Pundit And Pundette - Tick tock goes the clock on the Wisconsin budget. Today is the deadline for a restructuring of the state's debt. If it passes without action on the budget repair bill, the state will lose $165 million. Yesterday, Gov. Walker gave runaway senators 24 hours to return and do their jobs:
"Failure to return to work and cast their votes will lead to more painful and aggressive spending cuts in the very near future," Walker's said in a statement.
Enter President Obama. From Cubachi:
President Obama weighed in to the business of Wisconsin, which he admitted he has no idea what the budget looks like, and said he doesn’t think it does “Anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified, or their rights are infringed upon.”
Of course, he didn’t consider the rights of the taxpayers who fund these public sector workers.
Never. A taxpayer is just another bitter clinger, trying to hold on to his earnings.
The question for President Obama: Does it do "anybody any good" when a governor, legislators, media, or anyone and everyone who holds a dissenting view, are denigrated, villified, or their rights infringed upon"?
I wonder if the president, who loves to portray himself as the high-minded arbiter of what is and what is not appropriate in American political discourse, might say something — anything — about the denigration and vilification of the governor of Wisconsin, who has been compared to Mubarak, Mussolini, bin Laden, and Hitler. There is nothing comparable being said about public employees.
If Obama were genuine in his concern about putting an end to (in his words, on the night of his election) “the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for too long,” he would have spoken out long ago on the slandering of Governor Walker. But he has not.
Gov. Walker's response to President Buttinsky:
“I’m sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay. And I’m sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin. At least I would hope he knows these facts.
“Furthermore, I’m sure the President knows that we have repeatedly praised the more than 300,000 government workers who come to work every day in Wisconsin.
“I’m sure that President Obama simply misunderstands the issues in Wisconsin, and isn’t acting like the union bosses in saying one thing and doing another.”
Obama could take lessons in leadership from Gov. Walker.
Meanwhile, protesters are not being allowed to enter the Wisconsin statehouse this morning:
At the Capitol, police were blocking protesters from entering the building because some protesters who refused to leave Sunday night ignored orders to remain on the ground floor. Until those protesters comply, no other demonstrators were to be allowed into the building.