Public employees in Wisconsin are paid and pensioned far better than their counterparts in the private sector. The state is facing multi-billion-dollar deficits. The old calculus that employees in the public sector are paid a bit less since they have job security and work for the community at large seems topsy-turvy: Now they are paid more and are fraudulently calling in sick to go on strike, apparently in the belief that lay-offs or higher taxes for others are preferable to themselves paying modest increases for their most generous benefits. In response, the protesters, in the new age of civility, carry signs comparing the governor to Nazis, along with the usual Hitler motifs. And finally, the President of the United States, after running up in his first three years the largest deficits in American history, now weighs in on a local matter — both to chastise the governor for doing the sort of tough cutting the president will not (given that he can print money and Americans do not have the option of fleeing to lower-tax states to avoid increased federal tax “fees”), and to show solidarity with the protesters who are engaging in just the uncivil “get in their face,” “bring a gun to a knife fight,” and “punish” their “enemies” modes of expression that the president in his Tucson speech warned against.
One of the most comforting talking points in politics is to claim that your political opponents are irrationally obsessed. I’m sure this is as old as time, but I first noticed it in the late 1990s. Many of Bill Clinton’s most ardent supporters responded to every new criticism by claiming the president’s ... Read More
With every twist of the news cycle, reports from London on the evolution of the Brexit negotiations between Theresa May’s government and the European Union get odder and odder. Consider, first, the essential choice on Brexit facing the Brits and how it’s being presented to them. Britain voted two years ago ... Read More
The president wants them away from the border. Read More
An Irish lecturer was stabbed to death by a student outside the Paris university where he taught on Wednesday for allegedly insulting the prophet Mohammed by displaying a drawing of him during class. John Dowling, 66, was speaking with a student, identified by authorities only as Ali R., following a lecture ... Read More
M aybe ballot security isn’t such a bad thing after all. Democrats, who the day before yesterday were insisting that voter fraud didn’t exist, now believe that it was used to steal a North Carolina congressional seat from them — and they may well be right. Republican Mark Harris has a 905-vote lead ... Read More