Over the course of the past week, including today, Democrats from two state legislative bodies from Wisconsin and Indiana have fled their states to avoid voting on controversial legislation. In Wisconsin, Republicans introduced a prospective law that would end collective bargaining for public unions. Today, Indiana Democrats fled their state after Republicans introduced similar anti-union legislation. Both bodies can no longer take votes because they are short of quorum. Members of both legislatures are said to have fled to Illinois where there is a Democratic Governor, which means less of chance that the state government works to send them back. How can Americans stand for this?
Are we entering a time where it is okay for elected officials in the minority to run away from issues that they disagree with. I want you to think about this. The reason these Democrats are in the minority is because less than four months ago, the American People spoke. During the 2010 elections, Americans called for less government, less spending, and a return to Reagan Era conservative values. American’s should be outraged, even if you aren’t a resident of these two states. Politicians aren’t elected to run away from things they disagree with, but to work together and figure out the best solutions to the problems on the table. Instead, these politicians are showing they have no spine.
As Americans, whether conservative or liberal, we need to stand up to politicians like this. We need to remind them, they represent the people and cannot just run away from their problems. If you are a conservative, we need to continue to look at politicians like Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), and Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) who will stand by their conservative principles. These leaders were elected to fix the budget crises in their states, and so far they have worked to do just that. So as a Conservative, I say, continue the fight. And I leave you with this:
Labor unions would have us believe that they transfer income from rich capitalists to poor workers. In fact, they mostly transfer income from the large number of non-union workers to a small number of relatively well-off union workers.
ROBERT E. ANDERSON, Just Get Out of the Way