A big problem with spreading a lie is that if you repeat it often enough, you start to believe it. The falsehood that government can spend without using taxpayer revenue became very popular when Barack Obama took office, as talk of debt and deficit grew and legislators needed to justify their spending habits.
You know that times are tough when a Democratic governor is forced to deny pay raises to members of a public employee union. Illinois’ Pat Quinn stood up to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and now finds himself embroiled in a lawsuit over $75 million in raises for state workers.
America has been blessed with a new success story. With rising unemployment threatening to stall a feeble recovery, the president needs a victory very badly. The GM and Chrysler bailouts are all he has. In a bid to make the history books, the Obama administration has created “The Resurgence of the American Automotive Industry.”
Our rights and freedoms once had value. They were something we cherished as a unique expression of America’s democratic and humanitarian ideals. Over the years we have become accustomed to doling out the rights enjoyed by our citizens to those who are not entitled simply because those rights are demanded.
Detractors critical of President Obama’s decision to depart for Latin America while the situations in Libya and Japan deteriorated have not been paying attention. The president has been on the road a lot lately, with March stumping appearances in Boston, Miami, and Arlington promoting a federal takeover of education in the guise of fixing No Child Left Behind.
Angry mobs protesting in Madison, Wisconsin showed what happens when government cedes its responsibility to manage public employees. There are consequences for forgetting that governments must retain control of the resources needed to carry out public services paid for by taxpayers, whether those functions are fighting fires, arresting lawbreakers, or making sure that teachers are standing in front of our classrooms.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker forced states nationwide to consider the cost of union control of their public sector workforces. The outrage from Wisconsin public employees over a modest increase in benefit contributions mocks private sector workers, who pick up the tab for generous public pension and health care benefits while pondering the fate of their own recession-damaged 401(k)s.