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Wisconsin On Fire
Wisconsin On Fire!
Its been a long cold winter here in Wisconsin, but we are not feeling the below zero temps or the blinding snow. All across the great state of Wisconsin people are on FIRE! It started with the Packers winning the Super Bowl, (without that idiot Brett) and ignited with masses of people in Madison fighting for a way of life that is slowly slipping from their grasp.
Sure, I know what you are thinking, that these people should be happy to even have a job and benefits, any kind of benefits at all, when so many other people across America are losing their jobs. And, I have to say, I agree, anyone out there with any kind of a job at all should be grateful. When workers are asked to take a cut in pay, or to pay for some of their own benefits, most will understand that times are tough and they have to work with management so that their company or business stays profitable for all. And, make no mistake about it, businesses are bankrupting left and right.
Last night the bill went through to take away the state workers rights to collective bargaining, and many people feel like the labor movement went back a couple of hundred years, and in many ways that is true. To not have a voice, or the right to negotiate is simply barbarian in many ways. Many people are asking “What’s next?”
Wisconsinites are almost evenly divided on both sides. While union workers feel as if they should continue getting a bigger and better wage and benefit package to keep up with the cost of living, just as many other Wisconsinites feel that we have to do something about that 3.6 billion dollar debt that is looming like a big hungry beast in the distance, ready to swallow us all. It seems there is little middle ground. The only thing everyone can agree on is the putrid smell wafting from the rotunda of the capital building. Everyone I talked to agreed that it smells like very old stinky cheese, an appropriate odor for the Wisconsin cheese heads! LOL!
What if both sides were wrong? Why does it have to be either/or?
The Republicans should find out why we are 3.6 billion dollars in debt before they started all this trouble. Where did all that money go? What can we do in the future to make sure that we never go down the DEBT road again? Of course, they would point the finger at the Democrats, the same old story again.
As far as the state workers are concerned, they should know that a great deal of their union dues go to the Democratic party. Is that right? After all the union money given to the Democrats they should have bent over backwards to keep American companies from moving overseas. Millions of jobs are now overseas because American workers demanded their rights. Where are those workers now? Are they living in a cardboard box somewhere?
The problem with career politicians is they are so focused on getting reelected that they no longer serve the best interests of the people. They serve the best interests of those who donate the biggest contributions.
I think what we call “politics” in America needs a complete revision. Something stinks to high heaven in Wisconsin, and its not just the cheese.
I am happy Wisconsin is on fire. Just stick around, you ain’t seen nothing yet! This is just the beginning!