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I find it curious that left-wingers, who are more than happy to steal away the fruits of another man's labor to "redistribute" as left-wingers see fit, are up in arms in places like Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio, where politicians want to take something away from a left-wing constituency. Apparently, sacrifice is for the other guy, not for lefties. Lefties are supposed to be the beneficiaries of the forced largesse of others, don'tcha know. They aren't supposed to be the ones being forced. That upsets the entire liberal victimhood apple cart. In the left-wing mindset, the victims are supposed to be the taxpayers, always. The victims are never supposed to be liberals themselves, don'tcha know. That makes liberals feel so, so,...well, victimized. And there's nothing whinier than a victimized liberal, even if that victimization is largely a figment of the liberal's imagination, as it is in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio.
When liberals get whiny, they become even more unhinged and illogical than usual, a frightening proposition if I ever heard one. Case in point - Here's what President Weakling...er, I mean, Obama, said a couple days ago, "I don't think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon". Excuse me, Mr. President. I don't mean to denigrate or vilify your straw man argument, but who is denigrating or vilifying public employees ? Who is taking away their rights ? Answer: nobody. What is happening in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio is all perfectly legal and democratic. Nobody's rights are being taken away.
Cue the liberal greek chorus (since we're soon to become Greece): Wait just a darn minute, King !!! Collective bargaining rights are being taken away, just as President Weakli..., er, Obama, said !!! That's a denial of worker rights !!!
Yes, about that, o' tragic liberal greek chorus. Let's look at the two million man public employee army that President Weakling commands at the federal level. What are the collective bargaining rights of those workers ??? The Wall Street Journal has the answer:
It will no doubt surprise you to learn that President Obama, the great patron of the working man, also happens to be the great CEO of one of the least union-friendly shop floors in the nation.
Fact: President Obama is the boss of a civil work force that numbers up to two million (excluding postal workers and uniformed military). Fact: Those federal workers cannot bargain for wages or benefits. Fact: Washington, D.C. is, in the purest sense, a “right to work zone.” Federal employees are not compelled to join a union, nor to pay union dues. Fact: Neither Mr. Obama, nor the prior Democratic majority, ever acted to give their union chums a better federal deal.
Liberal greek chorus: Out, damn'd spot.
I'm afraid it's true, tragedians, and it gets worse. Guess why federal workers can't collectively bargain ? This is classic:
For this enormous flexibility in managing his work force, Mr. Obama can thank his own party. In 1978, Democratic President Jimmy Carter, backed by a Democratic Congress, passed the Civil Service Reform Act. Washington had already established its General Schedule (GS) classification and pay system for workers. The 1978 bill went further, focused as it was on worker accountability and performance. It severely proscribed the issues over which employees could bargain, as well as prohibited compulsory union support.
Democrats weren’t then (and aren’t now) about to let their federal employees dictate pay. The GS system, as well as the president and Congress, sees to that. Nor were they about to let workers touch health-care or retirement plans. Unions are instead limited to bargaining over personnel employment practices such as whether employees are allowed to wear beards, or whether the government must pay to clean uniforms. These demands matter, though they are hardly the sort to break the federal bank.
Liberal greek chorus (imitating Homer Simpson): Doh !
Yup, Jimmy Carter, the original President Weakling, was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker before Scott Walker was. Do you all remember the great uproar over lost rights when President Jimmah shot down collective bargaining for federal employees ? Anyone ? Anyone ?
No, me neither, because there was no uproar. I don't even remember a whimper. That's because President Jimmah was a Democrat, and therefore a friend of the workin' man, don'tcha know. Scott Walker and John Kasich are mean old Republicans. Thus, the din of Democrat density, and another prime example of hypocrisy from Obama.
Meanwhile, the left-wing hysteria continues unabated. It doesn't get much more dense than this quote from the Wisconsin State Employees union, which said the union is bent on "not allowing this incoming plantation master to treat us like public slaves". Hoo boy. And here I thought all the references to Walker as Hitler were way over the top. Now these poor downtrodden union workers who make wages and benefits in the $70,000-$100,000 range are comparing themselves to slaves. This liberal victimhood mentality has gotten way out of hand.
The left-wing hysteria continued to turn into left-wing expressions of violence as Wisconsin assemblyman and prostitute patronizer Gordon Hintz told his female Republican colleague, "You are f*cking dead !" What a sweet man. Peace and love. It is rumored that actor Charlie Sheen commented, "and they think I'm crazy ???"
Liberal greek chorus: Gabrielle Giffords ? Who's that ? We don't recall.
And the Democrat Senators in Wisconsin (aka the Fleebaggers) are still in hiding, refusing to do their jobs for two weeks now. My only question there is, why haven't they been removed from office yet for dereliction of duty ?
Liberal greek chorus, gasping for breath: Governor Walker and the Republicans ARE like Hiter, and, and, and,...they are dictators !!! (cough)
'Fraid not, chorus. As usual, you have it all backwards. If you want to find the wannabe dictators in this greek tragedy, the perverters of the democratic process, go look in the mirror. The dictators are your own, hiding in out-of-state hotel rooms like the cowardly punks they are.
Liberal greek chorus: Please don't call us names, you fascist !
Sorry, but we have Republicans attempting to deal with their huge state budget deficits, and we have Democrats trying to sandbag those efforts by recasting minor benefit concessions and attempts by states to get public wages and benefits under control as "slavery", "vilification", "denigration", "attacks", "assaults", "Hitler-like", "fascist", "dictatorial", and blah-de-blah-blah-blah. Same class warfare crap, different day. This is human parody. You'd think teachers were going to be standing in bread lines if the Republicans get their way. Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm reminded of an old tenet. When someone says "It's not about the money", as the unions are saying...it's about the money. The collective bargaining limits being legislated in Wisconsin ARE about the money, and that's what the protesters and Fleebaggers are carrying on about, so OF COURSE it's about the money. What else ?