You can’t miss what’s been going on in Madison, Wisconsin. The media is all over the union protests against Governor Walker’s budget proposal that asks for public sector union contributions to their above-average benefits and the so-called birthplace of the American progressive movement now appears to be where liberalism finally begins to die.
And to that, dear readers, I can naught but say, “Good riddance”.
We here at Smoke Break are just average Americans. I have personally worked for the same company for almost 28 years and since the start of the Obamanable Administration have taken a 5% pay cut while paying more for my health insurance each year. Once upon a time I had money accruing in a company pension but that went by the wayside many years ago in favor of the more fashionable (and personally responsible) 401k, towards which my company has not always matched my own contributions but I have continued to save for my own retirement anyway. Despite these things, along with the continuing rise in the basic cost of living, I have continued to faithfully pay on my now-underwater mortgage and continue to shy away from the accumulation of personal debt.
I do these things because they are the right things to do. Certainly I have other options and certainly I have weighed them but my choice today is to stay put, keep giving 110%, and use my dollars and the ballot box to vote in favor of those things that made this country great; spending my money at companies who operate fairly and honestly by their own choice and supporting Constitution-adhering goverment representatives by my votes.
I don’t pay taxes at the local, state or federal level in order for those who make the choice to work in the public sector – to “serve” – to waste that money clammering for more than what I, who pay their salaries, have myself. Truth be told, if we held our government to its intended role, we wouldn’t need half of those public sector employees at all. And we certainly don’t need teachers dragging their students to protests, teaching them that lying about being sick is ok and that democracy is only good when your party has the majority and can make up the rules to suit themselves as they go along.
And gods know we don’t need the doctors who have stepped into the fray and are outright lying to support the lies of the protesters. This is unethical and every one of them should be heavily sanctioned, if not lose their medical license for how can they ever again be trusted?
Doctors from numerous hospitals set up a station near the Capitol to provide notes to explain public employees’ absences from work. Family physician Lou Sanner, 59, of Madison, said he had given out hundreds of notes. Many of the people he spoke with seemed to be suffering from stress, he said.
“What employers have a right to know is if the patient was assessed by a duly licensed physician about time off of work,” Sanner said. “Employers don’t have a right to know the nature of that conversation or the nature of that illness. So it’s as valid as every other work note that I’ve written for the last 30 years.”
Stress, my ass. I stress every month when I sit down to pay the bills but I don’t fake being sick in order to rail against the company that pays me to work for them. In the real world, exactly how long would THAT last?
Even President Walking Eagle has been able to figure out you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. He supports the unions, because they take member dues and use them to elect Democrats.
Which is why Wisconsin now has a Republican governor and GOP majority legislature. It’s just too bad that GOP majority isn’t quite enough to pass Governor Walker’s budget without their fleebagging Democrat counterparts present.