Sunday, February 27, 2011


The last time the democrats produced a budget was April 29, 2009

MIA Wisconsin State Senate Democrats
It’s the age-old story of the coward in the face of adversity; their first instinct is to “cut and run”. This adage only needs a slight alteration to be the new fiscal slogan for the democratic party--“don’t cut, but run”. The parallels between the behavior of the national democratic leadership and their Wisconsin counterparts are linearly aligned. Both factions created fiscal carnage in the name of special interest spending on the backs of current and future generations of American taxpayers. Now when asked by Americans to answer to their fiscal antics their response is to hide in plain sight--nationally figuratively, Wisconsin literally.

From 2009- 2010 the progressive-socialist led Obama, Pelosi and Reid national democratic party systematically amassed unprecedented national debts and deficits that have stifled employment, crippled economic growth and has, in effect, categorized America’s fiscal situation as a national security risk. Up to and after being fired by Americans in the 2010 mid-term elections the democrats fled from their responsibilities by failing to pass a 2011 national budget. The 2010 mid-term marching orders from Americans were clear--to dismiss an arrogantly led and fiscally incompetent democratic leadership and hire the GOP to right America’s fiscal ship and stay the course to solvency.

The daunting task for the GOP- led House is to fumigate the democrat’s budgetary squalor. The GOP must now struggle with three issues laid at their doorsteps by the democrats dereliction of duties, (1) a nonexistent 2011 national budget, (2) avoid a government shut down by offering up a 2011 fiscally feasible Continuing Resolution (“CR”) stop-gap spending measure to fund the government through the end of March, and (3) contend with an insufferable democratic party that hides from facing their irresponsible actions.

In response to issues one and two the GOP House, led by Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh) and Majority leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), adhered to the will of the American people by passing a CR that temporarily funds the government while cutting wasteful democratic spending to the tune of $60 billion. Speaker Boehner is quoted as saying, “When we say we’re going to cut spending -- read my lips -- we’re going to cut spending.” Issue three is altogether the most challenging and, in the vernacular of the President, is “above the GOP’s pay grade”. Although the GOP has done yeoman’s work to right the democrat’s economic wrongs, they cannot compel democrats to face their failures and take ownership for their fiscal peccadilloes.

So what did the House and Senate democrats offer as a CR solution? Fleeing afoot from their fiscal malfeasance. Before the CR measure was passed by the GOP-led House democrat Minority leader Nancy Pelosi said, “I'd rather not speculate' on funding cuts”, offered no CR solutions and simply hoped to continue America’s 2011 spending spree at unsustainable 2010 levels. In other words she offered up nothing other than the very same democratic plan that caused America’s fiscal house to be in shambles. Aligned to his partner-in-crime , precisely the same abdication came from Senate democrats led by Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev). To quote House Majority leader Cantor,
"The short-term CR plan that Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid announced today shows – yet again – that he is not serious about cutting spending and getting our fiscal house in order. While Leader Reid claims that his plan cuts spending, all it does is lock in the status quo spending levels which increased 24% over the past two years. I challenge him to identify a single cut from current spending levels included in his plan."

Turning to the Wisconsin democrats, after thirteen years of controlling either the Wisconsin state Assembly or Senate and eight years living in the governor’s mansion, Wisconsin democrat’s fiscal policies has caused the state to face a $3.6 billion budget shortfall in 2011-2013 and an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent which is nearly double what it was in 2006.

Newly installed in the 2010 mid-term elections by campaigning on fiscal responsibility and job creation, GOP governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin GOP-led legislatures are now contending with a similar issue as the GOP is at the national level-- coming to terms with the budget shortfalls created by the state’s democrats.

At the epicenter of Gov. Walker and the GOP legislature’s solution to address the state’s deficit crisis is to curb public employee union’s stranglehold on the state’s financial base. The GOP legislature proposed reducing state benefit costs by requiring them to contribute more, but significantly less than the private sector does, to their health and pension benefits. In addition, the measure limits union collective bargaining to wage negotiations and requires union members to vote each year to keep their union and eliminates automatic state union dues.

The measure passed in the state Assembly and now must be taken up by the state Senate. The only problem is the Wisconsin state democrats are nowhere to be found. Their solution to their self-created problem is the same as their national brothers and sisters-in-arms, i.e., “don’t cut, but run. But in their instance they have literally flown the coop. Running from their oath of office and hiding from the responsibility to face their fiscal mismanagement they are cowering at a Best Western hotel water resort in Illinois to avoid a vote on the measure. Spending Wisconsin state taxpayer dollars in Illinois perhaps may please the Illinois GOP by helping reduce their state’s democrat caused deficits, but it hardly helps the poor deficit laden Wisconsin taxpayer’s.

Why are the Wisconsin state democrats shunning their responsibilities in Illinois and not facing the music of their mistakes? Because the Wisconsin senate democrats have an unholy alliance with the Wisconsin state public service unions, one that washes each other’s dirty hands with campaign contributions and special public employee unions concessions, all at the financial expense of the Wisconsin taxpayers at-large.

As we wallow in the democrat's deceit and derelictions on a national and state level it recalls a 2005 incident in the House debate about a resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Prompted by strong public comments from the late Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), Murtha introduced H.J. Res. 73 which called for the redeployment of American forces from Iraq as soon as possible. Upon hearing of this resolution former U.S. Marine Corps Col. Danny Bubp, an Ohio state republican representative, issued a statement saying, “… cowards cut and run, Marines never do."

The Colonel’s comment begs the question, why are these types of charges always levied at democrats? Food for thought, while resting at a nearby water resort.


Anonymous said...

I appreciate your analysis. Are there any liberal commentators that are calling out the Wisconsin Democrats for hiding out? Are there polls showing if the Wisconsin public supports the Democrats actions?

Dennis Gallagher said...

I'm not aware of any liberal commentators calling out the WI dems for hiding from their responsibilities--in fact they are enabling them. As far as polls are concerned the WI public appears to support the benefits cuts, but not as much on the collective bargaining side. Gov. Walker and the WI GOP legislature are statesmen and woman. Statesmanship is doing what is best for the constituency despite the polls. That takes courage.