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Obviously, the fleebagger senators in Wisconsin don’t have to come back, but they’re going to look even more silly and irresponsible when the state loses $165 million because they didn’t vote to restructure outstanding debt:

“According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, if Senate Democrats refuse to return to Wisconsin and cast their vote the next day the option to refinance a portion of the state’s debt will be off the table,” the statement says.

In addition, Cullen Werwie, the governor’s spokesman, said in a statement: “Senate Democrats claimed they fled the state to slow down the process so the public had enough time to learn about the budget repair bill. If that was their true intention, they have been successful.

Six of the 14 Wisconsin Fleebaggers

“Now they have one day to return to work before the state loses out on the chance to refinance debt, saving taxpayers $165 million this fiscal year. Failure to return to work and cast their votes will lead to more painful and aggressive spending cuts in the very near future.”

Werwie said he was giving the Democrats 24-hour notice. He added that the governor will delay sending out layoff notices “as long as possible.”

With Walker raising the stakes, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel provided its readers with the context of spending on public employees:

But by any measure, as Walker has noted and most state employees acknowledge, the state will continue to provide rich health-insurance benefits compared with the private sector, where nearly 40% of employers don’t offer health benefits at all.

Under Walker’s bill, state employees – including elected state legislators, who receive the same benefits – would pay about $600 more for single coverage, raising their share of that cost to about $1,000 a year. For family coverage, they would pay $1,476 more, raising their share of the cost to about $2,500 a year.

The proposal would increase their share of the premium to 12.4%. But that would still be well below the share paid by employees in the private sector, who by one estimate pay an average of 19% of the cost for single coverage and 29% for family coverage.

It also is less than the 28% of the premium paid on average by federal employees.

I guess those fleebaggers really don’t care about the $165 million – the taxpayers will pick that up, right? State union “leadership”, of course, see things quite differently than the Governor. They liken Walker’s reforms to -wait for it- slavery.

“We certainly aren’t the haves, in spite of what he says. I just see this as all political posturing,” said Marty Beil.

Beil is executive director of the Wisconsin State Employees Union , which represents 22,000 state workers in various departments including corrections, universities, mental health, and social work.

It’s like the plantation owner talking to the slaves. We’ve moved in Walker’s mentality from public service to public servitude,” Beil explained to FOX 11. When asked “Do you really think comparison to plantation owner and slave is accurate?” Beil replied: “I do. I really dobecause here he sits as the incoming governor, basically issuing mandates about what he wants to happen. Governors and employers don’t do that especially in the modern era of labor relations. We sit down at a table to talk about things.”

Really? Don’t you think it’s just a bit of an exaggeration to liken modest reforms like these to slavery? I love how Beil says “Governors and employees don’t do that…We sit down at the table to talk about things.” What he means, is “we’ve grown accustomed to twisting the Governor’s arm and getting what we want – every time. So now that he won’t give in, we’ll resort to calling him a plantation owner.”  The shame of it is, I think he and his union cohorts really believe this kind of talk.  They don’t realize that the 89% don’t buy it, and see his group’s actions as childish and irresponsible.

It’s getting a little overused at this point, but it applies: Elections have consequences. Your candidates lost. Accept the consequences, and grow up.

Read the whole thing at Hot Air

 

New York educator Thomas Ferdousi, who is not a union member but is forced to pay their dues, writes about his exposure to the corruption and self-centeredness of the organization:

Being an educator in Upstate New York I am forced to pay dues into the corrupt union structure, even though I am not a member nor intend to be. Among the many benefits of (not) joining one of the public employees unions in New York include the union taking nearly one percent of my gross pay to use towards political campaigns.

Among the “benefits” not immediately clear is a mandatory subscription to their monthly propaganda. This month’s naturally rails against the cuts of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo as well as against Governor Walker’s actions in Wisconsin.

In this era of civility in which the public employees unions want to appear reasonable and striving for the best for our children, the New York State Union of Teachers’ publication NYSUT United’s headline screams:

DEFEND WHAT MATTERS! EDUCATE, COLLABORATE, AGITATE!

NYSUT United calls for the state to reject a property tax cap– even after the state has seen massive tax increases over the last decade, especially in rural and suburban areas. They call the cuts made by then-Governor David Paterson last year ‘draconian’ and rail against Andrew Cuomo’s cuts of $1.5 billion, or triple last year’s cut.

Their self-centeredness can be exemplified by the first paragraph of its article calling for its members to ‘agitate.’ It cites a 2,000-strong protest in rich Long Island calling against budget cuts “in a turnout so large than [sic] it closed an exit of the Long Island Expressway.” So the turnout was so large that it clogged one of the busiest roads in New York State! And cost taxpayers their time and money idling so these union thugs could pressure elected officials.

Isn’t that great? If these union types spent half as much time and energy teaching kids as they do trying to extract more and more loot from cash-strapped state and local governments, we’d have a bunch of geniuses coming out of our schools (well, maybe not geniuses, but at least they’d be able to do readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmetic). No wonder so many people want to see public employee unions relegated to the dustbin of history.

via Pundit Press: NY Teachers Union Calls for Members to ‘Agitate’.

In an effort to appeal to the vanity of teenagers, a deputy sheriff in Multnomah County Oregon has assembled a documentary to demonstrate just how quickly drug addiction can disfigure your looks.  There’s a slide show over at msnbc.com with lots of examples from Multnomah’s mug shot files.  Here are a couple of samples:

You can see the whole show here