I am getting real tired of the left’s usual tactic of threatening to, or actually go through with their threats, to cut critical services first whenever budget battles come up. Here in my state of Connecticut, our new democrat governor, in order to pretend he is asking everyone to “share equally in the financial burden”, caused by our legislators – which have been dominated by the left for many decades, with all the usual consequences and bullshit – spending like drunken sailors on a rampage, promised us a billion dollars in public union concessions in return for the largest tax hike ever enacted, I hear the real figure is close to $3 billion over the next 2 years, and when the unions whom own the left balked, threatened them with layoffs. Of course, it was all for show.
Now the shit hit the fan, the unions are not budging as expected, and the layoffs are supposedly starting, but instead of cutting the damned parasites working at the DMV or other such useless government money pits, the first measly group, less than 400 in all, targeted all are critical providers, like Department of Corrections officers – the guys that keep the jails running- and state troopers, which provide for security.
At a minimum the strategy is that since these people are critical, reversing the layoffs a few months down the line, hopefully when the state has more money, or even if they don’t and they can lay blame for something bad that happens on the lack of manpower, is all but a given. After all, less police dealing with crime or correction officers watching the psychopaths in jail, is a dangerous thing for us all. Of course, the people getting laid off will all be the younger harder working, and cheaper to keep employees too. It also pisses me off that the media, as is in the case of this news here in Connecticut, then never points out this is a choice, and a callous one at that, intentionally made by these leftists to prey on people, and that they are playing political games and risking the lives of the people for their own personal gain.
The choice to layoff these critical employees that provide valuable services, with possible serious implications, is not a coincidence. This is the SOP on the left when they are put in a position where they have to cut the bloated government bureaucracy, don’t really want to do it, and hope the cuts will put pressure on the public to reverse their stance government is too big. And our Petulant in chief collectivist in DC is doing more of the same when he threatens to target Social Security for seniors and Veteran benefits, then gets pissed when the right calls his bluff.
Here in Connecticut we are basically screwed, because the left owns the god dammed government – which means the public unions do – and we are not going to get any redress to this situation. But we don’t have to put up with this shit at the federal level. If Boehner had any sense he would immediately put together a bill in the House that would mandate government fund Social Security, Medicare, veteran benefits, the military, and any other interests they do not want the left to hold hostage during this fight, then dare Reid and Obama to vote it down or veto it, leaving no doubt whom is playing games with us. Then point out that despite the left’s new found “optimism” that an unemployment number over 9% is signs of things getting better, while contrasting the way they used to report unemployment at the low end of 4% when the guy in the WH had a different letter next to his name.
Seriously, republicans need to stand fast and tell Obama and the left that we need cuts now – not promises of cuts in a decade – to get government spending under control, that any new revenue steam will only be used to pay down debt, not prop up the impossible to keep bloated social system, that we have to reform these bloated systems to make them work for the future, and that they should stop the games. The fiscal insanity has to end, and then in a way that it grows the economy, not the left’s big government.