Make no mistake: the Janus Decision is a victory for plutocrats and corporations. As Jan Resseger argues here, it is an attack on working people that will weaken them in their efforts to enter the middle class.

It will weaken every public sector unions, not just teachers, but police, firefighters, social workers, and many others. It is a victory for the Koch brothers, the DeVos family, the same people trying to cripple public schools, Medicare, Social Security, and the principle of government of, by, and for the people.

She writes:

“Weakening public sector unions is part of the far-right corporate political agenda. Political economist Gordon Lafer describes the impact of the the Red-wave 2010 election that turned more than half the states all-Republican: “For the corporate lobbies and their legislative allies, the 2010 elections created a strategic opportunity to restructure labor relations, political power, and the size of government… Starting in 2011, the country has witnessed an unprecedented wave of legislation aimed at eliminating public employee unions, or where they remain, strictly limiting their right to bargain… The number of public sector jobs eliminated in 2011 was the highest ever recorded, and budgets for essential public services were dramatically scaled back in dozens of states.” (The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time, pp. 44-45)”

The champagne corks were popping yesterday at ALEC, the Center for Education Reform, the Heritage Foundation, and all the other habitats of the corporate elites.