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I have gotten emails asking me to please explain what all the noise is about in Madison, Wisconsin.  I think the following article explains it well.  BB

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Madison Madness: Taxpayers Have Had Enough

by Larry Kudlow

The Democratic/government-union days of rage in Madison, Wis., are a disgrace. Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan calls it Cairo coming to Madison. But the protesters in Egypt were pro-democracy. The government-union protesters in Madison are anti-democracy; they are trying to prevent a vote in the legislature. In fact, Democratic legislators themselves are fleeing the state so as not to vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget cuts.

(Check out the tee shirts and the whole story is told in those few words:  the unions did indeed buy their Democrat legislatures and Congressmen and yes, even and most certainly their President!  BB)

That’s not democracy.

The teachers’ union is going on strike in Milwaukee and elsewhere. They ought to be fired. Think Ronald Reagan PATCO in 1981. Think Calvin Coolidge police strike in 1919.

The teachers’ union on strike? Wisconsin parents should go on strike against the teachers’ union. A friend e-mailed me to say that the graduation rate in Milwaukee public schools is 46 percent. The graduation rate for African-Americans in Milwaukee public schools is 34 percent. Shouldn’t somebody be protesting that(Teachers can not be fired after one two or three years of teaching in a district because they get tenure and then no matter how bad they are even if they go insane they can not be fired!   I mention the insanity because I know of a case where this happened and the teacher was under psychiatric care but still the school district could not fire him and he continued to get a pay check. BB)

Governor Walker is facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit, and he wants state workers to pay one-half of their pension costs and 12.6 percent of their health benefits. Currently, most state employees pay nothing for their pensions and virtually nothing for their health insurance. That’s an outrage.

Nationwide, state and local government unions have a 45 percent total-compensation advantage over their private-sector counterpart. With high-pay compensation and virtually no benefits co-pay, the politically arrogant unions are bankrupting America — which by some estimates is suffering from $3 trillion in unfunded liabilities.

Exempting police, fire, and state troopers, Governor Walker would end collective bargaining over pensions and benefits for the rest. Collective bargaining for wages would still be permitted, but there would be no wage hikes above the CPI. Unions could still represent workers, but they (UNIONS)  could not force employees to pay dues. In exchange for this, Walker promises no furloughs for layoffs.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is also pushing a bill to limit the collective-bargaining rights of teachers for wages and wage-related benefits. Similar proposals are being discussed in Idaho and Tennessee. In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich wants to restrict union rights across-the-board for all state and local government workers. More generally, both Democratic and Republican governors across the country are taking on the extravagant pay of government unions.

Why? Because taxpayers won’t stand for it anymore.

In an interesting twist on this story, even private unions are revolting against government unions. Private unions pay taxes, too. And they don’t have near the total compensation of the public unions. It’s no wonder they’re fed up.

So, having lost badly in the last election, the government-union Democrats in Wisconsin have taken to the streets. This is a European-style revolt, like those seen in Greece, France, and elsewhere. So it becomes greater than just a fiscal issue. It is becoming a law-and-order issue.

President Obama, who keeps telling us he’s a budget cutter, has taken the side of the public unions. John Boehner correctly rapped Obama’s knuckles for this. If the state of Wisconsin voters elected a Chris Christie-type governor with a Republican legislature, then it is a local states’ rights issue.

But does President Obama even know that the scope of collective bargaining for federal employees is sharply limited? According to the Manhattan Institute, federal workers are forbidden to collectively bargain for wages or benefits. Instead, pay increases are determined annually through legislation.

Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker said it would be “wise” for President Obama to keep his attentions on Washington, not Wisconsin. “We’re focused on balancing our budget,” he said in a television interview. “It would be wise for the president and others in Washington to be focused on balancing their budget, which they’re a long ways from doing.”

Amen.

Obama should stay out. And Governor Walker should stand tall and stick to his principles. A nationwide taxpayer revolt against public unions can save the country. Otherwise, the spiraling out-of-control costs of state public-union entitlements will destroy the local fisc, just as surely as the unreformed federal entitlements of Social Security and health care are wrecking our national finances.

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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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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


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