Sunday, February 20, 2011

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore Toto- Beyond Big Labor Brick Road

“Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having.”- Ronald Reagan

I know it seems like many moons ago when then candidate Barack Obama was talking about how he was going to go through the federal budget line by line to scrap any needless programs, well did a budget come out of Congress last year for 2011? No they didn’t, they signed a extension to get them through I believe September, plus I guess it would be easier for them to plunge our country further in debt by spending money that isn’t there.

Unlike the federal government, states are required to operate within a balanced budget and the case in Wisconsin is no different. Governor Scott Walker campaigned on reform and getting the state budget under control, well that is just what he’s doing. The same is being done here in the State of Arizona. Now many “compulsive spending Democrats” would claim that the state that are asking for huge cuts are coming out of states that are governed by Republicans, but they would be wrong for thinking that, governors in California and New York are pushing for large cuts to their state budget.

Now onto the unfolding issue in Wisconsin with the ‘Big Labor’ crowd. Everyone’s favorite VP, Vice President Joseph Biden said that “We all need skin in the game.” Now if I heard him correctly, that means labor unions as well, but labor unions are trying to get a pass on all these mandates that affect the budget as a whole.

Labor unions pleaded to get an exemption from participating in Obamacare, and now they wish not to chip in a little more for their great benefits. A friend of mine said that teachers don’t make all that much, but in the State of Wisconsin on average make as much as I do. Plus how is the cost of living?

Now I do not want to come across as a man that is against the teacher union, because I do support great teachers and my daughter has one of them educating her. I feel that organized labor does not have the best intentions in mind for the employee or the employer and in this case it is the State of Wisconsin. If the labor unions want to be more liked by the majority instead of being a “bully” that demands their way or the highway then they need to take a look in their trunk and consider a reform themselves, because they spend oh so much money asking the Democrat Party to their bidding.

The argument in Wisconsin is that Gov. Walker is trying to destroy labor unions, but he is simply saying no collective bargaining at this time. Collective bargaining is like bipartisanship, both sides come to an agreement and in most cases one side is asked to compromise their principles in order to move the process forward. Gov. Walker stated that in order to get the state budget under control he will need for union members to pitch in more or face a massive lay-off.

I don’t know about you, but it appears that the teachers can careless where the money comes from. Teachers left the classrooms to ask the government to contribute to deficit spending, which is not a good lesson in economics. In order to save the organization, if it calls for me to contribute a little more towards my benefits and pension then I’m game. The labor unions do not create jobs, nor do they care about where the organizations budget lies. They fight for high wages and Cadillac benefits for everyone, but it is unsustainable over the long run.

In closing, these labor union bosses need to go and allow the union be the strength of the business not the cancer. Profits are ate up by labor unions and not used for their needed purpose and that is for times like this, a slow economy. Big Labor needs to reform and think about the company they work for. If that company were to board up their doors one day, where is the labor union then, assed out of a job? God bless America and I pray that the protesters will come to a sensible resolution and not demand to have their cake and eat it too.      

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