Peggy Noonan gloats in a post-Wisconsin triumphalist aside that
Down the road there will be fewer contracts in which you work for, say, 23 years for a city, then retire with full salary and free health care for the rest of your life--paid for by taxpayers who cannot afford such plans for themselves, and who sometimes have no pension at all.
True. Down the road such workplace monstrosities will be obtainable only by corporate executives, such as GE's Jack Welch, who, having struggled through his last year of full employment on a mere $16.7 million, managed, in his retirement package, to secure the use of a GE-owned jet aircraft and Manhattan apartment, as well as basketball tickets, satellite television for his four abodes, really expensive aged grape juice and a subscription to the New York Times. I repeat. This multimillionaire finagled a newspaper subscription, which is now factored into the cost of GE refrigerators.
But down the road you say you don't wish to subsidize GE's and Mr. Welch's lavishness, so, in this land of free-enterprise and individual-contract splendor, off to other refrigerator manufacturers you go? Sorry. And tough. Because their retired CEOs are receiving similarly outrageous indulgences.
Meanwhile you realize that you've no business shopping for a new refrigerator anyway, because your former corporate employer gutted your pension plan after ruthlessly hacking your salary down to Hoovervaudevillian levels; and besides, you've got that $100,000 hospital bill to try to pay off before the Great Healer sues you for everything you have, including the about-to-be-foreclosed-on roof over your head.
But it's a damn good thing you gave those greedy unions what for, way back in 2012. That showed 'em. And ever since you've been free ... free to fucking starve.