If you look closely, there is a sign in this picture that says “Stop Corporate Greed.” But this battle in Wisconsin is not about corporate greed. It has nothing to do with the private sector. If anything, it is about union greed. I’m glad the governor and state legislature is finally standing up against union greed. These unions love to hold the tax payer hostage and demand more and more, while giving us less and less. In fact, if you look at the comparisons between the private and public sector jobs, those in unions are far better off. This comes from years of holding a gun in the process known as collective bargaining. This needs to stop. Gov. Scott Walker needs to stand firm against these union thugs and stop the union greed.
You know that I’m opposed to unions. Yes, I know that in the beginning, they were a good thing. But whenever you have the union thugs making the demands that they make on governments and companies, is the moment that they go too far in their power and authority. After all, unions are not elected by the people, yet they are telling governments what to do. That is too much power and too much unaccountability. So I stand with Scott Walker and the Republicans in Wisconsin against this power struggle by the Dems and union thugs. I know that I’m talking about teachers, but do they really love the children they teach if they close down the schools where they work? If anyone in the private sector walked out on their jobs to protest, we would lose their jobs. Why not these teachers?
Anyway, here is what Scott Walker and the Republicans are trying to do:
Quick facts about Wisconsin’s Budget Repair Legislation
The plan is about reform: Wisconsin’s Budget Repair legislation is about enacting modest – but critical – reforms to public sector entitlement programs that are long past due. The proposal takes on some of the most egregious violators of taxpayer dollars including public employee unions and public sector pensions.
Ending public sector collective bargaining: The plan would end the practice of public sector union bosses strong-arming politicians for exorbitant benefits and absurd contract concessions. The plan rightly calls for an end to the ability of certain public sector unions to band together to pressure policymakers into unnecessary contract concessions.
Respecting the taxpayer: When public sector workers – who are paid with taxpayers dollars – resort to bullying tactics to gain sweetheart contracts filled with plush benefits unheard of in the private sector the taxpayer loses every time.
Respecting the public’s trust: When teachers choose not to teach purely to pad their already lavish contracts with taxpayer dollars they are violating a sacred public trust. Using students and their parents as leverage in contract disputes is a tried and true practice of teacher’s unions that must end.
Stopping out-of-control benefit costs in the public sector: The proposal would prevent unions from forcing extravagant pension and health benefits on the state that only serve to further cripple state budget. Also, the plan would make the commonsense change that public sector wage increases could not exceed a cap based on the consumer price index (CPI) unless approved by voters.
o Also, some contracts would be limited to one year and wage rates would be frozen until the new contract is settled
The public vs. private sector: In Wisconsin, private sector workers make 74% of their state-level public sector counterparts. This is the 48th worst pay differential in the nation and clearly shows that the public sector employee unions aren’t hurting for better pay or benefits.
Paying a fair share: The plan also would help ease the tremendous financial burden placed on the state by its bloated pension plan by finally requiring some public workers to pay their fair share into the program.
o Overall, public employees would fund 50 percent of the annual pension payment – a total that would require a modest contribution of 5.8 percent of 2011’s salary.
More needed reforms: The plan also makes much needed reforms to other problems complicating Wisconsin’s fiscal future. Among them, restructuring the state’s debt burden will help reduce debt service costs by $165 million in fiscal year 2010-11.
You can go to the sight and sign the petition in support of Walker and the Republicans by clicking here. If you want to see what a problem unions our for our public schools, check out this story at Hotair.com. Here is a snippet:
With state budgets collapsing around the nation, an increasingly bright spotlight has been focused on the activities of many public sector unions, perhaps none more so than the teachers unions. Since most of the news is rather alarming to say the least, here at Hot Air we feel obliged to bring you a true feel-good story of union activity to brighten your winter days. With that in mind, I invite you to look over this CNN video journal by reporter Steve Perry. (Video available at the end of this column.)
The story focuses on Central Falls school in Rhode Island, an educational institute in such a sorry state of affairs that their drop-out rates were staggering and many students didn’t even log enough classroom time to receive a grade. Last year, in an apparent sign of throwing up their hands in despair, the school board took the drastic measure of firing all 88 of Central Falls’ teachers.
UPDATE: I’ve been reminded that Ed covered the firing of the teachers last year with full details of just how badly the school was performing.
Now, I already know what you’re thinking here. “But Jazz, what about those poor, unemployed teachers? Couldn’t anyone do anything to help them?”
Fear not! In charged the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers, who not only got all of their jobs back… they landed them a raise. And all of this is taking place in a community which wouldn’t even qualify as “working class” by most standards. The average wages in the Central Falls region are very low. Steve Perry sat down with Supervisor of Schools Frances Gallo to ask her about it.
No matter how you slice it, unions are not good for America. They promote laziness, and the Democratic party.
BTW, the doctors who gave protesters medical notes for missing work are coming under fire from the public. Good deal (by coming under fire, I mean that metaphorically). You can read about it here.
The first sermon is on the faith of Enoch, stressing the point that what we know about Enoch from the Bible is his strong faith, not his work ethic, his job title, the number of children he had, or even the car he drove. What is important to God is our faith in Him, not all the incidentals of life.
The second sermon is on the sanctity of life. I focused on the fact that it is sin to murder a child in the womb because that child bears the image of God AND is God’s handiwork. He is involved in every conception. Therefore to abort a child is to mess with God’s work.
Go here to listen to both sermons.
BTW, I was listening to Laura Ingraham this morning on the radio, and she noted how human both Obama and Supreme Court Justice John Roberts became when they messed up on the oath of office. She made the point that these men are not gods. Amen and amen to that one. That definitely needs to be pointed out in this American Idolatry culture that seems to be exalting Obama to unreasonable deistic levels. They are at least trying to compare him to some Biblical person. Read here.
He is not a god, or a Biblical character… except maybe one of the lesser known kings of Israel. The point is that our leaders are JUST men. He cannot solve America’s problems and will probably make things worse, since he has such a socialistic view on life.
Obama has already promised to pass the Freedom of Choice Act, which would render every law the states have passed on parental notification, etc., null and void. While he is not god, he certainly will get to play god since that will lead to an untethered abortion industry. Just this reason alone is enough to lament his presidency. I know that everyone is yelling, “just give him a chance.“
He has given his promise to the pro-abortion crowd that he will sign FOCA into law. I don’t need to give him a chance to see that his intent is already evil. He has made it clear where he stands when it comes to the unborn. He stands with the abortion doctor, encouraging that doctor to carry on, business as usual. Why should I give him a chance if that is his stance?
I feel like Rush Limbaugh when he said last week that some group wrote to him asking him to write in 400 words or less, what Rush hoped for the Obama Administration. Rush said he could sum it up in four words: “I hope he fails.”
I stand with Rush. I hope Obama fails! I don’t want him to succeed. He is a liberal. Liberalism is not something that I want to see succeed in America. I think it’s bad for America. It seeks to place all our hope and faith in the government, and I find that truly hopeless and devoid of any real solutions for the problems in America.
All these bail outs are case and point. Already, one of the major automakers is saying they will need more money by March. That means we will continue to support a failing industry. What needs to happen is that it needs to fail. Don’t support it. Let them make it on their own. In fact, if you want to bail them out, why not just send the money to the American people instead of to the auto industry. The way I see it, what the auto industry needs is to sell more cars, not give them money to pay off their debts. Just send every American an voucher for $25,000, good for use at any of the big 3 dealerships and let us buy our own cars. That would be more successful than sending the money to the black holes known as the United Auto Workers.
In fact, lets make the voucher good to use at any auto dealer. That way, I could buy a Honda. After all, Hondas are not made by the United Auto Workers. Any car that is made by the UAW is sure to have problems. I know. I have a Honda and a UAW car. Guess which one I have to take to the shop all the time? Guess which one is the newer car? Guess which one the mechanics can’t seem to find the problem with it? Yup! The UAW produced car.
Needless to say, I’m not a fan of the UAW. It is the reason the auto industry is suffering in the first place. Get rid of the UAW and the auto industry will do just fine.
OK, guess I needed to vent! Have a great day!
Here are some excerpts from IBD’s article on it
Filing for Chapter 11 protection under bankruptcy law is the normal way a company stays in business when facing an unmanageable financial situation. It keeps creditors at bay while the company reorganizes under court supervision and settles its debts. In recent years it has served as a refuge for major airlines (Delta and United) which, you may notice, continued to fly while in Chapter 11 and, post-bankruptcy, fly today.
Bankruptcy protection also frees companies from union contracts. Could this be why it seems to have been taken off the table as an option, at least among Democrats? We can only surmise, but it’s clear that a bankruptcy process would be rough going for the United Auto Workers.
The Big Three’s high labor expenses would no doubt need a trim. During the last round of contract talks in 2007, the average hourly costs were over $70 at all three of the domestic automakers, compared to about $48 for Toyota.
Detroit has made progress since then in dealing with one of its crucial labor issues, the funding of health care for retirees, but its unionized plants still put it at a disadvantage to rivals such as Toyota, Nissan, BMW and Honda, which run lower-cost, nonunion operations.
The success of those foreign transplants has led to a steady drain of autoworkers from both the Big Three and the UAW. The union’s membership has fallen from a high of about 1.5 million in 1979 to 465,000 as of 2007 — the first time since World War II that it has stood under a half million. It would no doubt fall further if Detroit goes through the type of reorganization typical of Chapter 11.
Saving a shrinking union is the worst reason to bail out Detroit with taxpayer money. Unfortunately, it may be one of the strongest, politically. That’s why the public needs to be enormously skeptical when it hears that bankruptcy for the Big Three would be a catastrophe for much of the U.S. economy.
Read the rest of the article here.