While listening to a caller on talk radio I had an idea I would like to pursue. The caller asked this question: How is what Scott Walker is doing in WI any different from what Barack Obama did on Health Care in Washington? People said he rammed the bill down people’s throats. Isn’t that just what Scott Walker is doing?
Those are legitimate questions and deserve to be answered. Are they the same?
On health care ‘reform’, the Republicans did not go AWOL to prevent a vote from being taken as Democrats did in WI. In fact, Republicans begged to be included. That is one difference. In WI, Democrats failed to show up for work and then did not like what happened while they were gone.
In WI, Scott Walker ran on a pledge to balance the state budget. While government workers may rue the day he was elected, I am not so sure that he doesn’t have full support of the majority of the state’s non-government payroll workers. The majority of Americans were against the health care bill. I have not seen anything to convince me that the majority of Wisconsin’s residents are against the budget bill. The people we have heard from are union workers and many of them came from other states. With partisanship so high, polls are unreliable, but here is what Wisconsin’s Free Market Think Tank had to say last week.
Nearly six out of ten (59 percent) in the most recent poll said the state budget situation – that is, the balance between government spending and revenues – is a big problem and another 35 percent said it is somewhat of a problem. There is relatively little agreement, however, on how to solve it and – while a slight majority of Wisconsinites favor paying lower taxes and getting fewer services – there is often much less support for specific cuts.
In Washington, bribes were offered to get enough votes to pass the health care bill. That did not happen in WI.
The bill in Wisconsin was a manageable size and had been read – not so in Washington.
The bill in Wisconsin did not end unions there. It ended some bargaining rights and it gave people a choice whether or not they want to pay dues to the union. If the health care bill had given people a choice, most of us would have loved that. Healthcare under Obama forces people to participate. The bill Walker signed allows people to decline.
What does the future hold? I suspect that WI will be a battleground state and the unions in all their power will show up there. Scott Walker has taken on a formidable foe and he, to say the least, will need help from God if he is going to succeed in this battle. I know that there are Christians who belong to unions and Christians who do not. Sadly, Christians do not always behave in a Christlike manner. I know:
The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.
Only time will tell how this will play out, but I do believe that unions have gone beyond what is right in their demands. I think there was a time when they were needed in this country, but that they now do more harm than good. I believe that when a man tries to do what is right, he should be supported. I think we should all pray more and when we have a chance to support someone who is doing the right thing, support that person.