Obama got up this morning and looked at his sticky notes from Valerie Jarret:
1. DON'T SCREW UP, AND LOOK GOOD FOR YOUR 2012 VOTERS (PRIMARY)
2. Make statement about protests around the world. (secondary)
3. STAY OUT OF MY WAY. (MOST PRIMARY)
He then made his press release, "I condemn violence against peaceful protesters no matter where it occurs." This press release was somewhat drowned out by the detailed reports of how a CBS female news reporter was sexually molested in the street by 200 of the peaceful protesters as they 'celebrated' their successful peaceful overthrow of 30 year American ally, President Mubarak. The CBS reporter was rescued by women and soldiers after a 30 minute assault.
Meanwhile when his new press secretary was asked if Obama agreed with the leaders of Germany, United Kingdom, and France that multi-culturalism in their countries had bred Radical Muslim activities, the press secretary said, "I am not aware of these statements."
On this particular day the press was obsessed with the demonstrations in the streets of Madison, Wisconsin where school teachers set an example for our children by lying that they were sick and staying home closing the schools. Their Democratic Wisconsin legislators supported their efforts by leaving the state so the democratic process could not move forward. Why? Because the new governor was elected to fix a $2 plus billion budget shortfall.
Teachers in Milwaukee make $60,000 a year and get another $40,000 a year in pension and medical benefits. Not bad even though they do have to work a full 9 months. This crazy new governor wants to pass legislation that the teachers have to pay 5.8% of their income toward their pensions and 12.8% toward their health insurance.
So our overworked President had to make another press statement. He said, "I believe this looks like an assault on labor unions. We need to understand public employees are our neighbors. They are our friends." Skinny didn't comment on civility. Maybe the 'death to the tyrant' sign displayed by union thugs or the pictures of the governor portrayed as Adolph Hitler didn't register on Obama's civility meter or maybe these signs aren't shown on Obama's golf channel.
Taxpayers need to understand that while the American private workforce has dramatically opted out of unions to the point that only 7% pay union dues. On the other hand, about 33% of 'public servants' (these neighbors of ours) are union members. As our bankrupt local and state governments have proven unions love to negotiate with politicians who tend to make very attractive concessions in return for political contributions and votes leaving taxpayers with the economic destruction that comes later.
Next to Obama, Carter, and LBJ, Franklyn D. Roosevelt was about as Liberal as one can get. And yet even FDR knew better than to allow 'public servants' to join unions. "Meticulous attention," the president insisted in 1937,"'should be paid to the special relations and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government….The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service." The reason? F.D.R. believed that "[a] strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to obstruct the operations of government until their demands are satisfied. Such action looking toward the paralysis of government by those who have sworn to support it is unthinkable and intolerable." [from CCNY Professor Daniel DiSalvo]
Think about our firemen, policemen, and teachers, who are paid 100% by taxpayers, striking to obstruct the operations of government because their union thugs are trying to intimidate politicians and citizens to gain concessions. As many states that ban collective bargaining for public employees realize, this is beyond insane.
If collective bargaining is allowed with public employees they will ban with others that are on the government dole in destroying the American Way. This Republic was not designed to work if the number of citizens that receive their income from the government exceeds the number of citizens that pay taxes. I repeat, this form of government can not work if the number of citizens that receive their incomes from the government exceed the number that pay for the government. Wouldn't it be just great if private workers could vote for politicians that raise their taxes and then have union thugs negotiate higher salaries and benefits to make up for the increased taxes they are paying? Public employees pay their taxes with money they receive from taxpayers. Got it? That is exactly what the employees of the State of Wisconsin have today. Some kind of friends and neighbors, huh?
If nothing else, let's take the teacher's union dues that are split between the thugs and politicians and spend it on our school children, huh?
Just to end the week on a down note, Dick Morris is passing along rumors that our crack Republican Senators are "compromising" with their Democratic friends to raise taxes. Here is Dick's comment: "A bi-partisan Senate working group which includes Republican Senators Tom Coburn (Oklahoma), Mike Crapo (Idaho), and Saxby Chambliss (Georgia) is considering back door, automatically triggered tax increases as a way to bring down the budget deficit." Any compromise with Obama at this point puts him back in the White House in 2012 just like the Republicans did in Bush's second term. Voters hated both parties. Remember?
Suck it up, cut spending, no tax increases----PERIOD.
Think about it,