And now, the nation watches helplessly as public sector unions and their Democratic allies say to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Nice state you got there, governor. Be a shame if something bad happened to it.
For Democrats, the purpose of government is to generously provide jobs for people who otherwise couldn't be hired - because their skills, attitude or sense of entitlement are considered undesirable in the private sector.
And no, I'm not just talking about Barack Obama.
Democrats use taxpayer money to fund a government jobs program, impoverishing the middle class and harming the people allegedly helped by the programs - but creating a vast class of voters who owe their jobs to the Democrats.
This is a system designed to ratchet up costs.
Look at the history of every entity where public employees have unionized, and you will find that not only are government workers paid more, but there are also a lot more of them doing a lot less useful work.
There could be two students per class, and the Democrats would still be campaigning for "smaller class size," so that the government would be required to hire more public school teachers to staff classes with one student.
For Democrats, the purpose of public education in this country is not to teach children; it's to create jobs for "educators."
Forget the nonsense about working men with dirt under their fingernails, slugging it out at dangerous jobs with a heartless management riding them to get more production at lower wages - those guys are what liberal journalist Harold Meyerson calls "dead weight."
We're talking about government employees, most of whom - when they show up to work at all - sit in comfortable, air-conditioned offices, kick off at 3 p.m., are entitled to endless sick days, personal days and holidays, whose performance can never be evaluated and who retire at age 50. (Again, I'm not focusing just on Barack Obama here.)
Government employees are even worse than welfare layabouts. In a triple-whammy for the taxpayer, they are: (1) hideously expensive, (2) impossible to fire, and (3) doing things you don't want done at any price.
Hey, guess what? I'm from the government, and I can burn down your garage for $300!
NO! I'M NOT INTERESTED!
OK, fine, I'll do it for you for $20.
BUT I DON'T WANT MY GARAGE BURNED DOWN AT ANY PRICE!
OK, the guys with the matches and gasoline will be by sometime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. one day next week.
As with so many other things, such as vegan restaurants and the crack epidemic, California leads the country in destruction by government unions.
California's civil service unions have employed all the usual thug techniques - regular strikes (illegal until the California Supreme Court approved them in 1985), rolling strikes, the "blue flu" (cops and other public-safety workers calling in "sick") - all of which are almost as harmful to the state as when they actually show up for work.
While taxpayers groan under their tax burdens, one group of voters is constantly lobbying for higher taxes: government employees, who are paid by the taxpayer.
When California voters approved Proposition 13 back in 1978, cutting astronomical property taxes 57 percent, the public sector unions went ballistic.
Union bigwig Ron Coleman said, "We're not going to just lie back and take it."
John Seferian, vice president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), said the union should have told politicians: "Hey, we'll bring the roof down on you." (Which you have to be a member of the roofers' union to do.)
Jerry Wurf, president of AFSCME, warned that the union was "prepared for confrontation."
His solution to the ballooning cost of government employees was ... guess? That's right, it was the same as it always is: Tax the rich.
"Let the big shots pay!" Wurf said. Embodying the hopes and dreams of our Founding Fathers, Wurf said organizing government employees was part of his goal to "remake the economic and political system" in line with the vision of socialist Norman Thomas and the Young People's Socialist League.
Members of public sector unions see their pensions and benefits the way the Mafia views its "partnership" with a restaurant, as described in the movie "Goodfellas": "Business bad? F*** you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? F*** you, pay me. Place got hit by lightning, huh? F*** you, pay me."
Spoiler alert: When the restaurant owner is unable to pay his mob tribute, they burn the place to the ground.
But government employees aren't exactly like the mob. At least the Mafia guys have a strong work ethic.
Ann Coulter is legal affairs correspondent for Human Events magazine.