On Feb. 24, I read an article in the St. Clair Times, “Out of Wisconsin, a lesson in leadership” (George Will) about the new governor in Wisconsin.
What I read disturbed me; what columnist George F. Will’s beliefs were: supporting governor Scott Walker’s plan to bust the unions, disguised as budget balancing.
Balancing the budgets is a good thing; busting unions is a bad thing. A good governor can balance the budget without taking away worker’s rights to collective bargaining.
No politician has any right to bust unions, per a law signed by Teddy Roosevelt (Republican president from 1901-1909). That is what Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is doing.
Before I moved to Alabama, I lived in Northern Illinois, less than 20 miles south of the Wisconsin state line. I know people that live and work in Wisconsin, and I agree 100 percent with the protesters.
Shame on George F. Will for criticizing Pres. Obama for speaking up against Wisconsin’s governor. It is the obligation of the president of the United States to speak out when a governor makes a mistake like busting up unions.
On NBC News (Feb. 24), anchor Brian Williams played a recording with a reporter having a phone conversation with Walker. The reporter, disguised as a wealthy businessman, got the truth to Walker’s true intent: to break the unions to impress his wealthy corporate pals.
Balancing the budget was never mentioned in that conversation, not even a hint of any budget in that conversation. Governor Scott Walker openly stated he is out to destroy unions in a brazen tone, which outraged me.
— Mike Neyrinck, Ashville