Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sarah Palin: Union Brothers and Sisters: Seize Opportunity to Show True Solidarity

This is a positive, constructive message from Palin. The message is aimed at the millions of good, hard working union members, rather than the corrupt union bosses who are pulling the strings. People need to wake up, or we'll soon reach the point of no return.

From Facebook:
The union-led school closures and demonstrations in Madison have left most ordinary Americans shaking their heads in disbelief. Months ago, I penned a message to my fellow union brothers and sisters when I found myself on the receiving end of union boss Richard Trumka’s wrath. Yesterday’s demonstrations reminded me of the full-page ads taken out against me when I put my foot down in dealing with union demands while I served as governor. My message then and now to good union brothers and sisters is that you have another option. You don’t have to kowtow to the union bosses who are not looking out for you, but instead are using you. You can join millions of other union members in a commonsense movement to help fight for the right causes in our great country – for budgets that share the burden in a truly fair way and for commonsense reforms that take power away from vested interests like union bosses and big business lobby groups, and put it back where it belongs – with “We the People.”

Here we are still struggling to get out of a deep recession and coping with high unemployment, record deficits, rapidly rising food prices, and a host of other economic problems; and Wisconsin union bosses want union members out in the streets demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for unsustainable benefits packages. I am a friend to hard working union members and to teachers. I come from a family of teachers; my grandparents, parents, brother, sister, aunt, and other relatives worked, or still work, in education. My own children attend public schools. I greatly admire good teachers and will always speak up in defense of the teaching profession. But Wisconsin teacher unions do themselves no favor by closing down classrooms and abandoning children’s needs in protest against the sort of belt-tightening that people everywhere are going through. Union brothers and sisters: this is the wrong fight at the wrong time. Solidarity doesn’t mean making Wisconsin taxpayers pay for benefits that are not sustainable and affordable at a time when many of these taxpayers struggle to hold on to their own jobs and homes. Real solidarity means everyone being willing to sacrifice and carry our share of the burden. It does no one any favors to dismiss the sacrifices others have already had to make—in wage cuts, unpaid vacations, and even job losses—to weather our economic storm.

Hard working, patriotic, and selfless union brothers and sisters: please don’t be taken in by the union bosses. At the end of day, they’re not fighting for your pension or health care plan or even for the sustainability of Wisconsin’s education budget. They’re fighting to protect their own powerful privileges and their own political clout. The agenda for too many union bosses is a big government agenda that only serves the union bosses themselves – not union members, not union families, and certainly not the larger community. Everybody else is just there to foot the bill; and if that bill eventually takes the form of thousands of teachers and other public sectors workers losing their jobs because the state of Wisconsin can no longer afford to keep them on the payroll, that’s a risk the union bosses are willing to take as long as their positions are secure. Union brothers and sisters: you are better than this and you deserve better. Don’t be led astray.

One final word of warning to my fellow Americans: back in 2009, I warned about what would happen if states accepted short-term unsustainable debt-ridden “Stimulus Package” funds. Accepting those funds allowed states to grow government, increase already unsustainable levels of spending, kick the can down the road on reforming entitlements, and create public expectations that they would continue financing these new mandates once the federal funds ran out. States were not in a position to grow government and take on new financial commitments then, and now the chickens have come home to roost. As goes Wisconsin today, so goes the country tomorrow.

- Sarah Palin


OhioJOE said...

Well said Mrs. Palin. This is the type of Leadership America needs.

Anonymous said...


hamaca said...

Great message.

I'm not sure I know what the other commonsense movement is she is referring to that is another option for workers who are probably indoctrinated into believing there is no other option.

Any insight into what Sarah is referring appreciated.

Anonymous said...

hamaca, I would assume she is referring to the tea party.


Doug NYC GOP said...

This is a good, sound message and echos what many of us in the private sector have been feeling for quite some time. Nicely done.

Anonymous said...

who cares what this stupid, money hungry quitting lady says? Remember this is the lady that said alaska's proximity to russia enhances her foreign policy experience.

Only Huckabee has the experience necessary to lead this country. Huckabee 2012!!

Revolution 2010 said...

Good message!

Granny T said...

‘Showdown’ in ‘Mad Town’ Today

hamaca said...

"who cares what this stupid, money hungry quitting lady says?"

Who cares what this stupid, anonymous commenter says? This is the commenter who can't tell the difference between the real Sarah Palin and the SNL version.

Fortunately for Huck, not all his supporters are this lame.

Anonymous said...

hamaca dont get your panties all up in a bunch.

Bill589 said...

“As goes Wisconsin today, so goes the country tomorrow.”

Wise words from our best hope.

OhioJOE said...

"who cares what this stupid, money hungry quitting lady says? " If you guys are so against quitting, why did you guys quit your jobs and bugger off the IL. You no longer deserve your pay checks from the people of WI

ConMan said...

I can't believe these people can't be discharged from there elected position for continued obstruction of SOMETHING.

I would think at a certain point there must be some law that would kick in.

these Democrats have technically DIED, RESIGNED, quit, ? The Governor should have the right to appoint replacements until an election can be held.