• Until Tuesday, when Wisconsin voters rejected labor's attempt to boot Republican Gov. Scott Walker out of office by a larger margin than they had elected him in the first place.
His sin? Wisconsin stopped collecting union dues from public employees' paychecks.
Membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees dropped by 45 percent.
• Until Tuesday, when voters in San Diego and San Jose, Calif., approved measures to cut public employee pensions.
San Jose's pension payments have almost tripled in 10 years, jumping from $73 million to $245 million.
West Virginians face a similar situation.
The Legislature has stuck city taxpayers with an almost $1 billion bill just for municipal pension plans.
All of a sudden, the sacred alliance with organized labor looks like a liability.
On the national level, the Obama administration has morphed the national debt to $16 trillion. The public is furious.
This is the same public that is cutting budgets at the household, local and state level.
Yet the administration and congressional Democrats continue to take the position that what the nation needs to do to get out of this jam is more revenue.
The budget stalemate, serious people assert, should be resolved in part by having people pay higher taxes.
But not until after the election.
Before Tuesday, people actually viewed that as a defensible position.
Since Tuesday, a new insight:
Perhaps that's not what Americans want.
Many people cannot get jobs, cannot retire at 55, collect only reduced pension benefits, have no employer health benefits in retirement, and are tired of paying inflated prices for the roads and bridges they want.
Furthermore, Americans are tired of being patsies for politicians who see them only as sources of income to redistribute.
The belief that voters who are forcing cutbacks at the local and state level don't want cutbacks at the national level is a delusion.
Maurice is editorial page editor of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-4802 or ha...@dailymail.com.