Labor and Budgets

Rallies happened across the country yesterday.  Hundreds of thousands of people were at state capitals across the nation to protest the treatment of workers across this great nation by republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin, and in Ohio and other places where workers rights are under attack. 

Protests are even happening in places like New Jersey, where governor Chris Christie has stood up for the rights of large corporations to pay you less money than you are worth, and give you second-rate health coverage. 

Protests happened in Providence, Rhode Island, where all 1,926 teachers were given dismissal notices, because the state has a forty million dollar deficit in its school department.  So of course the cure for that issue is…FIRE THE TEACHERS. 


Love the way these governors think, or more likely, don’t think.  And I’m sure they wonder why the people are angry, geniuses that they are.


Viddy of the day:  Olympia, WA Rally in Solidarity with Wisconsin Workers 2/26/2011


The story of the labor movement needs to be taught in every school in this land… America is a living testimonial to what free men and women, organized in free democratic trade unions can do to make a better life … we ought to be proud of it!

Hubert Humphrey


I understand that there are deficits, that there are budgetary shortfalls all over.  That does not mean those who are making these new budgets should try to place the burden of fixing these budgetary concerns on one group of people, making them scapegoats.  That serves only to push the actual problems down the line, it doesn’t solve them.  If it solved them, it would have been done by now, and anyone who says differently is speaking  their political viewpoint rather than speaking to the economic reality as it exists.

These budgetary shortfalls were not created by those who work in unions, they were created by political players who simply do not know enough about economics,  and who make those oh so important economic decisions based on political expediency rather than actual economics.  To expect the unions to be expected to bear the brunt of the burden of paying for the mistakes of others is outlandish, outrageous, and wrong.

Everyone seems to be willing to help, unions included.  Whatever helps the economy, helps everyone, and we all know that.  This current problem is created by pointing the finger of blame at unions, as if all the ills we are suffering from came from them, from that one segment of the population of this nation and publicly saying, they should be singled out, when anyone who has three working brain cells knows that is simply not true.  What we need to do is stop pointing the finger, stop trying to figure out who is to blame for what, and simply fix the economy by making sure everyone who is capable of helping out does his or her level best. 

To expect anything less would be about as Un-American as one could be.  Those who want to see these unions done in forget what the first word in the Constitution is.  That word is WE.  It’s not about you as an person, or your money, or your individual anything

It’s about US.

WE are a community, 300,000,000 strong, and we have to learn to live with each other and do for each other.  In this day and age we seem to have forgotten that.  Our sense of community is destroyed when we point the finger of blame at our brothers and sisters and forget the common goal of society, to build a better life for ourselves and those around us, is part of our lifeblood.   Stop pointing at the unions like they should shoulder the blame for the mistakes of each state and the nation. 

The issue is larger than that. 

More on that point in a later article.


That’s it from here, America.  Have a good night!

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