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In Florida, the legislature has approved, "a bill that would ban automatic dues deduction from a government paycheck and require members to sign off on the use of their dues for political purposes."

That will quite probably be smarter, and more popular than the efforts in Wisconsin and elsewhere to reduce collective bargaining privileges.  Since we reflexively call such privileges "rights," the Left has an edge. But on these issues, the public relations edge may very well flip. 

Since it will hard to balance state and local budgets without recalibrating the balance of power between government worker unions and the government, Florida may be showing the path of progress.

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use Sunstein's nudging to our advantage

You know, I understand exactly the spirit in which this was said, and it may not be a bad tactic--but on the other hand it may be a bad strategic move, on two different levels. On the moral plane, if one feels civil servants should not be able to collectively bargain and yet still retain civil service protections, one should fight for that directly, as a man does.

I'm not sure one way or the other, as I see the value in the indirect approach as well, but the driving spirit seems close enough to the one thing that is guaranteed to give us permanent defeat--preemptive surrender in the face of media bias--that I am going to trot out a favorite of mine, Grant at the Wilderness:

"I am heartily tired of hearing what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land on our rear and on both our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do."

In that spirit, how about we focus on convincing the public instead of worrying about when the public will be turned against us (and hedging our bets accordingly)?
We got too much to do and not enough time to spend forever winning the smaller victories.

I may be mistaken, but isn't Florida a "right to work" state? In my humble opinion, that is the first and best "path to progress" in overcoming the union stranglehold.

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