Friday, February 25, 2011


Our union is getting tested again. Our union of states are paying for the right for the collective bargaining union.

I hope Governor Walker is successful as he is doing his job to balance a broken budget. I don't think he wants to break the unions but if he does, he will have a hard time.

Ohio is going through the same thing. Ohio can't pay its bills and some of those bills are really important ones for promised pensions and health care.

I think I was a member of the union twice as a teacher. My first year of teaching when they come at you like you HAVE to join the union to be a teacher and my first year at a new school when the board and the union were at odds to show solidarity. Now many places are a "closed shop" and you must join.

Dad was a member of the farmers union NFO about one day when some disgruntled members shot out the tires of a friends milk truck and he said enough of that, I won't support your union.

How in the world did we get into this mess anyway? Simply put governments have been robbing Peter to pay Paul since their first day. Government never had the money to fund all the grandiose schemes of the people, The more you gave them, the more they wanted to the point we can't pay what we agreed to pay. That is called bankruptcy.

Cicero wrote about this 55 years before Christ was born. Do you remember? “The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

Cicero – 55 BC

Perhaps you saw it in a recent email but it is true. It sounds so easy on paper but man has never done well with it as a society. Too many people have no clue how live within a budget, let alone the government they elect to do all these great things.

Government can do great things and it has or we wouldn't be here.

But it is failing us to the point of bankruptcy.

Ed Winkle

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