Right now, I could kiss both Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the state’s Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald.
(Since both of them are married, a chaste peck on the cheek will have to suffice.)
Unlike far too many other Republicans – *cough! cough!* John McCain, Scott Brown, et al – they’re not afraid of utilizing some of the liberal left’s own tactics to win.
No, I’m not referring to anything illegal or unethical. After all, they waited a decent several weeks for Democrat Senators to show up to work. And despite the screaming harpies outside of the state capitol building and what some biased polls are saying, they didn’t even do it in the face of any serious opposition.
But they also didn’t wait around wringing their hands that Democrat politicians were acting like Democrat politicians. Instead, they took matters into their own hands, tweaked the bill enough to get around their cowardly colleagues’ continuing absence and sent it on down the road, one giant step closer to becoming law.
Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans Tell Liberals How It’s Gonna Be
Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller – who incidentally is still in hiding like an undisciplined five year old trying to avoid taking his medicine – believes Governor Walker and his fellow elected Republicans just committed career suicide.
“The people, I don’t think, knew what they were getting when they voted last November, so there will be a do-over.”
Question for you, Mr. Miller: How about “do-overs” when Democrats do something that Republicans don’t like? Should American voters be able to undo their votes in 2008 because they didn’t know they were getting into unconstitutional and wildly unpopular healthcare changes and close to 20% underemployment levels?
Yeah, didn’t think so.
If Wisconsin voters are as unhappy as he says they are, they can wait until the next round of elections to do something about it… just like America repented as much as it could for its poor choice of president in last year’s mid-term elections.
But for now – and probably, despite Miller’s delusional hopes – for a while to come, Republicans run the show. And that means, Governor Walker can go say and do exactly what he’s saying and doing.
Really, Democrats can have little valid objection considering how they used their power as a sledge hammer against public opinion and minority opposition over the past two years. After all, it was Obama himself who so eloquently said, “I won.”
Walker, on the other hand, was much more polite when he addressed the issue in the Wall Street Journal:
“While it might be a bold political move, the changes are modest. We ask government workers to make a 5.8% contribution to their pensions and a 12.6% contribution to their health-insurance premium, both of which are well below what other workers pay for benefits. Our plan calls for Wisconsin state workers to contribute half of what federal employees pay for their health-insurance premiums.”
Something the Mainstream, Biased, Liberal Media Doesn’t Want You to Know about What’s Happening in Wisconsin…
The aforementioned Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald, did not press through the legislation until after “a week and a half of line-by-line” negotiations, upon which his minority counterpart, Miller, sent him a letter with only “three options:
1) Keep collective bargaining as is with no changes
2) Take our counter-offer, which would keep collective bargaining as is with no changes
3) Or stop talking altogether.”
No wonder he concluded that he was “dealing with someone who is stalling indefinitely, and doesn’t have a plan or intention to return. His idea of compromise is ‘give me everything I want,’ and the only negotiating he’s doing is through the media.”
As much as I respect Fitzgerald right now, I do need to say “Duh” to his comments. This shouldn’t have been a surprise.
A Few More Words by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
For those of you who have the time, I would strongly urge you to first, consider that while Wisconsin educators get paid well with exceptional benefits, two thirds of their 8th grade students can’t read proficiently… despite record state education spending levels.
And then, after digesting that information, go back and read Governor Walker’s words in the Wall Street Journal.
But if not, at least consider his statements that the union’s “collective-bargaining agreement… costs the taxpayers $101,091 per year for each teacher, protects a 0% contribution for health-insurance premiums, and forces schools to hire and fire based on seniority and union rules.”
Take into account that instead of “cutting billions of dollars of aid to schools and local governments,” Walker is dealing with Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion deficit by “reforming the way government works, as well as balancing our budget.” This includes giving “state and local governments the tools to balance the budget through reasonable benefit contributions… [and] saves local governments almost $1.5 billion, outweighing the reductions in state aid in our budget.”
And finally, as Walker also states: “… the changes are modest. We ask government workers to make a 5.8% contribution to their pensions and a 12.6% contribution to their health-insurance premium, both of which are well below what other workers pay for benefits. Our plan calls for Wisconsin state workers to contribute half of what federal employees pay for their health-insurance premiums.”
Knowing all that, it seems that – once again – liberals should be ashamed of themselves.