IN MORRIS’ AND MCGANN’S NEW BOOK REVOLT!: HOW THE GOVERNORS ARE CHANGING AMERICAN POLITICS…PERMANENTLY
In Revolt! Morris and McGann predict and support the spreading Governors’ revolution which is cutting union power and making education reform possible.
Anticipating Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s historic reforms, they say that a “perfect storm” is coming as a cutoff of federal subsidies, reduced tax revenues, and newly elected Republican governors and state legislatures demand union reforms.
The procedural reforms they seek – limiting collective bargaining – will make possible an end to teacher tenure, merit pay for good teachers, discharge of bad ones, and parental choice of where to send their children to school. And, as layoffs become inevitable, it will let us keep good teachers regardless of their seniority.
But that is only half of the coming revolution. Education accounts for 35% of state spending. Medicaid is the second largest item at 19%. Morris and McGann urge Congress to block grant Medicaid and turn its enforcement over to the states. Medicaid has doubled in the past five years. Roll its cost back to 2008 levels, they urge, and let the states have total flexibility to structure the eligibility and benefits as they wish.
Real, permanent change is coming through state laws. Their result? The crippling of union political power and the weakening of the Democratic Party!