A victory for sanity

Crucial court ruling slows fiscal damage from organized labor

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Wisconsin's high court has quietly made it less likely that the Badger State will become Greece anytime soon.

Let's hope the rest of these 50 states get the same deal.

After all, the same public-union temper tantrums that have both rocked and paralyzed Greece could be in America's future -- if public unions are allowed to run roughshod over elected officials and taxpayers.

Thankfully, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled this week that Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature lawfully restricted public union bargaining rights.

You remember when they passed that law, right? The unions assailed and stormed the Wisconsin capitol for days, acting as if it were the end of the world. They pushed and shoved and threatened and yelled, as Democratic lawmakers fled to another state or chanted "shame!" at their Republican colleagues.

The state's high court ultimately found the law legal this week -- and excoriated Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi for usurping the legislative branch's authority by overturning the law before it was even published.

"The (high) court decision represents a major triumph for Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP majority in the Legislature," wrote one Wisconsin newspaper.

Yes, and that's one reason why the Democratic-leaning major media have largely ignored the ruling.

We'll need plenty more of such victories, as U.S. debt loads at the federal and state levels exceed what is sustainable. The alternative is increasingly drastic spending cuts.

We've seen what public union members in Europe do at the sound of even mild cutbacks.

Ominously, the International Monetary Fund warned Friday that the United States and Europe are "playing with fire" unless they reduce their deficits in government spending.

The global lending agency reduced its projection for U.S. economic growth Friday to an anemic 2.5 percent this year and 2.7 percent next year, from earlier forecasts of 2.8 and 2.9.

Slower growth will only put downward pressure on government revenues and upward pressure on deficits.

The IMF suggests that politics, not economics, are now to blame.

"You cannot afford to have a world economy where these important decisions (on spending cuts) are postponed, because you're really playing with fire," Jose Vinals, director of the IMF's monetary and capital markets department, was quoted by Reuters. "We have now entered very clearly into a new phase of the (global) crisis, which is, I would say, the political phase of the crisis."

That's a nice way of saying that our leaders are playing chicken with the economy and our economic futures.

When will they stop?

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Riverman1 06/17/11 - 11:25 pm
The Democrats are bending

The Democrats are bending over backwards for the unions. The NLRB with three members appointed by Obama is trying to stop Boeing from moving into their already completed facility in Charleston.

Today on the business channel, CNBC, Gov. Nikki Haley was interviewed with the graphics "Super Governor" with her name about the Congressional hearings that were held in Charleston today. She hit a homerun telling Obama he is responsible for the asinine rulings of the NLRB as she is for rulings made in SC by people she appoints to boards.

If a company can't consider the lost business due to union strikes when deciding where to build a new facility, what has our free market capitalism come to?

As Gov. Haley said, this is going to be the issue that does the Democrats in come election time.

Incidentally, CNBC had a poll today and asked viewers to vote whether Boeing should be allowed to open the Charleston facility. The positive response was about 95%.

willie7 06/17/11 - 11:58 pm
It's OK for Boeing to move to

It's OK for Boeing to move to Charleston for cheaper labor, but next time, Boeing will be looking for even cheaper labor and move to Brazil.
What will we say then?

southernguy08 06/18/11 - 07:02 am
If this country would get rid

If this country would get rid of corporate taxes, we wouldn't have that to worry about, WILLIE. We'd be the Mecca for corporations around the world. They'd be standing in line to set up companies here. Tell the idiot in the White House to stop wanting to punish corporations and get rid of corporate taxes. Then you'll see the economy boom like you wouldn't believe. How to make up for those lost taxes? Two words...FAIR TAX!

hounddog 06/18/11 - 08:47 am
willie7, It's OK for Boeing

willie7, It's OK for Boeing to move to Charleston for cheaper labor, but next time, Boeing will be looking for even cheaper labor and move to Brazil. What will we say then?’
They could have moved to Brazil this time but they didn’t. What would you suggest we do if they decide to move to Brazil? Tell them that they can’t?

rmwhitley 06/18/11 - 12:07 pm
Just for your information.

Just for your information. The 10 poorest cities in America: Detroit- dem. mayors since 1961, Buffalo, N.Y.- dem. mayors since 1954, Cincinnati-dem. mayors since 1984, Cleveland- dem. mayors since 1989, Miami- never a repub. mayor, St. Louis- dem. mayors since 1949, El Paso- never a repub. mayor, Milwaukee- dem. mayors since 1908, Philadelphia- dem. mayors since 1952, Newark- dem. mayors since 1907. It's the poor who habitually elect democrats.....yet they are still poor!

socks99 06/18/11 - 03:27 pm
Lost in the war of words

Lost in the war of words across the barricades remains the fact that post-Bretton Woods hyperglobalization will force wage and spending concessions from all countries who've adopted or allowed global elites such as the WTO to FORCE them to export most of their high wage jobs. The IMF and other fronts for international financiers will force down the living standards of all Americans while protecting the fortunes of those who control the capital. It's called, "hyperglobalization!"

charliemanson 06/18/11 - 06:01 pm
RmWhitley, from the Heritage

RmWhitley, from the Heritage Foundation website:
> "More than half of the wealthiest households are concentrated in the 18 states where Democrats control both Senate seats."

>"Democrats control the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional jurisdictions."


It's the rich who habitually elect democrats.....yet they are still rich!

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