These days Peggy Noonan is a little too sing-song and slow for me. Her WSJ piece gets to things kind of late in the news cycle, so a portion of that is to be expected - especially from the perspective of someone who is as news centric as me. But every once in a while she still smacks one out of the park. Take this example from her WSJ piece today:
By the way, the single most interesting number in the whole race was 28,785. That is how many dues-paying members of the American Federation of State, County and Municiple Employees were left in Wisconsin after Mr. Walker allowed them to choose whether union dues would be taken from their paychecks each week. Before that, Afscme had 62,218 dues-paying members in Wisconsin. There is a degree to which public union involvement is, simply, coerced.
Brilliant. And it tells the story of modern unions in a sentence. They offer no value added, and even most of the members see that. They are a net cost - a point I've been making in arguments since the 1980's. And over the long term, don't help anyone.