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Scott Walker Has Saved Wisconsin Voters $1 Billion by The Elephant's Child

The recall vote in Wisconsin is just days away.  A new study shows that the reforms passed by Governor Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers has saved the state one billion dollars.

Act 10, which curbed (not eliminated) collective bargaining for most unionized public employees has reduced the state’s $3.6 billion budget shortfall. Unions are furious. Instead of having free healthcare and not having to contribute to their retirement benefits, the now have to make contributions to their benefits — not anywhere nearly as much as most people do, but it was a heavy burden on Wisconsin taxpayers. The reforms saved hundreds of jobs as well. So he had the temerity to do just what he said he would do when he was elected.  He more than fulfilled his promises.

You have undoubtedly seen the rioting union people, the teachers’ unions, the union members bussed in from out-of-state. And remember how the Democrats in the legislature ran away to Illinois to avoid having to vote. The governor and his family have had death threats and wild accusations thrown at them for months. The Governor holds a six point lead in the latest Marquette poll. And last weekend the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, hardly a conservative paper, endorsed him in the governor’s race. If you believe in real political courage, and want to support Gov. Walker, his website is here.

Don’t Let Obama & His Corrupt Union Bosses Stand in the Way of Recovery Any Longer by American Elephant
February 28, 2011, 4:11 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, News, Politics, Taxes | Tags: , , ,

Jon Stewart: As God as My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly! by American Elephant

…and apparently that camels could skate. It’s Jon Stewart’s own “Turkey Drop“:

No joke: The Daily Show brought a camel to the protests in Madison the other day, presumably to help make fun of the Cairo/Madison comparisons. As this video shows, the gag didn’t turn out so well:

Who knew that an animal indigenous to the Middle East couldn’t walk on snow and ice in the Midwest? Local firefighters eventually rescued the camel. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Daily Show didn’t use any footage of the camel in its Tuesday night broadcast.

Poor thing! I wonder if PETA will protest the Daily Show?

(h/t Weekly Standard)

Public-Employee Unions Are Organized Against the Public! by The Elephant's Child
February 22, 2011, 8:21 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Taxes | Tags: , ,

“To make sense of what’s going on in Wisconsin, it helps to understand that the left in America lives in an ideological fantasy world,” James Taranto said today in Opinion Journal’s “Best of the Web.”

Members of the mob of teachers’ union protesters shriek that” they’re only doing this for the kids.” Fantasy land. The schoolchildren do not enter into the question at all.  As longtime union president Albert Shanker,once  famously said: “When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.”

Taranto quotes Kevin Drum of Mother Jones:

Unions are… the only large-scale movement left in America that persistently acts as a countervailing power against corporate power.  They’re the only large-scale movement left that persistently acts in the economic interests of the middle class.

Fantasy land.  The demonstrations in Wisconsin have nothing to do with corporate power or “the middle class.”  Taranto continues:

First, to talk of America in terms of “class” is to speak a foreign language.  Outside of university faculties and Marxist fringe groups (but we repeat ourself), Americans do not divide ourselves up by class; rather “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”

When Americans describe themselves as “middle class,” the term is a synonym for “ordinary” or “respectable, ” not part of a taxonomy of division.  Actual middle-class Americans don’t feel put upon by “corporate power” or”the business community,” because by and large, they own the means of production: They run businesses; they hold shares in corporations through their investment and retirement accounts.  Some belong to unions, but the vast majority do not: “In 2010, the union membership rate — the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union — was 11.9 percent, down from 12.3 percent a year earlier,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here James Taranto lays out the simple facts:

There is a fundamental difference between private- and public-sector workers.  A private-sector workers  A private-sector labor dispute is a clear clash of competing interests, with management representing shareholders and unions representing workers.  In the public sector, …taxpayers — whose position is analogous to that of shareholders —are denied a seat at the table.

Collective bargaining in public-sector unions is designed to get ever more money from taxpayers who have no voice in the conversation. The screaming mob wants to be able to continue living high and retiring comfortably on taxpayer money that states can no longer afford to pay.

VIDEO: Obama, president OF the unions, BY the unions, FOR the unions by American Elephant

Obama chanting SEIU after promising, as president, to “paint the nation purple”. Almost everything this president has done since in office has been to pay back unions for getting him elected. The vast majority of stimulus money went to unions, both directly and indirectly. “Shovel ready projects”, “High speed rail” and “infrastructure” all have the same purpose — to grow the public unions and provide more compulsory union dues, which in turn are spent to re-elect Democrats, who then give more of your money to unions to get themselves elected.  This is why Democrats wanted to unionize the Department of Homeland security, and TSA. Not because it is in the nation’s best interest, and not to protect any fallacious rights (you dont have a right to strike against the people); they want to unionize as many workers as possible, because those union dues go directly to electing more Democrats.

It’s incestuous, inherently corrupt, patently unfair and by definition against the public interest.

Unions were major proponents for Obamacare, even though they already have healthcare, because they figure when Obamacare destroys the private healthcare industry (as it is designed to do), and the American people are left with no choice but to beg for government run socialized medicine — they can then turn around and demand that they KEEP the money that used to pay for their healthcare as salary.

Public employee unions are the most selfish, most corrupt groups in the nation. They are enjoying boom times on your dollars, on the dollars that are taken away from employers, on the dollars that are taken out of the economy to grow government. And their lavish salaries and benefits are bankrupting the states and the federal government. While the people who pay their salaries take pay cuts, and lose their jobs, public employees are getting raises, bonuses, and in the case of the Federal Government, Obama is freezing their pay for two years, which is utterly meaningless since they already make twice what you do.

Americans are on our side on this, they know the gravy train must be cut off. It is the right side, and I think we will win big.

But Republicans also need to make sure this sticks to Obama. This is who he is, a union organizer, a Chicago-Daly Machine thug as corrupt as they come, and its time Americans understood that. It’s imperative they understand it, before he can wreak any more devastation on the country than he already has.

So contact Republicans, contact your representatives, and Republicans in Wisconsin, and let them know you support them, and not to give in to the thuggery.

Public employee unions should be illegal, as they were until the 1960’s. No one who works directly for  the American people should be allowed to organize against them, or hold vital services hostage in demands for more wages. Even FDR was against public unions. As was our first union-dues paying president:

Now THAT is how to deal with these thugs!

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