We all have our eyes on the State of Wisconsin and other states this past week, as Democrats fail their elected duties by leaving the state in order to avoid voting on an issue on which they will surely lose. What kind of responsibility is that? When will the citizens of these states decide to impeach those Legislators for failing to fulfill their duties? Will their salaries be docked for the days they spend avoiding their jobs?
As important as this is for Wisconsin, Democrats know it is even more vital to future elections, where monies taken sometimes without agreement by union workers help elect Democrats all the way up to the President of the United States. Union big shot Richard Trumpka is bragging about talking to the White House daily and having meetings in the White House at least several times a week.
Our President has inappropriately inserted himself in the workings of state governments because he knows how important unions are to elections. Since President Obama was inaugurated, the number of federal government workers has increased by 200,000, each of whom pay union dues, part of which go towards election efforts. It's a built-in election slush fund from our taxpayer dollars. Meanwhile children are not being taught and parents miss work to stay home with their children. What does that cost the parents and the state?
The shame of it is that in spite of doubled funds since 1983, only 32% of eighth grade students in Wisconsin are proficient in reading. The top lawyer for the NEA is on video proclaiming that "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. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.”
Union membership was provided by President John F. Kennedy via Executive Order, with no Congressional vote. Unlike in the past, as for coal miners, this was not provided because employers were mistreating their employees. It was a payback for the unions' help in getting Kennedy elected.
Good teachers should be retained, great teachers should be given big raises, and ineffectual teachers should be fired, just like in the real world. We the people should not be forced through taxes to support the unions or their defined benefit pensions which pay a guaranteed amount no matter the value of the fund.
The SEIU has put on their website a new song by Dropkick Murphys that encourages their Wisconsin union friends, with the hope that it will be played at union rallies nationwide. The words include the directive to "take them down, we've got to smash them to the ground". Combine with that the recent words of Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Ma.) that "you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary" and you can see that the progressives are attempting to take the battle of ideas to the level of hatred, bloodshed, and lawlessness. They are showing their panic. Shame on them.
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