Wisconsin: one out of three eighth graders can read! Yay, teachers!

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Well, isn’t this special? With teachers union members demanding the right to keep better medical and pension plans better than almost anyone else has in Wisconsin, and with Democratic state senators Fleebaggers showing their support by running away from their jobs in order to block representative democracy, it’s nice to know that these teachers truly earn their money and benefits.

I mean, what’s wrong with a 66% illiteracy rate among Wisconsin 8th-graders?

Jeez, what do you people expect — that our children should actually know how to read and write?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Cut and run fever hits Indiana House Democrats

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Why? Because they’re slaves to union bosses, too. Via the Indy Star:

Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should to drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures.

Daniels told reporters this afternoon that he expects House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. It would be unfortunate if other bills are caught up in the turmoil, he said.

He will not send out state police to corral the Democrats, the Republican governor said.

The Democrat minority has right to express its views, he added.

The governor clung to his view that this is not the year to tackle right to work.

Earlier — Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown

Seats on one side of the Indiana House were nearly empty today as House Democrats departed the the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation.

A source tells the Indianapolis Star that Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.

We’ll remember that, Mr. Potential Presidential Contender. What a disappointment.

Ed Morrissey, commenting on the left’s penchant for cutting and running while in the minority, hits the nail on the head:

The true test of a representative democracy comes not in an election, but in the aftermath of an election. If the losing party or parties in the election recognize their loss and continue to participate in self-governance, then representative democracy works. When the losing side refuses to participate and boycotts governance, especially in such a manner that vital legislative work gets obstructed, then representative democracy itself is threatened. …

The fleeing Democrats have essentially stolen the will of the public and their right to self-governance. Wisconsin voters elected Republicans to majorities in both chambers and Walker as their executive by convincing margins. The minority in representative democracy has a right to be heard, but do not have the right to stop the process of governance by shutting down the legislature. In essence, those state Senators who went on the lam have attempted to overturn the last election through unprecedented and illegal obstruction and dereliction of duty. They have demonstrated the haughty arrogance of those who refuse to accept their role as public servants and instead make themselves into autocrats.

If Republicans overreached with their budget-repair bill and unfairly restricted the rights of unions, then let Democrats go on record opposing the bill and make it the centerpiece of the next legislative election in Wisconsin. Under the circumstances, though, the Democrats who have tried to hijack democracy in order to dictate terms should be the ones who fear the next election the most.

He goes on to suggest that these fleeing Democrats be called “Fleebagggers.” I’m down with that.

Until this past election, the NC state legislature has been controlled by Democrats yet I can’t recall a single time when Republicans in the General Assembly walked out rather than face an up or down vote on a bill. And you better believe there have been a LOT of bills that were signed into law over the last century here by whoever the Governor was at the time that were deeply unpopular with the GOP. Nevertheless, they stuck around to vote. Because that’s what they’re supposed to do.

Democrats in two state legislatures in this country (and there may be more coming) have decided “to hell with the process – if we don’t like a bill and can’t do anything about it, we just won’t show up for work.” I suspect that most people who voted for these petulant union suck ups had big labor ties and are probably ok with their elected representatives cutting and running from their respective state Congress on this issue. They don’t mind that no state business in their respective state legislatures can be completed without them being present, effectively holding hostage all legislation no matter who it does or does not benefit. This is the selfish side of the “compassionate” left that they don’t want you to see. It’s quite ugly, isn’t it?

The blogprof opines:

The Democratic Party is neither democratic nor do they represent the taxpayers. Their constituents are instead the government unions that continue to bilk taxpayers to do a bad job and not only get ironclad job security, but higher wages and free healthcare and retirement pension for life. They need to be reigned in exactly because of what is happening in Wisconsin and now Indiana.

Finally, on a related note: It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that our nation’s liberal newspaper of record, the New York Times, has a ‘gotcha’ article today about how evil Koch money is supposedly “playing a role” in the Wisconsin showdown. What do they not tell you? How Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), a key fundraiser for Democrats, is attempting to raise money for Wisconsin state Senate Democrats. He’s not the only one. They also don’t tell you that, naturally, big union money is a key contributor to the continuation of these protests – as is always the case. They also don’t tell you that Organizing for America, the political arm of President Obama himself, has greatly aided in orchestrating & keeping alive the pro-union protests in WI.

If the NYT was truly interested in following ALL the money trails, the information isn’t exactly that difficult to find. Of course, you have to look at New Media blogs to find out because liberal fishwraps like the Times only care about how conservatives and their causes are funded. Natch. Because they want to pretend that “big money” doesn’t exist in the Democrat party, in spite of little inconvenient truths that prove otherwise.

Moving right along …

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Wisconsin: reactionary liberalism unchained

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Pajamas Media co-founder Roger L. Simon is a Hollywood screenwriter and lifelong Left-liberal who in recent years has made a journey back toward a pragmatic conservatism; it was through his writings at PJM and his earlier blog that I came to realize that American liberals and progressives are among the most reactionary people in today’s political environment. They cling bitterly to their ideology in the face of all evidence contradicting it, while conservatives such as Paul Ryan or Sarah Palin instead look at what’s been tried and what really works in the search for solutions to today’s problems — empiricism as opposed to dogma, reaction as opposed to thought.

In his post today at PJM, Roger recounts the saga so far of Wisconsin’s attempt to reform public employee benefits and collection bargaining and then asks why has American liberalism become so juvenile and reactionary? His answer, selfishness:

Liberalism has become a mask for greed in our culture — a way of hiding excessive selfishness from others and, importantly, from the self. It’s a deflection, really.

We see this in the billionaire extremes of a George Soros and a John Kerry, but also now in the demonstrators in the streets of Madison. Many are suffering economically in our country. Huge numbers are unemployed. But when asked to pull together for the good of the mean, the liberals, the ones who pay the greatest lip service to equality, say NO.

They hide behind “Union! Union! Union!” and “No pasaran!,” but it’s all a fake. When the chips are down, our modern liberals are overcome by their own sense of entitlement. Christopher Lasch’s Culture of Narcissism has infected them to such a degree reality cannot intrude. I get my pension even if there’s no money, even if you have to pay for it and you’re broke without any pension of your own.

Socialism, my fat fanny! It’s just plain old selfish greed.

I think this is spot on, at least for the large mass of those demonstrating in Madison and elsewhere for the preservation of their gold-plated benefits and outsized political influence. Among the ideologues and left-liberal elites, including our president, there’s a desire and a goal to reshape our nation along European social-democratic lines, the vast, highly regulated welfare-entitlement state we see in a France or —God help us!— a Greece. But for many, maybe most, it comes down to throwing a tantrum when some adult says there are no more cookies in the jar.

Be sure to read the rest.

RELATED: Another former Lefty “gone Right.” Ron Radosh on “How the Left sees the union crisis in Madison.”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Because you just don’t mess with Rep. Allen West

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Click here and watch what happens when a self-righteous representative of CAIR (Nezar Hamze), with Koran in hand, tries to confront freshman Congressman Allen West (R-FL22) on the issue of radical Islam. Hamze thinks he’s going to school Rep. West, but as the video makes clear, it was West who schooled him.

West is a pistol. Florida’s 22nd District is fortunate to have him represent them in Congress. If only we here Mel Watt’s NC-12 were so lucky …

(via Memeorandum)