This week has brought us a turn of events in Wisconsin that should be bothersome to any clear-headed American.
Governor Scott Walker and the Republican legislature have been tasked, by the voters of Wisconsin, to close a huge hole in the state budgets.
They are voting on legislation to reduce the overblown influence and financial train wreck that is the public unions.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has demanded that state workers contribute roughly 5.8 percent of their wages toward their retirement. He wants them to pay for 12 percent of their health-care premiums. Those modest employee contributions would be the envy of many workers in the private sector.
Walker wants government officials to have authority to reshape public-employee benefits without collective bargaining. Walker wouldn’t remove the right of unions to bargain for wages.
Yep, he is asking the union members/teachers to help close the fiscal hole by receiving benefits that are still wildly better than the average private sector job.
As the free-market MacIver Institute in Wisconsin points out, the benefits concessions Walker is asking public union workers to make would still maintain their health insurance contribution rates at the second-lowest among Midwest states for family coverage. Moreover, a new analysis by benefits think tank HCTrends shows that the new rate “would also be less than the employee contributions required at 85 percent of large Milwaukee_area employers.”
Now you have union thugs from all over America, backed and instigated by President Obama, organizing protests in Wisconsin. From the Washington Post:
The president’s political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to get thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.
Their efforts began to spread, as thousands of labor supporters turned out for a hearing in Columbus, Ohio, to protest a measure from Gov. John Kasich (R) that would cut collective-bargaining rights.
By the end of the day, Democratic Party officials were organizing additional demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana, where an effort is underway to trim benefits for public workers. Some union activists predicted similar protests in Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
And the protesters in Wisconsin have been vile , “uncivil“, and violent in their protests. Somehow that has escaped the heavy breathing hysterics generated by the media after the Giffords shooting and subsequent blame placed upon “uncivil” Republicans.
Worse, teachers have walked off their jobs, some with willing (?) students in tow, to attend the protests. These teachers should be fired for lying and for walking off their jobs.
I find it ironic that the very people being asked to accept benefits in line with the private sector feel so put-upon….but those same employees have been allowed to walk off of their jobs and, so far anyway, still have their jobs. What private sector company allows that to happen?
This is not about the “children”, about a love of teaching, or about “fairness”. This is about union thugs who see their immense power being stripped away. These very unions in Wisconsin REQUIRE that teachers become members and take their money from them for dues. But they call out the Wisconsin governor as the so-called “dictator”. In actuality, the Wisconsin governor was democratically elected and is fulfilling his duty as such…as are the Republican legislators. The Democratic legislators in Wisconsin have chosen, amidst the impending vote yesterday, to mimic the teachers and walk off of their jobs….all in the name of “freedom” and “democracy”.
And further, from the Chicago Tribune opinion pages:
Public sentiment is changing. There is a growing sense that public-sector unions are not battling for better, safer workplaces. They’re not battling unscrupulous employers. They’re battling … the common good.
These people would not know the “common good”, democracy, freedom and TRUTH if it all came up and bit them in the butt…..which, hopefully, it is about to do.
The creation of public-sector unions has created massive corruption and entitlement mentalities among its members. The original union intent of protecting employees has, especially in the public sector, become nothing but a power force for Democratic politicians and an entitlement generator for less-than-stellar workers and inefficient production. Chicago-Tribune:
Private-sector union membership has declined over the years, while public-sector unions have thrived. One reason: In the private sector, unions and management may argue but they have a common cause. They understand that if their company cannot compete, it will fold and no one will have a job. Look what happened to the U.S. auto industry.
Governments don’t operate under the constraints of market forces. They operate under political forces. Public unions play an inordinate role in the selection of management — witness the heavy union support for Gov. Pat Quinn’s election last year. In Illinois, labor and management, Republicans and Democrats, have been complicit over the years in overpromising wages and benefits. In negotiations, they essentially sit on the same side of the table: Public officials who generously compensate workers tend to reap votes, contributions and campaign work from those same employees and their unions.
This is the fight upon which we have found ourselves in Obama’s America. The agitator-in-chief has what he wants….his paid, organized thugs whipping up a frenzy worse than anything the Tea Party has been accused of doing. Obama wants this tension, he wants the continued campaign revenue that freely flows from the teachers’ pockets, to the union thugs, to the Democratic Party and to Obama.
It is a disgusting display by a President. And the greedy socialists marching for made-up “rights” are disgusting excuses for Americans….and worse-than-bad examples of “teachers”.
Speaker John Boehner posted on Facebook today a clear message to Obama:
President Obama this week attacked Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to get Wisconsin’s budget under control, even sending in the Democratic National Committee to spread disinformation. If the president truly wants an “adult conversation” about our fiscal challenges, shouting down reform-minded leaders is a bad way to start. Call off the attacks and lead, Mr. President.
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