Sunday, June 10, 2012

Another Domino Falls. Public Sector Unions Should Go, Says Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

I have to say, the more I hear about Mitch Daniels, the more I wish he'd run for president in the upcoming election. As a recent and frequent follower of Chicks on the Right's Daisy and Mockarena, I learned about his efforts to reform the state of Indiana with things like "not spending money" and "making people contribute to their own benefits." I was one of the people who didn't think he'd run for president in 2012, and it's not often that I'm so sorry to have been right as I was. Still, in Indiana Daniels may be doing more good than he ever could have done as President of the United States by issuing the statement that inspired the title of this post. Fox News has the story.

His remark follows the recent victory by Scott Walker over Tom Berret in Wisconsin, where Walker reportedly received more votes in the recall than he did in the election that got him into office in the first place. In short, Daniels believes, according to the article linked above, that public employee unions are more of a hindrance than a help to their employees these days, and that they should go the way of the dinosaur. Is it a coincidence that he speaks out mere days after the failed assault on Walker and his policies? Perhaps, but given that Daniels was actually the one who gave those same reforms to the people of Indiana back in 2005/2006, I doubt it. Still, the message being sent was clear, at least to me: "We don't have to hide anymore. We don't have to be afraid."

And indeed we do not. No longer do we conservatives have to simply watch as union thugs and entitled whiners cry and moan about how WE have to pay for THEIR benefits because THEY say so and screw you if you don't like it. In this humble Crusader's opinion, this is but the first in a long line of dominoes that will begin to fall against unions and their desire to "help" their workers by sucking away more and more of their take home wages to finance Democratic elections and Democratic candidates all in the name of having the choice of which Democratic candidate you want to vote for, because democrats are the party of choice, so you'd better do what they tell you to do, got it?

Here's to hoping other states follow the lead of Wisconsin and Indiana.