When you vote on June 5, remember you are voting for fiscal sanity today, and for the fiscal security of our children and grandchildren tomorrow.
If adults living in America today were to die with huge debts and bill collectors were able to take our children and grandchildren to court and make them pay our debts, there would be public outcry against this immoral practice.
But that is exactly what has happened thanks to wasteful government spending. Governments are borrowing and spending money for benefits today and sticking our kids with the bill tomorrow. That is just wrong and it is a wrong that was corrected in Governor Walker’s budget. The $3.6 billion deficit that Walker inherited could not be repaired by raising income tax or property tax. Heck, you could take all of the taxpayer’s money and the problem wouldn’t be fixed.
School teachers deserve our respect and we need to give them the tools to do the best job. This starts with taking control of our public schools from public sector unions and giving it back to school administrators. Even Franklin Roosevelt warned years ago about the danger of unions taking control of government jobs. This is one of the few times I agree with the logic of a liberal Democrat.
Governor Walker’s budget does not strip state union workers of all collective bargaining rights. It does restrict collective bargaining to wages. It empowers local municipalities to get competitive bids for health insurance and pension benefits. The stranglehold state unions like WEAC had on entitlements were major reasons for our budget deficit. Teachers are now paid for performance just like private sector workers are paid. Schools can now retain the best teachers. The Governor’s common sense leadership has given us a balanced budget. School districts are saving more than the budget cuts and we did this without raising income taxes or property taxes.
Now I know the liberals are going to cry we are robbing state workers and kids of their future with these budget cuts. But what were these large deficits doing to our kid’s futures? None of the liberals, including Tom Barrett, has suggested an idea of where the money comes from, other than raising taxes. In their world once entitled always entitled.
Thanks to Governor Walker, Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch and the Republican Senators who passed a balanced budget, it feels like adults are back in charge and that sure feels good. Our vote for them on June 5 says thanks for a job well done.
Andy Loduha, Rhinelander
Chairman, Republican Party of Oneida County