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Guest Column: Governor, grades and unions

March 9, 2011

By James C. Davis

Let us start with the Wisconsin schools and a very brave Governor Scott Walker. Governor Walker is doing what he was elected to do. Cut spending, balance the state budget, which has to be done “under law,” save as many jobs as possible, get a handle on taxes, eliminate crime and corruption in the government and unions.

The old Demon-crats can’t take the heat, so they run off to a Best Western Resort in Illinois (Clock Tower). I wonder, are taxpayers or unions paying for this vacation? They all should be recalled and the new governor appoint new members who have the people of Wisconsin in mind. The budget is in shambles, and the unions want to dictate what the elected officials can and will do. As an elected (person) said in the not-too-distant past, “The election is over. I won, you lost—end of story. The people of Wisconsin elected ‘Me’ to do what has to be done, and I will do my best to get it done.”

The 1.6 million-member AFSCME last year tapped emergency accounts and took out loans as it poured more than $90 million into Democratic campaign efforts in the mid-term elections. I wonder how the union bosses will pay back the principal and interest on the money they borrowed from dues-paying members.

Overall, unions put around $400 million into the 2008 campaign to help elect Obama and other Democrats. Where did the union bosses get all that money, dues-paying members, maybe? Wonder how many of the dues-paying members would have had that money going to pension plans, insurance plans, etc. I wonder how many of the dues-paying members were asked if their money could be used for this purpose?

Who was the first person to make a statement on the impasse? You guessed it, Obama. “Wisconsin is trying to kill the union.” Of course, this was after he couldn’t find time to issue a statement or at least issue one that made sense about Ethiopia.

The Naked Emperor News posted on Feb. 22, 2011 at 8:43 a.m.: “Politics Shocking Level of Influence Exposed: Union Boss Trumka Talks to White House EVERY DAY and Visits a Couple Times A Week.”

In case you didn’t know who Trumka is: On Sept. 16, 2009, Richard L. Trumka was elected president of the AFL-CIO by acclamation at the Federation’s 26th convention in Pittsburgh, Pa. I might be wrong, but I didn’t know that acclamation was the same thing as being elected; of course, I could be wrong about this.

Gee, I wonder if this has to do with not only the NEA, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, Teamsters, but every other local, state and federal union in the United States.

CNSNews.com said: “Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools cannot read proficiently according to the U.S. Department of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest.” Whose taxpayer money is being sent down a rat hole with no rewards for the school children of Wisconsin? By the way, that rat hole is the Teachers Union Bosses—“NEA.”

In the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests administered by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009, only 32 percent of Wisconsin public school eighth graders earned a “proficient” rating, while another 2 percent earned an “advanced” rating. The other 66 percent of Wisconsin public school eighth graders earned ratings below “proficient,” including 44 percent who earned a rating of  “basic” and 22 percent who earned a rating of “below basic.”

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

James C. Davis is a resident of Byron, Ill.

From the March 9-15, 2011, issue

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