The first protester seen in the video likens unions which have received a massive free ride at the expense of the taxpayers, to the Jewish Holocaust in Germany. More than a little overkill in comparison here, I think.
Later the woman talks about how terrible it is that the governor “is going to tell us what we’re going to get.” First of all, you have no God-given right to force an employer to deal with a union. If a private employer wants to deal with a union of workers, he may do so; in a free country, since he owns the business, he should be able to tell them to take it or leave it, too. And since in Wisconsin we’re talking about people who work for the taxpayer, the taxpayers have a right to tell unions to take a hike, too. We’ve coddled unions for far too long in this country, forcing private employers to deal with them and forcing the American taxpayer to fork over tribute to them…until the average government worker makes more than the average private sector worker–something that should not happen.
Signs seen among the protesters were interesting and often candid:
- – This is class warfare and we are losing (the people who declared war on successful Americans, that is)
- – Tax the rich instead (yes, stick it to my fellow Americans who have worked harder than I, and give me a free ride)
- – This isn’t about the budget it’s about killing unions (why couldn’t it be about both–I’m an optimist, after all)
Some of the socialist protesters insist the governor is just making up the budget crisis, that this whole thing is a facade to kill the unions. Well, when the unions are at the heart of what is busting the budget by overpaying government workers, you’d better believe they should pony up when it comes time for belt-tightening.
Some interesting facts
- Wisconsin’s budget deficit is $137 million
- It is projected to grow to $3.6 billion by 2013
- Wisconsin public school teacher’s total annual compensation is about $78,000….for working half a year
- Administrators make a far bigger haul than the teachers
- Wisconsin public workers contribute less than 1% to their pensions
- The taxpayers are on the hook for nearly 100% of the state government workers pensions
- Gov. Walker’s proposal calls for government workers to pay 5.8% of pension plan, which is just a little below the national average
- Wisconsin government workers pay 6% of their health care premiums
- Gov. Walker’s proposal calls for them to pay 12%, still less than half the national average
State Senator Leah Vukmir is right: Wisconsin is now ground zero in the ongoing war in America between the producers and the takers. The takers have been taking for decades, to the point that our states and our nation are on the verge of actual, literal bankruptcy. The American people, the producing American people must shove these spoiled brats away from the trough and force them to grow up.
The American republic and the states that make it up are too precious to watch go down the tubes at the hands of the same people who killed the proverbial golden goose.