The state of Wisconsin is just like the rest of the country: broke. If the Wisconsin Democratic state senators have anything to do with it, it’s going to stay that way.
Scott Walker, recently elected state governor, has proposed a “Budget Repair” bill that is meant to help decrease the state’s debt.
According to the Southern California Public Radio, the bill would “eliminate state employee’s collective bargaining power and require public workers to pay more for their health insurance and pensions.”
Obviously, the public workers who are affected by the bill are outraged that they have to pay more money. But is the little extra money they have to pay worth getting the state out of it’s $3.6 billion deficit?
Wisconsin Democratic senators don’t think so. In fact, they didn’t even show up to work on the day the bill was supposed to be voted on.
Wisconsin’s state constitution requires 20 members of the Senate to be present and to vote on budget bills. The Republican senators outnumber the Democratic senators 19 to 14.
With the 20-member law in place, and none of the 14 Democrats showing up to vote, the 19 Republicans and the bill have to wait until the democrats return to work.
The majority of Wisconsinites voted these people into the Senate with good faith that as senators they would do what is right for the state, but in not showing to vote, they abandoned the thousands of public workers and millions of taxpayers they represent, and spit on the democratic process.
State law enforcement has been ordered to round up any and all of the absentee voters, but it seems that many of them have left the state.
And what’s worse is that the Wisconsin walk-out seems to have sparked a new trend among other state‘s senates. Thirty-eight of Indiana’s 40 house
Democrats walked out in order to delay action on three bills that would diminish collective bargaining.
These are the people who are running our country; petty people who run away instead of dealing with the problems they face.
If they didn’t like the bill they could have voted against it, or forbid we look past the political party differences and go with what is best for the people.
Maybe the bill is best and maybe it isn’t; but the bottom line is these people need to stop acting like children throwing tantrums, and get back to work.