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Rising Tyranny in Wisconsin

Remnant Staff POSTED: 2/21/11

( The unionized “educators” of Wisconsin are teaching a valuable lesson to the citizens of the state and to those citizens in the U.S. and beyond as to the true priorities of “public” education: taxpayers had better wake up, wise up and act up.

Aside from the many complaints parents should have with respect to what is being “taught” in taxpayer-funded schools, taxpayers in general—whether they have children in these institutions or are simply being press-ganged into paying for them by an unjust tax system—must now contemplate the demands and complaints of the collectivized crew of “certified educators” who have seen fit to deprive all their charges of teaching time and in the case of some youngsters, of their two taxpayer-funded meals per day, never mind that the taxpayers can no longer fund all of this largesse, which includes large pensions and other benefits for the dissatisfied educators.

It is interesting to note that the protestors are using very provocative placards which, if they were used by the “non-protected” public, would be considered worthy of “terrorism” classification: the governor of the state in the crosshairs, the inevitable Hitler comparisons…, And their supporters, the minority Democratic legislators are hiding out in Illinois to avoid a legitimate legislature vote that might deprive the “all for the kids” crowd of their taxpayer-paid prescriptions for Viagra. There are lessons to be learned here, and one hopes they are learned quickly and profoundly, so that public-employee unions can be taught a lesson as well, a simple lesson that can be drawn directly from Catholic Social Teaching: big government equals bad government. That is a lesson everyone need to learn, the sooner the better, because the government’s bank balance states plainly and simply that it’s last dance at the “Make-Believe-Ballroom” of financial chicanery.

Why is big government not pursuing the criminal-syndicates-known-as-“too-big-too-fail” banks? Why is big government squandering precious national—or in the case of the European Union, transnational—resources on projects beyond their borders that are bankrupting their own citizens? Why are the tax-feeders not picketing the central banks instead of the state houses? Answer? Simple! The “educators” know upon which side their bread is buttered, and know better than to defy their masters. And as for the public and their young? Let them eat taxpayer-paid-for processed food! Don’t let them grow their own! They might learn something!

The average citizen of the West is caught between the fire economy (finance, insurance, real estate) of the financiers and the frying pan of big government and its feeders, and the future is bleak unless the fungus-like, metastasizing growth of these parasites is not extinguished by decisive action by the debilitated host. Wisconsin’s governor has taken a step toward curbing the power of a public employees’ union, taking a leaf from a 16 August 1937 letter written to the president of the National Federation of Federal Employees by—of all people—Franklin D. Roosevelt:

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.

Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.

“Unthinkable and intolerable”… There is nothing more to be said.

Will those who have spurned Catholic Social Teaching and now even common decency be taught a lesson? Whether they do or not, it is hoped that Catholics will have learned a very valuable lesson with respect to secular society.

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