After weeks of insisting that proposed legislation to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights was a fiscal issue, absolutely critical to balancing the Wisconsin state budget, Senate Republicans moved today to split Gov. Scott Walker's "budget repair" bill in two, so that the anti-union measures could be passed as non-fiscal bill without the quorum that has been denied by the walkout of 14 Democratic state senators.

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State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, who has been in exile in Chicago, expressed his outrage to the Wisconsin State Journal. "They have been saying all along that this is a fiscal item, we've been saying it is not," said Erpenbach. "They have been lying. Their goal is to bust up the unions."

Democrats nationwide should learn a very important lesson from Wisconsin: Republicans, given complete control of the legislative process, will take no prisoners. They will shoot you in the head, dump your body in a ditch by the side of the road, and then laugh about it over a steak dinner. You know, metaphorically.