American Elephants


Wisconsin Sen. Glenn Grothman Trapped by a Screaming Mob by The Elephant's Child

Wisconsin Republican Senator Glenn Grothman was chased and trapped by an out-of-control mob as he tried to enter the Wisconsin capitol building. It was a remarkably ugly scene. He had to be rescued by one of his Democrat colleagues who was with the demonstrators.

The nation is facing a fiscal crisis of historic proportions, and the big spending Democrats who were removed from office in November are still refusing to acknowledge that there is a debt crisis. In state after state, even normally Democratic states like Wisconsin, voters sent Republicans into office to put things in order.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker faces a $3.6 billion budget shortfall over the next two years. He is required by law to balance the budget. The interesting thing is that the unions would prefer to lay people off than lose power.  We have Democrats desperately defending the status quo.  Republicans trying to rescue the state from a fiscal meltdown.

Walker faces tough choices. He proposed that state workers contribute a little more to their pension and health-care benefits, and started a revolution.  Teachers called in sick, schools closed, demonstrators massed at  the capitol and moved into the capitol building.  Democrat legislators, who didn’t have the votes, left the state to prevent the legislature from having a quorum.

The public quickly came to understand that although they were expected to pay the bill for public workers’ benefits, they were unrepresented at the bargaining table. The deal is that public employees pay their dues to the union, the union spends the dues on campaign funds to elect their preferred Democrat candidate to office, where he will bargain with the union on their benefit package which he hopes will be generous so the union will again support his campaign. A cozy and corrupt game, and one that cash-strapped states can no longer afford.

Democrats have chosen not to recognize the results of the election in Wisconsin.  They may insist loudly that they are “doing it for the kids,” but as usual, it merely proves that what they care about is control and power.  Democrats have tried to whip up the mob with claims that the Libertarian Koch brothers — well, it’s entirely unclear exactly what they are trying to blame on the Koch brothers — but it’s clear that the Kochs are guilty because they are very rich. And “the rich,” by definition, deprive the poor of their money unjustly.  How that works is also unclear.

Since the teachers had to go back to school, we don’t know just who comprises the screaming mob. President Obama has sent in volunteers from Organizing for America, private sector unions are there in solidarity with the public unions, and there seems to be a number of students.  Madison is a university town.

The usual rabble-rousers have turned up to rouse the rabble. The President is improperly siding with the unions, but that is nothing new.  His Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, believes that her job is to support the unions rather than American workers  That they understand neither tradition or propriety is not surprising. That they deny there is a fiscal crisis is not really surprising either, but it is a very big problem.




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