal levies. And the larger professional army usually wins the battle. Then in order to field the larger army the central government had to tax a larger agricultural nation, so larger nations with a central bank run by a bureaucratic central government were required just to survive.

        France and England were the first two European nations to unify and create large markets that could be supplied by merchants who were then taxed by the central government. This gave the king dominance over his feudal aristocrats - which they hated. But the aristocrats had to cede dominance to the hated central government or lose wars. The refusal of French aristocrats to be taxed in the face of war severely weakened France in its 16th century wars with the smaller England. That refusal to be taxed meant the peasants paid for the wars, which was a major cause of the French Revolution.

        The French Revolution destroyed those aristocrats as a class and allowed a modern bureaucratic nation to be created. The immediate effectiveness of this was demonstrated when Napoleon took over the new society and government and conquered Europe withing two decades of the destruction of the ancien regime.

        In England, though, the feudal aristocrats morphed into the merchants who ran the economy. This is the tradition America has. Those aristocrats have become our modern predatory financial class. And it is my opinion that they are currently trying to destroy the power of the American federal government to apply the rule of law to the American wealthy class.

        The conservative politicians we watch ("the clowns") are the purchased actors the wealthy predators are using to roll back the government FDR created in the New Deal. The are political allies with the religious right who also, for different reasons, want to take America back to the 19th century and before. Once that becomes clear the actions of the politicians all become quite reasonable - from the point of view of the holders of inherited wealth like the Koch brothers. They aren't mad. They are fighting an old class culture war  which they cannot be upfront about.

        That's my current opinion, anyway.

        Democrats stand for Liberty, Security, Support of Families and Opportunity Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

        by Rick B on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 10:23:03 AM PST

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        •  Bravissimo, Rick B! - I see what you mean! (2+ / 0-)
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            My 'weltanschauung', explicitly...

          ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

          by joe wobblie on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 11:50:29 AM PST

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          •  I rather thought it would be. (1+ / 0-)
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            It's also what I read from Fukuyama. He seems to have learned a lot since his "End of History" and his Neocon days.

            My own interpolations are of course included above. For example, if Fuukuyama mentioned the experience with Napoleon I sure missed it, but the clear connection between the way the aristocrats hamstrung the King during the ancien regime, the destruction of the aristocratic class during the Revolution, and Napoleon's conquests such a short time later sure jumped out at me. Napoleon took military control of France after the hobbles created by the aristocrats had been removed and a new, much more efficient government administration was applied to the nation.

            So when Fukuyama goes on to state that the modern states which are most successful are those with a strong, bureaucratic central government, I am ready to buy his conclusion.

            It also is clear to me why the conservatives so greatly dislike bureaucracy and regulations and seem to have no concept on the meaning of the rule of law as it applies to them personally it makes a lot of sense. Their preference for private business over government is a result of the fact that large private businesses all operate as dictatorial hierarchies in which the CEO is unrestricted by outside control. No rule of law. That is for CEO's to use internally to control those who work for him. CEO's essentially operate sociologically as tribal chieftains.

            Democrats stand for Liberty, Security, Support of Families and Opportunity Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

            by Rick B on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 12:54:25 PM PST

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    •  No strange coincidence! (4+ / 0-)
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      Reactionary governors and congressmen on the state level all over the country are collaborating together with similiar oppressive and union busting plots!
                      Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell Koch bros.!

      ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

      by joe wobblie on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 04:53:46 PM PST

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      •  or these guys ... (3+ / 0-)
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        ¡Viva Baja Libre!

        by Azazello on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 05:00:04 PM PST

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      •  I Was Once (1+ / 0-)
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        A die hard Republican until May of last year when I saw what the Republicans in my home state of NC did to 47,000 families who relied on unemployment by intentionally holding up passage of an ammendment that would extend benfefits in an effort to block the Governor's budget.

        •  Once upon a time... (2+ / 0-)
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          The following Wikipedia URL contains an outline of how the author Fukuyama's conservative outlook changed mainly due to his close personal exposure
          to GW Bush and his lackeys.
          I have his book 'The origins of Political Order' coming in the mail tomorrow.
          I expect to have a most enjoyable time doing my own personal critique of it...
              I expect to find much to rebuke and debunk!


          ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

          by joe wobblie on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 08:39:35 PM PST

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          •  I hope you do find much to debunk (1+ / 0-)
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            My fascination with his book is in his model of modern society and his description of the battle in the French Ancien regime between the King and his aristocrats. I find a strong parallel between the latter and the current coordinated set of attacks by the modern American aristocrats (inheritors of mostly hereditary wealth, often from war profiteering according the Kevin Phillips) on the federal government.

            In his current book Fukuyama places great emphasis on the application of the rule of law by the bureaucratic central government. I think he is correct to make that claim. It's pretty clear that humans are only intendedly rational in decision-making in organizations such as government and business. (Bounded Rationality) The  central economy of the USSR failed because the central decision-makers could not gather adequate information rapidly enough to make effective decisions in changing situations. The Chinese economy has the same problem, which is solves largely through highly corrupt local decision-making.

            The rule of law is in my opinion a cultural device for determining what decisions can be effectively made locally and what decisions have to be handled by the central authority. It keeps the central authority from overstepping their bounds. It is also much more flexible than mere tradition can ever be, so it can deal with rapidly changing situations. The power of modern economies comes from the ability to tap into the talents and training of a great many people spread throughout society rather than depending on all decisions being made by central authority.

            Fukuyama's model uses the rule of law as a major element. He then describes how the various cultures he focuses on took different routes to reach where they are today, and appears to consider that there is no ideal situation. In effect the "best" society is the one which best meets the challenges is faces.

            So I'll be very interested in reading what you decide about his book.

            Democrats stand for Liberty, Security, Support of Families and Opportunity Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

            by Rick B on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 09:35:30 AM PST

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            •  Bonded Rationality? (1+ / 0-)
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              That might be a bottle of Jack Daniels...
              'Bounded Rationality' is indeed an intriguing and excellent work but somewhat esoteric;  I don't understand how I understand it?!
              But it is not Fukuyama, but Henry Simons and others...
              As to my target, Fuku, I already have knowledge of basic faults in his history and world view; his 'weltanschauung'
                 But my critique will certainly be only for my own personal  pleasure.
              I, of course, are in no way qualified to take down such fantastic 'Pillars of Wisdom'!

              ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

              by joe wobblie on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 11:15:44 AM PST

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