Happiness and government seems to be a contradiction in terms. Just like “government efficiency,” or “brave politician.” You can be happy or you can have government. Tax time is coming around and people are getting downright grumpy, it seems like the government reverses the spirit of Christmas… Sort of…
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had to come to terms with the state’s 3.6 billion dollar budget hole. In recompense of this problem Governor Walker has decided that the local, state and school employees (nonfederal) have to give 5% of their income to their own pension and pay 12.6% (about six percent more than now) of their heal care premiums (still much less than private sector employees pay), curbed the big labor union’s bargaining rights (leverage) and said that the union’s should be put up for re-election each year. Supposedly this would save 300 million dollars over the next two years.
Because of taking — what I would call — a modest measure to try to solve the budget problem, teachers and unions are protesting (and, of course, no labor protest would be complete without Jesse Jackson and thousands of out-of-state bused-in supporters, courtesy of Obama), demanding to have more than most would be perfectly content with in this economy. Even then, if public union workers paid what Walker wants them to, they would still be paying the second lowest rate for family health insurance in the Midwest.
Many of the labor unions have received waivers from Obamacare. So when you think of it, these teachers and public union workers have it all worked out. They will have health care when no one else does. They should be grateful. They should be grateful that they have a job. They should be grateful that they haven’t needed to (and still won’t) pay what many of their private sector peers pay for their plans and pensions.
The unions and teachers can no longer claim to be benevolent angels who only want to educate the children. They stopped teaching on Wednesday and Thursday to protest increased responsibility in their own benefits. Teacher and unions are cheating kids and parents (taxpayers) because they’re selfish and want more than most people would dare ask. But they’ve gotten so used to basking in taxpayer benefits that now, when the government of Wisconsin finally tries to solve a mounting and major problem, the public union employees can only think of themselves.
What’s happening in Wisconsin is only another case which points towards one simple fact that never fails: Government support creates dependency. When the government stops supporting (or weakens support) all of the recipients proceed to act like four-year-old children.
A prime example of this fact is last year’s protests in London. The British government voted to stop supporting many Universities and other schools which would cause tuition rates to almost triple. As a result tens of thousands of young adults and teenagers performed violent demonstrations in the streets. It included smashing store windows, vandalising public areas, setting things on fire, throwing paint and attacking Prince Charles’ car.
All this because the U.K. government thought that maybe students should pay a little bit more for their stuff. Just like Governor Walker thinking that maybe it’s fair that government employees pay just a little bit more for their own benefits. After all, free money is running dry in governments all around the world.
Often times those who protest a loss of benefits remind me of the two children Ebenezer Scrooge was warned against in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” when the second spirit visited him. “Ignorance” and “Want.” It seems we have embraced them now.
When government becomes God, we loose all sense of what right and wrong really is. The end of Steve Turner’s poem “Creed” makes the point:
We believe that each man must find the truth that
is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust.
History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth
that there is no absolute truth.We believe in the rejection of creeds,
And the flowering of individual thought.If chance be
the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky
and when you hear:
State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!
It is but the sound of man worshipping his maker.”
We must stop this behemoth of power, the gravy train must end. The unions were established to keep a decent working environment, not to exploit taxpayers. It’s time responsibility was coupled with power once again. If we allow selfish discontent bred by government to continue, we will fall the way so many have before: From the inside out.
John Adams wasn’t joking when he said, “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” If we don’t stop what’s happening to our country we’ll first deteriorate into what we see in England’s culture, then, perhaps, something like Egypt, or Libya. Acting no smarter than a fifth grader.