2011 was a tumultuous year. Following the complete GOP sweep in the 2010 midterms, those who won election had the actual temerity to govern in the exact manner that they had promised while campaigning. Promises were made to finally put a halt to the thuggish behavior of the public sector unions that were bankrupting Ohio and Wisconsin. The Unions did not take that lying down at all. The usual suspects gathered in those states and declared war against the citizens there. The results of who won and who lost were mixed, as were the consequences of those victories and losses. this essay is not about who won or lost the battles per say, but who won and who lost in terms of the consequences of those battles.
First, We’ll look at Wisconsin. After pulling out what we believed were all the stops there, including riotous behavior in the state capitol, legislators fleeing the state, $22 Million in advertising, recall elections, threats of violence, and even school children being sent home with propaganda to pass to their parents, Scott Walker balanced Wisconsin’s budget by reigning in the out of control money laundering operation known as the public sector unions. As a consequence of this, Wisconsin’s news papers are filled with stories of school districts who believed that they would be forced to make massive layoffs suddenly in the black again, saving many high paying jobs. There are stories all over Wisconsin of Police and Fire Departments who now have the money to meet payrolls for the first time in years. The private sector in Wisconsin is showing real growth for the first time in decades. All of this, despite the promise that the little folk in Wisconsin would be hung out to dry if the evil Republicans were allowed to instill a little of some long missing economic freedom into the state.
Next we have Ohio, my home state. After losing in Wisconsin, the unions spent over $32 Million in Ohio. The pro freedom side spent all of $7 Million. We were defeated, and the unions were able to pass a resolution which said basically, we were not able to slow down the current of money being laundered through the public sector unions. So, while our budget has also been balanced, the consequences have been vastly different. Well, These are the news stories which have been cropping up all over the Buckeye State. Police and Fire Departments all over the state have been forced to make hard decisions and lay off what amounts to thousands around the State. School districts all over Ohio have been forced to lay off teachers, teacher aids, and other support personnel in order to live within their means.
So where are those of you from Ohio who voted against issue two? You voted supposedly to help save the middle class, and you ended up hurting the very people you were suckered into believing you would be helping. What will you do to rectify your idiocy? One of my pet peeves with the liberals of this country is that they never stick around to clean up after their messes. They get DDT banned and 50 Million people die as a result. Then they make commercials whining about how we should do more to stop Malaria in Africa, a pestilence which they themselves created. They pass the Community Reinvestment Act and our national economy reaches the brink of collapse. They then blame the Free Market System and in the ensuing crisis pass a law which chokes any chance for economic growth while giving more power to the Community Reinvestment Act in order to further screw us. Now, they have weakened our position to deal with the runaway choke hold the public sector unions have on our ability to control our spending, and thousands from the middle class lose their jobs around the State of Ohio. So much for helping the downtrodden little guy.
All the attacks on SB5 and issue two truly were, was a desperate attempt by the overly powerful unions to keep their money spigots turned on full. We heard plenty from you libs before the election about how we could only prevent layoffs if we voted to give you the money that we did not have to help you fund your chicanery. Now that we can prove that the opposite is in fact true, will you be returning those funds to the rest of us? Will you ever take responsibility for your own messes?