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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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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

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Richard Trumka, President of the CIO-AFL  (national unions) is a frequent visitor to Obama’s White House.  He is an evil man and spawn  of the Thugocracy.   He is a man we must watch very carefully.  I am posting some videos to let you see him in his own words.  The first one is his denial of the meaning of the elections.  Listen to how he twists and turns this.  He is better than Pelosi!

Listen to all of them, especially  the last three.   I have been trying to keep you informed about what the unions are doing and demanding from tax payers.  The  CIO-AFL is the  largest union in our country because it incorporates  many smaller unions and takes dues from all of the members of these smaller unions.  Remember the government workers unions are the fastest growing and they are members of the CIO-AFL thus giving Trumka a great deal of power.   This man by representing government workers unions is gaining power over the tax payer.  He is taking over the government thru these government employee unions and by calling a strike he can shut down any part of or all of the governments: federal, state, county, city.  BB

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I am third  generation in America  as my grandparents came from Russia in 1910 so I am very close to the immigrant problems and the problems of immigrants.  My grandparents however were legal immigrants and that makes all the difference.   I have said however that if I lived in a country as poor as Mexico and just by walking across a shallow river I could get a job making a decent living for my family then I damned well would.  That said I do think we need to get a handle on the problem and that MUST begin by closing our borders.  Second we must deal with the illegal immigrants who are already here in a reasonable way.  This is why I was hesitant to present this information emailed to me.  Then I remembered that I have promised to present the news I felt my readers should know  and we all as Americans should understand the cost to America of  continuing  as we have been with the problem on our borders which are getting much worse as Mexico falls into a more violent  country.  BB

Here from an email:

You think the war in  Iraq was costing us too much?  Read this:

We have been hammered with the propaganda that it was the  Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us.
I now find that to be RIDICULOUS.
I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them.  I also have included the URL’s for verification of all the following facts…

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state
governments.

Verify at:
http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters7fd8

2.  $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.HTML

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens. Verify at:
http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.HTML

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt..0.HTML

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

verify at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. Verify at:
http://transcripts.cnn.com/%20TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

7.  30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://transcripts.CNN.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML
<http://transcripts/..cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML%3E;

8.  $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

Verify at: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.HTML

9.  $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSC%20RI%20PTS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

10.  The illegal aliens in the United States  have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens.  In particular, their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US .

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn..com/TRANscriptS/0606/12/ldt..01.HTML
<http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0606/12/ldt..01.HTML%3E;

11.  During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries.. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the US  from the Southern border.

Verify at: Homeland Security Report:

12.  The National policy Institute estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.

Verify at: http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute..org/PDF/deportation.PDF

13.  In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin.

Verify at: http://www/..rense.com/general75/niht.htm
<http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm%3E;

14.The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One million sex crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants  in the    United States .

Verify at:  http: // www.drdsk.com/articleshtml <http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml%3E;
http://ww/%20w.drdsk.com/articleshtml <http://20w.drdsk.com/articleshtml%3E;

The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR AND IF YOU’RE LIKE ME, HAVING TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY; IT IS $338,300,000,000.00.

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I would like to add one more thing for which I am not going to add a reference because there are just too many references  from Andy Stern and SEIU Service Employees  International  Union videos.   This union accepts for membership anyone regardless of legality.  Remember this fact when you are watching the  big rally sponsored by these unions and communist and socialists organizations in Washington this Saturday.   SEIU’s head thug stated that they are sending 500 buss loads to the rally.  When asked if they all volunteered to go to the rally he stated that they “were required to go but they also wanted to go”.    Yeh, you bet.   So the upshot is that you will see a great many illegals at the rally who may or may not have wanted to attend.  All SEIU members who pay dues for the Head Thugs to use for politics and getting their socialists agenda thru.  BB

Teachers union helped unseat Fenty – Ben Smith – POLITICO.com.

Government workers get paid with your tax dollars therefore when government workers unions spend money to help elect or defeat a politician then they are the dues taken from their pay which are your  tax dollars to do it.  It happened really big and got Obama elected, and now the government workers unions are going after the small fry in cities, states and counties all over the United States.  How does it feel to pay for your own shake -down?  BB

The American Federation of Teachers spent heavily to unseat Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and to put the brakes on his aggressive efforts to shake up the city’s schools system.

The national union spent roughly $1 million in contributions to a labor-backed independent expenditure campaign — also supported by the public workers union AFSCME — and on its own extensive political operation, a Democratic political consultant familiar with the details of the spending told POLITICO. The spending suggests that the vote — while not a referendum on Fenty’s attempt to shake up the school system — was deeply shaped by that policy. And while the teachers union has been careful not to claim the scalps of Fenty and his schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, the election may serve as a political shot across the bows of other urban officials considering similar policies.

Morning Bell: Labor Day Has Become Government Day | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News..

Government workers are more and more members of unions and are shaking the tax payers down.

Blackmail is the name of the game:  You give us more or we shut off your water or fail to deliver you mail causing you to be late on payments due.  Or we shut down your schools and sent all the students home for working families to have to make other arrangements for child care.  the list of things the unions can do to get their way is endless when the unions control our governments which provided needed services.

Should Government employees be allowed to join unions?  There was a time when the job security these jobs offered was considered adequate compensation for not allowing union and bargaining for wages and benefits.

I heard on FOXNEWS  today that just two unions are giving  are giving a total of $90 Million to Democrats for this election alone.  Democrats because of this money extorted from workers in the guise of union dues  is being used to  enhance the campaign funds of politicians they feel will give them even more of a hold over the tax payer.

And don’t be fooled by the fact that this election the Democrats are getting the unions dollars because may Republicans in the past have been buddies with the union also.  Watch carefully who you vote for and get his/her promise to reduce the power of unions in our public sector (government employees).BB

This Labor Day marks a milestone in the history of the U.S. union movement. It is the first Labor Day on which a majority of union members in United States work for the government. In January the Department of Labor reported that union membership in government has overtaken that in the private sector. Three times as many union members work in the Post Office as in the entire domestic auto industry. The face of the union movement is not a worker on the assembly line but a clerk at the DMV.

This is a dramatic shift for the union movement. The early trade unionists did not believe that unions had a place in government. They believed the purpose of unions was to redistribute business profits from owners to workers and the government makes no profits. Not until the 1960s did unionizing government employees become widespread. Now government employees make up 52 percent of all union members.

So what? Why should Americans care if unions are now dominated by workers who get their paychecks from governments, instead of workers who get their paychecks from private firms? There’s one simple reason: private firms face competition; governments don’t.

Collective bargaining, the anti-trust exemption at the heart the labor movement’s power, was created to help workers seize their “fair share” of business profits. But if a union ends up extracting a contract from a private firm that eats up too much of the profits, then that firm will be unable to reinvest those resources and will lose out to competitors. But when a union extracts a generous contract from a government, there is no check on that spending. Instead of being forced out by more efficient competitors, the government just raises taxes.

The shift from private to public sector has fundamentally changed organized labor’s priorities. Unions used to support policies that would help their private sector employers grow. But now that they are largely dependent on the government, the only growth that unions are interested in is the growth of government. So unions push for tax increases across the country. Consider recent union activism:

Government unions are the backbone of the Obama dependency economy. Taxpayers should not have to subsidize union campaigns, much less those that call for tax increases. At the very least Congress should end the automatic payroll deduction of union dues.

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Star Parker is one o my favorite columnist because shespeaksd from experience.  She was born and raise in the ghetto and rose above it with hard work and talent.  Her book,  “Back on Uncle Sam’s Plantation”  should be read by anyone who believes in government handouts.  BB

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In Washington, It’s the Money that Talks

by Star Parker

Washington’s latest bailout of bleeding state governments, $26 billion worth, has gotten attention because, among other things, almost half the bailout is financed by cutting $12 billion from food stamps.

But isn’t food stamps a signature program for the liberal Democrats who passed this spending bill? Isn’t government money for the poor what Democrats are supposed to be about?

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How, in these tough times, do Democrats who control congress decide who’ll get funded and who not?

This is the latest example, particularly illustrative, showing that Washington is less and less about ideas and values, and more and more about interests, power, and money.

In this case, we’re talking about unions. Of the $26 billion the bill appropriates, $16 billion goes to state Medicaid programs and the other $10 billion to unionized state and local government employees.

Of the top twenty PACs in the country, eleven are union PACs. Number eight on the list is the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Workers ($1.8 million dollars in campaign contributions in the current election cycle). Number seventeen on the list is the American Federation of Teachers ($1.5 million in contributions).

Needless to say, around 100% of these union political contributions go to Democrats.

Union membership today is mostly a government phenomenon.

Whereas 7% of private sector employees are unionized, 35% of government employees are.

So with each incremental growth in government, unionized workers gain disproportionate power and influence over all our lives. Unions understand that big government is their bread and butter, so unions, that represent 15% of all American workers, account for more than 50% of the nation’s largest Political Action Committees.

The problem should be clear. Regardless of the narrative you want to use to explain how we got into the current difficult economic times, there is only one way out. That’s flexibility, creativity, and innovation.

But in areas that are unionized – mostly government – we hit the wall. Union contracts prohibit wage adjustments or any kind of market flexibility.

Over the last ten years, wages have risen for state and local government workers by 19% compared to 9% in the private sector.

Nobel laureate economist Gary Becker writes: “During this recession, wages did fall for many workers, but mainly among non-union workers….For example, the state of Illinois has the largest fiscal deficit as a percent of its budget of any state… It required many of its high level non-union employees to take 24 unpaid leave days, or about a 9% cut in their salaries, since the state government cannot touch the wages of their many unionized employees.”

Regarding pleas about saving teachers’ jobs, it’s not about this at all. It’s about teachers’ unions refusing to make concessions and hard adjustments like all Americans are making.

Steve Moore of the Wall Street Journal recently wrote about the refusal of the teachers’ union in Milwaukee to negotiate with the local school board and make any concession in which teachers would have to contribute something to their health plan. Their plan, according to Moore, costs taxpayers $26, 844 per family, compared to $14,500 which typifies private employer plans.

The union held out, letting some teachers get laid off, waiting for bailout from Washington.

Priorities in Washington have always been influenced by who’s got the money as opposed to who’s got the ideas. Today mores than ever.

And for the poor?

The main way to end the poverty cycle is to get poor children educated. And it’s the teachers’ unions that fight school choice.

A major driver of poor youth unemployment is the minimum wage, aggressively supported by unions.

But unions have campaign funds. So they will step ahead of the poor in line when Washington sets priorities. This will be true whether it’s a question of funding existing programs for the poor, like food stamps, or pushing forward innovative market based ideas to combat poverty.

Serious Questions Raised About Obama Tactics in 2008 Election.

No!  Not our dear President Obama.  Say it isn’t true!   I just can’t believe this wonderful, “clean” (according to VP Biden) young American (maybe?) would have anything to do with  anything corrupt.  After all he said over and over again that his administration would be  free of all corruption and the most translucent in history.  (Could he have meant perhaps Soviet Russian history or perhaps the history of Nazi Germany?).

I get a rise out of Democrats who are finally seeing the light.  Obama was so blatantly  lying during his campaign that  chain saws froze up getting thru the solid muck, but those who refused to see did not see and are now sooooo surprised.   There were those of us who were crying in the wilderness from the beginning but no one was willing to listen.  Especially the Main Stream Media! ABC, CBS,  NBC, MSNBC, and even CNN couldn’t sing  Obama’s praises enough.  In fact they were so loud and loyal that even other Democrats could not get thru to them.  The New York Times, The Washington Post and Newsweek went far beyond singing praises and actually lied for Obama.  Now we all have to pay the price for these people’s duplicity.  Creatures like Obama do not come out of the dark and survive without the help of  many, many  fools.  BB

Serious Questions Raised About Obama Tactics in 2008 Election

By Roger Aronoff  |  August 6, 2010

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Recently AIM interviewed Gigi Gaston, director of the documentary film, “We Will Not Be Silenced.” The film documents voter intimidation and corruption by forces working for then-candidate Barack Obama at Democratic precinct caucuses and state conventions during the 2008 Presidential primary. The filmmaker is surprising in that she is a lifelong Democrat, whose grandfather was the mayor of Boston and later the governor of Massachusetts, and she is a Hollywood screenwriter.

She says that after receiving a call from a former congressional investigator, she went to Texas to look into charges of voter irregularities in the Democratic caucus process to choose their presidential nominee. It was down to Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. What she found, as described on the website for the film, was “falsified delegate counts, falsified documents, and other violations” And she describes the “disenfranchising of American citizens by the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign,” and said that the “infamous campaign of ‘change’ from Chicago encouraged and created an army to steal caucus packets, falsify documents, change results, allow unregistered people to vote, scare and intimidate Hillary supporters, stop them, threaten them, lock them out of their polling places, silence their voices, and stop their right to vote.”

Through interviews with people with a first-hand knowledge of what was going on, including civil rights activist Helene Latimer, a very disturbing picture formed of what the Obama campaign was up to in order to “win” the nomination. Attorney Gloria Allred is shown calling for the elimination of the caucuses.

Ms. Gaston described how the Clinton campaign attempted to bring evidence of some of these irregularities to the attention of the media, but they were largely ignored.

You can listen to the full interview, or read the transcript here.

Here are some additional quotes from the interview.

“In Sioux City, Iowa, alone, out of a caucus where a hundred people caucused for Obama, 40 people had the same address.  Different things like that I saw, but the people are really the things that made me realize what was going on was far more serious than what I’d gone down to do, which was basically to prove everyone wrong.  And I was even more startled that when you actually tried to say something about it, and let people know, especially the press in this country—I think not only is our voting in great jeopardy here, but I think the press is.”

“…if you had an Obama sticker on, they didn’t check ID, they just waved you into the room to stand on the side of Obama.  That happened constantly.  A lot of people weren’t even from that precinct, in that area.  If I want to caucus, and, say I’m in Venice, California, or Santa Monica, California, I can’t go to Malibu and caucus also.  There were a lot of repeats, of people going all over. Bussing in was the worst part.  I don’t know if you saw, in the documentary, where all these parents didn’t know where their kids had been taken, and they’d been taken across from Illinois into Indiana, and caucused, bought dinner, and returned.  It’s not legal to pay someone to vote for you.”

“I haven’t left the [Democrat] party yet, because I’m in to try to see if this is one last shot, that they could totally be heroic, unite the party, and address this.  I know it’s a crazy hoop-dream, but I haven’t left the party yet.  I definitely don’t believe in what—the great gifts we were given as people that came to this country.  I don’t believe that it’s still there.  I really am concerned about our voting.  I really don’t feel we’re going to have—that our votes are ever going to be represented again if we, as people, don’t go, ‘Hey!  You guys have to address this!’”


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