Saturday, February 19, 2011

Some Perspective On Wisconsin

Is it not interesting that the Public sector is the last bastion in America for organized labor? Why is that? Could it be perhaps that several generations have watched all those great paying union jobs in the private sector move overseas where plenty of workers were perfectly willing to do the job for considerably less money? But you cannot really offshore education, law enforcement, fire fighting, etc.

 Yes Governor Walker is busting the union and he is doing so for the simple reason that all over the state of Wisconsin local governments will have the ability to tackle their own fiscal deficits.

Gov. Scott Walker on Friday rejected an offer from the head of the largest state workers union in which workers would give concession on benefits, but keep their collective bargaining rights.
"Doesn't work," Walker told Journal Sentinel reporters in his office Friday afternoon. "And the reason, having been a local government official, is we've got 72 counties, 424 school districts, over a thousand municpalities. And like every other state, or nearly every other state across the country, our budget is going to have cuts in aids to local governments."
Walker mentioned that states such as New York and California have had to cut billions in aid to schools.
"My goal all along has been... to give these folks, and I asked for this in the past, tools to control their own budgets. You've got to give them some flexibility."
Walker said that time and time again, collective bargaining issues "stood in the way of local governments and school districts being able to balance their budget."

Earlier Friday, Marty Beil, head of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, said his group would be willing to give in to Walker's demand for concessions on their benefits if the governor gave in on his bid to repeal nearly all bargaining rights for public worker unions

 The money involved is $360M out of a $4B budget shortfall. Most Americans already contribute double the 12.5% toward health insurance and 5.6% toward pensions that the union employees will wind up paying if Gov. Walker is . Ronald Reagan busted the Air Traffic Controllers union. Gov. Walkers point is a good one to the unions and it is simply that the fiscal problems being faced by the state are bigger than your bargaining agreement. Get over it. The world has changed. Is anyone really surprised that in ultra progressive Madison Wisconsin there would be protests in the streets? How many classes at University of Wisconsin got walks yesterday so they could support the proletariat? A bunch in the College Of Liberal Arts I imagine. I wonder how many of those kids will be able to find a job upon graduation in Wisconsin if they get what they want now.

Yet President Obama and the DNC support the unions. Unions are their constituents you see. They really could give a rats ass about the vast majority of Americans who are actually in the majority that elected a Republican majority in Wisconsin to do exactly what Gov Walker and the Republican legislator's have proposed. But ramming through ObamaCare using reconciliation was the right thing to do according to President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and all the other progressive nutjobs. They want to use the fiscal crisis to advance cap and trade and immigration reform so they will have a constituency that represents roughly 55% of the US population that will pay no income taxes and be ever so loyal to their democratic masters. John Boehner sounds much more like an adult on the Wisconsin issue;

“I’m disappointed that instead of providing similar leadership from the White House, the president has chosen to attack leaders such as Gov. Walker, who are listening to the people and confronting problems that have been neglected for years at the expense of jobs and economic growth,” Boehner said in a statement. “I urge the president to order the DNC to suspend these tactics.”

Every single state in the U.S. faces similar budget shortfalls and the fight is spreading to Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and other 2012 Battleground states. Jesse Jackson has even entered the fray. Given the fiscal problems our nation faces at the National, State and local level, the war in Afghanistan, The Middle East imploding why on earth would President Obama fixate on Wisconsin? Because he is a statist and the  Wisconsin crisis has revealed his true character as did his reactions to Egypt's revolution.

I am immensely proud of my children. They work hard at school and are focused on their Academics. When they were younger and they asked for items that were unaffordable I would consistently reply with my own question: What would Mick Jagger say? Invariably they would groan "You can't always get what you want". Hopefully Wisconsin will get what it needs as will other states. 2012 is going to be a brutal viscious election and if progressives continue to vilify good men doing what they were elected to do the map of america will be far redder than today. Progressives still have not figured out that not only do the federal & states not have any money neither do the ordinary people who are being taxxed to death.

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