Flipping through the Wall Street Journal over a cup of coffee just now, I felt my mood improving, attributing it, at first, to the caffeine. But it wasn't the coffee. It was the news. The news was...good.
Just get a load of this:
On the front page:
Wisconsin Unions See Ranks Drop Ahead of Recall Vote
Public-employee unions in Wisconsin have experienced a dramatic drop in membership--by more than half for the second-biggest union--since a law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker sharply curtailed their ability to bargain over wages and working conditions.
The lead editorial:
On the opinions page:
Over the long term, online technology promises historic improvements int he quality of and access to higher education....Online education will lead to the substitution of technology (whih is cheap) for labor (which is expensive)--as has happened in everyother industry--making schools much more productive.
The public sector employee unions are getting walloped in Wisconsin, and it seems only reasonable to suppose that other states will get the idea. Up in Maine, we're getting proof--not mere conjectures or theory, but proof--that the best way to lower the costs of health care isn't with more government control but less. And online? The higher education monopoly that for decades now has enabled fancy schools and liberal faculties to exercise much, much too much influence over the nation appears to be--well, if not doomed, then most certainly displaying a few cracks.
Even better than caffeine.