Saturday, July 2, 2011

Right Wing vs Wrong Wing

Just a Bad Idea
How many times do the liberals in this country need to be reminded that their philosophy fails every time? How often do they need to be slapped upside the head with facts and examples? Ronald Reagan turned this country around in record time -- and quite dramatically -- following the near disaster of Jimmy Carter, and to this day, liberals insist that his was a terrible reign despite the historical record. And they continue to inflict their policies with every opportunity.

Early this year, in February, the State of Wisconsin was in a state of upheaval with union protesters storming the capitol building and Democratic senators fleeing the state to avoid troopers who would round them up and return them to do their jobs. Democratic leader Mark Miller told George Stephanopoulos that if enacted, Walker's bill would be a disaster.

To take it a step further, Tony Evers, Wisconsin's elected superintendent of public instruction, got more into specifics:
“When you make unprecedented and historic cuts like these to schools, it means teachers are laid off, class sizes are larger, course offerings are reduced, extracurricular activities are cut, and whole parts of what we value in our schools are gone.”
Surely the Democrats and their union backers had reason to flee the police and climb through Capitol windows. Certainly those Scott-Walker-as-Hitler protest signs were justified. The governor, after all, was about to destroy the economy of Wisconsin and impoverish all those hard working union families, not to mention the harm to the children such a move would cause.  What is it with those right-wingers, anyway?

Well, as it turns out, that was this past winter, the bill has been signed into law and something happened that the left did not expect; the state's budget is suddenly headed for a predicted surplus, and in one school district at least, the turn around is staggering.

According to the Washington Examiner:
The Kaukauna School District, in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin near Appleton, has about 4,200 students and about 400 employees. It has struggled in recent times and this year faced a deficit of $400,000. But after the law went into effect, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, school officials put in place new policies they estimate will turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And it's all because of the very provisions that union leaders predicted would be disastrous.
In case you're counting, that's nearly a two million dollar swing into the black. But it gets better. The unions had magnanimously offered to make some minor fiscal concessions, but it was never about just the money. Since the left is always quick to drag a child in front of them as protection -- "What about the children and their education?" -- there are more benefits to Walker's law.

A Protester in Wisconsin
The teachers were required to pay 10% of their health insurance, and will now have to pay 12.6%, hardly enough to break their backs. The school district, i.e. the taxpayers, had to pay the rest, and only from one entity; The WEA Trust. Oh, and the WEA Trust was created by...the teachers union! So when the collective bargaining rights were stripped away, the school district was able to shop around for cheaper coverage, which was especially prudent in light of the fact that the WEA Trust premiums were set to skyrocket.

When told by the school district that they would be taking their business elsewhere, the WEA Trust was suddenly able to match the lowest bid. Funny how the real world works. The right wing was right after all.

Wisconsin is yet more proof that socialism simply does not work. It never has, and it never will. That simple truth needs to be applied to the country as a whole, and quickly. Remember this in 2012.

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