02/26/11

Schooled in Wisconsin!

By: AJ

This video explains why public sector (government) workers are different from private sector (non-government) workers and private sector (non-government worker) unions.

It also provides the shocking literacy rates in Wisconsin public schools despite the massive increase in education spending (that massive increase equates to increased wages and benefits for the government workers).

And don’t miss the stats on how many children of government workers attend private school instead of the public government schools.

In addition to the information in the above video, here are few more things to think about/to be clarified since most of the media outlets are misrepresenting the issue and many Americans are not getting the truth:

Public Sector = Government Workers.

Government Workers are paid with taxpayer dollars.

Elected politicians control the size and scope of government; the bigger they grow government, the more it costs the taxpayers to provide their salaries, benefits, buildings, energy costs, material costs, etc.

The more that taxpayers have to pay to support a growing government, the less that taxpayers have to support their own families, to start or grow their own businesses and to create non-government (private sector) jobs for the people of America.

Limiting Collective Bargaining as it applies to state government workers (not private non-government unions and not private non-government workers):

Progressive President FDR would not allow collective bargaining rights for government (public sector) workers because the government is a monopoly. In other words, the government has no competition and is the sole provider of specific services to the public. Therefore, government cannot be allowed to hold the taxpayer hostage for limitless control over the services the government is responsible for providing to Americans – for which the taxpayers are paying the government to provide to them.

Government doesn’t make anything and doesn’t compete with anyone. Their sole support is derived by taking money (taxes) from people and businesses in the private (non-government) sector.

WHAT IS SCOTT WALKER TRYING TO DO IN WISCONSIN BY LIMITING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING?

1. Give parents school choice.

2. Reform tenure (I imagine this is so that the state doesn’t have to keep giving taxpayer dollars – as they do today – to government employees who, for example, abused children, yet who are still required to be paid because tenure prevents them from being fired).

3. Allow good teachers to get merit pay raises. Currently, union bosses do not allow this; they structure pay raises based on seniority only.

4. Give union workers the freedom to pay their dues to their union bosses instead of forcing the state to automatically deduct those dues from government workers’ paychecks.

So when you hear protesters say it’s the “middle-class” or “American workers,” know that what it really is, is government workers whose jobs exist through payment by taxpayers. They work for us; we pay their salaries and everything else they (union bosses) dictate and demand that they need and are “entitled” to have. They are fully financed through our labor, our hard work… through the money we earn and the government takes from us via taxes.

Know that 70% to 80% of jobs in America are in the private (non-government) sector and the taxes paid by the 70% to 80% of working Americans (mostly middle-class) are taken to pay for the big government we currently have.

The more union bosses demand, the higher the cost of government and the more they need to take from taxpayers. Governor Walker is trying to end their ability to hold taxpayers hostage to the unsustainable and unreasonable demands of the union bosses. The only way to do that is to limit collective bargaining.

Why are union bosses so afraid of giving their members the freedom to pay their dues directly to the union bosses? If these union bosses are truly looking out for their government-union workers, all their members will pay those dues. So why do union bosses fear giving their workers this freedom of choice to pay dues themselves?

Protesters (many of whom are paid to be there and are bused in with funding from the DNC, Obama’s OFA group and other Soros-supported socialist, communist and Marxist groups; at least, that’s what their protest signs say and what Obama’s OFA website says) want to maintain the union bosses ability to deny government workers the choice to pay or not pay their union dues (i.e. keep them enslaved), deny parents school choice, keep everyone on the dole no matter how incompetent or horrible they are or what crimes they may have committed, and make sure that good teachers are NOT rewarded for their good work.

Protesters claim they have rights, but when you listen to them and hear what they’re saying, they delineate rights that no one else has. They want to maintain their ‘right’ to job security. Does your private employer give you the right to job security – no matter how poorly or well you do your job? They want to maintain their right to the salary and benefits the union bosses dictate. Are you able to dictate to your private employer what salary and benefits you are to receive?

Listen to these protesters and ask yourself if you have what they have, and what would your boss say if you told her/him that you have a right to these things (even though any reasonable person knows that there are hundreds of applicants that your employer can choose from to do your job).

Here are just a few more important videos you’ll want to watch:

NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin Says Farewell

This one will blow your mind…

Teachers Unions Gone Wild – Volume II

Here’s another one…

Teachers Unions Gone Wild – Volume I

02/26/11

Howard Dean Bribes Wisconsin Fleebaggers to Stay Away and Not Vote

From: 1389 Blog – Counterjihad!

Yes, you read this correctly. Failed presidential candidate Howard Dean has collected a slush fund for the express purpose of bribing the “fleebagging” Wisconsin Democrat State Senators to remain in hiding and not report to the legislature to vote.

Without Howard Dean’s slush fund, at least some of those Democrat legislators would find it necessary to return to the legislature to pick up their paychecks in person, thus providing enough State Senators to form a quorum. A quorum is required for voting on the Budget Repair Bill proposed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that will require public employee union members to contribute more toward their benefits and restrict their collective bargaining privileges. The Republicans have enough votes in the State Senate to enact that legislation without delay.

A recent article in American Spectator follows the money to expose the flagrant corruption associated with this slush fund. However, like many articles in the media and the blogosphere, it stops short of drawing the necessary conclusion from the facts that it has established. The article talks about this slush fund as though it were nothing more than a campaign contribution that is well over the legal limit in amount. The article even admits that there is no election coming up in the near future for which the “fleebaggers” would need to collect campaign funds. It also shows that the funds are instead being used for lavish travel expenditures, thus rewarding the “fleebaggers” for their gross dereliction of duty.

It is time to stop pussyfooting around and start calling things what they are.

This slush fund is no campaign contribution. It’s naked bribery. Howard Dean is paying the Wisconsin “fleebaggers” to stay away from the legislature so as to block the enactment of legislation that Howard Dean wants blocked.

Free Online Law Dictionary: Legal definition of bribery

The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties.

The expectation of a particular voluntary action in return is what makes the difference between a bribe and a private demonstration of goodwill. To offer or provide payment in order to persuade someone with a responsibility to betray that responsibility is known as seeking Undue Influence over that person’s actions. When someone with power seeks payment in exchange for certain actions, that person is said to be peddling influence. Regardless of who initiates the deal, either party to an act of bribery can be found guilty of the crime independently of the other.

A bribe can consist of immediate cash or of personal favors, a promise of later payment, or anything else the recipient views as valuable. When the U.S. military threatened to cancel a Texas relocation company’s contracts to move families to and from military bases, the company allegedly gave four representatives in Congress an all-expenses-paid weekend in Las Vegas in January 1989, and $2,500 in speaking fees. The former president of the company was indicted by a federal Grand Jury in 1994 on bribery charges for both gifts.

Read the rest.

Note that it is equally blameworthy to give or offer a bribe as it is to accept or solicit it.

The American Spectator: Howard Dean and the $100,000 Wisconsin Slush Fund

By Jeffrey Lord on 2.22.11 @ 6:09AM

You can call them “Dean Dollars.”

Former Vermont Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, a one-time presidential candidate, is the founder of a group that by mid-day of President’s Day had raised over $100,000 in a slush fund to “back” the on-the-lam Wisconsin Democratic State Senators.

The Dean Dollars are being specifically funneled to the Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Committee (SSDC) — an apparent violation of Wisconsin election law that pointedly says, according to the Wisconsin Election Board’s Legal Counsel in a 2005 decision, that the “SSDC may not accept a contribution of more than $6,000 from a single committee in a calendar year.” (Note: the Election Board is now called the “Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.”)

The money, requested in an e-mail obtained over the weekend by The American Spectator, is being solicited in $14 dollar contributions through the Dean-founded million-member “Democracy for America” grassroots organizing group chaired by Dean’s brother Jim. There are no prohibitions on more generous donations of any amount. The funds are being collected through the left-wing “Act Blue” fundraising website, which identifies itself as “the online clearinghouse for Democratic action.”

The $14 dollar solicitation is symbolic — as in one dollar for every one of the fourteen Democrats in the Wisconsin State Senate. All of whom have now fled the state in a political battle royal over budget cuts and collective bargaining rights for public employees with the newly elected Republican Governor. On Monday, the Huffington Post quoted Senator Tim Carpenter, one of the fourteen, as saying of the decision to remain out of state: “We’ll be here until Gov. Walker decides that he wants to talk.”

Carpenter made no mention of who was paying his expenses.

The slush fund revelation comes on the heels of the discovery by both Fox News reporter Mike Tobin and the Wisconsin-based John K. MacIver Public Policy Institute of an organized effort by some Wisconsin doctors — who were deliberately handing out “doctor’s notes” to teachers feigning illness in order to protest the governor’s legislative plans. Which would be fraud, if proven in court. The Fox report uncovered at least one doctor connection to the presumably taxpayer-funded University of Wisconsin Family Medical Program. The MacIver video, posted over the weekend by my American Spectator colleague Philip Klein, is a particularly stunning depiction of both teachers and doctors quite publicly engaged in what appears to be outright fraud, a question raised by one reporter to an angrily defensive doctor on the MacIver video.

Read it all…

Question for you:

Would it be appropriate to call the FBI and ask them to investigate this matter further?

02/26/11

Christchurch Earthquake Update

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

123 confirmed dead, 220 plus still missing. No survivors found since Wednesday.

30% of buildings in the Central City will have to be demolished. The CBD will be closed down for months.

Power back on to 80% of the city, water to 50%.

10,000 people a day leaving town for temporary accommodations elsewhere.

Schools closed all next week at least.

Things slowly returning to normal and people generally holding up well.

Lots of gratitude here for all the international help and money flowing into our city.