The Unions’ Cozy Relationship with Democrats

    Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Tim Carney to discuss unions, Wisconsin and the influence of special interests. Then Pejman Yousefzadeh discusses Chicago’s new Mayor, Rahm Emanuel. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email us, you can do | Read More »

    The term “ObamaCare”

    A blog at the Atlanta Journal Constitution asks a question about whether “ObamaCare” is a disparaging word. Extreme liberal Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz from Florida thinks so and got into a huff about it. She felt it was important enough to pick at this that she had to interrupt a colleague’s speech (hey, I thought interruptions earn a nasty glare from her leader, Pelosi?) and | Read More »

    Wisconsin Political Pie à la Mode

    The curdling of representative government is not peculiar to the Dairy State. What we’re witnessing in Wisconsin is symptomatic of the alarming decline in conduct and job performance of the stewards whom we “hire” to work for us at the local, state, and federal levels. Which should beg the question, Who helps create the environment that permits such brazen malfeasance to root and behave like | Read More »

    Gov. Kasich (R, OH) Chews iron, spits nails…

    …on public sector unions.  Gov. Kasich is unamused at the notion that it’s somehow unacceptable to even note that public employees are getting great deals on healthcare at taxpayer expense – and by great deals I mean ‘Ohio public sector employees are paying between one half and three-quarters what Ohio private sector employees pay:’ The 9%/23% number there*, by the way, is one of the | Read More »

    Gov. Kasich (R, OH) Chews iron, spits nails…

    …on public sector unions.  Gov. Kasich is unamused at the notion that it’s somehow unacceptable to even note that public employees are getting great deals on healthcare at taxpayer expense – and by great deals I mean ‘Ohio public sector employees are paying between one half and three-quarters what Ohio private sector employees pay:’ The 9%/23% number there*, by the way, is one of the | Read More »

    Scott Walker’s Good Example and Mitch Daniels’ Bad Example

    Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed In American politics, all eyes this week have been turned toward Wisconsin, where the clash over the bargaining process and entitlements for public employee unions has sparked protests and legislator walkouts. Today on Coffee and Markets we’re talking with Mark Mix, head of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, about his views on the battle in | Read More »

    Scott Walker’s Good Example and Mitch Daniels’ Bad Example

    Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed In American politics, all eyes this week have been turned toward Wisconsin, where the clash over the bargaining process and entitlements for public employee unions has sparked protests and legislator walkouts. Today on Coffee and Markets we’re talking with Mark Mix, head of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, about his views on the battle in | Read More »

    Fixing Education: An Insider’s Perspective

    There are a lot of problems in public education today. There are a host of news stories about budgetary concerns, failing schools, test pressures, and other ills plaguing our nation’s schools. For too long the answer has been one extreme or another: more money, or cut funding. We’ve got to get creative in our approach to fixing the problems; rehashing the same old debate year | Read More »

    Going Nuclear in Wisconsin

    To pass budget-related measures in the Wisconsin state Senate, a quorum of 20 Senators must be present. Because the Senate Dems have deserted their posts and are now fugitives, only 19 Senators are present preventing the collective bargaining measure to be voted on as a part of the budget repair bill. There is an option for Republicans. The collective bargaining measure could be stripped from | Read More »

    Time to apply stronger measures in Wisconsin?

    Democrats understand the concept of “By Any Means Necessary.” They use it persistently and consistently. I think we are about to find out if Republicans have the stomach to return the favor. I understand the quorum requirement is less stringent for non-budgetary matters, and the Republicans can take them up without the Dems.. I suggest the Wisconsin state legislature take up some non-budgetary topics now, | Read More »

    Go, Scott! Go!!

    It was inevitable, this clash between those who seek and feel as though a sinecured, privileged entitlement is a birthright of some sort, and those who have to pay for it. It’s a pretty up and down argument. At least, you would think so. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker may turn out to be the left’s greatest nightmare. Governor Scott Walker Wisconsin’s governor and state legislature | Read More »

    Wisconsin Republicans: Bring Right To Work to a vote.

    From the diaries by Erick I’m not an expert in how the legislative process works in Wisconsin, but I’ve heard enough in the last few days to gather that the Democrats have been able to stop the budget bills from passing because they require a quorum. Without the Dems being there, the GOP is one vote short of the required number. The flip side of | Read More »

    Wisconsin Republicans: Bring Right To Work to a vote.

    From the diaries by Erick I’m not an expert in how the legislative process works in Wisconsin, but I’ve heard enough in the last few days to gather that the Democrats have been able to stop the budget bills from passing because they require a quorum. Without the Dems being there, the GOP is one vote short of the required number. The flip side of | Read More »

    Stop Direct Deposits and Recall the AWOL

    The Senate Democrats in Wisconsin have fled the state. On Friday, more than 1200 state employees will be laid off because the Democrats are refusing to show up to vote for budgetary matters.Governor Walker is now contemplating withholding direct deposit for senators. The legislature is a full time job. The Democrats would have to go to the Senate to pick up their paychecks.Along the way, | Read More »

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    Stop Direct Deposits and Recall the AWOL

    The Senate Democrats in Wisconsin have fled the state. On Friday, more than 1200 state employees will be laid off because the Democrats are refusing to show up to vote for budgetary matters.Governor Walker is now contemplating withholding direct deposit for senators. The legislature is a full time job. The Democrats would have to go to the Senate to pick up their paychecks.Along the way, | Read More »

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