The battleground of Wisconsin has been, and continues to be an amazing example of where so-called entitlement programs lead. Some government programs, like Social Security and Medicare were designed to help people. Yet, they have become a model of the failure of Socialism. Both programs are deeply in the red, and are unsustainable, yet millions of Americans are dependent on them, and any effort to seriously address fixing them is fraught with such political dangers that no politician dares to even contemplate such actions.
These “entitlement programs”, started in the name of helping people in need, have actually enslaved many of us. On one hand we can see these programs will collapse, likely sooner rather than later, yet we are too afraid to attempt a fix for them, so we are stuck in a vicious cycle, clinging to failing programs. Liberal Democrats love such programs because they are convinced that all solutions for all problems must come from Washington DC. They love that millions and million of us are hooked on the crack of entitlements. The more Americans dependent on entitlements, the more power the Democrats wield. And let us face facts, if you think Social Security or Medicare are powerful drugs, just wait until ObamaCare becomes rooted in American’s lives. It will be the mother of all entitlements!
Of course, the battles in Wisconsin, as well as other sates between public employee unions and governors trying to right the fiscal ships of their state governments involves a different type of entitlement. The benefit packages that many government employees enjoy have become, like Social Security and Medicare, unsustainable in many states. Governors, like Scott Walker of Wisconsin, have, in an effort to rein in the fiscal insanity of their state budgets, asked public employees to pay for a bit more of their benefits. the reaction from the public employees unions has been, well, a bit like a vampire’s reaction to sunlight.
You see, these public employees are looking at their benefits as if they are, “entitled” to them. As if they are OWED them. Never mind that they pay far less than private sector employees for health care and other benefits. Forget that they are being asked to pay very small amounts of their salaries to help offset the costs of these benefits. Forget too that they will likely lose their jobs if they do not help address the desperate need to cut government costs in their states. Forget it all because they are, say it with me, ENTITLED! And when a governor, or a state legislature reminds them of the limits of entitlements? What happens then? Apparently some are willing to kill to keep what they feel they are entitled to.
The union backers are getting uglier. Now, they are straight out threatening to put bullets in the heads of Wisconsin Republicans:
Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM
To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen
Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!
Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes
will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain
to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it
will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit
that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for
more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.
WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in
the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me
have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that
support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing
with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand
for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many
others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.
We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a
nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave
it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the
message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are
now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a
demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed
in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.
This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t
tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are
not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided
to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s
necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making
them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families
and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you. Please
understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked
everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel
that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives
of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and
say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!
Again, recall that these people are not being asked to take a pay cut, they are not being laid off, no. They are merely being asked to have their benefits reduced a bit so they will NOT BE FIRED or laid off! But, I suppose that some folks take the entitlement mentality to extremes don’t they? And that, my friends is the ultimate danger when government starts “entitling” Americans isn’t it? What happens when those entitlements are cut, or limited? Wisconsin offers us a glimpse!