Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Official Oath: I will support the constitution of the United States...

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.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

ObamaCare is Making Me Sick

I think it’s become clear to anyone who has been paying attention, and taken the time to learn the facts, that ObamaCare must be repealed.  Passed so quickly the people voting on it didn’t even read it – we are learning more and more each day the reality of all the lies – yes –LIES that Obama and his administration told the American people.  For starters, he told us ObamaCare would create jobs,   yet David Cutler, the chief author of the study which made the absurd claim that 4 million jobs would be created by this monstrosity, was a contributor to Obama’s campaign and is a democrat political operative. Not exactly an unbiased figure.  Really, have ANY of the steps this administration has taken done anything to create jobs? Obviously not since more and more people are giving up the search for work each week.  Recently, the head of the Congressional Budget Office revealed that ObamaCare needed to be repealed to help get our economy back on track.  He testified that over the next decade, the tax hikes and increased costs of government’s health care takeover would take a huge toll on the job market and there would be a reduction of 800,000 workers.  So ObamaCare kills jobs, not create them.
And let’s not forget about all the waivers being handed out exempting certain groups from this legislation.  Of course, the most telling of all is that CONGRESS won’t be subjected to ObamaCare. If it is so great, why wouldn’t they want it?  It’s apparently good enough for us “little people” but not good enough for them.  The list of now 733 organizations with approved waivers is also quite revealing.  Service Employees International Union (SEIU)--an organization whose political action committee spent $27 million in independent expenditures promoting Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign--received waivers exempting them from complying with a provision in the new health care law.  Let me get this straight, this union spent millions to get Obama in office so he could push his radical agenda and then when he does exactly what they want they get a waiver so it’s not pushed on them.  The corruption and back room political favors at play here are revolting. Though Obama ran on slogans like “Yes we Can,” “Change,” and “Transparency” the only thing transparent is the fact that he is implementing his radical socialist agenda and creating an elite class of politicians and unions whose wheeling and dealing behind the scenes create two separate classes in America.  A class who will be stifled and controlled by Obama’s severe legislation, and his allies who will be granted waivers from it.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Funny Numbers and More Spin by the BO Administration

The jobless rate fell to 9 percent in January from 9.4 percent in December.  Employers added only 36,000 jobs last month, a quarter of what forecasters had expected…so how is it the number DROPPED?  

It’s all in how the BO administration spins the numbers. 

The unemployment number that is most often used by the BO administration and the media is known as the "U-3". The "U-6" is considered to be the more accurate measure of the unemployment situation in the United States. The "U-6" includes two groups of people that the "U-3" does not: "Marginally attached workers," which are people who are not actively looking for work, and people who are looking for full-time work but can't find it and pick up a part-time job here and there.  I’d certainly say those two groups of people fall into group we’d call “unemployed.”  So the real number isn’t 9.0….it’s 16.1, hardly something to cheer about.   

But again, why did the number drop from 9.4 to 9.0?  2.2 million people *stopped* looking for work, so they are no longer counted in the U-3 stat anymore.   In other words, the unemployment number dropped, but you can be sure the welfare number just rose by 2.2 million.