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>Wisconsin Unions Chose The Wrong Governor To Fight With

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February 23, 2011
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Associated Press is reporting that they received a press release from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Tuesday, warning that state employees could start receiving layoff notices as early as next week if a bill eliminating collective bargaining rights isn’t passed soon.
“Walker said Tuesday in a statement to The Associated Press that the layoffs wouldn’t take effect immediately. He didn’t say which workers would be targeted.”
In his statement to the AP, Walker said, “Hopefully we don’t get to that point.” What he means is that if the feckless Democrats who are hiding out in Illinois would return to Wisconsin to participate in voting on the bill he proposed, then we could get on with the cuts he proposes – which are minor ones adding some $30 million to his state’s treasury.
Senate Democrats walked out – I should say ran away in the middle of the night – last week rather than vote on Walker’s bill that would force public workers to pay more for their benefits. He also wants to eliminate collective bargaining for nearly all workers except over issues of salary, and they would be limited to negotiating only up to increases in the consumer price index.
Now that we’re beyond the AP hype for unions, lets get down to the real facts. Scott Walker, like most governors of states across the nation, is faced with an unbalanced budget unless he reduces expenses. He proposed that the freeloading teachers should bear a small portion of their own pension and health expenses. You see, right now these moochers – who, by the way, are some of the worst teachers in the world. Two thirds of Wisconsin’s eighth graders lack acceptable reading skills, according to tests – pay nothing for their health care insurance and nothing for their lavish pensions.
Governor Scott Walker made a reasonable request. It was that teachers start paying about six percent of their own pensions and twelve percent of their health care costs. Wow, what a small amount to require them to pay. Yet they are fighting that request.
What is harder for them to swallow, or for unions to accept, is a reduced role. Now, when the bill passes, unions will be able to bargain for wages only, not for benefits, but their demands must be no more than consumer cost index inflation increases for the year. That could be one or two percent last year.
But when the coming inflation on commodities hits us hard, that could be twenty-percent-per year. Most of you, my readers, don’t believe in rampant inflation in America. But mark my words, it’s coming. In fact it’s already here. I warn you – when gas starts costing Americans five dollars a gallon our monthly food bill will be so high many Americans will starve. Harsh words to swallow, right?
That is unless they have a six-month or a year’s supply of food, clothing, and money.
Is Scott Walker a mass murderer? No!
Teachers unions mounted a massive protest, printing signs that likened Walker to Stalin and Hitler, who exterminated millions sixty-five years ago in Russia and Germany and throughout Europe. Six million Jews were killed by the Nazis, for example; Stalin killed thirty million. Now, come on folks, is Scott Walker like that? Of course not. The Unions have become the biggest liars and creators of ill will in the history of mankind. They would paint this man as an enemy. When actually history is proving he is the best thing that happened to Wisconsin.
Scott Walker was elected to balance the budget. That is why Rassmussen Polls show he has wide support for his bill. He actually wants to solve a problem, a big problem. If there is no money in the tills, Walker said he would start laying off employees. Wouldn’t you?
Democrats are lined up solidly with those union liars, protestors, and teachers and school administrators who have been mooching off public tax money. How many private entrepreneurs do you know who have someone else pay for the health and pension costs? None.
Where are your priorities Democrats?
Democrat lawmakers would rather run away to Illinois and hide out in a motel in support of their source of campaign donations, Unions, than to serve the people who put them in office, the voters of Wisconsin. This happened in Texas and see where it got the Democrats. At that time they were in the majority in the legislature. Now they are a minority party in Texas..
Unions have chosen unwisely where to take a stand. It’s a stupid Waterloo for the unions to pick. In Ohio and Wisconsin, and in states all over the country, this is a battle that they cannot win. It will result in the downgrading of unions and all because they took the wrong tact.  No one supports the teachers’ cause anymore except families of the teachers. All thanks to some poor choices of the unions led by Richard Trumpka of the AFL-CIO. I was forced to belong to that union when I was a newsman for the Associated Press.
Unions have lost their usefulness. All Walker wants to do is reduce union power. I think as we balance what needs to be done in America and what the greedy union bosses want, we all want what Walker wants. He wants to balance his budget. States can’t borrow money like our inept Federal Government has done. If they don’t balance the budget they may have to declare bankruptcy. That’s the last resort, not the first thing Scott Walker wants to do.


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>Union Thugs Threaten To Hijack American Freedom In Wisconsin, Tennessee, Idaho… Ohio…. Where Will It Stop?

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IN WISCONSIN: DEMOCRACY IS ON THE LINE

By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

Published on DickMorris.com on February 18, 2011

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Democracy is on the line in the streets of Madison, Wisconsin.  Will the popularly elected state legislature and governor (both now Republican for the first time in forever) get to run the state or will the union thugocracy, now crowding the streets, prevail?
    
The spectacle of Democratic legislators hiding out in the woods to avoid creating a quorum in their legislatures illustrates, more profoundly than anything else ever could, the extent to which we have lost control of our destiny and government to the public employee unions.
    
The teachers unions, the Service Employees, and AFSME have hijacked state government and are now holding them for ransom.
    
We are all citizens of Wisconsin now!  Our freedom is on the line.  
     
At last some real leaders are emerging within the Republican Party – the newly elected governors!  Governors Chris Christie (NJ), Mitch Daniels (Ind), Scott Walker (Wisc) John Kasich (Ohio), Jim Corbett (Pa), Jan Brewer (Ariz), and Butch Otter (Idaho) are showing America how it is done.
    
The union mobs have taken to the streets in Wisconsin to protest hotly against having to pay 12.6% of their health insurance (the private sector average is 20%) and 5.8% of their pensions (private sector average is 7.5%).  They want us to subsidize them so they can get to be richer than we are!  Upward redistribution of income!
    
Governor Scott Walker, the courageous, young Republican just elected in Wisconsin also wants to limit teachers union bargaining to wages and benefits, but to leave work rules in the hands of school administrators.  His ideas are vital to good schools but outrageous to the entrenched defenders of bad education in the teachers unions.
    
The most innovative governor in America – and also a likely GOP contender for president – is Bush’s former OMB director Mitch Daniels.  He is pushing forward with an exciting bill for statewide choice in schools, limits on teacher collective bargaining, caps on salary increases, and tenure reform.  He has already pioneered using Health Savings Accounts to reduce health insurance costs – voluntarily – for state workers.    

In Tennessee, with no noticeable leadership from the Republican governor Bill Haslam, the GOP state legislature is taking matters into its own hands.  Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Dolores Gresham and Representative Bill Dunn have taken the lead in pushing legislation to prohibit collective bargaining with teachers unions entirely.  They are also planning moves to expand school choice.  Their landmark bill has just been reported out of the Senate Committee and, with Republican majorities in both houses, is likely to become law.
    
In Idaho, a gutsy Education Commissioner (elected) Tom Luna had his car vandalized and his family got death threats for trying to expand the pool of teachers to include all college graduates so as not to be limited to the indoctrinated graduates of education schools.
    
In Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, bills to advance school choice and reform schools are advancing.
    
And then there are the cowards – Governor Rick Scott of Florida who electrified the state with his bold proposal for education vouchers for statewide school choice only to shelve the bill and abandon it when the going got tough.  He was aided and abetted by State Senator Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville) who acted like a RINO by surrendering to the unions and letting the voucher proposal die in his education committee.
    
But there are enough courageous and true conservatives out there to move the cause forward…rapidly!

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