Friday, February 18, 2011

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for President?

Sarah Palin isn’t the only feisty conservative out there anymore, as proven by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s exemplary actions against union chokeholds.

Wisconsin, like just about every other state in the union, is broke. In fact, it’s worse than broke; it’s in debt, with a $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

Normal individuals and organizations, when faced with too much red ink, do the intelligent thing and cut back on spending wherever they can.

If they go out to eat twice a week, they’ll change that to once every other week. If they have a penchant for Starbucks, they’ll settle for the break room’s joe instead. Or, in the case of a company, they might cancel pricey company events or sell off assets.

While there’s no guarantee that those actions will save an individual or business from bankruptcy, they certainly have a better chance than… let’s say… doing nothing or spending even more.

This is not rocket science; it’s simple logic and math. One plus one equals two, and seven minus four equals three: concepts that average elementary school students understand.

Apparently – and to no big surprise – liberals are not smarter than a fifth grader. In fact, they don’t seem to be smarter than a first grader. Nor can they compete with such children for maturity, as evidenced by this latest conservative v. liberal fight.

Walker Calls for Reason; Unions Throw a Temper Tantrum

States everywhere – even California, for heaven’s sake! – are looking to cut their expenses wherever possible, so who can blame Scott Walker for looking at one of the most logical places to restore fiscal sanity.

Everybody knows – or should know – by now that union members, on average, make significantly more than their non-union counterparts in most industries. So it makes sense, when those union workers are state employees, to reduce that difference a bit, as Walker has proposed.

His plan entails state employees investing an additional 8% to their pension and health care costs. That change would save the state $30 million by June 30 alone, and $300 million over the next two years.

It also involves banning unions – who would still be allowed to represent workers – from asking for unreasonable pay increases, as measured by the Consumer Price Index. (The nerve!) And as a result of making those concessions, Walker says he wouldn’t have to layoff any public employees.

The other option is to reduce their ranks by 6,000.

Liberals Compare Walker to Hitler and Run Away Like Little Girls

While Scott Walker’s ultimatum seems perfectly reasonable – and dare I say, even fair – the unions and their partners in crime (i.e. liberals) are up in arms. His admonishments that the state is “at a point of crisis” and that taxpayers “need to be heard as well” have fallen on completely deaf and unreasonable ears.

Embracing the “vitriol” they were so against just a month ago, liberals are busy comparing Walker to Hitler, while Democrat state senators have actually fled the state in protest. (Whatever happened to just voting “no?”)

But that childish behavior isn’t fazing Governor Walker. “If anything,” he says, “I think it’s made the Republicans in the Assembly and the Senate stronger. They’re not going to be intimidated.”

Meanwhile, in Washington, Speaker of the House John Boehner echoed his resolve: [These governors] are daring to speak the truth about the dire fiscal challenges Americans face at all levels of government, and daring to commit themselves to solutions that will liberate our economy and help put our citizens on a path to prosperity.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Boehner Shows He Has a Spine

Incidentally, Speaker Boehner successfully passed an amendment yesterday that would deny funding to the FCC decision to implement net neutrality, a blatant attempt to swipe our freedom of speech. That was next to an amendment to get rid of Obama’s unconstitutionally appointed “czars,” which also passed yesterday.

Liberals chose to protest those victories in front of his house, an extremely insensitive and even threatening move. If they want to resort to their constitutional rights of expression, they should do so in a civilized fashion in front of Boehner’s place of business, not at his private property like a bunch of intimidating thugs.

In the end though, it doesn’t really matter whether they act becomingly or not, which is good considering their penchant for the latter. The conservative movement is spreading, from Alaska, where Governor Sean Parnell is saying “no” to implementing Obamacare to the Supreme Court, which has scheduled a conference on a legal challenge to Obama’s presidential eligibility.

If the mid-term elections didn’t prove it last November, these actions certainly do: The conservative movement is something to be reckoned with.

Mess with it at your own risk.

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