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Will Ohioans make the right call on unions?

If they understand the issue properly, I think they will.  Thanks to unions, every Ohio citizen owes government workers $6,150!

See With Each Ohio Citizen Owing Gov’t Workers $6150, Union Bosses Urge A Return To Cannibalism | RedState.

Given that just a few short years ago (pre-market meltdown) Ohio’s taxpayers were on the hook for $46.5 billion due to its underfunded retirement system, one would think that November 8th’s decision to Vote YES on Issue 2 would be a no brainer.

After all, if you’ve got a system where union bosses have been able to put every single Ohio citizen (now) $6150 in debt, why would you want to keep it?

Moreover, if you’ve successfully ridden yourself of the system, why would you want to return to it?

Yet, that’s the issue that Ohioans have to decide when they go to the polls on November 8th to vote on Issue 2: Do . . .

Issue 2 on Ohio’s November 8 ballot poses a simple question to voters: Should SB5, Ohio’s government reform effort to get control back from union bosses, be allowed to go into effect?

As fellow RedState contributor Kevin Holtsberry explains:

Issue 2 is a result of a union led attempt to repeal Senate Bill 5 – legislation which brought much needed reform to Ohio’s collective bargaining laws.  A yes vote allows these important reforms to go into effect which will give much needed flexibility to government at all levels and will remove barriers to merit based management.

A YES vote on Issue 2 gives Ohio’s taxpayers the ability to see SB 5 go into effect. And, in the words of Building a Better Ohio:

It allows an employee’s job performance to be considered when determining compensation, rather than just awarding automatic pay increases based only on an employee’s length of service.

It asks that government employees pay at least 15 percent of the cost of their health insurance premium.  That’s less than half of what private sector workers are currently paying.

It requires that government health care benefits apply equally to all government employees, whether they work in management or non-management positions.  No special favors.

It asks our government employees to pay their own share of a generous pension contribution, rather than forcing taxpayers to pay both the employee and employer shares.

It keeps union bosses from protecting bad teachers and stops the outdated practice of laying off good teachers first just because they haven’t served long enough.

Finally, it preserves collective bargaining for government employees, but it also returns some basic control of our schools and services to the taxpayers who fund them, not the union bosses who thrive on their mismanagement.

 

Roundup

Dhimmitude Attitude: Minnesota Head Start Caves to Santa Hating Muslim Somalis – I’m not a Santa fan, but this is ridiculous.  Anyone entering this country – or currently living here, for that matter – needs to be told that there is no Constitutional right to never be offended.

If things go wrong in a relationship, who is to blame? – You!  Just kidding . . . maybe.  Go read this provocative piece by the Wintery Knight.

My basic contention is that whenever something goes wrong in a relationship, then the person whose expectations are dashed is to blame.

The reason why I think this is because you have to take people as you find them and then vet them as if they were job applicants applying for the job of marriage. The job of marriage has very specific requirements, and these requirements are objective. Someone is going to have to raise the kids, someone is going to have to cook the meals, someone is going to have to earn the bulk of the money, someone is going to have to deal with the beasties that invade the home. The goal of the relationship is not to test the person to see if they are “fun” or whether your friends are envious. The goal of the relationship is to test the person for the role they will play in the marriage.

. . .

In short, the problem is this: women go to the pet store, pass by all the dogs and cats and bird, and bring home a trendy and attractive alligator, who then promptly bites each of their limbs off. And then the women complain that the alligator is very unfair and immoral. Who is really to blame here? The alligator, who is just doing what comes naturally for alligators, or the woman who passed the good pets by and brought home a monster?

Eighteen peer-reviewed scientific publications that support intelligent design – that must be a typo, because everyone knows that those documents can’t exist.

UAW’s Announces 2011 Goals: Target Foreign-Owned Auto Plants – their agenda worked so well for the domestic auto makers and their union members.  What could possibly go wrong?

NLRB Plans to Promote Union Organizing Among Private Employers – great, as if they hadn’t caused enough destruction already.  The ills of unions are beginning to manifest themselves and it will be very, very painful.

Party of Sodomy and Abortion Suffers Demographic Decline — Unexpectedly!

The Ladies of the View Owe Bill O’Reilly an Apology – 40% want Sharia law and . . .

Around a third of young British Muslims favour killing in the name of Islam, according to a survey revealed by the WikiLeaks’ publication of U.S. diplomatic cables.

A survey of 600 Muslim students at 30 universities throughout Britain found that 32 per cent of Muslim respondents believed killing in the name of religion is justified.

Religion of peace?  Uh, sure.  An equally valid path to God?  Nope.

Also see Why do feminists ignore the plight of women under Islam?

From RedState – even if the Left wants to blame Bush (ignoring, of course, the 2007-2008 Democrat controlled Congress and Frank & Co.’s financial ineptitude), then you’d think that after spending over a trillion dollars that things might have improved a bit more.

You can really feel the love from these pro-gay groups.  How quaint that they scripted the little kids to swear and hate as well.

Perfect 14 second slam on the pro-abort / anti-meat / anti-Palin Left.   Hat tip: Hillbuzz

 

Dear Republicans: Nice tsunami! Don’t mess it up.

See The Morning Briefing: The Tsunami | RedState for a laundry list of the massive wins for the GOP.

Hopefully the Republicans have learned their lessons.

  • As one writer so eloquently put it, Republicans didn’t win because voters decided that they were super awesome.  They voted for them because they sucked less than the Democratic party.  Don’t forget that.
  • Pro-lifers can win!  See Florida Pro-Life Senate Candidate Rubio Defeats Pro-Abortion Crist.  Hey, since Rubio is Hispanic doesn’t that mean his opponents were racist?  At least that’s the logic Democrats use if you oppose their minority candidates.
  • Don’t support RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) like Crist, Murkowski and Specter.  I don’t care how many times they’ve been elected.  Not only do they not help you, they’ll turn on you every time.  Tea Party / Conservative principles can win.  Just watch how they switch parties — with your money! — after they lose primaries.
  • Tea Party candidates are viable.  They resonate with what people know to be true.
  • Even if Christine O’Donnell lost I’m still glad she won the Republican nomination.  Principles count.
  • Do what you say you are going to do.  Don’t let the media tell you it will be unpopular.
  • Never stop educating people on basic economic principles.

More good news.  I just met someone who left California and couldn’t be happier.

  • In Arizona, South Carolina, Utah, and South Dakota, the People said screw you, Card Check, and made sure that the secret ballot would remain regarding unionization
  • Oklahoma has banned Sharia Law
  • Arizona voted against ObamaCare insurance mandate 55-45%
  • Kansas voted for the Right to Bear arms
  • Oklahoma voted against ObamaCare mandate
  • Bye Bye, Nutty Alan Grayson
  • California voted against Prop 23, which would suspend their insane globull warming legislation. Now they can watch their economy collapse even further, as 3,000 people a day move from the State