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Finally, Some Movement in Madison

March 10, 2011

Finally, after weeks of stall tactics by the union shills, er, Democrat Senators, on Wednesday we saw positive movement on the budget repair bill. The Senate moved the bill through with changes into a conference committee, which is required when the two parts of the legislature pass different versions of the same bill. They approved changes in the committee that strip out all fiscal parts of the budget repair bill, removing the requirement for a 3/5ths majority in order to have a quorum. This allowed them to vote on the Senate floor on the bill with the members who were present. This sets up the bill for final passage tomorrow morning in the State Assembly.

A lot of shouting was done by libs and unionist radicals that these procedural moves were “unlawful”. If you think that what happened in the State Senate today was “illegal” then you need to read up a bit more on the rules. The meetings and votes taken today were not unlawful or against the legislative rules. See http://www.wpri.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/Marchant.pdf for the specific citation.

The unlawful “cheap dirty trick, just to get their way” was when the Dems fled the state to subvert the democratic process as it was unfolding in Madison. They hijacked our state government for nearly a month.

Unlike what the crazed protestors are shouting the passing of this will actually not directly lead to anyone losing their jobs. The failure to pass the fiscal parts of the bill will do that however. It is the Democrats who have doomed about 1,500 state workers to receive pink slips. Hopefully they will now return and will allow the necessary fiscal portions to be passed so that those jobs can be saved.

In the end there will however be jobs lost in the public sector, as well there should be. Our government is bloated and too costly. Walker was elected because he promised to fix that, and to do so without raising taxes. There’s no way for him to fulfill both promises without cuts. The beauty of his plan is that it allows more people to keep their jobs despite the cuts. Without the changes to collective bargaining thousands more would have to be laid off in order to meet the cuts that must be made at both the state and local levels.

The threats that education will suffer prove that teachers care more about their own pay than about teaching our children. I’ve looked up the compensation of my childrens’ teachers, they all make over $100k working for MPS. Two of them make almost $120k! That’s at least three times the state average income for a job that has lavish perks in addition to the monetary compensation. Surely these people can afford to chip in a minimal amount for their health care and retirement, just like the rest of us have to.

These changes will indeed spread. They’ll spread across the nation and they’ll spread to all corners of the public sector. As well they should! As a firefighter myself I see the high level of compensation and minimal employee contribution to benefits that more senior members of the department are afforded and it bewilders me. I would gladly welcome the chance to contribute more to my own retirement and health care costs because I know how much good that would do for all of the rest of the taxpayers in this city and in this state. I would also welcome the freedom to decide for myself if union membership is the best thing for me, currently I am not given a choice. I’m forced into the union and the union’s dues are forcibly removed from my pay before I even see a dime of it.

What so many who are opposing these changes need to understand is that private unions and public unions are very different beasts. As has been shown over the past three weeks, the public unions have the Democrats in their back pocket. AFSCME says “run away” and the Dems say “for how long?” When the union comes to the bargaining table and on the other side is a public official who owes their election to that same union do you really think that there is anyone there looking out for the people paying the bills? The answer is NO! When a private union goes to the bargaining table they sit across from a business owner or a member of management, they are bargaining with the people who pay the bills. Public unions “bargain” with their own handpicked buddies and they collude to stick it to the taxpayers. This has been going on since WI first began allowing public unions about 50 years ago and it has led us to this point, where so many public employees have lavish and exorbitant compensation packages that are simply not sustainable.

What I find funny is that such a big deal has been made of this budget repair bill when it is really a very minor, moderate piece of legislation. The real changes are in the next biannual budget. That’s where the $3.6B hole is, that’s where there will be enormous cuts. We’ve seen outrageous, rude, disgraceful and even violent and illegal protest to this bill. What more are the Dems going to do when the big shoe drops?

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Egypt and Wisconsin

February 19, 2011

It’s been suggested that there are parallels between what has been going on in Egypt recently and what is currently going on in Wisconsin. We must not forget that these are vastly different situations. In WI we aren’t discussing rights, rather the issue is over a very modest request for individuals to pull a small part of their own weight and also to give those workers the freedom to work as independent employees rather than continuing to be forced into union membership with dues forcefully withheld from their pay. At the moment we have no discussion at all mostly because the Dems have fled like cowards, halting any debate in the state senate at all.

In Egypt they were ruled by a dictator. They’ve managed to get him out only to replace him with a military dictator and unfortunately it looks like they’re headed for a caliphate. Lets hope that they instead move toward democracy but thats just not too likely, is it?

We have a true representative republic here, where democratic elections have consequences. Stimulus and Obamacare were rammed through on the federal level two years ago in spite of the massive public outcry against them. Only a few years ago Doyle and the Democrat controlled state legislature forced through a budget repair bill in under 24 hours that raised taxes by a billion dollars! It is the movement that rose up as a result of those events which has turned the tides completely. Now that the other side is playing the same game the libs and unionists are crying foul and stomping their feet. We weren’t listened to two years ago, why should we listen to you now?

The people of this state yearn to be set free. Set free from oppressive taxation. Set free from forced unionization. Set free from the thuggery that has shut down our schools this past week. The voters have spoken and I believe their will is going to be enacted whether the unionists agree to it or not.

WI Senate Dems & the Budget Repair Bill

February 18, 2011

The state senate democrats have left the building! These are politicians who see the writing on the wall and, realizing that they can’t change the inevitable, have run away and hid themselves instead of standing by their duty to represent their constituents on the floor of the state senate. They should be ashamed of themselves.

This bill is not the assault on the working class that unionists have drummed it up to be. It puts reasonable policies in place to help deal with the $3.6B deficit that Doyle left us with (and that even after he raised taxes by $2B). What’s more the bill only affects state and municipal unions, not teachers unions or even unions such as 215 which represent public safety workers.

Democrats in Wisconsin now know what conservatives nationwide have been feeling for the first half of the Obama administration. Here’s the thing though, elections have consequences. We lost big in ’08 but we won big in ’10. The state of Wisconsin had been run by a corrupt and inept administration for 8 years under Doyle. He punted this problem repeatedly, stealing from the transportation fund, plugging with stimulus and continuously raising taxes. None of it actually taking on the structural deficit.

Walker ran a transparent campaign and anyone paying attention knew this was coming. Maybe some outstate libs didn’t really know he meant what he said but here in Milwaukee we’ve gotten to know very well that when Scott Walker makes a promise he follows through with it. He will balance the state budget and he will not raise taxes. This is only the beginning and let’s be real here, it’s not even that big of a deal. 12.6% of your health insurance premiums? On balance that’s a great deal! Half of your pension contribution? Most Americans have no pension at all and are fully funding their own retirements!

The union leaders are scared out of their minds not because of what this means for the individual workers but because of what it does to the union as an entity and therefore what it does to their own personal cash cow. When workers have the choice to join the union or not and when the union dues are no longer forcefully removed from their paychecks union membership will drop precipitously and the union fat cats will be forced to find gainful employment instead of leeching off of the labor of others.

The power has finally been taken back by the people of Wisconsin, the ones who have to pay the bill. Who after working to pay 100% of their own health care costs and 100% of their own retirement costs have had to work even more to do the same for all of the public employees in this state. Scott Walker is standing up for them, he’s standing up for us. Thank God for Scott Walker!

Walker Slammed By Weishan For Trying To Fix Pension

March 11, 2009

County Supervisor John F. Weishan, Jr. wrote an op-ed that appeared on a blog at biztimes.com this morning. In it he slams County Executive Scott Walker for attempting to find a solution to the county’s pension troubles.

Walker’s pension bonding plan is too risky – John F. Weishan, Jr. @ BizTimes.

Weishan promises to vote against Walker’s attempt to help fix the pension problems while offering no real solution of his own. He even states his opinion that ordinarily plans like Walker’s are sound solutions to problems like this but he just doesn’t like the long-term outlook right now. Sounds like a petty political grudge is keeping him from supporting a plan he would normally be in favor of.

Weishan’s hypocrisy is that he voted for the pension!!! Does he think we’ve forgotten? He bears the blame for getting us into this mess in the first place and instead of coming up with solutions to help fix his mistake he attacks every attempt by the County Executive to do so. If Weishan truly wants to fix the pension that he broke why hasn’t he put any effort into it over the past 8 years? Scott Walker has tried repeatedly to come up with solutions and he has been faced with opposition from the County Board and Supervisor Weishan every step of the way.

Supervisor Weishan, it’s time to either put up or shut up. If you can’t come up with a plan to fix the pension without raising our taxes then stop trying to sabotage the ideas of those who are working to fix this problem.

Scott Walker: Why I’m Not Lining Up for Stimulus Handouts – WSJ.com

February 28, 2009

Scott Walker: Why I’m Not Lining Up for Stimulus Handouts – WSJ.com.

Scott Walker once again makes the case against the “stimulus” and does so with such common sense that I don’t see how anyone can honestly disagree with him. President Obama has signed a mortgage on our future and is wasting the loan proceeds on pet projects, only a few percent of the total is going for things that will actually improve the economy.

As someone who’s learned the hard way that a balanced budget is a necessity, not a luxury, I appreciate Scott’s steadfast stance against government waste. My entire life I’ve heard doom-and-gloom about the federal deficit and the national debt and now, at the time that we can least afford it, we have thrown all of our caution to the wind and are increasing both at record pace.

There is no difference more stark than that between Scott Walker and the likes of Obama and Doyle.

Scott Walker on UPFRONT with Mike Gousha

February 23, 2009

Click here to see the video.

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker once again lays out the reasons behind his economic stimulus proposals. Tax cuts stimulate the economy by putting money into the hands of consumers and businesses while increasing taxes does the exact opposite.

I applaud Walker for sticking to his guns on this issue. He said before the “stimulus” bill was passed that we don’t need federal stimulus money, we need tax cuts. Now that it has passed he’s proposing that the money coming our way be used not to prop up failed government programs but that it instead be used in a way that really will stimulate the economy, tax cuts.

Walker Wants County, State Sales Taxes Suspended -via Today’s TMJ4

February 16, 2009

Walker Wants County, State Sales Taxes Suspended | Today’s TMJ4.

Standing in stark contrast to Gov. Doyle’s desire to raise taxes to fill the gaping hole he’s helped create in the state budget is Scott Walker’s desire to promote real economic growth here in Milwaukee and throughout the state. The proposal to suspend the sales tax, both at the county and state level, would pump tens of millions of dollars through the economy that would otherwise be lost into the fiscal black hole of the government. Tax increases failed to prevent the budgetary problems we’re faced with now so we have no reason to believe that they’ll do anything at all to fix them. It’s time to change our strategy and try something new, something that actually stands a chance of success.

War of Words Over Inauguration Trip | Today’s TMJ4

January 28, 2009

War of Words Over Inauguration Trip | Today’s TMJ4 – Milwaukee.

It looks like Lee Holloway’s got his undies in a bunch. He’s blaming Scott Walker for the “leak” of the Coggs/Clark inaugeration trip, accusing Walker of trying to take the media’s attention off of his position on the federal “stimulus” package.

Holloway just doesn’t understand.

Walker doesn’t want to take attention off of his position on what makes up real stimulus, this issue is going to be a big winner for him but tax-and-spend types like Holloway can’t comprehend that.

This story about Coggs and Clark was going to come out one way or another. I have no idea if Walker tipped off the media or not but if he did, so what? What Supervisors Coggs and Clark did was an abuse of power and an example of corruption in public office. Since when is exposing such behavior the wrong thing to do?

Oh, that’s right, when it also throws egg on Holloway’s face. He is the one who signed off on their little trip.

Meanwhile Supervisor Borkowski is trying to play referee, defending Coggs and Clark because they’ve apologized. Grow a spine Borkowski, playing peacemaker may win you some brownie points with Holloway and his cronies but you aren’t doing yourself any favors. Now that they’ve been caught they’re trying desperately to hold onto their jobs by asking forgiveness and paying the money back. The only problem is that restitution doesn’t undo the breach of trust. They betrayed the taxpayers of Milwaukee County and they should face the consequences. Repaying the costs of the trip is the least that they should be doing. If it were my Supervisor who’d pulled such a stunt there’d be recall efforts underway at this very moment.

Speaking of my Supervisor, where is Weishan? He’s been deathly silent for weeks, including on this latest flap from the County Board. Oh wait, he likes to fly under the radar doesn’t he? As most of the rest of the board does as well. That lets them get away with their plans to stick it to the taxpayer all the easier.

Walker on Supervisor Trip for Inauguration: “Mind Boggling” | Today’s TMJ4 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin News, Weather, Sports, WTMJ | Local News

January 23, 2009

Walker on Supervisor Trip for Inauguration: “Mind Boggling” | Today’s TMJ4 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin News, Weather, Sports, WTMJ | Local News.

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s take on this is right on the money. Pardon the pun. The taxpayers of Milwaukee County are not in a position to be paying for these types of trips, especially during a major event such as the inauguration when prices are inflated due to high demand.

If Supervisors Clark and Coggs wanted to be in D.C. for the inauguration then they should have taken personal trips and paid their own way. They’ve used taxpayer money for their personal enjoyment. This type of misconduct in office should not be tolerated, I hope their constituents remember this in the next election.

Don’t use stimulus to build in swell budgets – JSOnline

January 19, 2009

Don’t use stimulus to build in swell budgets – JSOnline.

If you’re looking for some common sense applied to the question of a federal bailout for state and local governments then this piece by Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker should certainly satisfy you.