An old proverb regards truth as the first casualty of war. Logically, for truth to become war’s casualty it must be present to begin with. War is then a level above politics, at least in the way Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) practices the craft. 

It’s no surprise to find Democrats spinning the standoff between Wisconsin’s Senate Republicans and public employee unionists. But Rep. Israel’s spin is so unbelievable that he has abused even the politician’s privilege of dancing around the truth. He sounds like a cheating child who’s tossing a tantrum because his playmates won’t play fair. 

Rep. Israel’s rearrangement of reality was unveiled in a fundraising email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Israel blasted Wisconsin Republicans’ “blatant assault on worker’s rights,” especially since the reorganization of public employee collective bargaining rules passed without Democrat participation. He called the GOP’s tactics “outrageous” and “unconscionable.” 

But what right have employees lost, save the “right” to pay tribute to labor unions in order to earn a living? As for the Democrats’ absence, no one overthrew their caucus and exiled them to Illinois. Democrats ran for the tall grass of their own accord. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of unconscionable, it was Rep. Israel’s congressional colleagues who employed bribery, clandestine Christmas Eve votes, and threats to bypass the voting process altogether in order to enact ObamaCare. 

Outrageous and unconscionable? Look in the mirror Steve. 

Was anyone inspired at the site of marching Wisconsin teachers? Steve Israel was and thinks you should’ve been, too. But why? These teachers walked out on their pupils, proving their allegiance to unions exceeded their concern for students. These teachers called in sick when they were perfectly fit and trashed the capitol grounds in Madison. Inspirational? Please! 

Rep. Israel hailed the “Wisconsin 14” as a reminder to everyone of what it means to be a Democrat. Democrats abdicated their duty to Wisconsin’s taxpayers when they went into hiding. They ran away rather than deal with the consequences of their lost majority. This is what it means to be a Democrat. And Israel calls the “Fleeing 14” heroes? Cowards I say, the whole lot of them. And remember, it was one of their own, Steve Israel, who said Wisconsin Democrats exemplified the party’s highest standards. 

The “Fleeing 14” weren’t concerned with public employees. They were concerned with securing continued support from unions in the form of campaign donations. The real issue in Wisconsin wasn’t “worker’s rights.” It was union monopolies. Wisconsin can now become a right to work state where employees can’t be forced to pay tribute to labor unions in order to attain jobs. 

In short, Wisconsinites may soon be liberated, free to make their own decisions regarding employment and unionization. Wisconsin’s Republicans upheld the concept of individual liberty and free association, which Democrats routinely oppose. And Steve Israel proved that truth was never part of the Democrat’s rhetorical war.

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  • WilliamK

    One of the best things about being an american is being able to choose what groups you can belong to. Being forced to pay part of your paycheck to a group that then gives money to the very people you vote against so they can stay in office and make your life less free is not choosing.

    Public jobs do not created anything. Every dollar in pay and benefits has to come first from taxes on private jobs. This in not saying that we should not have some public jobs. But what jobs we do have should be limited, specific and generally agreed on. They should not be high paying or have lavish benefits that make private sector (producing) jobs look miserly.

    My brother teaches in a government school, one of my sisters teaches in a private school. same education, close to same time in job, she gets almost half what he gets in pay alone before benies.

    (her school graduates more, who go on to college than his does.)

  • The Gallant Gallstone

    Free to watch public jobs dry up and private jobs get outsourced. Free to choose which bridge to live under.

    Awesome.

  • Troy La Mana

    Can I get an Amen?

    • baldrad

      …Steve Israel, like Kris Van Hollen (sp?), thinks he’s cute; they both play fast and loose with the truth, and show contempt for the economic illiterates that vote for them, by getting them to think there will be enough money available to keep the social Ponzi schemes going.

      They harp on “special tax breaks” for oil co’s, etc. knowing their constituents will never do the math. For example, if the annual Oil Depletion Allowance (they call it a tax break) were eliminated this year, it would pay (maximum) for FOUR HOURS of government expenditures…..

      These guys are nauseating.