Just a few thoughts as we watch the Wisconsin farce play out. They called the Conservatives obstructionist and labeled the Republicans the party of “No.” So given the Democrat party’s actions in Wisconsin and Indiana, I guess we should label them the party of “Go”. Only cowards run.
I actually believe that if the power of the public school teacher’s unions can be restrained, we might be able to get something done about the deplorable shape of our public education system. By the way, it’s not the teachers…it’s the unions!
MISPLACED SYMPATHY (3/1/11)
You’ve probably heard, “the end justifies the means”.
It is often used to justify immoral behavior if the desired outcome is achieved.
The teachers’ unions in Wisconsin are suggesting that collective bargaining is achieving a worthwhile end and therefore ought not be challenged.
Wisconsin teachers have negotiated the highest pay and benefit package of any teachers in the Midwest, more than twice the average pay of the taxpayers who are paying the bill…certainly a desired outcome…for the teachers. Warranted?
Perhaps if these virtuous people were doing such a remarkable job teaching their students…but they are not. Fully 2/3rds of Wisconsin’s 8th graders cannot read proficiently according to U.S. Dept of Education. Perhaps worse, there has been no improvement in the last 10 years while all these wage and benefit concessions were being won at the collective bargaining table.
Perhaps it could be said these unions are twice guilty…they are defrauding the parents and robbing the taxpayers. You decide, do those ends justify the means?
TYRANNY OF THE MINORITY (3/2/11)
When is the minority justified in violating the democratic process in order to insist on their way?
We’ve now seen a Democratic minority in the Wisconsin legislature attack the fundamental democratic process over their inability to win concessions from the majority on a major bill affecting the financial future of the state.
Tomorrow we will address the legitimacy of their position on the issues, but the question today is the legitimacy of their tactics.
President Obama in bullying his deficit spending and big government agenda through a legislature dominated by his own party told the conservatives, “Elections have consequences and at the end of the day, I won!”
Regrettable though his tactics were, coming directly from the Chicago mob, in our democratic republic, he’s right…and the grown up Republican minority stayed engaged, fought the good fight, cast their votes and took their losses.
In November, when Wisconsin conservatives won by promising to rein in spending, did the liberals graciously concede and behave like grown ups? The answer is obvious.
THE TYRANNY OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING (3/3/11)
Is collective bargaining by public employee unions in the best interest of the citizens these public employees purport to serve?
The major issue in the Wisconsin battle is whether or not the public employees should retain their right to collective bargaining…and does that right have any impact on the state’s budget deficits. Those supporting the Governor insist union demands at the bargaining table have added to the state’s deficit problems and crippled state and local government’s ability to deal with structural issues driving the deficit crisis.
Union supporters insist bargaining rights are not a significant issue and point to their recent concessions to prove their point.
Just one example to support the Governor…the public employees union in one recent bargaining session demanded that the state add free Viagra to their health insurance coverage at a cost of over $800,000 over the period of the contract.
But, when challenged, they quickly remind us it’s all about the children…the Governor’s right, there’s a fox in the hen house.
REAL WORLD IMPACT OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING (3/4/11)
Did you know that because of collective bargaining work rules, Providence, RI was required to send dismissal notices to all 1926 teachers in the city, effective at the end of the school year?
Why you asked? The contract the union negotiated requires the city to give 6 months notice of impending dismissals.
Since the School Board doesn’t know the full extent of the measures needed to overcome a projected $40M deficit next year…and in order to have the flexibility they need to solve the problem, the pink slips are mandated by the union contract.
They surely will not lay off all 1926 teachers. When they resolve the extent of the needed personnel cuts, the required teachers will be rehired…but by then the pink slip trauma caused by the union work rules will have significantly damaged the work environment.
These types of inflexible union rules are common across the country. So, while the unions cry “foul”…public officials are simply complying with the union’s own work rules.
KNOW YOUR ENEMY (3/7/11)
What is the most important rule in war?
In Sun Tzu’s classic work “The Art of War”, he lists “Know your enemy” as critical to success. As we engage the enemies of responsible, constitutional government knowing our enemy is critical to taking back our country.
Herman Cain, a successful businessman, entrepreneur and conservative politician has summarized our enemy’s tactics using the acronym S.I.N.
It is an easy way to understand the liberals and progressives…or whatever they want to call themselves today.
S…Shift the topic. Since they cannot win the public debate on merit, they constantly want to shift the topic.
I…Ignore the facts. Since facts tend to support the conservatives, they tend to impede the liberals…so ignore them.
N…Name calling. You can be sure you’ve won the argument when they resort to name calling to discredit you rather than your position.
When engaging the enemies of our constitution, just remember S.I.N.
Did I mention Herman Cain is black???
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