Friday, February 25, 2011

What happened to democracy?

The news is largely focused on Wisconsin and the circus that union supporters have made of the Capitol is getting most of the press but another, more troubling situation is happening in my state. What is going on in Indiana goes way beyond what is happening in Wisconsin. Instead of just one bill regarding public school teacher unions, Indiana Democrats are demanding that Republicans (who by the vote of the people control both houses and the Governorship) basically abandon their entire legislative agenda. From the IndyStar:

The Republicans already have relented on one piece of legislation Democrats called unacceptably anti-union and anti-worker: the so-called "right to work" bill.

"In many cases, that would have been enough," Gov. Mitch Daniels said. "I'm not sure why it isn't right now."

Democrats, however, produced their list of 11 bills they want dead, including education reform bills that are a priority for Daniels -- issues that at least appear to have the least opportunity for compromise on either side.

So the message from Democrats is, forget democracy. We are running away and not coming back unless you completely abandon your entire agenda even though the people of the state of Indiana voted you into the majority.

This all is a microcosm of what is happening in D.C. with yet another government shutdown imminent and a Democratic party that pays lip-service to deficit reduction but seems completely unwilling to cut spending, which begs the question of how exactly we reduce the deficit. They know the GOP house is not going to permit any tax increases and all but the most crazed Left wing loonies in the Senate know that raising taxes now is a bad idea. So the Democrats won’t cut spending, can’t raise taxes and expect the deficit to magically disappear….how?

Democrats across the country are either so beholden to union campaign dollars or so delusional (or both) that they have ceased to effectively function as a part of our republic. I think the Left needs to start a new party because the donkeys need to be put out to pasture.
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