Campaign Promises, Democracy, And What Fair Warning Requires

Andrew Sullivan points out and documents that even though Governor Scott Walker campaigned on the promise to cut public sector salaries, as he claims, and has an arguable democratic mandate therefore to propose some of the cuts he has (and which unions have conceded to), he did not during the campaign advocate ending unions’ collective bargaining rights on everything but wages. Sullivan’s apt conclusion:

If you campaign on one platform and then suddenly up the ante, you cannot cite democracy in your defense. And there is something bizarre about Republican commentators who cheered on Tea Party protests against a clear Obama campaign pledge – health insurance reform – suddenly decrying public protests against something a politician didn’t campaign on.

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