“LONG LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM” – Do you need a poke of encouragement today, something to encourage your heart. Here is an article that talks about why the US is still #1, & will continue to stay there for decades to come. I have wondered about all the hype of China or India taking over as the economic or social leader of the world. It’s not going to happen, at least for decades to come…perhaps never. This article gives a number of reasons why China & India have nothing over on us, nor will they for a long, long time. Be encouraged today…we still live, as Michael Medved says daily, “in the greatest nation on this earth.” Read on…
TRUE OR FALSE? Can anyone begin to tell me the truth &/or facts behind this video. If this is true, then we are in far more trouble than we thought. If you have any insight into this, please leave a comment for me. Thanks… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwhKuunp8D8&feature=player_embedded
MYTHS & FACTS from Wisconsin – an interesting article separating the hype from the facts that you need to know: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/260629/wisconsin-myths-and-facts-matthew-shaffer
POLITICAL STRATEGY…”How Harry Reid stays alive” – “Wisconsin and the Fundamental Threat to the Democratic Party” – An interesting article on political strategy. If you are interested in how Harry Reid won election, this explains it…the unions were the key. But unions are being targeted, as well they should, since they are the single biggest contributor to the liberal leftist politicians, who then keep them in their power. So the R’s are seeking to level the playing field, & when they do that, their will be a huge setback to the unions… and the D’s. Go here for the full article: http://www.nationaljournal.com/columns/on-the-trail/wisconsin-and-the-fundamental-threat-to-the-democratic-party-20110223
GOV’T SHUTDOWN…THE MYTH! – Will it happen? Here is a fascinating article about why the D’s want it, & why “some” R’s are deathly afraid of it…when they really shouldn’t be. Hopefully we will have enough sensible people in Washington (ah, but what an anomoly) to sense the rising public sentiment…”Voters want spending cuts. Voters are sympathetic to a conservative coalition hellbent on reining in Washington.” There is a huge collision coming, & it will be absolutely fascinating to watch what happens. Tighten your seatbelt, folks…
OP-ED REVIEW…This next section is thanks to Gary Foss & His weekly “Op Ed Review”:
Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to end collective bargaining rights for most public workers.
“Public employees in Wisconsin are paid and pensioned far better than their counterparts in the private sector. The state is facing multi-billion-dollar deficits. The old calculus that employees in the public sector are paid a bit less since they have job security and work for the community at large seems topsy-turvy: Now they are paid more and are fraudulently calling in sick to go on strike, apparently in the belief that lay-offs or higher taxes for others are preferable to themselves paying modest increases for their most generous benefits.”
Government Union Workers…The Long Goodbye – The “Madison Uprising” is the beginning of the end of the incestuous relationship between government and the unions. That fact has been recognized by the public sector unions and the Democratic Party and is why they have pulled out all the stops and reverted to their 1960’s playbook in order to maintain the status quo. However, it is a battle that the unions and the Democratic Party will lose regardless of the immediate outcome in Wisconsin.
The Democratic Party has sold its soul to the public sector unions. In the 2010 mid-term election, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees poured over $87 million dollars into the election.
(A new spending record). AFSCME’s $87 million was greater than the campaign spending by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($75 million) and American Crossroads ($65 million). Other public sector unions also ratcheted up their spending such as SEIU ($44 million) and the National Education Association ($40 million). The three major public sector unions spent over $171 million in the 2010 election plus an estimated $250 million equivalent value of so-called volunteer activity such as get out the vote efforts, door-to-door campaigning and poll watching.
There’s much more…read it here: http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/government_worker_unions_the_l.html
Bona fide Labor unions work within a free-market system, where firms compete for customers. Public works are noncompetitive, however. Workers who belong to public-sector unions conduct their labor negotiations without their employers facing any competitors. The U.S. Postal Service, for example, has a monopoly over first-class mail delivery; teachers at public schools work for monopolistic employers – student attendance is required, and funds are confiscated through taxation. As the saying goes, public workers have the taxpayers over a barrel – there are no alternatives, and, in most cases, one cannot refuse to deal with these workers.
Wisconsin’s public school teachers and the unions that represent them are saying budget cuts proposed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker would be devastating — but many of those teachers make more money than they’re letting on. The Daily Caller has broken out the salaries and benefits of teachers who have publicly entered the debate by commenting to the press.
Jay Leno: “I spent Presidents Day acting like a president. I took someone else’s money and spent it on something I don’t need.”
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