This is an unbelievably cowardly act by a minority to force their will upon the majority of the people. The people of Wisconsin have been disrespected by an organized group, many of whom were teachers who walked out of their classrooms. The coda to this nightmare story in Wisconsin is that the president of the United States came out publicly and announced that the Wisconsin proposal seems like an, ”Assault on the Unions.” Further, the DNC was caught organizing the Wisconsin protests.
It’s common knowledge that many of our states are under severe financial strain as a result of the depressed economy. Wisconsin is but one of many states that will have to renegotiate their contracts with public service employees in order to balance their budgets.
The states, unlike the US Treasury, cannot print money. They have to deal with real numbers, and at the end of the day the budget must be balanced. For the president of the United States to interfere in the sovereign affairs of a state is counterproductive, especially during these difficult times.
The US Treasury is dealing with its own budget crisis, and President Obama has plenty of work to do in order to avoid his own government shut-down. The president should concentrate on doing the business of all the people and avoid a shutdown of the Federal government, rather than giving some measure of credibility to the shutdown of the Wisconsin state government. For the president to inject himself in a way that complicates the job of an elected governor of Wisconsin at a time when the governor struggles with balancing his state’s budget is not normal.
President Obama owes Governor Walker and the people of Wisconsin an apology. This is going to be a difficult fiscal year for many states, for the federal government, and for working families. It makes no sense that the president would publicly take sides on an issue that has the potential to be disruptive to the public education system in Wisconsin and explosive for the entire nation as other states struggle with the difficult tasks of balancing their budgets. Mr. President, please do the right thing and call the governor and tell him that he has your support.