Friday, February 25, 2011
Republicans fight for their beliefs, Democrats run away
Yes, Fannie and Freddie and the mortgage bank disaster was "A tremendous job" by the Democrats, said the Democrats. Was this 2004 hearing a "lynching" or was it Republicans seeing the disaster in advance and trying to get it under control. In retrospect the Republicans were correct, the Democrats were lying and Barney Frank was in the forefront defending the process and Maxine Waters gave us flowing praise of a situation that was going to lead to massive debt for this country and the failure of financial oversight by the Democrats in charge. SOX didn't cover it all and therefore needed changing. This is just a reminder that Republicans foresaw the crisis and sought to stop it, the Democrats took the money and stepped on the gas. The result? Check out the national debt and think about what it was in 1900 versus now.
So with Republicans in control of Congress, we drive slower. If Democrats are in Congress, we drive faster. What if we had Republicans in charge of the White House and both houses in Washington, DC? I hope we find out because...With Democrats in control of the White House AND Congress, we began driving at NASCAR speeds under Obama! Can the Republican-controlled House just voted in bring the speeds back down? Actually, don't we need to turn around and go back the other way?
Now in Indiana we have Republican lawmakers balancing the budget and trying to fix a couple of broken processes to avoid new taxes, make the State more business-friendly and thereby improve our Indiana economy. Since the Democrats are not in control, they cannot set up a dog-and-pony show like they did in 2004 and the voters have put them in the minority so they have gone AWOL.
What is happening in Wisconsin is that teachers get great pay and benefits far better than the average worker and while the State is trying to avoid bankruptcy the teachers are refusing to take any cuts in pay or benefits. Yet the Governor has shown them that the only alternative is to layoff a large number of them, thus increasing class sizes and making a Wisconsin education (lacking in ability to teach kids to read and do math already) even worse than it is now. Do teachers care about the kids or is this just unions digging in to avoid the pay cuts while the entire nation is in a recession bordering on depression? Will they all cut back just a little, or do they want the youngest of the teachers tossed into the unemployment line?
Is that what Indiana teachers want? Go ahead and layoff the people who are recent graduates, the bright young lights of the bunch, so the old fogies get to keep every nickel? In Indiana, the voters clearly and loudly voted for Republicans who ran on balancing budgets and making Indiana business-friendly. Because your job today can be offshored to Pakistan or India tomorrow or perhaps to a Right-To-Work state where someone would rather make 20 bucks an hour than be unemployed standing in line at a township food bank. Because Indiana requires a balanced budget, it is going to be either/or = teachers give back a little or students will suffer and the least-tenured teachers will be looking for new jobs. Class sizes will be larger, students will get less personal time with teachers, Indiana's children will be less likely to learn. How long before more parents then opt to home-school their kids rather than send them to overcrowded government schools?
So-called "representatives" have run away to frustrate the legislative process that is America at work. They are AWOL. They are breaking the public trust. Nobody voted for an empty chair at the table. Republicans fight for what they believe, but Democrats run away? Is that how it's going to be?