Well, I guess it’s time for me to weigh in on the situation in Wisconsin and the many other states who also have crucial financial woes. We’ve been fed so much leftist political garbage over the last few weeks that I feel compelled to take my best shot at presenting some facts.
First, Wisconsin is broke! That’s right, It’s broke! Wisconsin has a $3.6 billion deficit --- IT’S BROKE! If you were broke, could you just keep right on spending as you did in the past? I’m afraid not. Frankly, you wouldn’t be allowed to do so. Why? BECAUSE YOU’RE BROKE!! Ohio has a tremendous $8 billion budget hole. OHIO IS BROKE (as is California and several other states)! And, in case you hadn’t noticed, the Obama administration’s wild spending and the ever-increasing debt of our national government means that the U.S.A. is also BROKE! Is that clear enough? Something has to be done to save our nation, and it must begin somewhere. It’s beginning in Wisconsin! Support it!
Governor Walker of Wisconsin has courageously decided to do the right thing. He should be applauded --- not censured! Although our President and the leftist/socialist forces in our nation are trying to convince you that Governor Walker’s budget fight is an aimed assault upon all unions, nothing could be farther from the truth. The governor himself said:
“The bill I put forward isn’t a battle with unions. If it was, we would have eliminated collective bargaining entirely or we would have gone after the private sector unions. But, we did not because they are our partners in economic development. We need them to help us put 250,000 people to work in the private sector over the next four years.”
Why would Governor Walker say that? Simple --- he recognizes that private sector unions are far different from public sector unions. You see, private sector unions exist mainly to get workers a bigger share of the profits that those workers help to produce. But, the public sector (Government) has no profits. So, all that public sector unions can do is to take your tax dollars and redistribute them to the union bosses and to the tax-and-spend politicians that those unions support.
Even President Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- a Democrat and a huge supporter of the private sector labor union movement, realized that public sector unions would be a dangerous mistake for our nation. President Roosevelt said in 1937:
“All government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations ... The very nature and purposes of government make it impossible for ... officials ... to bind the employer ... The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives ...
“Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people ... this obligation is paramount ... A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent ... to prevent or obstruct ... Government ... such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government ... is unthinkable and intolerable.”
You may also be interested in what a private sector union organization had to say about public sector unionism. The AFL-CIO Executive Council in 1959 stated:
“government workers have no right [to collectively bargain] beyond the authority to petition Congress -- a right available to every citizen.”
And, if you want to hear from the horse’s mouth what public sector unionism is all about, you have only to pay attention to Bob Chanin, the retired General Council and top attorney for the National Education Association (NEA) who admitted the following in his 2009 retirement remarks:
“Despite what some among us would like to believe, it is not because of our creative ideas; it is not because of the merit of our positions; it is not because we care about children; and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. The NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.”
That’s quite an admission. However, if the other public sector union bosses were as candid as Bob Chanin, the message would be the same --- they are driven by power! And where do they get that power? We all know that money is power, and they get that money right off the backs of their membership! Members who are forced to pay dues --- just to keep their jobs! And, if members happen to disagree with the union’s political positions, their voice really doesn’t matter. Because, no matter how much a member may object, the same large portion of that member’s mandatory dues will still go to support the union bosses and the liberal politicians whom they can influence. Not only that, but the taxpayers in many of our nation’s states are forced to pay for the dues collection fees and for the ever-increasing costs that are the result of the public sector unions’ so-called collective bargaining. That is just not right, nor is it acceptable! Wisconsin’s Governor knows that, and he’s working hard to correct it.
If we simply look at facts, we can’t help but recognize that the recent cowardly actions of the several liberal Democrat Senators who fled from Wisconsin and went into hiding in order to block a parliamentary vote on Wisconsin’s budget repair resolutions, were driven by fear of the public sector unions rather than by any heartfelt belief or conviction. Those senators are obviously more interested in continuing to obtain their easy-to-get leftist political donations than they are about protecting and serving the State of Wisconsin and its voters in a time of much-needed reform. They should be deeply ashamed!
Let me end this discussion by once again letting you know that I have absolutely no issue with good teachers, firefighters, police or any other dedicated public servants. My problem lies with the union bosses and the left-wing politicians who so many of our public servants are forced to support. I’m absolutely positive that the vast majority of citizens in our great nation join me in knowing how very important our sincerely dedicated public servants are, and how we are unendingly grateful for their service and protection, and how very strongly we support them. We simply do not agree that public servants should be forced to join unions, nor should they be held at the mercy of those unions by being forced to contribute to the socialist policies and politics of those unions.
Please, PLEASE think about these things logically. Our states and the great nation that they comprise are in deep financial trouble. If we are to remain a free Republic, the wild spending and unsecured debt of our federal and state governments has to stop! If our children and grandchildren are to have an exceptional future, we must remain an exceptional nation. Each and every one of us must be ready to make sacrifices in order to preserve our great Republic. Carefully remember and take seriously the words of our 40th President, Ronald Reagan who warned us:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
See you next time. Remember, OUR GOVERNMENT IS STILL BROKEN, AND IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIX IT!