Sunday, March 13, 2011

I Don't Get It...

I don't get it...they chant "Shame" in Wisconsin when Gov. Walker moves forward with what he was elected to do, but they don't consider it shameful that the Dems in the state don't come in to do their jobs.  I just don't get it.

I don't get the mindset that public sector employees don't have to pay comparable amounts towards their pensions and insurance benefits like private sector employees when the public sector employees are making comparable salaries.  I just don't get it.

I don't get that the protests in Wisconsin are all about union busting when they do still have collective bargaining.  They just don't have it for raises that would go beyond the rate of inflation unless the voters approved it via referendum.  So if they have the support they are professing to have, what's the big issue?  When they want a higher raise next time, let the voters decide.  I just don't get it.

Because the "Fab 14" ran away from their jobs, and because the bills were changed since they weren't at their jobs, there are now concerns that there is no money freed up to go to Medicaid, which would have paid for some health care for their constituents.  I don't get it.  How can they be considered heroes for doing that? 

I don't get how someone can leave their job for nearly a month without requesting a leave from their boss, and get paid when they don't show up.  Can you do that in your job?  I just don't get it.

I've really tried to take in information from both sides on this issue.  I've been on plenty of sites, filtering out the information from the opinions, looking thru a lot of the Wisconsin legislation websites.  And I can honestly say I'm not getting the point that all the protestors are trying to make in Wisconsin.  I'll be the first to admit I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I pride myself in looking at both sides.  And I just don't get it!!

But I will tell you that I am very open to hearing about any points I have missed, anything that has truly not sunk in.  I would love to know what I'm not getting!!!  So if you see this differently, please, I would be honored if you would leave a comment and educate me.  Because I've always fancied myself a lifelong student and I'd love to be educated in this.

And for those who shy away from commenting on "political" issues, I promise you these type of posts won't happen often.  I'm just looking to understand!!  And if you get it, please share!!


Bill said...

I think it's the nose under the tent sentiment. If you let them take a little where will it stop? Plus the national union leaders are looking out for themselves. What seems obvious to me is that the rank and file were stirred up not to defend themselves but to defend union leadership nationwide. Students and others not directly effected took the opportunity to express their frustration in getting soundly beat last Nov. State Senate Dems have no answers other than to block whenever they can.(Just one man's take.)

lisleman said...

I don't mind commenting on political issues but I do shy away from posting about them. I'm no expert on the WI mess and from what you wrote I probably have not studied it as much as you. You wrote one thing that was news to me - they "still have collective bargaining rights". Just as with too many issues in the past the details never get the coverage instead the media focuses on this person shouting or that one jumping up and down.

My take - Governor Walker was wrong to refuse to negotiate with the other side on this. I heard teachers spokespeople say they were willing to accept changes in benefits to help the budget. He insisted because of his majority to push it to the maximum blow against unions. I'll assume he hates unions. I believe things run better down the middle and not on either edge of the road.

Unions are not perfect and neither are corporations but we need both for balance.
thanks for asking.

Leanne said...

I'm not much of a political commentor, but I just had to leave a note here - if only to comment on the great photo of you . . . LOVE IT!!! It's a classic PK pose and I just think it's fabu!!!!