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Wisconsin

2011 February 24
by Bill

At this writing the duly elected Democratic Senators from Wisconsin are hiding out in hotels in Illinois. Not because they are in fear of their lives but because they don’t want to do what they are paid to do; vote up or down on an issue that will make the difference between solvency and financial disaster in their state. They are shirking their sworn responsibility, violating their oaths and in general, acting like Democrats. It has been said that “cowards die a thousand deaths but a hero only once.” It must be hard to be them today, but they made the choice and now they get to live with it

On Monday of this week (2/21/11) Greta Van Sustren of Fox News caught up with and interviewed one of these fine Americans. One of her very early statements was that she was a “woman of Faith.”

Now understand, I am a single issue voter. If you support abortion you do not get my vote. The Democratic platform supports the woman’s right to choose (which is code for pro-abortion). I listened to what she had to say and then thought that her ego may dictate that she have a Face Book page. I was right. The temptation to drop her a note overcame me. My challenge to her was her stand on abortion as a “woman of Faith,” not the obvious AWOL condition. There is an obvious incongruity to this statement and that position so I posed a question about it. Her response led to a dialog about duty, God and character. The exchange took several days and was most entertaining…but I’m getting old and it doesn’t take much these days. Suffice to say that we (she) agreed to disagree and I moved on.

Now a similar issue has driven the “hero’s” of the Democratic Party out of Indiana with New Jersey and Ohio to follow suit. We are watching union goons push people around, threaten them and, in short, and in my humble opinion, act very un-American. Prison is too good a place for this trash. I personally have experienced union goons at “work.” If you have ever worked at a convention in a union town like Philadelphia or New York you know what I mean. Having to pay a union electrician $150.00 or more to plug an extension cord into a receptacle is an example of the level of silliness that we have to deal with if we decide to attend a show in some cities. Refuse and threats follow or your equipment is somehow damaged or lost. I choose to pass on the experience. My filter is broken and I have trouble keeping my mouth shut.

Now understand, I get the reason for unions. In the 40’s, 50’s and part of the 60’s they were needed to stabilize the work environment. But now, the tail is wagging the dog, especially with public sector employees. Why should I, the taxpayer, have to pay for better benefits for government workers than I get for myself and my employees? Collective bargaining only works with a corporation who can adjust pricing to meet the demands of the workers. (Think GM. It is estimated that over 50% of the price of a Detroit manufactured car goes to union benefits!) That does not work when a tax base is used. It places too much of a burden on those who can’t afford it. Somehow this escapes college educated teachers…maybe its the math.

Now my beloved firefighters are getting into the act. They need to be careful. In NYC the system is broken and it is just a matter of time before it all collapses. Take this example:

In the New York Fire Department (FDNY) a member’s retirement amount is based on his last two year’s earnings. This includes overtime. So, what they do is work “mutuals” where they cover another firefighter’s duty time, work holidays, load up on overtime and so forth. A friend of mine was a Lieutenant and retired after 30 years in 1998. He worked his butt off in his last two years and his retirement take home pay is now equal to that of a Battalion Chief! The bad news is that it took 15 firefighters working full time to support his income and when they retire it will take 350 firefighters to support them and so forth. The system is simply non-supportable. Multiply this by all of the police and firefighters in NYC, add the sanitation workers and teachers and you get the picture. Disaster is moments away.

Wisconsin has this same problem, but with less people. The Governor has a plan to stabilize it and to me his plan makes sense. Sadly there are otherwise well educated people who not only don’t get it but are working hard to stop him by not showing up to vote. They have no plan to fix it, just to wield power that they really don’t have. Somehow they don’t get that the bucket is empty. None of what they are doing will place a single dime into the bucket. What am I missing?

Reagan would have fired them all and let the system fix itself. Where are the Reagans when we need them? Where are the people of character? Where are the leaders? I see none. We have an empty suit in the White House and his minions hiding in hotels out of the reach of the law. What a sad situation we have allowed to happen in what was once a great country.

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy. … I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” –Thomas Jefferson

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