The Four Musketeers

Now in the legislative battles over the budgets and government employee unions, we have the mighty four musketeers. They are the Rev. Jesse Jackson, actor Danny Glover, movie producer Michael Moore, and the Roman Catholic Bishops of Wisconsin. They all are supportive of state legislators violating state law and engaging in dereliction of duty to be present in their respective legislative chambers. They support rule not by law but rather by mob. The first three need to go home. The Wisconsin Bishops have plenty of problems of their own.

The four and the crowds that surround them just do not get it. It is very interesting that nearly 35% of government workers or those who are paid by taxpayer dollars are in unions compared to about 14% of the entire workforce in the USA, including government workers. One wonders why there is disproportionate representation of unions in government. It does not take a genius to figure this out. The unions support political candidates who, when elected, deliver the goods to the unions. This is a nearly perfect way to get over on the unsuspecting tax payer who is neither a union member nor a government employee.

This just does not happen in the private sector. If a union gets overly powerful in a given company and secures wages and benefits the company cannot afford to pay through sales of its goods or services, the company goes bankrupt and employees get pink slips. The problem to now is that governments don’t go bankrupt and out of business. Governments have just raised taxes or go into millions, no billions, of dollars of debt. Now we are at the time when the piper must be paid.

The country is in an economic mess with little, if any, light at the end of the tunnel. With a couple of exceptions, states are running budget deficits in the millions. Think. Where is the money going to come from to pay the bills? The states are broke. Savings are gone. Private sector employment is in the tank. Fewer private workers are earning less money. This means fewer tax dollars. This should mean fewer government services and employees. That is what happens in the private sector. People get laid off.

There are only two ways to solve government debt and budget problems. The two are to increase revenues through increased taxes or reduce spending levels. Those are it. Increasing taxes really seems like a pretty dumb idea right now. That leaves reducing spending levels. This is where we are.

Now is is time for all delinquent legislators to return to the jobs they were elected to do. If they or their supporters do not like what is happening, they have every opportunity to convince the citizens of their respective states and show it in the next election. Rule by mob is unacceptable in any State of the United States.

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About Kent Blacklidge Ph.D.

As part of a newspaper family who owned a 34,000 daily newspaper in the heart of the Midwest, I have a passion for a strong “Fourth Estate”, the press. Without a diligent and assertive free press, the power would be taken from the people. People have the absolute right to know. After earning a degree in Industrial Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue, I spent over 20 years in newspaper management with several as publisher. I am also holder of three graduate science degrees including a Ph.D.. I have a passionate interest in science and the environment. I have little tolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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