It was decided by legislative leadership, as if by Papal Bull, that full repeal of Prevailing Wage wouldn’t happen this time around. Doing so costs too much political capital, say the suddenly toothless Republicans in power. They’re gearing up for a tough presidential election-year battle next year against a Democrat party that could again be under the formidable control of blog-commenter Joe Wineke.
This kind of wimpy nail-biting is why Democrats are so much better at politicking and winning the long game than are Republicans: When they have power, they use it. Now’s the time to join hands, repeal, and pour more gas in Wisconsin’s purring economic engine.
- Voters reward big, bold reforms. There was no voter’s remorse in the wake Act 10; instead, Republicans strengthened their influence in the legislature. Now is not the time to go wobbly over the cost of ticking off voters. Republicans were elected to govern as conservatives. So do it.
- The only people with their tails between their legs about trucking forward with all-out repeal are those unfamiliar with winning. They’d rather hold on to their half-a-loaf of bread than have the whole loaf because someday it might be gone. Well, yeah, it might. Celebrate a decisive win now while there is still time for voters to see its positive effects before the next election.
- A government-ordered minimum wage distorts the market for labor. (Trust me, I’m an Economist.) Only the arrogance of feel-good liberalism says that a price floor must be set to ensure proper workmanship, as lefty Chris Larson pontificated during floor debate on Tuesday. Even the Republicans who want to tweak the law are falling victim to the same trap liberals do in all their hare-brained price-control initiatives. Threshholds and tiers can be set in the spirit of protecting different-sized businesses in different markets, but there is always going to be a loophole or an unanticipated consequence.
Republicans shuffling around, afraid of the repeal bonfire, have an opportunity to earn their political affiliation. This isn’t a fringe, kooky cause, it’s a straightforward opportunity to celebrate a free-market victory.