Those infamous, right-wing billionaires who hate labor, unions and anything to the left of Goldwater have their eye [and money] on Ohio. The Toledo Blade reports this morning:
Papers are expected to be filed today to establish a committee to raise money and strategize over how to sway voters who, according to early polls, say they’re inclined to kill the law before it’s had a chance to influence a single salary, pension, or sick day [S.B. 5] Charles Koch, along with his brother David, founded Americans for Prosperity, which is raising cash for a campaign to promote Senate Bill 5 and is driving for a state amendment opting out of the federal health-care law.
Meanwhile, the Ohio chapter of the Washington-based Americans for Prosperity is raising money to conduct its own door-to-door grass-roots campaign to sell the merits of Senate Bill 5 to voters before the Nov. 8 election.
Door-to-door to sell workers’ rights down the drain. I wonder what the ‘message’ will be as the unsuspecting schlep comes to the door? Hi, I’m here to limit the rights of workers will probably not be the opening line. It will be a subtle, hidden message, written by some ad firm in DC. But, will The People buy into it? After all, the track record doesn’t favor intelligence at election time.
This scam is an old, tried and tested version of divide and conquer. Pit one group of low-level workers against another with management and the CEO’s as winners. Classic stuff.
The Blade continues,
“This election is a classic campaign over how the issue is framed,” John Green, director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, said. “If it’s framed as an attack on collective bargaining and organized labor, voters are likely to strongly favor repeal.
“If it’s framed in terms of reducing the size of government, creating jobs, and making government more efficient, which is what a lot of the proponents argued when the legislation was going through, then voters are likely to support Senate Bill 5,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of politics between now and the fall over what people think about the bill.”
Indeed. And ideologues like Cal and Sepp will be rooting for the Koch Brothers over their neighbors. Sadly neither Sepp nor Cal will ever be invited to step foot onto the Koch Brothers estate, unless they are wearing a pizza uniform.