The County Where I Live
By Arnold Kling
In other localities, officials have taken a more matter-of-fact approach to painful cost-cutting, including layoffs, furloughs and salary freezes. In Montgomery, where unions boast openly about their ability to install and remove the very elected officials who set union members’ salaries, politicians feel they must tiptoe so as not to provoke the county’s dyspeptic labor leaders.
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You can see where I might have a decidedly pessimistic view of democracy. The “median voter” model does not apply here, unless the median voter is an official of the teachers’ union. Not even the Post could countenance a Republican on the County Council. They count on the one-party state to police itself.