Friday, February 18, 2011

What's going on in Wisconsin?

Thousands of people are out in the streets in Wisconsin protesting. What's the problem?
Faced with a $3.6 billion budget hole and a state constitutional ban on running a deficit, new GOP Gov. Scott Walker wants public unions to pony up a little more. He has proposed raising the public employee share of health insurance premiums from less than 5 percent to 12.4 percent. He is also pushing for state workers to cover half of their pension contributions.
What a mean governor! But wait, there is more to the story.
As the free-market MacIver Institute in Wisconsin points out, the benefits concessions Walker is asking public union workers to make would still maintain their health insurance contribution rates at the second-lowest among Midwest states for family coverage. Moreover, a new analysis by benefits think tank HCTrends shows that the new rate "would also be less than the employee contributions required at 85 percent of large Milwaukee_area employers."
Turns out that all those thousands of protesters are wanting to maintain their low-cost financial perks, and they want their neighbors who work in the private sector to pay for it--even though their private sector neighbors must pay much higher rates for the same benefits!  

Not only that, but some of the protesters walk out of their teaching jobs shutting down the schools--for which Wisconsin taxpayers are paying through the nose--and force the kids to be pawns in their self-centered extortion!

This is just a small foretaste of a battle that will eventually be played out on the national level. But that's the Democrats' version of fairness.

Read the entire story by Michelle Malkin on Townhall.

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