Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
In the poll, 68 percent find it acceptable requiring public employees to contribute more of their pay for retirement benefits; 63 percent are fine with requiring these employees to pay more for their health-care benefits; and 58 percent are OK with freezing public employees' salaries for one year.
But just 33 percent say it's acceptable -- and 62 percent say it's unacceptable -- to eliminate these employees' collective-bargaining rights as way to deal with state budget deficits.
In addition, 77 percent believe that public employees have the same collective-bargaining rights (when it comes to health care, pensions, and other benefits) that union employees who work for private companies have.Polls within Wisconsin show similar results. Apparently Regressive Governor Scott Walker didn't expect the first day's crowd of 3,000 peaceful protesters to grow to 15,000 the next day and over 100,000 by the end of the first week. He didn't expect Democratic legislators to stand their ground and refuse to allow teachers and firefighters to have their basic rights stripped away by letting this controversial issue come to a vote, even if it meant 14 of them had to leave the state and their families for two weeks on principle.
He didn't expect such a reaction to his War on American Workers.Regressives have always hated the middle class and done everything in their power to destroy as much of it as possible, favoring the richest 1% (their financial supporters) and huge corporations (their financial supporters).
The 3 week old controversy in Wisconsin can be summarized easily: the American teachers, firefighters, cops, snowplow drivers, etc, who make between $30k and $50k have already agreed to pay cuts and benefit cuts; Governor Walker insists they also give up their right to collective union bargaining.
Notice the obvious hypocrisy? Just a few weeks ago, Regressives screamed that we shouldn't dare raise taxes on the top-earning 2% who could easily afford it, to reduce the national debt.
The hypocrisy is claiming people making over $250k "cannot be considered rich" and therefore should not be burdened with a small tax hike, yet teachers making 45k are spoiled whiners who should have to bite the bullet and enjoy salary cuts, benefit cuts and GIVE UP THEIR RIGHT to bargain.
250k -- don't touch their money;
45k -- shut up and bite the bullet and take a cut.In the world of Twisted Republican Logic, somehow this makes sense. And this makes Regressive Governor Scott Walker the REPUBLICAN JACKASS OF THE WEEK.
Friday, March 4, 2011
From the Wall Street Journal:
Brisk hiring in February pushed the U.S. unemployment rate below 9% for the first time in nearly two years—a development that reflects a broadening recovery.
Employers rebounded from a harsh winter to add 192,000 jobs to nonfarm payrolls in February as the unemployment rate fell one notch to 8.9%, the lowest level since April 2009, the Labor Department reported Friday.
Including revisions to previous monthly reports, the economy has added an average of 136,000 jobs a month since November, just barely more than the 100,000 a month needed to keep up with typical growth in the labor force.
Since President Obama took office, well over 2,000,000 jobs have been created. Contrast that to the 750,000 jobs being lost every month at the end of the Cheney/Bush administration.
The conference room at the Fox Channel is filled with people right now trying to figure out how to present this as terrible news.
Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday showed that employment at all levels of government, federal, state and local, dropped in February by 30,000, to 22,217,000.
The BLS data also shows the long-term trend line: government employment has been growing for decades, no matter which political party controls the Congress, the White House or the majority of state legislatures.
What’s most remarkable about the data is where the growth has occurred: in state and local government.
Federal employment over the past six decades peaked back in 1988 (when Ronald Reagan was president!), not including the temporary hires for the 1990 Census. According to BLS data, federal headcount today is about nine percent smaller than in the late 1980s.
In contrast, state and local government has continued to grow for six decades with occasional slowing or plateaus. In 1991 there were about 15.3 million state and local government employees; today there are more than 19 million.That's right. After all the whining from the Regressives about President Obama, it turns out that their hero, Saint Ronald Reagan Who Could Do No Wrong had the biggest government on a federal level, and it's the state and local governments that have grown government pretty consistently for the last 60 years.
Think you'll hear this factual story on fox?