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The Wisconsin Standoff that Gov. Walker MUST win.

Posted on: February 19, 2011

Dear Readers I still haven’t the energy to blog but I am going to be bringing you some posts from some of my favorite bloggers.   Today the most serious problem we face as a nation is playing out in Wisconsin with the show down between the public sector unions and Gov. Walker.  the Public sector union have ruled in state houses and the city and county elected officials  for decades now and they have been given outlandishly generous salaries and benefits at the tax payers expense.

It was unheard of for public employees to be members of unions and allowed to have collective bargaining until the 1970’s when the Liberals push it thru.  People employed by government traditionally have “safe and steady” jobs and therefore were considered to be well taken care of and compensated by having this security unlike the rest of us who work in the private sector and can lose our jobs just about any time. Now these people who have contracts that say they can not be fired for any reason and have salaries and benefits that would make those of us in the private sector praise the Lord are  literally fleecing the tax payers and in Wisconsin fighting to continue doing so.

I am bringing you the post of my dear friend Dr. Joe Guarino on this topic.  Please do visit Joe’s site; he blogs mostly on  local Greensboro, NC problems but Joe is a brilliant man  and very well informed on the national and international scenes as well.  BB

February 18, 2011

The Wisconsin Standoff

The situation emerging in Wisconsin is a reflection of the precarious economic situation in which we find ourselves.  We no longer have the extraordinarily prosperous society we once had.  Whereas the private sector has undergone a traumatic, impactful contraction, the public sector thus far has emerged relatively unscathed.

The emergence of Chris Christie in New Jersey and Scott Walker in Wisconsin has aroused among conservatives a yearning to see that kind of tough leadership among potential Republican presidential candidates.  Having the courage to face down public sector unions, and draw a line in the sand, is uncommonly seen in American politics.

Now, the unions in Wisconsin are conducting disorderly demonstrations in the streets in order to force a tax increase.  And Barack Obama has expressed solidarity with them, and is even reported to be directing his political troops to try to influence the situation.  This should reawaken the American people as to what Obama is all about.  He has sided with unions trying to force a tax increase for Wisconsin residents; and has sided against those trying to exercise good stewardship.  He has gratuitously interfered in the internal affairs of a state wrestling with budget difficulties.

Every viable organization must be able to have some degree over control over its personnel costs because these typically comprise a huge portion of overall expenses.  If you cannot control personnel costs, you are fighting with both arms tied behind your back.  That is why I have encouraged the city of Greensboro and Guilford County to look at these issues; and that is why C4GC is specifically studying this matter at the county level.

But the state of North Carolina and the federal government need to do so as well.  They are not immune from the effects of these inordinate expenses.

Much rides on what happens in Wisconsin.  If Walker does not win this battle, it will make other leaders gunshy.  This is a drama that will replay in other states, although the outcome will not necessarily be the same elsewhere.  In any case, we need to be rooting for Walker.  We cannot keep handling the public sector as if nothing has happened to our economy.

In the interim, we can survey the mess in the public spaces outside the state capitol building in Wisconsin:

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

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Comments

Enough

Walker is doing what needs to be done. These teachers say it’s all for the children but their actions are saying otherwise. I hope Walker stands firm and will get some help himself to combat the outside influences trying to get him to cave in to the teachers union. Let these teachers get out in the real world of private enterprise and off the public dole and see if they can make a go of it. I’m guessing over 80% would not be able to find a job making what they are now with total compensation included.

Posted by: Enough | February 19, 2011 at 08:41 AM

Enough

Let’s not forget the cowardice of the Democrats who have left the state to avoid a vote. Very nice! That is very telling. They should be relieved of their office.

Posted by: Enough | February 19, 2011 at 08:55 AM

Stormy

What we are seeing happen in Wisconsin is very possibly transformative for our country. Obama and the Democrat Party have cast their lot with the unions and protesters against the elected governor of Wisconsin, who is doing what he campaigned and was elected to do. This is a turning point in our nation. If Walker wins this battle, then it will spread to other states, and Obama and the Democrats know it. It will also bring pressure to bear in Washington for Obama to get serious about financial reform, and endanger his re-election in 2012. However, if they break Walker, then the die is cast for our nation. No financial reform will occur, and we will rapidly decline as a nation. The protesters have compared what is happening in Madison to Egypt. A more apt comparison is what happened in Greece and France, where Entitlement Derangement Syndrome ran wild in the streets. This is a defining moment for our country, and the Democrats know it. Obama has thrown his credibility as a leader on the sides of the protesters, when he dispatched his campaign organizing forces there. Which way will our country go? Will we become just another Western European Socialist country with massive debt from which it can never survive? And, with the foreign policy failures of this administration that we are seeing, with the world now on fire, if Obama is re-elected in 2012, then I am not optimistic about the future of this country. We need someone in the GOP to step forward, ready or not, and I do not think that the old horses are up to the task. I’ll take my chances with someone like a Scott Walker or Chris Christie. Our country cannot afford another John McCain as presidential candidate.

Posted by: Stormy | February 19, 2011 at 09:20 AM

Brenda  Bowers

Thank you Joe. I am taking this to my readers. this situation is dire as Stormy says Walker must prevail or it is over for our nation. this is Greece in the United States. All we don’t have is the police in the streets fighting the crowds and burning cars and buildings. Yet! I think it will come as Thumpka buses in the thugs.

Today the supporters of Walker are also out in the streets. as Stormy said this man said in his campaign speeches just exactly what he would do and he was elected to do it. BB

Posted by: Brenda BowersFebruary 19, 2011 at 10:49 AM

3 Responses to "The Wisconsin Standoff that Gov. Walker MUST win."

Comments from the far left being interviewed by the liberal media have really irked me.
On Thursday these manipulators of the truth said they left the State to a place unknown (we found out later that they went to Illinois) so that they would not be forced to vote on the Governors bill. They claimed that the Republicans refused to sit down and discuss the bill with them and to basically negotiate or compromise. I find it difficult to believe what they say. You cannot sit down and discuss the bill with the Democrats when they are in hiding.

The real reason they left town was so there would be time to bus in thousands of protesters from other states. The Unions who of course backed Obama are causing the big ruckus. Obama has been waiting for the Unions to start an uprising and now he has one. These are his people doing this and with his permission. It’s the ACORN people (I know they changed their name) all over again (An ACORN by and other name is still an ACORN).

This protest is just the beginning. Wait until this spring and then this summer. I think it’s going to be a “Long, Hot Summer,” for both Parties and the rest of the country. I am disgusted with the entire hide and seek antics that the Democrats are initiating. These 14 senators that left town should be thrown out of office. They are not protected by tenure, like the teachers. You know which teachers I’m talking about, it’s the ones who have tenure, can’t teach worth a darn, and are so bad at their jobs that students across the country are dropping out of high school and not graduating. These teachers claim they are doing this for the kids, who the heck do they think they are fooling? They keep these kids out of school for 3 days and maybe more days this coming week. And this is for the kids? The only people in the private sector who believe this dribble are the ones who went to the schools where these teachers were teaching, because no one in the real world believes this bunk. I think you will find these people are fighting to keep their money train rolling down the track to the taxpayer’s bank.

It really is time for the private sector to stand up and say “No more free rides for government employees”. We need to break the Unions, and we need to break all of them. We need to do what Reagan did way back when the air traffic controllers went on strike. Break the Unions. There are enough people unemployed, with teaching degrees who will be happy to take the jobs that the Union people now hold.

America doesn’t need Unions any more. Let’s face it the jobs and industry are gone. I don’t think it’s fair to keep these Union people wallowing in the money we, the private sector pay them thru taxation. Obama said everyone needed to give a little for the country to survive, but really what he meant was the Private Sector needs to keep on giving even when there is no more to give, so that he and his followers can live the high life. Well, I’m saying forget it! Enough is Enough. ss

We did need unions at one time but you are right there is really no need for unions to protect workers anymore because there are so many laws in place to protect employees. In fact, from what is going on in my city I sometimes think there are too many worker protections and nothing for the employer! Our city is being sued by no less than 53 employees that I know of.

As far as Obama and his thugs I have run out of words to describe this monster. He and the Progressive Democrats have destroyed this country and the majority of the damned fools don’t even know it they are just going along for the ride. The Republican House could at least make a pretense of helping to save us but the Pansy A$$eS have the guts to even put forward budget cuts that could do this even knowing they haven’t a chance in hell of getting past Reid.

A POX ON ALL OF THEM! BB

Walker is doing what needs to be done.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO WALKER GO

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