Wisconsin senator gets mostly cheers, some jeers on his return from Illinois

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Paulski

United States

#1 Mar 18, 2011
As usual, a most confusing article. On one hand, it celebrates somebody who abandons his elected role to public office. I wish I could walk away from my job with no ramifications when I do not get my way.

It then continues by saying in a democracy people often have to accept some compromises for the greater good. Isnt' that why change was needed ? To create long term financial stability for all citizens of WI versus continuing to just hand over the store to a very small number of government workers ?

I fail to see how short term solutions are the answer, that is why WI is in the mess it is now.

Why do people who contribute hundreds of millions through their public unions nationally for Democrats to get into office, and then negotiate with these same elected officials for what they are to be paid not see the conflict of interest ?

Who is representing the taxpayer in this unholy relationship between public unions and the Democrats ? Why are the so called watch dogs in the media not calling out Democrats for signing agreements that nobody can afford to pay.

It is at times like this that I am reminded that there were very good reasons that public unions were not thought to be a very good idea by FDR himself. One of the main reasons being that government does not make a profit from goods to negotiate against. You are negotiating against taxpayers. That being said, who is representing the taxpayers ? The Democrats elected by the unions ?
John Hardin

Barron, WI

#2 Mar 22, 2011
You can't walk away from your job because you are hired, not elected.

This was not about compromise. It was about cramming something down our throats (eliminating collective bargaining) that was never even discussed during campaigning. There are not a very small number of government workers, there are a lot of them.

You are right. Short term solutions are not the answer. However, there are no long term solutions except creating more hardship for the bottom 60-80% of WI residents. The rich are expected to do absolutely nothing (that's zero) to help out with fixing this problem. As I was not completely quoted in this article, another critical point was left out. That is: Don't you think that this increase in deductions for benefits hurts just as much as a tax increase? In effect, this is a tax increase, and only government workers are getting it. What about the rest of us, especially the rich?

Workers do not negotiate with the people they support and get elected. They negotiate with their bosses, who are unelected management.

Who is representing the taxpayer in the unholy alliance between corporations and republicans? Could it be unions? Wake up and smell the coffee. The problem here is not the union workers, it is the bankers, wall street and corporations like Walmart, who want us all working for sub-minimum wages and without any benefits.

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#3 Mar 22, 2011
John Hardin wrote:
You can't walk away from your job because you are hired, not elected.
This was not about compromise. It was about cramming something down our throats (eliminating collective bargaining) that was never even discussed during campaigning. There are not a very small number of government workers, there are a lot of them.
You are right. Short term solutions are not the answer. However, there are no long term solutions except creating more hardship for the bottom 60-80% of WI residents. The rich are expected to do absolutely nothing (that's zero) to help out with fixing this problem. As I was not completely quoted in this article, another critical point was left out. That is: Don't you think that this increase in deductions for benefits hurts just as much as a tax increase? In effect, this is a tax increase, and only government workers are getting it. What about the rest of us, especially the rich?
Workers do not negotiate with the people they support and get elected. They negotiate with their bosses, who are unelected management.
Who is representing the taxpayer in the unholy alliance between corporations and republicans? Could it be unions? Wake up and smell the coffee. The problem here is not the union workers, it is the bankers, wall street and corporations like Walmart, who want us all working for sub-minimum wages and without any benefits.
The Issue was not the bill or loss of anything, the issue was the cowardly way you allowed the Governor and his cronies to out flank you without even being present to delay or put up any type of resistence. You merely delayed what the voters of WI voted for in November. You are in the minority and with actions like this, you maybe for quite awhile
You are a coward!!

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