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Following Wisconsin’s lead, Indiana Democrats flee the state rather than vote

February 22, 2011

  During the debate of Barack Obama’s failed stimulus package Barack Obama went on record as having said, “elections have consequences, and I won.” He said this while accepting proposals by Republicans just to let them know that because he won the election he would ultimately have the final say on which Republican proposals he would agree to. In other words he was stating that he would look at their proposals but they shouldn’t expect him to implement any of them because he won the election and he was going to do what he thought was right.

  Last November we had another election and Republicans made historic gains–needless to say the election of last November had consequences and the Republicans won. So naturally the Democrats would accept this premise that elections have consequences based on the words uttered by the president during the stimulus debate, right?

Wrong!

  The November elections certainly had consequences in Wisconsin where the Republicans gained control of the state Senate. Governor Scott Walker and the newly elected state Senate quickly moved to fulfil one of their campaign promises by looking for concessions from the various state government employees unions. After debate on the controversial “union busting” bill, once it became obvious that they had lost the debate to Republicans, what did the Democrats in that state decide to do?

   Rather than face the fact that the voters of the state rejected their agenda, and rather than suck it up and vote on the legislation which they were sure to lose, they decided to block the democratic process, shun the voters of the state, and cowardly run off and hide so that there would be no quorum and thusly no vote on an issue which they knew they were going to lose. For you see, they only believe in the process when it is guaranteed that they will be able to advance their agenda, when they know they are about to lose they run and hide; basically shutting down the government rather than to concede defeat to the Republicans and to their constituents who had already rejected them last November.

  Elections have consequences, that is what Barack Obama told the Republicans shortly after his inauguration, yet here we have the Democrats of a state refusing to vote on an issue because they do not like the consequences. They feel as if they know what is best for their constituents and if that means shirking the duty entrusted to them by their constituents, so be it. The end justifies the means, even if that means ignoring the will of the voters and shunning their duties as elected officials.

  As cowardly as it appears that these legislators were in running away from a tough decision, it goes beyond just being a cowardly act because it sets a precedent that other state legislators may be willing to follow. And now that is exactly what is happening as Democrats in the state of Indiana are MIA and it looks as though they have also fled the state in an effort to shut down debate on an issue that they are in the process of losing.

  Elections have consequences, Barack Obama himself said it, yet these Democrats are not willing to concede the point that they lost the last election, and are not willing to accept the consequences of that defeat; they are denying the people of their states the right to be heard by simply running away when the people deserve an up or down vote on these issues. They do not give a damn what the people voted for and they are showing their contempt for the constitutional process in their refusal to own up to their own defeat.

  To think that we may be entering an era in American politics where the losing side simply will not show up to debate or vote on an issue in which they are in danger of losing sets a dangerous precedent and is anti-everything that this great nation was founded on. It is time for the Democrats to “man up” admit that they lost and suffer the consequences. For if we have lost the ability to elect people who will represent us in the government, we have lost the Republic and I shutter to think what that means for our future.

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  1. The Georgia Yankee permalink
    February 22, 2011 9:11 pm

    Well, I think they’ll all come back and the votes will be taken – I just think they were so stunned by the draconian nature of the Wisconsin legislation that they fled the field to try to regroup and figure out what was going on.

    After all, when you’re facing a minor short-term deficit and your budget people project a surplus for the year, it doesn’t really seem appropriate to strip public employee unions (at least those who didn’t support you in the election) of their collective bargaining rights.

    But the abandonment of the field by Dem legislators also has consequences, doesn’t it? Isn’t it the case in both states that other business can be addressed by smaller quorums that can be met even in the absence of all Democrats?

    As to Wisconsin’s Walker, though, we’re starting to learn that this fellow has a serious animus toward unions that might go beyond balance-sheet logic. When he was a county administrator, he illegally fired unionized security workers, let a no-bid contract to the scandal-scarred Wackenhut Corp, sending the profits on the contract outside the country. More recently, his action was legally determined to have violated the law and the county wound up paying a lot more than it would have had they simply kept the security workers and, if their contract was especially costly, re-negotiated some provisions.

    Walker and his henchpersons may win this round because their tactic was so draconian and unexpected, but Wisonsin’s historically very friendly to unions and socialism, and those ideas die hard. Expect a radical shift in power in the next two elections, followed by enshrining of collective bargaining rights in the state constitution, plus a lot more that has no place in a constitution.

    Take good care and may God bless us all!

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    • February 22, 2011 10:09 pm

      I don’t know about Indiana, but yes in Wisconsin the state senate can move forward with other bills with a simple majority and if I were a Republican state senator in Wisconsin that is exactly what I would do. Start passing Republican agenda items and we will see how quickly it forces the Democrats back to the table. As far as draconian goes; I hardly think it is draconian to ask the teachers to pay 5-6% into their pensions and I hardly find it draconian to ask then to pay 25% of their healthcare, after all that is on the lower end of what private sector employees pay. When you couple this with the report that states that the teachers in Wisconsin make more than the average HOUSEHOLD in Wisconsin it is hard to feel sorry for them.

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    • February 23, 2011 12:20 am

      I just think they were so stunned by the draconian nature of the Wisconsin legislation that they fled the field to try to regroup and figure out what was going on.

      You cannot be serious! I can’t believe that anyone thinks this behavior is appropriate in any form or fashion!

      This is ridiculous! There is a name for this behavior. 2 years olds are very familiary with it because they use it to manipulate mom and dad! It’s called a “tantrum”.

      The disgustin part is that these are grown adults engaging in this dispicable behavior. And they are doing for one reason. To manipulate the govenor.

      I’m going on record now. If the left (or any on the right that follow suit) don’t stop this nonesense, they will be gone next year.

      I’m not the only American fed up with this childish, manipulative, stupidity!

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      • February 23, 2011 7:11 am

        That is exactly what this is–a temper tantrum. No matter whether or not a person argrees with the legislation they cannot simply run away to avoid it, they have to face up to the fact they lost and try to do something about it during the next election. This is exactly what the American people are sick and tired of!

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  2. February 22, 2011 9:16 pm

    Ole Rush Limbaugh had a ball with this one today, and tore up the lefties and Democrats big time.

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  3. February 22, 2011 10:39 pm

    stunned by the draconian nature of the Wisconsin legislation???

    Draconian would be YOU ARE ALL FIRED. YOU HAVE 10 MINUTES TO GET OFF OF STATE PROPERTY.

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    • February 23, 2011 7:12 am

      There should be a recall of every politician who fails to show up for their job. I don’t know whether or not Wisconsin or Indiana have recall procedures, but if they do that process should start now.

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  4. February 22, 2011 11:09 pm

    What the Democrats are doing is undermining the great experiment that was handed to us by our founders. They are taking what the founders envisioned as far as self governance and turning it on its head. They should be ashamed of themselves, but sadly they aren’t because they are activists and with activists the ends justifies the means Steve.

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    • February 23, 2011 7:14 am

      They are showing us that they do not care about the constitution, only about their agenda and they are willing to do whatever it takes to pass their agenda. It is scary to think that some states have politicians who are unwilling to abide by the rules and will do whatever it takes.

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  5. February 23, 2011 12:24 am

    Steve (and everyone) I apologize for my strong comment but I am really fed up with the antics of the left. And this latest stunt, and it is a stunt, is beyond ridiculous.

    What happen to integrity, honesty, hard work, serving the people, ethics, morality, debate?

    These displays are just sickening….

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    • February 23, 2011 12:57 am

      In actuality Dominique, being fed up is good, and that should fire you up to go after them, instead of us always being on the defensive like we have been for decades. Be proud of America, and in who we are, and stand for what is right, honorable, and true. Screw the politically correct world, and be bold and lay it out there. No need to apologize, you did well.

      Jon

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    • February 23, 2011 7:16 am

      I agree with you and I do not think that your first comment was inappropriate in the least; no need to apologize. The ones that need to apologize are the politicians who are unwilling to do their jobs just because they lost.

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  6. February 23, 2011 1:25 am

    It’s only draconian when the Democrats aren’t in charge.

    I’ve seen the term, “fleebagger” used in reference to politicians that run away.

    Also, don’t the lefties love “democracy?” Or is that only when the vote goes their way?

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  7. February 23, 2011 3:09 am

    Imagine how ashamed the voters that elected these clowns are.

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    • February 23, 2011 7:17 am

      Well…………considering they voted for “democrats” because they ARE democrats, I’m not so sure they would feel “ashamed.” Is like watching that Geico commercial where the two men live under rocks and one sees the billboard for the first time. The “democrats” LOVE “discussions” and are hiding under the rocks of some “hotel” room away from the view of everyone “discussing” whatever “democrats who live under the rocks discuss.”

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    • February 23, 2011 7:17 am

      I have the funny feeling that they are not ashamed at all and actually think that these politicians are making a principled stand.

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  8. LD Jackson permalink
    February 23, 2011 7:14 am

    First Wisconsin and now Indiana? I don’t like the direction this is going or the precedent it will set across the country.

    As for the draconian measure Georgia Yankee mentioned, it does not strip the unions of all of their collective bargaining power. It just deals with the benefits and they can still bargain for wages. I fail to see how that constitutes trying to bust the union.

    We hear so much about the poor unions, but little about how they force workers to be a member and/or pay dues before they can work at certain jobs. How is taking away the freedom to choose ever a good thing to do? I think right to work should be the law in all 50 states.

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    • February 23, 2011 7:19 am

      I don’t like where I see this going either Larry. I have the feeling we are going to see this more and more often if these two states are allowed to get away with it. This could be the start of something big in this country, and I am not all that unsure that Barack Obama doesn’t want this to happen.

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