We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Liberal Mead's The Madison Blues. Real change is coming, moving past his "Liberalism 3.0."
For many Democrats, the weakening of the public sector union movement looks like a strategic setback to be resisted at all costs. Blue labor has contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to Democratic candidates in recent election cycles — both in direct cash contributions and in volunteer and in-kind contributions like phone banks.
But public sector union support, however attractive in the short term, is a poisoned chalice in today’s world. As long as Democrats are in hock to the teachers’ unions, the postal workers, and the various state and federal civil service unions, they are reduced to a producers’ lobby for government workers. They are tied to the 22.6 million Americans who have government jobs — and cannot respond creatively and thoughtfully to the needs of the 280 million who don’t.
However much money the public sector unions fling into the maw of Democratic party politics, the old system is going down. Workers will actually do better in states that act quickly; the longer the day of reckoning is postponed, the higher the bill will be, and the more savage and draconian the cuts will have to become.
But if the blue social model and 4.0 liberalism are losing, what will take their place?
Watched the Wisconsin governor's speech on foxnews tonight. Great speech. Guy was calm and unshakeable in his purpose, despite the out of state thugs like Trunka, the AFL-CIO president who showed up. This is what Walker was elected to do, and he is determined to do it. Hope that a lot of state governors follow in his footsteps.
Maine and Wisconsin are the only two states in the Union to completely flip, after some 40+ years of Democrat majority, all three branches of State Government to Republican majority in November's election. We are looking forward to similar actions here in Maine any day now...
It's fun to watch those who proclaimed last week that we should "tax the rich; they can afford it" find out the word "rich" is subjective. Those school teachers with their sometimes modest paychecks seem rich to the rest of us when their benefits are counted. One of my friends retired from a school admin job and immediately got the same job in another district. After 6 years he retired from that. He collects two checks now totaling $250,000 and they are on track to grow to $300,000. There is some small justice in the fact that when he went to get a doctor in his new retirement community no one would take him because he is on Medicare and the doctors don't get paid enough to take those new patients. It never occurred to him that he makes more than the doctor and with his income he doesn't need to be on the government dole. I mean, he hasn't paid for doctors his whole life, why should he start now. He had a job with the schools all those years, it's not like he's rich.