ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Wisconsin Budget Crisis or is there a Scent of Limburger in the Air

Updated on February 21, 2011

The recent crisis in Wisconsin between the Republicans/Conservatives and Democrats/Progressives is coming to a head. While I try to look at the issue objectively, I instinctively distrust the political right. Be that as it may, I worked hard to try to see the issue from both sides.

Both sides agree to the concept of requiring public service employees in the state to pay a larger share of health insurance and pension related expenses. Both sides acknowledge the need to bring all the red ink under control. The area of contention appears to be surrounding the issue of the public employee unions. One side wants to annihilate the rights of the other and that will not be tolerated. A balance of power is necessary. It is the trickiest and dirtiest game of all, but the only one that preserves both sides. That is not an original quote, but it certainly is applicable as either side protects its group from exploitation by the other. The reasons labor unions were created in the first place over a century ago is not, all of the sudden, irrelevant. Progressives want the bargaining rights of unions preserved as part of a fair negotiation process. The Conservatives say that negotiating with unions for public employees is both time consuming, expensive and unnecessary. The unions are to become a mere rubber stamp in the face of the whims of management

But here is the rub, where the Limburger comes in. While this question has been downplayed in the media, it needs to be brought to the forefront. This Governor Walker says that working with public employee unions are an administrative nightmare. If that is so why did he exempt law enforcement, firefighters and the Wisconsin State Patrol? It seems to me that these professionals being safety and security essential personnel should be the last group of people you want to haggle with when it comes to their unions’ negotiation processes. The stench of limburger reeks from this Governor. If there is one thing that I cannot abide it is intellectual dishonesty and hypocrisy. Is it true what I hear from the Progressive side that the Governor is engaged in political hackery and exempted these specific groups merely because they supported his candidacy? I have neither heard nor seen any better explanation for the exemption. What Conservatives always talk about as principle is neither if what is good for the goose is never good for the gander.

I feel a great deal better now that I have gotten this “off of my chest”.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Credence2 profile image
      Author

      Credence2 7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      You get a big 10-4 here HS, thanks for the support. The writing is on the wall for many of us if we do not put our foot down!!

    • profile image

      Howard Schneider 7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      You are absolutely right Credence2. The unions exempted are the only ones that supported Walker. An offer has been made to give in to the higher contributions to keep their collective bargaining rights. This was rejected. I believe the GOP is consciously looking to destroy the unions to starve the Dems from their money. Combine this with the unlimited money coming from corporations after the Citizens United court decision and you can see their strategy. It's a permanent huge campaign money advantage. I am thrilled that Wisconsin is standing up to this because the rest of us are next.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)