Call it Desertion-apalooza. Dissent is fine. Disagreement is part of the job description. But Desertion is not OK for lawmakers who flee the state, state employees who act like spoiled toddlers, or teachers who call in “sick” so they can protest. Many involved students who don’t even know why they’re there. Where are their parents???

Sick is right. The absent lawmakers should be held accountable for abdicating their jobs, and so should the teachers. They should face real consequences from their employers (the people) immediately, and in the next election.

Here are some facts you won’t see or hear much of in the fawning news coverage of the Madison Capitol-stock:

1) The government is broke and the unions certainly played a role in that.

2) Amounts union workers are being asked to contribute to both pensions and healthcare PALE in comparison to what everyone else in the private sector is already contributing.

3) The protesters are a loud, unruly, tiny minority. A majority poll was taken in November. That poll overwhelmingly elected Republicans who campaigned on exactly this. The protesters are in no position to make demands. 

This hurts me, but they have gone too far and they must be taught a lesson. It’s time to cut public broadcasting. I have always supported public TV and, to a lesser extent, public radio. But it wasn’t MY idea to spend like a drunken sailor, that was our President’s idea. It wasn’t MY idea to treat the public as if we don’t know the difference between Big Bird and Big Left. The days of setting up that straw horse and knocking it down are over, Ms. Schiller.

This position won’t gain me any friends. But somebody has to find some cuts, and cut below the pre-stimulus level. Somebody has to admit that giving the Dept of Education a 25% hike is just a thinly-veiled attempt to buy votes from the NEA. Time to live within the peoples’ means, and we should most certainly “move on” anything MoveOn.org supports.

A challenging benediction

"May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy. May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done."

- from a Franciscan website. Hat tip to Pastor Ron Pracht for sharing.