Public Employees on Townhall

Austin Hill - Sun Mar 13

We live at a time when all Americans must sacrifice. All, that is, except those of us who can be politically helpful to our President as he seeks re-election. ... more

Linda Chavez - Fri Mar 11

The vote in Wisconsin to limit public-employee bargaining rights is a decisive turning point in American politics. ... more

Bruce Bialosky - Mon Mar 7

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.) ... more

Walter E. Williams - Thu Mar 3

With all of the union strife in Wisconsin, Indiana and New Jersey, and indications of more to come, it might be time to shed a bit of light on unions as an economic unit. ... more

Jeff Jacoby - Thu Mar 3

If Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker were getting a dollar for every protester, politician, and pundit accusing him of union-busting, attacking public-sector employees, or waging a war on working people -- to say nothign of those likening him to Hosni Mubarak and Adolf Hitler -- it wouldn't be long before he could personally close his state's $137 million budget shortfall. ... more

Kyle Olson - Thu Mar 3

In the ongoing battle between public employees and taxpayers, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has cited WEA Trust, a company that specializes in providing health insurance to school employees, as the number one reason why collective bargaining must be reformed. ... more

Paul Greenberg - Wed Mar 2

Leave it to a prof at the University of Arkansas -- specifically, an economist in its Department of Education Reform -- to go to the heart (and guts) of what all the fuss is about in Wisconsin. ... more

Ann Coulter - Wed Mar 2

For Democrats, the purpose of government is to generously provide jobs for people who otherwise couldn't be hired -- because their skills, attitude or sense of entitlement are considered undesirable in the private sector. And no, I'm not just talking about Barack Obama. ... more

Armstrong Williams - Wed Mar 2

Some startling revelations have come out of the fracas going on in Wisconsin over Gov. Walker and the GOP-controlled legislature facing off against public sector unions, namely the teachers’ union. ... more

Rich Galen - Wed Mar 2

The standoff between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the Democrats in the State Senate has been going on for two weeks and may last for weeks or even months longer. ... more

Debra J. Saunders - Sun Feb 27

In 2008, 56 percent of Wisconsin voters supported Barack Obama for president. In 2009, Wisconsin's Democratic governor and Democratic Legislature passed legislation that raised taxes and fees by about $1.2 billion over three years. ... more

Debra J. Saunders - Sun Feb 27

How Wisconsin has gone from blue to red... ... more

Paul Jacob - Sun Feb 27

Unsustainable compensation rates, all explainable by simple economics. But it's not "market faiure," it is a classic case of government failure. ... more

Linda Chavez - Fri Feb 25

For years, unions have waged war on the GOP, pouring hundred of millions of dollars each election cycle into defeating Republicans at the polls. ... more

Michael Barone - Thu Feb 24

Everyone has priorities. During the past week, Barack Obama has found no time to condemn the attacks that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has launched on the Libyan people. ... more

Steve Chapman - Thu Feb 24

Creating incentives for governments to behave honestly and responsibly? It's a new concept, but it might be worth a try. ... more

Ann Coulter - Wed Feb 23

The good news out of Wisconsin is that public school students' test scores skyrocketed last week, mystifying educators. ... more

Bill Murchison - Wed Feb 23

The showdown in Wisconsin over union privileges is, for all the hubbub that comes in its train, a wonderful, wonderful thing: too long in arriving. ... more

Mona Charen - Tue Feb 22

The particular defunct economist who most dominates the minds of the Obama administration and the Democratic Party is Keynes himself. But events in Wisconsin and a few other states are bringing other economists -- some still very much alive -- to the fore. ... more

Rachel Alexander - Tue Feb 22

Facing a growing tide of opposition over the skyrocketing costs of government employee pension plans, unions in Wisconsin are striking back with underhanded tactics. ... more

Carol Platt Liebau - Mon Feb 21

There’s no doubt that the government-union protests taking place in Madison, Wisconsin are about fiscal responsibility, and the public sector learning to live within its means. But they’re also about much, much more. Above all, the conflict is about whether Americans will continue to be divided into two different classes: Government workers, and the rest of us. ... more

David Harsanyi - Fri Feb 18

Every year government grows, each time a state assigns itself new duties, the monopoly expands. Education is just the worst example. ... more

Bruce Bialosky - Mon Jan 31

Jerry Brown pitched Californians on the concept that he was the right person to heal California’s woes because of his experience. He admitted that at 72 years of age, this was the last stop of his political career and so he could fearlessly confront the state’s daunting challenges. ... more

Cal Thomas - Tue Jan 18

The contrast between what Illinois Democrats did last week and what Republicans have done in Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia and New Jersey, could not be clearer. ... more

Ross Mackenzie - Thu Dec 9

Bulleted comments on items currently in the news.... ... more

Michael Gerson - Fri Nov 12

Following the midterm elections, attention understandably focused on those parts of the South and Midwest where the Obama coalition collapsed. ... more