Obama hides his union label
Democrats are wondering why President Obama isn’t speaking out in support of the public workers’ unions in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. Several, including Representatives Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Chellie Pingree of Maine, and Judy Chu of California have urged Obama to do more to stand by public employees. They have a point. Obama did accuse Gov. Walker of an “assault” on unions and it was | Read More »
Scott Walker is fighting for municipal budgets too
One of the things that has been missed in the debate over public employee unions in Wisconsin is the impact on city and county budgets. Governor Scott Walker’s proposal doesn’t just impact the state’s fiscal situation, but it attempts to help the cities and counties. And, as the former Counter Executive of 2-1 Democratic Milwaukee County, Walker has a real familiarity with how the fiscal | Read More »
Wisconsin Democrats now owe state $165,000,000.
The American Thinker points out that, thanks to the refusal of the Wisconsin Democratic party to admit that last November’s elections mattered, a deadline for reducing the debt servicing load of the state of Wisconsin by $165,000,000 expires today. The money was to help pay a court case settlement involving a $200,000,000 raid on the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund in 2007 by the | Read More »
Escape to Rockford! Spend money there!
This is yet another reason why the United States of America is the greatest nation on the planet: our collective eye on the main chance. Is there a group of Democratic state senators out there grimly determined to make themselves – and the Democratic party of Wisconsin – look like hilariously incompetent buffoons? Well, one person’s idiocy is another person’s economic opportunity… and if you’re | Read More »
Paul Ryan shames the Wisconsin fleebaggers
Congressman Paul Ryan gets it exactly right concerning the Wisconsin legislators fleeing the state to avoid their duty to vote. I didn’t like the legislation that was moving through Washington the last two years — I didn’t like cap and trade, I didn’t like ObamaCare, I didn’t like the stimulus. But I didn’t walk out. We stayed and did our jobs. We voted, we tried | Read More »
67% disapprove of legislators fleeing Wisconsin to avoid vote
Two-thirds of likely voters disapprove of Wisconsin legislators fleeing the state to avoid their duty to vote. New Rasmussen Reports polling finds America’s voters strongly oppose Wisconsin state senators fleebagging tactics to avoid a vote that would restrict collective bargaining rights for government workers’ unions. Only 25% of likely U.S. Voters approve of this failed 2003-vintage Democrat tactic. Sizable majorities of Republicans and Independents reject | Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 | Read More »
Straight Into Darkness
2010 became the year many Americans realized that the emperor stood shivering in the nude. Liberalism was dead, the Liberals had killed it; what now would the Liberals do? The impact of this Nietzsche-like revelation has awakened the American conscience to the existence of a major crisis. Namely, America is run, lock, stock, and barrel by a set of governments designed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. | Read More »
Justin Bieber, Pro Life Warrior
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Robert George to discuss politics and Justin Bieber’s pro-life stance, then Pejman Yousefzadeh will talk Libya. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email us, you can do so at coffee[at]newledger.com. We hope | Read More »
NYT throws public sector unions under the bus.
It would seem that the New York Times has decided that this is indeed a time of shared sacrifice; and the New York Times has further decided to volunteer public sector union employees in Wisconsin to be the ones… ‘sharing.’ This article is fairly astounding: not because it is inaccurate in making a sharp distinction between public and private sector union employees, mostly to the | Read More »
A Striking Difference
We see now the striking difference between unions and tea party activists in Wisconsin. During the Obamacare fight, tea party activists did not storm the United States Capitol in an effort to shut it down. In Wisconsin, union activists have. During the bank reform fight, union activists showed up on the door step of banking executives. In Wisconsin, despite unions publishing the home addresses of | Read More »