As the debate in Wisconsin continues over balancing the state’s budget by cutting collective bargaining rights, Sarah Palin took to Facebook to address the unions in a post titled, “Union Brothers and Sisters: Seize Opportunity to Show True Solidarity.”
Palin who has been on the receiving end of union boss Richard Trumka’s wrath had a message for those teachers and other union members who have intensified the drama with massive rallies at the state capitol this week.
“You don’t have to kowtow to the union bosses who are not looking out for you, but instead are using you,” Palin said. “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.'”
Palin reminded everyone that 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 she also noted that she is a friend to hard working union members and teachers, since she comes from a family of teachers.
But Palin said, “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.”
At a time when taxpayers are struggling to hold on to their own jobs and homes, Palin stated that everyone needs to be willing to sacrifice under the proposed bill. And that sacrifice would ask public workers to pay half the costs of their pensions and at least 12.6 percent of their health care coverage. That measure alone is projected to save the state $300 million over the next two years, to tackle a budget shortfall that the governor says stands at $3.6 billion.
Palin had one final word of warning to her 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.”