Scott Walker, America’s Thatcher

March 10, 2011

“Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.” — Margaret Thatcher, May 4, 1979.

Reducing the power of government unions has several major benefits: 1) It will begin to make it easier to rework pension and healthcare obligations; 2) it will begin to make it easier to restructure government so that it is more efficient and less expensive; 3) it will begin to end a system where a major political party often acts as a wholly owned subsidiary of a special interest; and 4) it will begin help save the U.S. education system where teachers unions are preventing children from being taught by competent teachers.

The very good news from Wisconsin:

Republicans in the Wisconsin state Senate passed the most controversial portions of Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill late on Wednesday, stripping out the sections that required the presence of their 14 absent Democratic colleagues in the upper chamber.

In an 18-to-1 vote, the Senate approved the curbs on collective bargaining by public employees that Walker has insisted are needed to help the state’s cash-strapped municipalities deal with a projected $1.27 billion drop in state aid over the next two years. The measure will now go to the Assembly, expected to vote on the matter on Thursday.

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Something had to be done to curb spending. The open pocket book for healthcare spending also needs to be closed. I see the biggest threat to recovery is the unwillingness of the healthcare industry to curb its relentless march to destruction. Doctors, dentists, hospitals, and drug companies need to get their act together.

Posted by fred5407 | Report as abusive

Not wearing a seat belt in the car has several major advantages:

1) you are free to get in and out of the car without any extra effort.

2) You never have to move the seat belt out of the way to scratch an itch.

3) You won’t have to worry about being bruised by your sea belt if you ever get in an accident.

5) seat belts are uncomfortable.

Posted by CanyonLiveOak | Report as abusive

scott walker for president !

Posted by whitner | Report as abusive

Mr. Walker recognizes that government employeee unions are different than private unions and should never have been allowed. Private unions adre limited by what the fruits of their labors can produce – get to much and your company goes bankrupt and the employees are out of a job. The government will never go bankrupt as it has the power to print money and raise taxes. Thus you can collectively bargain benefits way out of proportion to anything that your actual labor produces. I feel sorry for the individual employees who may loose some of their bargaining priveledges, but the free ride on the taxpayers has got to end.

Posted by zotdoc | Report as abusive