Foreshadowing 2012

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Apparently, Barack Obama, who characterized the bill as an “assault on unions,” along with his organized labor allies, see the handwriting on the wall.  According to Fox News, “the president and his political machine are offering tactical support” to the public service unions.  Labor leaders are using $30 million “to stop anti-labor measures in Wisconsin and 10 other states.”  “I think it’s a clear message,” said AFL-CIO political director Karen Ackerman. “If you take on middle-class people and try to solve the budget crises on their backs, there’s a price to pay. Many thousands of people will be energized to fight back.”

“Middle class” may be somewhat euphemistic.  At a March 2, 2010 meeting of the Milwaukee School Board, Deb Wegner, Manager of Financial Planning in that city, revealed the 2011 average annual teacher salary in that city was $56,500.  Their benefits package raises that total to $100,005.  The average median income in Milwaukee from 2006-2008, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, was just over $19,000.

As for “fighting back,” it apparently eludes both the president and labor leaders that the “shellacking” Democrats and, by extension, their public union alliances enduring during the 2010 election, was the epitome of fighting back–by a public sick and tired of subsidizing people who make higher wages and have better benefit packages than they do.  And as labor leaders themselves have indicated, this battle will not be confined to Wisconsin.

Nor is the battle confined to the states.  In Washington, D.C., House Republicans have passed a bill to run the federal government through the fall containing $61 billion in cuts.  Yet despite a projected record-setting deficit of $1.6 trillion, Democrats in the House and Senate overwhelmingly oppose the cuts, and the president has promised to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.

All of these developments indicate America is heading for an “all in” election in 2012.  Democrats will continue to support their failed Keynesian economic model, budget-busting public service unions, and a democracy-be-damned-when-it-doesn’t-go-our-way attitude illustrated by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, who literally fled the state in order to prevent a vote on the reform package.  Toward this end, they will employ all the tactics currently being displayed in Wisconsin: noisy demonstrations, along with hate-filled posters, such as the ones currently referring to Governor Walker as “Hitler,” the “Midwest Mussolini, ” “mini-Mubarak,” “Hosni Walker,” a “terrorist” and a “rapist” of public employees.  As in Wisconsin, they will picket the private residences and businesses of politicians in an attempt to intimidate them.  Many public employees will abandon their jobs to demonstrate, or possibly stage strikes, “sickouts” (many schools in Wisconsin have been closed for three days due to a teacher “shortage”), or work “slowdowns” (reminiscent of New York’s recent snow removal fiasco), to vent their frustration.

All of these tactics are premised on the idea that such thinking can capture a majority of the electorate in 2012. More likely, it represents the same arrogance which alienated Americans in 2010.  It is an arrogance best exemplified by the president himself, whose promises to “bring Americans together” and get deficit spending “under control” are empty and fraudulent.  It is the arrogance of a Democratic Party which continues to demonstrate its belief that taxpayers are little more than inexhaustible ATMs which can be “stimulated” into funding progressive ambitions, completely irrespective of fiscal reality.  And it is the arrogance of public employee unions who believe they can browbeat Americans to get what they “deserve,” without regard to the public’s wishes–or their votes.

The bet here is a majority of that public will–once again–reject such arrogance in 2012.

Arnold Ahlert is a contributing columnist to the conservative website

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  • thomas paine

    Pew Research Center. Feb. 2-7, 2011

    "How about when you hear of a disagreement between state or local governments and unions that represent government workers, is your first reaction to side with the governments or to side with the unions?"

    Unions 44%
    Governments 38%

    "Which comes closer to your view? Do you think union agreements give union workers unfair advantages or ensure that union workers are treated fairly?

    Give unfair advantages 34%
    Ensure fair treatment 55%

    you lose

    • Supreme_Galooty

      When confronted with a pack of jackals, the first thing I want know is if they are hungry. I already know they are jackals. Conducting a poll – especially of my fellow citizens who have been subjected to the gentle ministrations of the American "educational" system their entire lives – only confirms my initial assessment: that most of them are simply ignorant with no desire to change that state of affairs. So while those two polled "factoids" may be meaningful to you in some abstract sense, to me they represent nothing of value.

      • thomas paine

        said with the insouciant wit of an elegant galant too superior to admit that other people could possibly administer their democratic right to vote with the same weight as his own obviously more valuable opinion

        • Supreme_Galooty

          Your comment, while somewhat shy of the mark, is actually the most accurate observation I've seen you make to date. Keep up the good work.

  • ydroustan

    You lose in 2012!!!!!

    • thomas paine

      You lose in 2012!!!!!

      FOX News Poll Feb. 7-9, 2011

      Obama 48%
      Romney 41%

      Obama 49%
      Huckabee 41%

      Obama 56%
      Palin 35%

  • Victor Laslow

    Instead of promoting a free Republic, Comrade Obama went with the dumb down America tactics; all to achieve a fundamental Change in our democratically elected Government. The good that comes from Social Activism is only for the oligarchy, the Socialist masters.

  • Bob Madden

    If this attitude of entitlement continues expect lots of democrats standing in unemployment lines very soon. I just hope we can hold out til 2012 without another crash. Government is not the answer, it is the problem.

  • Victor Laslow

    "Education is the only way to create wealth. To spread the wealth will not create wealth, it is the way to restrict advancement." Victor Laslow

    • Dan

      Yes. GOOD education — unencumbered and unpolluted by PC crap and by diluted programs of instruction and learning objectives.

    • Supreme_Galooty

      Education is NOT the only way to increase wealth, and neither is it the preferred way. The BEST way to increase wealth is a vibrant, active, unfettered market where all that is proscribed is fraud and coercion. Giving you the benefit of the doubt, I will assume that you make the common error of confusing schooling with education.

      It is the natural order of things that not only are very few people educated, very few people are even educable at all. The mere ability to read is NOT literacy, and likewise eight, twelve or sixteen years spent in today's schools does not normally result in an educated person. More often than not, especially at the higher levels, it results in a highly schooled parrot more remarkable for egotistical pretentiousness than for actual education.

      • Jim_C

        Your answer is why I think our educational system, grade 1 — university, is about 60 years overdue an overhaul.

  • Reg T

    Supreme Galooty, you are an articulate and discerning individual. Your responses are impressive and right on the mark.

    Education has become a parody of what it was intended to be, thanks to Dewey and many others since him. I returned to college in my late forties '98-'00), attending a curriculum for registered nurses. The most common refrain I heard from almost every young student at that institution was "teach me what is going to be on the test. Don't waste my time with all that other stuff." That was true in every class I took, from sociology to philosophy to anatomy and physiology.

    • Supreme_Galooty

      Thank you for the kind remarks. Yes, there was a schism in the education sector around the turn of the last century. There was the school that promoted an egalitarian approach, believing that ALL should be "educated." What they really meant, without actually knowing that they meant it, is that all should be given the opportunity to attend trade school or charm school. The opposing view was that education consisted of the cultivation of the MIND, equiping it to deal with weighty matters successfully – even if encountered for the first time and with no data, experience, or outside talent. Such cultivation of the mind was, at that time, believed to have been best achieved by the study of Greek, Latin, Philosophy, Mathematics, and History.

      • Jim_C

        In another thread I think I mentioned to you that conservatives, generally, don't have much worthwhile to say about education–mostly due to an extreme lack of information. They certainly know how to make vague, nebulous complaints. However (despite your willfully ignorant take on individual teachers) you do paradoxically seem to have a worthwhile perspective on the whole. In your view, what would you do with this vast population of ours? What would your picture be for reforming education/schooling/whatever you care to call the institution?

        • Supreme_Galooty

          1.) Repeal all truancy laws.
          2.) Forbid government funding of any sort, at any level.
          3.) Forbid governmental regulation of curricula on any level.
          4.) Forbid governmental regulation of teacher qualifications.
          5.) Allow backyard/basement/garage schoolhouses – without interference.

          Gotta run. There's more.

    • Supreme_Galooty

      I am reminded of the trained seals many years ago on the Ed Sullivan show who played Lady of Spain on an array of bicycle horns. It was very cleverly done, but I remember thinking at the time, "Does this make them musicians?" My mother in law graduated from one of the Seven Sisters in the twenties and her diction was remarkable. She made Bill Buckley, Jr sound a bit vulgar by comparison.

      I recall a family picnic once when one of the young cousins was acting up and his mother chided him saying, "Can't you learn to speak like Aunt Phylis? She's so cultured." Of course she WAS a very classy lady, but not because of her accent.

      So today's schools are in the business of teaching our children to speak like Aunt Phylis so that they will appear to be educated.