How is collective bargaining a birth right? Maybe it is, but I just think that’s a little too specific for a right. For example, we have the right to free speech which implies that we have the right to produce a record that slurs another race, or something to that effect.
At first glance this seems wrong. But if you think about it isn’t it just as wrong for unions to organize for a political candidate that will promise benefits well beyond his elected service? What if unions become so popular they can sway the outcomes of elections? Basically, a union can vote someone into office that will promise them benefits, regardless of the financial situation of the economy.
Is that democracy, voting for your portion of tax payer dollars?
Writing about pop music is generally kind of exciting; it’s as exciting as painting a room and not waiting around for it to dry, at least. One of the best things is, either because of how the mind works (a la the transcendental aesthetic, shout out Kant), or because that’s just how reality…
I just learned that there are two rich brothers participating in politics. This is unheard of! According to some (the dejour media insider expert), the Koch Brothers are secretly managing the efforts of the Tea Party.
I thought I heard a voice whispering for me to reread the Constituion and Federalist Papers. Maybe all of my conservative policy positions have been formed by these two guys, I just didn’t know it.
What to do now? Should I abandon my anti-union position for the Wisconsin protests? Maybe I need to rethink all my economic studies? Oh no, did the Koch Brothers write my text books? I’m lost!
I wonder if anyone passionate about an issue has the same dilemma when supposed shady characters have the same beliefs. Thought: Do the unionized teachers know they’re being used by Jesse Jackson and the AFL-CIO President? We need to warn them!
It odd, people protesting for their pay. Why not do the best job you can and ask for a raise. If you don’t feel like you’re earning what you want, walk. But unions and protests aside, what’s happening in Wisconsin is just wrong: teachers using sick time protest the government’s desire to change aspects of their benefit contributions and negotiating powers.
First, unions were created to protect employees from employers. Are we to assume the government of Wisconsin is an unfair employer? Why do you need to be in a union if you work for the government? Basically, we’re told that everything is for the kids, yet we have teachers putting their selfish desires ahead of their student’s needs. Nice.
Next, Obama has asked that we all make sacrifices. Fair enough. What sacrifices are these union employees making? The proposed bill asks for raises to be limited to inflation and for employees to participate 5-12 percent in their health and pensions. Maybe the real sacrifice by the employees will be the 10,000 layoffs if the budget isn’t balanced. The only sacrifices happening now are the poor kids that need school lunches to supplement their diet. Guess that’s not as important as we thought.
Finally, who pays the bills? Don’t worry, it’s the tax payers. The tax payers that voted for the Republican majority and Republican governor that ran on budget cutting. The majority of Wisonsonites wanted the state’s spending reduced.
Government employees don’t need unions. The economy and never ending government spending has made many state budgets unsustainable. It’s time to sacrifice and it looks like after all this noise one of two things will happen:
The protesters will get their way and subsequently 10,000 of them will lose their job.
The governor will pass his law and teachers will pitch in to help save the state from going bankrupt.
If neither of these options happen then we’ve got bigger problems.
Okay, so American’s are starting to join the protest’s around the world. Glenn Beck “rally” was an event but what’s happening in Wisconsin is different, it’s personal. I’m always for people organizing to fight for their rights.
1) Are the teachers in Wisconsin like the Egyptians, trying to overthrow a tyrannical government.
2) Is the Wisconsin protests more like Greece, citizens fighting government austerity measures created to balance budgets?
Players go on strike but owners are the ones holding hostage. No one forces players to play or people to watch. It’s a game and a business, rich people are going after what they feel is their share of the pie.
As for me, if they shut down the NFL there’s always other sports.