Welcome back…or should I say, “I’m back!”
After almost a year’s hiatus, I’m back. Let’s see if I can find time to ponder about, think through, and comment on the happenings of our crazy world. I often give you URL’s to go and read the rest for yourself…IF you are interested. I also pass on news sites where you can get good, hopefully accurate information. I am fascinated at the political maneuverings taking place. I have my own ideas and perspective…admittedly they swing to the right. How far, I don’t know, but I am definitely conservative.
So…let’s see what kind of journey we can embark on. Where are we going to go? With “liberals” having been in control there is a lot to look at…so let’s go…and just wade into all this and see what happens.
War in Wisconsin…Can you believe the extreme actions by the unionists in Wisconsin? Did someone forget that the conservative electorate voted in conservatives to clean things up? I think so. Anyway here are several articles that give some insight as to what is happening and where this seems to be going. Stay tuned…
Erick Erickson writes on-line in “Daily Events” the following:
“There’s war in Wisconsin. Voters, disgusted with big spending Democrats and out of control unions, handed the whole state over to Republicans. Seizing the voter mandate, Republican Governor Scott Walker is intent on pushing through legislation to end the ability of public sector unions to have collective bargaining rights on behalf of public employees.
Democrat lawmakers in the State Senate have fled Wisconsin for Illinois to ensure there is no quorum in the Senate. While only 17 votes are needed, 20 of the 33 senators must be present for the body to conduct business.
Public sector union members have stormed the state capitol. Teachers have staged a ‘sick in’ putting their union privileges ahead of educating children — bolstering Gov. Walker’s point that union abuse needs to be reined in.
Naturally, Barack Obama has sided with the union goons. His Organizing for America is sending protestors to astroturf Wisconsin in favor of more bloat and corruption. This is as much about saving him politically in 2012 as it is actually defending unionization.
Democrats and unions are comparing what is happening to Wisconsin to the Alamo. It puts me in the unusual position of backing the Mexicans.” — Erick Erickson
Erick also edits the daily email, “Red State Morning Briefing,” which should be must-reading for you. It is there that I found this article today…
Unions Fuel the Hate in Wisconsin
by Moe Lane
“Ann Althouse has a few photos up that rather starkly symbolize just how committed public sector unions are to cleaning up the mess.
The Wisconsin GOP has put together a quick video of union attacks on Governor Scott Walker, which include: signs calling him a Nazi (and a dictator generally); signs calling him a rapist; and signs calling for his death. What makes this a particularly hard-hitting video is that it’s interspersed with solemn quotes from Democrats who claim that their side never, ever, ever does such things: which is of course a lie, but a lot of these people haven’t internalized yet the notion that it’s harder to lie about this sort of thing these days.
Background, for those who need it: Scott Walker’s call for (limited) reforms of Wisconsin’s frankly out-of-control collective bargaining system for public sector union employees has caused a good deal of controversy, and by ‘controversy’ I mean ‘death threats.’ Excuse me: alleged death threats. Anyway, as I noted earlier Lakeshore Laments is a Wisconsin blog covering this: note in particular the way that the ’spontaneous’ sickouts seem to be mostly targeting Republican state districts. It’s going to be a real interesting day in Wisconsin.”
Go here, http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2011/02/17/unions-fuel-the-hate-in-wisconsin , for the article and links to those sites he references.
So, here’s more…
The Battle is in Front of You: What are YOU going to do about it?
Posted by LaborUnionReport
Thursday, February 17th
“At this very moment, the battle for America’s future is happening in states all around the country as newly-elected governors try to wrest control from tax-eating unions. Today’s battle is just the beginning of what America will be facing through 2012 and beyond. It is a battle that, if lost, will likely have catastrophic consequences on the fiscal well being of many of the states and, as a result, the nation as a whole.
Nowhere is the fight the loudest than in Wisconsin, where over 10,000 union supporters protested Madison’s Capitol Square on Tuesday and about 1,000 protesters demonstrated outside Governor Scott Walker’s private home Tuesday night. Hundreds of union protesters also packed Ohio’s statehouse on Tuesday to condemn Governor Kasich’s efforts to stem the union bosses’ power and reign in out of control spending. In Indiana, hundreds of Steelworkers descended on the Hoosier’ statehouse to protest unemployment reform as well. Even in New York, with a Democrat governor, unions are spending millions on fighting reform.
Make no mistake, this is a battle for America’s economic future. It is one that will ultimately decide whether Americans will be enslaved by debt created by a government beholden to public-sector union bosses, or whether some sort of fiscal sanity can be restored before the system collapses due to the weight from years of cronyism.”
Apocalypse Now: Wisconsin vs. Big Labor
by Michelle Malkin
“Welcome to the reckoning. We have met the fiscal apocalypse, and it is smack dab in the middle of the heartland. As Wisconsin goes, so goes the nation. Let us pray it does not go the way of the decrepit welfare states of the European Union.
The lowdown: State government workers in the Badger State pay piddling amounts for generous taxpayer-subsidized health benefits. Faced with a $3.6 billion budget hole and a state constitutional ban on running a deficit, new GOP Gov. Scott Walker wants public unions to pony up a little more. He has proposed raising the public employee share of health insurance premiums from less than 5 percent to 12.4 percent. He is also pushing for state workers to cover half of their pension contributions. To spare taxpayers the soaring costs of Byzantine union-negotiated work rules, he would rein in Big Labor’s collective bargaining power to cover only wages unless approved at the ballot box.”
Read the whole article here: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=41868
Want more news from a conservative perspective? Well here are a few links for you to go do some digging:
The Blaze – http://www.theblaze.com
Drudge – the venerable reporter – drudgereport.com
The American Thinker – great conservative articles – http://www.theamericanthinker.com
Breitbart news – http://www.breitbart.com
And of course, Erick Erickson’s site – http://www.redstate.com – Go there and click on “Hot Topics” or “Recent Posts” and be sure to sign up for the daily email if you need to keep that ‘ol blood pressure right up there where it should be!
Read on…find out for yourself what is going on in this greatest nation on earth!!