Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The War for Fiscal Sanity Comes to Wisconsin

Brand new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his
supporters knew that they would face strident opposi-
tion to Walker's plans to restore responsibility and
sanity to Wisconsin's finances and economic morass;
they didn't, however, expect a siege at the Capitol by
an army of public union members, public schoolteachers,
(unionized, of course) and an impressive assortment of
flakes, nuts, thugs, and left-wingers of various degrees,
camping on the grounds of and inside the Capitol itself.
Madison, the Badger State's capital, never had this
much bedlam --- even during the late 1960s with the
Vietnam War protests.

So why the brouhaha? It's all because Gov. Walker
wants state workers to pay for some of their pension
costs as well as a bigger portion of their health care
coverage. Walker isn't planning to eliminate any of
their jobs, or even furlough or lay off any state em-
ployees; faced with a $3.6 billion state budget deficit,
our new governor simply wants state government
employees to pay their fair share like the rest of us
Wisconsinites.  Also, Gov. Walker wants to end
collective bargaining over these pensions and bene-
fits that they receive, with exceptions for police, fire-
fighters, and state troopers. State workers would still
be able to engage in collective bargaining for wages,
but will not receive any wage increases above the
rate of inflation unless an exception is approved by
the people in a referendum. After all, these workers
are supposed to be working for us, the people of
Wisconsin. We have long footed the tab for these
beyond generous benefits for the state employees,
even though most of us, in comparable jobs, don't
receive nearly the pay nor the goodies that these
public sector folk get.

Public employee unions could still represent state
workers, but will not be able to make them pay dues.
This means more money in the workers' pockets,
and it is a measure to prevent the unions from using
the workers' dues for purposes other than the unions'
operational expenses; many workers have complained
about their dues monies going into campaign coffers
of candidates for public office which they would, if
given a choice, would not have contributed their
monies to. If the unions were to agree to this, Gov.
Walker would not terminate, furlough, or lay off any
workers. But to hear the howling and wailing by the
unionized state workers, you'd think that Walker and
the Republicans are out to do some union busting ---
and in fact that is exactly what they are claiming!
Schoolteachers from the public school systems in
Madison, Monona, Milwaukee, and several other
cities and towns have joined the state employees
in protest at the Capitol, accompanied by a grab-
bag of left-wing yahoos! They've been at it since
Tuesday last week!

You know, my beloved readers, we have been
lectured, scolded, hounded, and harangued by the
Left for years about the supposed need to pay
our "fair share" in taxes, giving up copious sums
of our income, to support government at all levels
and to pay the people administering it. Left wing
politicians pass legislation to grow government in
size and scope during both good times and bad;
even though we in the private sector have to cut
our expenditures in our households and businesses
in the bad times, our governmental overlords, both
elected and appointed officials and government
employees, feel no compunction to do the same;
they firmly believe that they are above doing that
because they also firmly believe that they are above
us. Their arrogant, elitist attitude can best be summed
up by paraphrasing the late hotel queen and tax dodger
Leona Helmsley: Only little people have to sacrifice.

These public sector unions, aided by their Democrat
pals in state legislatures around the country, are
causing states to go broke. Nationally, state and local
government workers in these unions have a 45% total
compensation advantage over their private sector
counterparts.The former pay zero (as in "0"!) in their
pension contributions and little more for their health
insurance. We in the private sector, even those among
us who are in private sector unions, don't have nearly
as much gravy on our plates!

Teachers in the public schools are doing very nicely as
well. In some school districts around the country there
are some teachers making salaries of over $70,000 ---
just salaries mind you, benefits not factored in, for
working just nine months out of the year! I know
some business managers and even some executives who
don't get that much in salary! Your outraged peasant is
nearly apopleptic at this information! Adding insult to
injury, most, if not all of these teachers joining this
disgusting display of arrogance and greed staged a
"sickout" to be able to attend. A sickout is an illegal
tactic employed by some unions to skip work in order
to protest some action proposed by management with-
out necessarily going out on strike. The teachers who
are engaging in this activity have, as of this posting,
been away from their classes for six straight school
days, causing some entire school districts to close
their schools for those days. So much for their concern
for and dedication to the children unfortunate enough
to be their students! There are even doctors, actual
doctors(!), writing out sick leave notes at the protest
for any teachers who want them, dated in advance(!!)
for the days the teachers want to be at the Capitol!
These teachers should be fired, and the doctors
illicitly aiding them be disciplined by their profess-
ion's conduct board!

And as if this weren't enough drama, on Thursday
February 17, all fourteen Democrats in the senate fled
their chamber and their offices, scurrying down to
Rockford, Illinois to deprive Gov. Walker and the
Republicans of the necessary numbers for a quorum
in order to take a vote on Walker's budget package.
20 of 33 senators are required to be present for votes
on spending bills, and the Republicans, though in the
majority in that chamber, hold just 19 seats. Wiscon-
sin Senate rules allow for law enforcement agents
to round them up and return them to the Senate to
do their duties, and your indignant Peasant would
love to see these cowards brought back in handcuffs
and leg irons! They likely got this self-serving notion
from eleven Texas Democrat state senators who fled
their state to deprive Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his
GOP majority a quorum for voting on a 2003 redis-
tricting measure. Apparently when the going gets tough,
Democrats get going --- over the hills and far away!

This is how the Left behaves when it doesn't get its way.
When we tell them "Enough!" they throw a tantrum, yell
invective, and behave in ways which make four-year-
olds look mature and sophisticated. But not to worry,
there are lots of Tea Party activists at the Capitol as
well, countering these greedheads by demonstrating
their support for Gov. Walker and the Republicans
who control both legislative chambers. They are
standing up for us, and our Tea Party folks are in turn
standing up for them.

In the days to come your dependable Peasant shall
have more thoughts on this event to share with you,
my wonderful readers. In closing, public sentiment
is heavily in favor of Gov. Walker and the Repub-
licans and their efforts to craft a state budget that we
can all live with, causing the least amount of pain and
discomfort possible all around. Any sympathy that the
public might have had for these union crybabies has
dissolved in a wave of outrage over their orgy of self-
ishness, self-importance, as well as hatred for an
electorate who have had it up to the sky with these

As your faithful Peasant concludes this post, there
is a similar battle taking place in Indiana, with a
swarm of public union members and their supporters
occupying that state's capitol building and grounds
as well. More such scenes are coming to a handful of
other states in the days ahead. Stay tuned.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

This is All We Need!

This just in:

My wonderful readers, another Republican politician
has behaved in a way contrary to what the GOP holds
as its principles and values. U.S. Rep. Christopher Lee
(R-NY) resigned from Congress on Wednesday, Feb-
ruary 9 after word got out that he placed personal ads
in the online classified site Craigslist, reportedly having
sent images of himself to an allegedly single 34-year-old
woman in the "Women Seeking Men" section of the site.

Advertising himself as a divorced "lobbyist" (Lee is in
fact married) and a "fit fun classy guy", the newly resigned
congressman posted pictures of himself shirtless and flexing
his muscles after the woman and Lee proceeded to exchange
flirtatious e-letters. But the woman checked out Lee with an
online search and discovered that he had lied about his age
and occupation, and forwarded her correspondence with
the lying congressman to Gawker, a web site that specializes
in expose' stories.

On Wednesday the eighth Gawker broke the story, posting
both the images and the correspondence. Later that day Rep.
Lee announced his resignation, publicly confessing his

Folks, your faithful and principled Peasant posted an article
on this sort of misbehavior by ostensibly conservative
Republicans shortly after launching this blog. This is just
the type of thing that has eroded the confidence in the
Republican Party and its politicians that the electorate
has held, and was one of the reasons for the party's crushing
defeats in 2006 and 2008. Supposedly conservative GOP
office holders, swearing their fealty to family values and
the sanctity of marriage, preserving the foundational
elements of society and such, carrying on in ways that
would make the most ardent liberal blush. Conservatives
while on the job, libertines when off duty. THIS WON'T DO!

This scandal is coming at a time when the GOP is beginning
to win back the trust of the people after chucking their long-
time principles, having made historic gains in last year's
elections in Congress and across the country. At a time
when it is so vitally important to conduct themselves in the
way that they had promised, both politically and personally,
this overgrown frat boy pulls this shenanigan! Just after
getting re-elected to a second term in the House, the stupid
jerkwad gets caught in a compromising position and retreats
from his job, leaving his constituents in the lurch, and
causing great pain and anguish to his family. Not a poster
boy for family values, would you say?

We cannot allow our conservative GOP public servants
whom we elected commit such hypocritical acts! We must
inform them that we shall not tolerate such behavior from
those from whom we expect and demand better! Personally,
your exasperated Peasant is sick and tired of hearing about
these wayward poltroons getting caught in scandalous
situations! I have run out of patience with those who boast
of conservative, hearth and home credentials while carrying
on like Hugh Heffner wannabes! I said it before in this very
blog, and I shall say it again here and now --- message to
alllegedly conservative Republican politicos: Don't just
talk the talk, WALK THE DAMN WALK!!! If you can't
do that, then pack it in and go home! We will not support
you in your quest for election if you fail to comport
yourselves to the standards that you claim to uphold.

It would be a tragedy of epic proportion if we conservatives
were to see President Obama's political fortunes revived along
with those of the Democrat Party, not because of anything
brilliant that they did, but because of something monumentally
stupid that our people did.


NOTE: Next week I may not be able to post an article to share
with you, my loyal readers, due to some commitments that I have
at that time. If I can be with you at all in the coming week, then
certainly I shall. So in case time shows your lumbered Peasant
no mercy, we shall meet again right here, in the week after next.
Thank you, my grand readers, for your understanding!

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The GOP-Led House Gets Down to Business

As soon as the brand new 112th Congress convened,
the newly-elected republicans now in charge of the
House of Representatives followed through on one
of their campaign promises; they drafted and passed
a bill to rescind Obamacare, the governmental take-
over of the entire health care industry, which would
bring approximately one-sixth of the nation's economy
under Washington's control. The measure passed 245-
189 with all of the House GOP and three Democrats
voting for the repeal.

Yes, your observant Peasant realizes that the repeal
bill will get swatted down in the Senate, and even
if by some miracle the bill did make it through this
hostile territory it would meet the veto of President
Obama, followed by an unsuccessful attempt to muster
the two-thirds majorities in both chambers to override
Obama's veto. But the House Republicans' actions are
not at all an exercise in futility.

First, the new GOP House majority has established
itself as being faithful to their constituents in keeping
a major campaign promise. Repealing Obamacare was,
for many of the Republican newcomers, the main item
on which they ran. All that they needed to do was to do
what they were able to do at the time to keep their
promise, and they have accomplished this task.

Second, it was crucial for the House Republicans to
keep this issue in front of the public lest it be obscurred
by other issues before both the public and Congress and
fade from view. This vote did just that.

Third, the vote put ALL House lawmakers on record.
Some House Democrats voted against passage of
Obamacare last year but voted against its repeal,
and now their constituents will know about their
flip-flops. Furthermore, the constituents of any
Democrat senators who may also make an about-
face on Obamacare will discover their senators'
shennanigans. And then there's the matter of Presi-
dent Obama's quest for another term; all of this will
make a dandy sequel to the 2010 elections.

Fourth, Obama and the remaining Democrats received
a shot across their bow, warning them that the newly-
elected Republicans mean business, that they will not
be pushovers, that they have no intention of going along
to get along in Washington. These GOP freshmen are
making it known that they are serving the people, not
the Washington beltway set, nor powerful special inter-
ests who receive their sustenance at the public teat,
and certainly not the so-called "mainstream media",
all of whom regard We The People as a mob of stupid
peasants and clueless yokels who should be dictated
to rather than listened to.

This demonstration of intent, commitment, and determi-
nation will make them a dangerous force to be reckoned
with. Democrats and RINOs alike would do well to take
this challenge to their political supremacy seriously.


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Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Ronald Reagan Centennial

Tomorrow is the 100th birthday of one of the greatest
presidents that our country has ever had; our 40th
president, Ronald Wilson Reagan. Your faithful
Peasant is taking time to remember and honor this
great man for his leadership and his accomplishments
as our country's leader in the 1980s.

Scorned by "establishment" types in both major
political parties, in 1976 Ronald Reagan challenged
the incumbent president at that time, Gerald Ford,
for the Republican Party's nomination to run for the
presidency. It was an unsuccessful but gallant attempt,
with Reagan narrowly losing the nod at the party's
convention in Kansas City. Reagan succeeded in doing
two other things, however --- he sent a warning to the
GOP's establishment smarty-pants that he was a force
to be reckoned with, and he also set the stage for his
next presidential campaign four years later, which
was successful. And we have benefited greatly for
his leadership over two consecutive terms in the
White House.

Among President Reagan's myriad accomplishments
were taming inflation, lowering income taxes for not
just the wealthy but for most taxpayers, and instituting
policies which encouraged entrepreneurship, rather
than discourage. This made for one of the greatest
economic revivals in our country's history. Reagan
also paid more than lip service to our military, re-
storing funding to ensure that they would have the
means at hand to do their job wherever duty required
our people in uniform to go. Also, he restored respect
to our military which had been eroded greatly since
the Vietnam War. And President Reagan was the first
president to speak up for the right to life of unborn
babies in the United States, coupling his words with
signing legislation into law which, while not eliminating
legalized abortion on demand, had in fact restricted the
occurrence and the number of abortions. I could easily
go on, but I would be typing the list from now until
my own centennial.

But let me close with this last one: President Ronald
Reagan won the Cold War by, without firing a single
shot or dropping a single bomb, forcing the Soviet Union
to capitulate in the arms race between the United States
and this erstwhile superpower, thus also quashing the
latter's quest for world domination. Remember the pro-
nuclear freeze rallies and the general protests against
President Reagan? How about the claims that he would
get us killed in a nuclear war? Of all the things that the
Left has gotten so wrong, this has been their greatest
screw-up to date! And note that Reagan accomplished
this NOT by apologizing for our country being a world
power, but by demonstrating that our country would use
its power to defend itself and its allies if our enemies
were to continue its aggressive, intransigent behavior.
Contrast this to the actions of our current president.

Oh, for another Reagan. But the one and only has gone
to his reward, so we have to find and elect someone who
is of the same mold, and who will have the steely resolve
to do the things that we need to do to defend our interests
at home and abroad, and to rebuild our economy by inclu-
ding job creators, not ostracizing and punishing them. 
We have just one year. Let's roll!


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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

No Labels? No Credibility!

Have you heard about the newest political movement?
It's purported to be an attempt to firm up the political
center by giving people who are tired of the banter of
the Left and the Right dominating the national political
scene. Its members call their creation the "No Labels
Movement", as they profess to eschew political labels
such as "liberal", "conservative", and "Tea Party".
They supposedly want to arrive at some sort of com-
promise consensus on the issues of the day such as
taxes, spending, and border security.

Now, my treasured readers, it's certainly true that the
camps at each end of the political spectrum do control
much of the political debate; all of the political ideas
are formed by them, for both sides stand for certain sets
of principles which in turn make up their ideological
content and party platforms. Political parties therefore
are the inevitable result of competing ideas and interests;
this is why there is a Democratic Party and a Republican
Party (as well as a handful of smaller political parties,
i.e. the Libertarian Party). Moderates, the relatively
quiet folk who inhabit the middle of the political spectrum,
don't formulate political ideas; rather, they help themselves
to those generated by the Left and the Right which appeal
to them and cobble them together into a political framework
with which they are comfortable. In other words, moderates
make nothing --- they only borrow.

Although there is nothing inherently wrong in doing this,
it is certainly no way to propell anyone into the forefront of
our political scene. In order to lead anything, be it a church,
a club, a business, or a nation, one must have a vision in mind.
One also must have ideas of what steps to implement in order
to achieve the vision, as well as how best to accomplish the
former. Thus, a political movement or party which claims the
middle ground can fall into the trap of not really standing for
anything, thus creating a political vaccuum. As with nature,
politics abhors a vaccuum.

Take the Whig Party of the 1840s and 1850s. This was a
centrist party which avoided the political head-butting of
the day; they were adverse to taking stands on the big issues,
especially slavery. When some of their candidates stood on
one side of an issue while some others stood on the other side,
or took no side at all as sometimes was the case, the Whigs
fell out of favor with an electorate which demanded specific
action be taken on the questions related to these issues. The
Republican Party was thus created by disaffected Whig voters
and anti-slavery Democrats. They soon elected Abraham
Lincoln president, who brought an end to slavery in the
United States.

The shorter-lived American Independence Party of the 1990s
also had an aversion to the stands and the passions of the
parties of the Left and the Right. It also had candidates who
disagreed on what stands to take on the issues of that period,
and in the resultant vaccuum their nominee for the presidency
in 2000 was the hard-core conservative, ex-Republican Patrick
Buchanan. The one-time Nixon speechwriter gained all of
one per cent of the popular vote.

Now, the "No Labels" people claim to want to offer an alter-
native to the liberals and conservatives to the people, even
though they emphatically stated a preference for conservatism
in last year's election. This silly movement, founded by the
milquetoast speechwriter for President George W. Bush
(perhaps this is one of the reasons why Dubya's presidency
got far off the conservative message and far away from con-
servative principles!) and funded by New York Mayor
Michael Bloomberg, a political figure who is far to the left
of many prominent Democrats and has a bottomless reserve
of cash, is thought by some to be a sort of "Trojan horse"
because of some distinctly liberal elements within its ranks.
As National Review Contributing Editor Jonah Goldberg
pointed out in NR's 12/30/10 issue, "The party of 'nonparti-
sanship' is always the cloak of self-serving operators,"
in this case, both failed liberals and conservatives; indeed,
roundly defeated liberal GOP Senate candidate Mike Castle
(DE) and sketchy Democrat senators Joe Leiberman (D-CT)
and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are charter members. This is yet
another reason why a political body which claims to eschew
labels cannot lead the political debate, or even function as
a political entity for very long. Who can trust a supposedly
moderate political group which is rife with people from one 
side of the spectrum or the other?

Take your savvy Peasant's advice: Don't be fooled by these
hucksters. Anyone claiming to be without an ideological label
is either very naive or they harbor a hidden agenda. Just say,
"No thanks" to "No Labels".


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