After a judge recently threw out key provisions of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10 reforms, Dane County officials -- that's the very liberal county that includes Madison -- have quickly come up with a new contract that is essentially a massive giveaway to the public sector unions. As Ryan Ekvall wrote in Wisconsin Reporter: "Dane County officials say they'll save millions in taxes with the new labor agreements they've hastily reached after a Dane County judge killed key provisions of Act 10 ... . The term 'savings' is a stretch, unless you're talking about the lives of the public unions that sprinted to the negotiating tables during their 'window of opportunity.' And the rush to bargain could end up costing taxpayers." One could probably argue that Madison residents get whatever they deserve, just as people outside of California argue that those of us living here are living embodiments of Mencken's definition of democracy -- "the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it, good and hard."
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