By now, you know that Wisconsin Democrats were swamped in the November election, losing the Governorship, the State Senate, the State Assembly, and a US Senate seat. Even the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the Assembly were defeated. Not only did the Republicans win big, but they campaigned on the sensible and cost-conscious reforms now being proposed by Governor Walker that would align the rights of Wisconsin public employees with those given to Federal employees. In fact, the largest group of people affected by the proposed reforms – University of Wisconsin employees – just received collective bargaining rights in 2009. What you haven’t been told is that when the Democrats were in power, they passed a law requiring public schools to indoctrinate their students on the history of organized labor in America and the collective bargaining process. Of course, we can be sure that this is being taught evenhandedly and distinguishes between private-employee and public-employee unions – NOT!
Democrats responded to these reforms by fleeing the state, in effect abandoning the job that they were elected to do. The only thing more irresponsible than their childish cross-border escapades is their votes that put Wisconsin in this economic mess in the first place. One would think they would be so embarrassed by their fiscal negligence and the crushing defeat their party suffered in November that they would act responsibly. But Wisconsin Democrats, like most elected Democrats around the country, are owned lock, stock and barrel by the public employee unions – which is, of course, why these measures are necessary in the first place.
Then there are the protesters, most of whom are public employees illegally taking time off from their jobs to demand continuation of their outrageous compensation packages. The residents of Wisconsin, who pay the salaries of these demonstrators, clearly understand that these ludicrous demands are breaking the government and being thrust on the backs of the hardworking middle-class – including private industry union members.
So many teachers abandoned their classrooms that entire school districts had to be shut down. How ironic is it that in one of these districts – the Milwaukee school system – thousands of kids abandon their own classrooms every year by dropping out of school, in effect walking away from all the benefits and prospects that a good education can provide? And how about those teachers caught on tape getting fake doctor’s notes? What a fine example to set for their students. One could argue that they should be fired on a morality clause, but I’m sure their union contract prevents that.
If the Justice Department was doing its job, it would file a RICO lawsuit for criminal conspiracy against the teachers, their union, and the school board. Teachers are forced to pay dues, deftly deducted from their paychecks, to their union, which then packs the school boards with their hand-picked cronies. The school boards then give the teachers and their unions the sweetheart deals that they want – all the time ignoring the thousands of low-income Black and Hispanic dropouts that will never have a chance to succeed in the 21st century. With dropout’s rates in Milwaukee of 54% of their customers (the kids) with 66% for blacks, can there be any doubt of the disgrace of this troika. And this has been going on for decades, thus destroying generations of families.
Anyone who still doesn’t believe that this system needs to be totally reformed hasn’t given any thought to the cost of public education, or the dismal performance of school districts in major cities. (That is, unless they’re a union leader who thinks the answer to his members’ inflated compensation is to raise tax rates even further.)
Governor Walker, you are doing the right thing. Stick to your plan and give ‘em hell!