To paraphrase my favorite president, it is time that we here highly resolve that these walking, living, breathing brain-dead shall die in vain — so that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the few, by the few, for the few, shall perish from the earth. Yes, I’m speaking of much of the government we have in place now. And the sooner the better.
I can sum up what’s wrong with this country in two words: California and Wisconsin. Now before you go all Holly(wood) Madison on me about how wonderful the people, the beauty and the unbelievable contributions to our country these great states have been and are, rest assured I’m a firm believer in the greatness of the people of this country. We’ve been blessed as a nation and, as a people and with God, have done more in our 240 or so years on this earth to benefit mankind than nearly all those who came before and we will continue to do so.
So, naturally, I must be talking about the government.
I remember a time when all too many used to say, “As California goes, so goes the country.” Perhaps there was a time when this saying was a good thing, but I certainly can’t recall it. The sad part is that now this saying covers all too much of what comes out of that once great state. (Think Hollywood, San Francisco liberalism and Arnold Schwarzenegger). So let’s put the blame where it squarely belongs.
California’s ultra-liberal policies regarding entitlements, spending, union employment and pension costs, illegals and never-ending government have put it in the position it’s in today — which is bankrupt, whether the folks running the state believe it or not. It’s just a matter of time.
Now we hear from unions and liberals, “As Wisconsin goes, so goes the country.”
Wisconsin faces its California moment. The tip of the iceberg is the little uprising in Madison by the few teachers and their numerous, bussed-in, outraged buddies. But the problem is the same: the state is spending way more than it takes in. The union compensation plan is but a symptom of the whole disease.
There’s another saying in the world I work in: “Sales cure all ills.” When sales are good, perhaps. But business problems don’t go away, they just simmer under the surface. Bad business policies are bad business policies and if left uncorrected, will eventually shut you down.
This was true for me when my business grew 500 percent in the first few years after I got here. The fact that I was about to spend 600 percent more is what got me. The fact that I let the sales “cure” my spending for a time didn’t matter to the laws of economics. The piper would have to be paid. And when Joey Bagadonuts came for his cash, I had none.
So I did what business owners across the country do. I slashed expenses, got back to basics and did everything in my power to stay afloat with some sense of fiscal responsibility.
Back to how government works.
We got Washington wrong. Here’s a government that brags about saving General Motors by pouring billions of our dollars into it, all while ignoring such basic problems as union contracts and bad business policies. A government that continues to spend billions of dollars like you and I spend a dollar bill is headed for a fall. It’s done. It’s just a matter of time.
The folks in Washington began losing their chance at the turn of the last century, not just this one.
We got California wrong. The budget deficit there tops $20 billion and there’s no end in sight. The government’s only solution is to keep on taxing the rich and corporations while continuing to spend money on programs that don’t work and can’t afford. The final blow came in last year’s elections when voters returned (and sent in some new) progressives to office who created their fiscal mess. It’s done. It’s just a matter of time. I don’t blame the last election alone. But because of the result of the election, it’s a matter of saying “when” in terms of pulling the plug.
In Wisconsin, though, I believe we can get it right. This past election the voters said let’s put people in office who pledge to be fiscally conservative, to stop out-of-control spending, to rid the state of bad policies like untenable union contracts and unfunded federal mandates and to give folks the freedom to join a union or not. These are the right answers as they relate to freedom — whether one is a Democrat or Republican. So the folks trying to do this give Wisconsin a chance and give our nation a chance.
If the American people have the temerity to really face and address their government-created fiscal problems and save enough “Wisconsins,” we can absorb the blow that’s sure to come from those who won’t.
So as Wisconsin goes …. and it can’t go in the right direction soon enough!