This Wisconsin Racket’s Bluff Called

Filed Under (The HELL You Say!) by Byron York / The Washington Examiner on 30-08-2011

Byron York

Remember the violent and disturbing demonstrations over Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker doing away with the collective bargaining for teacher’s unions? The results are in.  Some school districts went from a $400,000 deficit to a $1,500,000 surplus as a result.  Why?

It seems that the insurance company which provided all the benefits to the teachers was owned and operated by the teacher’s union.  Since the company was guaranteed to get the insurance business from the teachers and that the state – and not the teachers — had to pay for it, the insurance company was increasing the annual costs every year to become the most expensive insurance company in the state.  The insurance company then was free and able to donate millions of dollars to their favorite democrat politicians who, when they got elected, were obligated to keep funding the union’s outrageous costs.

In other words, the insurance company was a “pass through” for Wisconsin taxpayer money to go directly to the Democrat politicians.  (The mafia calls that “money laundering.”)

Nice racket, and if this is the racket that might be going on in many states which are involved with collective bargaining, we do have problems. No wonder some states are becoming so aggressive in trying to take on their public unions.

Once Wisconsin was set free to put out the insurance contracts for competitive bids, the state saved so much money that deficits have turned into surpluses.  As a result, none of the teachers had to be laid off, everyone got a raise, etc., and the taxpayers of Wisconsin will no longer pay exorbitant taxes in order to fund the union’s political ambitions.

If you weren’t aware of the reasons why Gov. Walker was fighting to take  away collective bargaining, maybe this information will give you an idea of some of the problems the Republican Party has trying to bring sense to fiscal management.  Outside of a few, none seem to know how to speak up and explain clearly what the problems are.  We could use a Ronald Reagan now, or someone who can and will explain things in a way that common working people understand.

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