The standoff and stakes in Wisconsin. For labor. For budgets. For the country’s future.

Opponents to Gov. Scott Walker's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers took part in their seventh day of protesting Monday. (AP)

Something big has broken open in Wisconsin — a big budget battle. A huge fight over labor unions and their role and rights. And, maybe, the big American conversation over how we are actually going to deal with the burden-sharing of a time of “repair” to budgets and the economy.

Will the middle class survive? Who will be in it? Will the full burden really be shared? Will we give up on labor or revive it? And how does the public sector fit in?

Wisconsin’s Republican Rep. Paul Ryan says “it’s like Cairo has moved to Madison.”

This hour On Point: Wisconsin.

- Tom Ashbrook


Tommy Thompson, former Republican Governor of Wisconsin and former director of Health and Human Services in the George W. Bush administration. He was a candidate for president in 2008.

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

Harley Shaiken, labor economist at the University of California Berkeley.

Jason Stein, reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Robert Wirch, Democratic State Senator from Wisconsin’s 22nd District.

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Oct 7, 2015
The Doctors Without Borders trauma center is seen in flames, after explosions near their hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. Doctors Without Borders announced that the death toll from the bombing of the group's Kunduz hospital compound has risen to at least 16, including 3 children and that tens are missing after the explosions that may have been caused by a U.S. airstrike.  (AP)

The US airstrike on the hospital in Kunduz. The top US commander in Afghanistan faces tough questions from Congress. We’re looking for what really happened.

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American addiction. From prescription painkillers to heroin. The numbers are staggering. Why?

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