The recent campaign waged against unions in Wisconsin by Gov. Scott Walker, a politician who seemed to blame public employees for all of his state’s financial problems, stayed in the national media for weeks. His continuing attacks on public employees gained the Governor recognition outside his state and some say he may have gained political capital for a possible presidential race. Up until March 10th, however, Gov. Walker’s efforts appeared to be more for show than aimed at real problem solving. That, unfortunately, has become the rule rather than the exception for some politicians. The extreme action taken by Gov. Walker and the GOP Senators in a Senate vote on March 10th in Wisconsin may prove to have been a big mistake for him, and it may affect other politicians who consider working men and women to be the “enemy.”
While public employees – both at the federal and state levels – have always been convenient scapegoats, they now find themselves under a more concerted attack than ever before. There may be certain actions that are necessary in order to correct some fiscal problems relating to pensions and other benefits at the state and local levels, but the public attacks aren’t the answer in my opinion.
Rather than attacking working men and women, our elected leaders on the national stage should be more concerned with:
I have a difficult time agreeing with a reform agenda that penalizes teachers, police officers, firefighters, sanitation workers and other public employees, and which virtually ignores the “fat cats” in the corporate world. We have seen a tremendous number of executives of large corporations who were guilty of pretty bad conduct. There also have been plenty of large companies paying almost no taxes, and with some, no taxes at all. All of the above makes me wonder if some of our politicians have taken aim at the wrong folks!
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