In my last blog, I mentioned the unions, and of course the corrupt relationship between big unions and the liberals, especially Obama. After I wrote that blog, I made a note on my wish list of topics I hoped to write about, in fact what I actually wrote was, “The time for unions has come and gone.” Little did I know that the issue was about to blow up on a national scale.
Right now in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker put forth a bill which would require government workers to contribute more to their health care and pensions and limit collective bargaining. Walker says the measure is needed to deal with the state's projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall. Only, the 14 Senate Democrats fled the state instead of voting and the unions took to the streets with signs comparing Gov. Walker to Hitler. So much for “civility,” huh Liberals? Then, completely shattering any credibility, the union spokespeople and teachers actually tried to compare themselves to the situation happening right now in the Middle East. In the Middle East we are watching as protesters in country after country are protesting for democracy and against oppressive regimes, but in Wisconsin they are actually protesting against democracy, and our President has sided with the protesters.
After the 2008 election, Obama famously expressed that elections have consequences, and he won. Only, now, when his party loses the majority in a state election and it’s time to vote, the Democrats flee the state, shirking their duties as elected officials, and prevent the process of democracy. Well Mr. President, unions, and teachers, elections do have consequences and just because you lose doesn’t mean you get hold up the democratic process.
So let’s look at the situation here. The bill Gov. Walker put forward is asking public employees – let me repeat that – public employees to contribute to their own pension and health care plans. The bill also aims to limit the union’s abilities to negotiate work rules and collective bargaining. These are actually very reasonable requests. In fact, given the unemployment rate, it’s actually pretty darn selfish that these public workers expect the rest of the tax payers in Wisconsin to pick the entire tab for their pensions and health care plans. More to the point though, this situation really shows the problem with unions, especially when public workers unionize. Even FDR warned against this.
You see folks; unions began as a way to help employees get more of a share of the profits the companies were bringing in based on their work. In the public sector, there are no profits. The government doesn’t make any products or sell anything to bring in a profit. They collect taxes. They collect and spend your money. FDR said, "... Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations ... The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for ... officials ... to bind the employer ... The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives ...Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people ... This obligation is paramount ... A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent ... to prevent or obstruct ... Government ... Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government ... is unthinkable and intolerable."
This whole experiment we call the “United States of America” is only possible when we all live by and adhere to the democratic process. As FDR said, when government employees strike, they are obstructing the government. When our elected officials flee the states to avoid a vote because they know they’ll lose, they are obstructing the government process. When elected, these officials took an oath to support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Wisconsin. A person who revolts against civil authority or an established government is an insurgent. Congratulations unions, teachers, and democratic Senators of Wisconsin – you are now insurgents.