Words from the founding fathers

Words from the founding fathers

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 8:01 pm
By: Nathan Castleman, Special to The Press

In trying to make sense of all that’s going on in the world and especially the US, I go back to Thomas Jefferson who said, “And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” 

What does perpetual debt mean? It means someone was greedy.  From a dictator on the other side of the world to guy down the street who goes to quick cash every week, even though he’s working seven days a week and the all the overtime he can get. Individuals, families, businesses, politicians, unions and governments are downright greedy.  

There is no way we can preserve our independence with this mind set. How is it that people think that they can get paid a huge salary (compared to others around them doing a similar job), not pay much if anything for their insurance, pensions, or other benefits?  

For too long people have lived too high on the hog and thinking that it was going to last. Well guess what – it’s finally caught up with us.  

Unions have served the workers in some noble ways. Why did we have to depend on unions in the first place. That brings us back to greed. Employers should have doing the decent thing all along. 

They shouldn’t had to have been made to pay decent wages, provide a safe working environment, have reasonable work hours, or hire cheap child labor. 

But many did not do the right or ethical thing (some did). So someone had to stand up for the worker.  For that, thanks to the unions. But overtime, with the taste of power and the power that money brings, the unions have become our Achilles heal.

Businesses and states can no longer afford the cost of employing union workers. That’s why Wisconsin is having to make the tough decisions. There are many businesses in the US that have made similar choices (non-union). 

In doing so, their workers may be getting a smaller wage but they at least still have a job. So all the union people protesting in Wisconsin need to decide – am I willing to sacrifice some so I’ll have a job, or am I going to be so greedy that I not only lose my job but I also take down everyone else in my profession and the entire state. We can’t keep on having our cake and eat it too.  

Our leaders have loaded us with a perpetual debt. It didn’t happen overnight. It was gradual. Just like the frog that sits in a pot of cold water on the stove, we’ll sit there until we cook because the burner is just heated up a little at a time. 

That’s been the dream of those from without and some from within. Little by little they have made us feel comfortable and that this is normal. Those before me got more and more while doing less and less, and I WANT THE SAME! Don’t dare ask me to sacrifice.

Wisconsin public workers should appreciate the fact that they have a job and get paid more than anyone doing the same job in the private sector.  

They should be willing to pay a small amount more on their insurance and begin to pay on their pensions instead of having taxpayers foot the bill for them.  

The state senators need to come back to work and face the fight before them. Who else in the state could just decide they didn’t agree with the boss and leave the state until their concessions were made? Speaking of not working, the teachers need to get back into the classroom and be thankful they have a job and they are only being asked to pay a small percentage. 

How many people work all month just so their family can have insurance taken of their check, and no one is paying a percentage for them? 

The unions and the Democratic National Committee need to stay out of it and quit stirring up people. The president himself should not be meddling in the affairs of the state of Wisconsin. 

His own organization, Organizing for America (www.barakobama.com) and the DNC have been providing buses, making phone calls, and organizing protests. 

In essence, they have encouraged and facilitated people to break the law and their contracts to attend these rallies. Some nearby doctors have degraded the meaning of their profession by signing false excuses for teachers.  

Are the unions behind all of this? 

Gerald McEntee, the head of AFSCME, the union that represents state and local government employees, said that if Wisconsin was able to succeed at this, it would place at risk the $400 million that the unions are likely to spend on Obama’s behalf in 2012.  

Why else would the president be in constant contact with Richard Trumka (AFL-CIO President), but not have spoken with six of his own cabinet members during the past two years?  

According to Trumka when asked, “How often is the White House meeting with you, having conversations with you?” 

He responded, “I am at the White House a couple of times a week, two, three times a week … I have conversations every day with someone in the White House.”  

It all sounds like greed and our rulers loading us with perpetual debt.  If they can do that, they control us.  We must not let this happen if we are to preserve our independence.

Send me your comments by email to foundingwords@yahoo.com.

wcp 2/24/11

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