In February, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, in a valiant attempt to get a handle on the Badger State’s out-of-control spending and pay off the state’s deficit, proposed a budget bill that would curtail the collective bargaining powers of some public employees.
You’d have thought the sky was falling. Union members from all over the nation left their employment duties behind and descended upon the Capitol in Madison, protesting in the streets and taking over the Capitol building for days on end.
Mark Miller, the Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader, called the governor’s proposal a disaster. He and his fellow Democrats, along with union officials and protesters, predicted catastrophe if the bill were to become law.
Well, well, well … the bill is now law, and early evidence is showing that perhaps the governor just might know more about the benefits of fiscal responsibility than the Democrats, unions, protesters, and news media, who were quick to pounce on him as if he were proposing to end civilization as we know it.
Let’s take a look at just one tiny school district nestled in the beautiful Fox River Valley near Appleton. The Kaukauna School District, with a student population of around 4,200, and approximately 400 employees, has been struggling. It faced a $400,000 deficit this year.
The new law went into effect Wednesday. Already, school officials have enacted new policies that are estimated to turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And guess what? It’s all because of the very provisions that union leaders, Democrats and protesters said would be disastrous.
Until now, teachers and staff in the district contributed 10 percent of their pay toward helping cover the cost of their health insurance. Until now, they made no contribution at all toward their pension plan costs.
Now, however, they’ll pay 12.6 percent of the cost of their health insurance coverage. That’s still a much lower rate than most of the private sector pays. Now, they’ll also contribute 5.8 percent of their salaries to the cost of their pension plans. These changes are estimated to save the school board about $1.2 million this year, according to board President Todd Arnoldussen.
Not a bad start for such a disastrous bill, huh? Looks like Gov. Walker is a complete failure in his attempt to rain down catastrophe on the educational opportunities of the poor children of America’s Dairyland.
Source: Washington Examiner …
Sound familiar? Huuummmmm?
By Michelle Malkin • June 30, 2011 06:43 AM
Good morning, readers. It’s 11:30am here in London and that massive, multi-union strike I told you about the other day is now underway. My family had planned to visit Westminster today, but it’s off the table now. I get enough of the Big Labor mob scene back in the States. No need to expose the kids to it during their vacation.
Speaking of kids, hundreds of thousands of them have been abandoned by their public union teachers who refuse to contribute a smidge more to their pensions like most every one of their private-sector counterparts: “More than half of schools in England are closed or partially closed as hundreds of thousands of public sector workers strike over pension changes. The government said information from 75% of its 21,500 state schools showed only a third would remain fully open.”
Also AWOL: 90 percent of the London police force. And airports are bracing for long delays and reduced security manpower.
Monday, June 27, 2011 | 13:45 PM
Author, Speaker, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
The legal, social, moral, and political maps of America were redefined last Friday night as the New York State Senate voted 33-29 to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The State Assembly had already approved the measure, leaving the Republican-controlled Senate the last battleground on the marriage issue. Shortly after the Senate approved the measure, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law. It will take effect in July, thirty days after the Governor’s signature was affixed.
It will be difficult to exaggerate the impact of New York’s move to legalize same-sex marriage. The statistics tell part of the story. New York State becomes the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriage, but its population is greater than that of the other five combined. When same-sex marriage is legal in New York next month, fully one in every nine Americans will live in a state or jurisdiction where same-sex marriage is legal. By any measure, this is a massive development in the nation’s legal and moral life.
June 16, 2011
If you compare the Carter malaise with the Obama debt doomsday machine, any GOP 2012 presidential candidate should sail to victory with greater facility than Ronald Reagan did in 1980. But will she or he?
I am optimistic but also believe that in making his economic case, the Republican candidate will have different challenges because of the ongoing growth of our welfare state and the attitudes it has ushered in, along with heightened class warfare.
We could be seeing a paradigm shift in the way people view their social compact with government. More and more people believe that government exists not just to perform essential services as delimited in the Constitution, but as a grand equalizer of economic outcomes.
It’s one thing to argue that those who earn more should pay a higher percentage of their earnings in income tax. But it’s a completely different idea to suggest that the government should use the tax code and other legislative schemes not just to ensure sufficient revenues to operate the government, but to more
equitably distribute people’s remaining income — or, possibly, assets.
This is not just a matter of semantics. In this new paradigm, some contend that irrespective of the government’s operating needs, it has a moral right — and a duty — to proactively intervene to redistribute income.
June 21, 2011
Barack Obama is a Bad Man
By Jay Clarke
When he first entered the national political arena, I thought Barack Obama was a sincere man, mistaken in his political beliefs, but an honest advocate of them. Today, like millions of Americans, my evaluation of Barack Obama would be quite different.
Without attempting to go over every policy, speech, and embarrassment to explain what is wrong with the man, I might just sum it up the way that many parents do when teaching their sons and daughters about right and wrong. “Obama,” I would say, “is a bad man.”
What people do matters. But, who they are determines their behavior. Who they are will express itself in what they do on a consistent, regular basis.
As human beings we all make mistakes. We sin. But, people who are bad make a lifelong, regular habit out of it and have very little, if any, sense of remorse. Actually, they rather enjoy it. There’s a sense of autonomy, self-determination, and blazing one’s own path that seems to thrive in a person who recognizes no rules but his/her own and no authority other than the desires of his/her own heart.
This is the best blog, column, or editorial I have seen describing the rapid metamorphosis of our nation since the last few months of the Bush administration and the election of Barrack Obama as president.
Thanks to loopyloo305’s “My Blog” for a great piece of work.
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