Facing a massive budget deficit and the undeniable necessity to cut taxpayer costs, the Governor of Wisconsin has at last stepped forward and - with the help of conservative legislators - put forth a plan to trim costs. What he is doing takes courage. When Evil Prospers applauds these measures and encourages the Governor to stand firm and do the people's business, no matter the threats and bully tactics that are being directed his way.
The main target of his cuts are the public sector unions, a glutton of taxpayer dollars for decades. Actions like this have been needed long before now and it's refreshing to see a group of politicians finally step forward with tangible action to shrink the bloated bureaucracy that has crippled the taxpayers for years.
In response, the public sector workers - namely teachers - have shut down the school system, abandoned their students and gathered in massive protest at the state capitol. Their battle cry is "Freedom! Democracy! Unions!". Well, I guess two out of three aint bad, with a nod to Meatloaf. These people don't believe in freedom in any way, nor do they support democracy, but they very much believe in unions and they are showing it.
Freedom? Does freedom mean coercing students to join your protest? Packing the capitol building with hopes of disrupting the process? Does freedom mean demanding more from taxpayers while giving them mediocre schools and education in return?
Democracy? The Governor and legislature were elected by the people and are therefore in office to do the people's business. You can protest all you want, but seeking to shut down the democratic process and silence your opponents by shouting them down is NOT democracy, nor does it represent freedom. And in yet another nod to tyranny, the democrat senators of Wisconsin have reverted to fugitive tactics and fled the state in order to avoid a vote and, yes, shut down the democratic process. They will not vote unless the law is changed, unless the Governor bends to will of the "workers", whether or not such action is supported by the majority of voters.
This is the union's idea of freedom. This is the democrat party's idea of democracy. Submit to our will or we will cripple the system. Damn the voters. Freedom! Democracy! Unions! Che Guevara would be proud, as would Karl Marx, Fidel Castro, Kim Jung Il, Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin.
And just what is it that has the American Soviets so upset? The Governor is ending their collective bargaining (read: bullying) power, so that children in the public education system can no longer be held hostage by threat of teacher strikes and holdouts. He is requiring public workers to contribute to their own retirement plan (like the rest of us must do); he is requiring them to contribute to their health care plan (like the rest of us must do) and he is requiring ANY pay raise that exceeds the inflation rate to be approved by voter referendum. Imagine that, the people who foot the bill being given a little say-so in how much they have to pay! These measures will save the state a lot of money and go a long way to bridging the massive budget gap the people of Wisconsin face.
Unacceptable, say the Soviets. They want that budget gap closed by tax hikes, namely by hikes on those of us who are already asphyxiated by taxation so they can continue to draw their cush retirements, golden-plated health care benefits, ironclad job security, all while herding our kids through crappy, drug-infested schools and graduating them with barely enough ability to read and write, yet plenty of knowledge about Marxism and a "workers of the world unite" mentality.
I say it's about time something like this was done and I give the lawmakers of Wisconsin a standing ovation, and follow that by asking why is Texas not doing the same? I guess I'll be contacting my state senator soon. Until then, stand firm Governor! Let them protest. Let them threaten. Let them fight all they want, but whatever you don't let them intimidate you. We - the people of America - have had it with these bully tactics of the public service unions and we'll be bullied no more. Their days of gluttony on the backs of people like me are over. God bless you all, and be strong!!