Sunday, July 3, 2011

"Expensive Entitlements"

Besides endorsing the recalls that the people of Wisconsin have launched against the corrupt Republicans, the Walker interview with the MJS editorial board has another tidbit of insight for us:
"They defined it as a rights issue," Walker said. "It's not a rights issue. It's an expensive entitlement."
So in Walker's world, we can deduce the following:
  • Worker's rights are expensive entitlements
  • A safe work place is an expensive entitlement
  • A decent education for your child is an expensive entitlement
  • A life-saving health care screening is an expensive entitlement
  • A wage that can actually sustain your family with is an expensive entitlement
  • Being treated with respect in the workplace is an expensive entitlement
  • Getting promotions based on experience and qualifications besides how much your daddy the lobbyist donated is an expensive entitlement
The list could go on forever, all of which would basically show that Walker again had made one heckuva irresponsible and damning statement.

But it also requires me to make a few other points while I'm at it.

We already know that a federal judge already said that collective bargaining rights can't be overturned by governmental edict.

Most importantly, perhaps, is that when Walker was giving sworn testimony before Congress, he specifically stated that his union busting agenda had absolutely nothing to do with financial reasons:
“Your proposal would require unions to hold annual votes to continue representing their own members. Can you please explain to me and members of this committee how much money this provision saves for your state budget?” question Kucinich.

After an unresponsive answer by Governor Walker, Kucinich pressed, “Did you answer the questions? How much money does it save, Governor?”

“It doesn’t save any,” admitted Governor Walker.
Again, Walker comes out telling bald faced lies and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel lets it slide. Don't you think Walker should have to start including their paper as an in-kind contribution on his campaign finance forms?

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