You obviously have not read much from Kos, DU, NYT, MSNBC, Journolist, Randi Rhodes, Ed Schultz, ANSWER, the protesters at the G8 meetings if you believe that. Were you aware of the Democratic Senators who rather than do their job of debating the issues just ran over the state line? Was that what they were elected to do? How about the Democratic representatives of the 111th Congress who believed that you had to pass the bills to see what was in them. How about the Democratic workers who made all those charges against Palin - the last count I saw was over 100 of which only 1 had any legitimacy at all. What do you think of "Teabaggers." Think that is a tolerant position?
As to changing the rules of engagement, take a look at the Massachusetts method of replacing a senator. When they thought Sen Kerry might win in 2004 the rules were changed so that a Republican governor would not be able to name the replacement. When Sen Kennedy knew he was dying he got the rules changed right back because there was now a Democratic governor. Remember that when the rules in the national senate were changed so that 60% would be required rather than 67%? That was the Democrats who made the change because they thought they would not get 67% but they would get 60%. That was after Reagan was president. Bet they wished they had picked a different number in the 111th Congress.
As to Walker, his previous job was as county executive of the Milwaukee County and he fought the unions there the whole time and validly so and was well know for doing just that. Whatever made anyone think he would not do the same as governor. He never promised not to fight the unions.
I grew up in Ohio and Ohio is going through the same thing that Wisconsin is going through. I also live in NYC now and the teachers' unions here have ruined the schools. Right now there are more administrators in the city Dept of Education than there are teachers and that is because of the union.. There are over 2000 teachers that the city cannot fire even though they were such problem teachers and so inadequate that they were removed from teaching any classes. They are currently, because of the union, getting full pay for sitting in an office doing absolutely nothing. The city cannot fire them because of the union and the are such bad teachers that the city can't put them in classrooms because the parents will complain. Right now teachers in 24 states have no choice of whether to join a union or not. They are required to be union members because the state laws do not give them a right of refusal. And that is one of the things Walker is trying to do as is the new governor of Ohio and Indiana and New Jersey and many other states. The cost of the benefits that are paid for by the local school boards are totally out of line. The teachers can retire with full pay at the age of 55. Their pension is paid for by the state and local school board, all but 0.2% and they pay 5.6% of their medical insurance. If you include the benefits as part of the pay, and the local school boards have to do that to cover the payroll, then the average payroll cost of pay + benefits for the teachers in Wisconsin is close to $100K - and that is for 9 months work. The people who have to pay the taxes that fund these teachers do not even get close to that and also do not even get close to those benefits. In fact the retirement age for the rest of the population is being raised ever 3 years by half a year in order to get social security to where it is not 66-1/2 years of age. Yet the teachers can retire at age 55. And the unions want more and more added to the benefits. The latest claim of the unions is that they will agree to raising the cost of retirement and medical insurance but then the unions scurry around trying to cement contracts using the national headquarters lawyers to negotiate with the local school boards which are made up of average citizens who are part time members of the boards. How do you think that will work out. Full time lawyers on the union payroll against average citizens to negotiate a contract. Think the local taxpayer has a chance in hell of getting a good deal out of that situation? Think the lawyers give a damn about the property taxes and income taxes the citizens have to pay, especially in a bad economy? That is what this whole thing is all about. Trying to put an end to the whole bit of keeping on piling up entitlements and other contractual obligations and then raising the taxes to pay for it. Why do you think so many of the states are going under with their funding for what the legislature and unions have put in place. There needs to be a balance to this situation so that the private citizens and the public employees both have a shot at making a decent living with a decent future. Right now what we have is the private citizens vs the public employees and the public employee unions.