Skip to comments.OPINION: The one opinion piece the NY Times didn't want you to read
Posted on 03/29/2011 6:55:30 AM PDT by JRios1968
In the weeks since Governor Walker introduced his reforms to balance the budget and protect middle-class taxpayers the New York Times has repeatedly used its editorial pages to opine on the reforms. All told there have been at least seven editorials, op-eds or columns in the paper about the Wisconsin reforms.
Below is the Op-Ed that Governor Walker wrote that the New York Times chose not to run:
(Excerpt) Read more at wisgov.state.wi.us ...
And the NY Slimes wonders why people laugh at it.
I STAND WITH GOVERNOR WALKER!!!!
Hey, NYT, bias much?
I Stand with Governor Walker!
It’s a press release, there was no need to excerpt. Here’s the whole piece:
In nearly every state across America, Governors are facing major budget deficits. Many, Democrat and Republican alike, are cutting state aid to schools and other local governments - which will force massive layoffs, massive property tax increases or both.
In Wisconsin, we are doing something progressive in the best sense of the word. We are implementing reforms to protect middle class jobs and middle class taxpayers. While our idea may be a bold political move it is a very modest request of our employees.
We are reforming the bargaining system so our state and local governments can ask employees to contribute 5.8% for pension and 12.6% for health insurance premiums. These reforms will help them balance their budgets. In total, our reforms save local governments more than $700 million each year.
Most workers outside of government would love our proposal. Over the past several months, I have visited numerous factories and small businesses across Wisconsin. On these tours, workers tell me that they pay anywhere from 15% to 50% of their health insurance premium costs. The average middle class worker is paying more than 20% of his or her premium.
Even federal employees pay more than twice what we are asking state and local government workers to pay and most of them dont have collective bargaining for wages or benefits. These facts beg the question as to why the protesters are in Wisconsin and not in Washington, D.C. By nearly any measure, our requests are quite reasonable.
Beyond helping to balance current and future budgets, our reforms will improve the quality of our governments. No longer will hiring and firing be done solely based on seniority and union contracts. Instead, schools - as well as state and local governments - will be able to make decisions based on merit and performance.
This concept works well in Indiana. In 2005, Governor Mitch Daniels reformed collective bargaining. In turn, the government got more efficient, more effective and more accountable to the public. Governor Daniels even encouraged employees to come forward with ways to save taxpayer dollars and they responded. Eventually, the state was able to reward top performing employees. This is true reform making government work for the people.
A recent columnist on these pages opined that common problems deserve common solutions suggesting that Republicans and Democrats work together. In principle, that is a good idea.
Since January 3rd, we passed some of the most aggressive economic development legislation in the country. And on nearly every measure, many Democrats joined with all of the Republicans and an Independent to vote in favor of the various pieces of legislation. The Wisconsin legislature recognized that we are growing, not Republican or Democratic jobs, but Wisconsin jobs. Together, we worked to show that Wisconsin is open for business.
But sometimes, bi-partisanship is not so good. During several of the past budgets, members of both political parties raided segregated funds, used questionable accounting principles and deferred tough decisions. This, along with the use of billions of dollars worth of one-time federal stimulus money for the budget two years ago, left Wisconsin with the current $3.6 billion deficit.
Our reforms allow us to take a new and better approach. Instead of avoiding the hard decisions and searching for short-term solutions, we make a commitment to the future. The choices we are making now in Wisconsin will make sure our children are not left picking up the pieces of the broken state budget left behind. Our reforms create the lowest structural deficit in recent history ensuring our budget is stable for decades to come. These changes will give businesses the confidence they need to grow and invest in our state.
We live in the greatest nation on earth because for more than 200 years weve had leaders who cared more about their children and grandchildren than themselves. Having the courage to make decisions in the best interest of the next generation despite external pressures is a concept that America has always admired, but is forgetting today. My hope is that Wisconsin will remind the nation what makes our country great.
The NY Times offers left-wing, radical, hyper-partisanship at is finest.
With the Federal government fiscally insolvent, there is no guarantee that this is true. This is the one mistake in Gov. Walker's piece that may come back to bite him.
Bravo, Gov. Walker.
True, however, I think Governor Walker can use the clicks on his page as a measure of the support he has from real Americans.
The N.Y.Times has an agenda and they slant their news to fit that preconceived agenda.
You getting much spring in Tenn. yet?
Surprised to see Pat Summits team lose last night here.
Libs (and RINOs) have a problem with balanced budgets. They’d rather see the state or nation go seriously into the red, losing millions in interest, than do the work of grown ups and cut spending.
re: clicks on his page as a measure of the support
Good thinking! I went right over there and left him a quick email of support. He’ll probably never see it, but maybe his staff will tell him the email is running overwhelmingly in his favor!
Just a pet peeve but I wish he didn’t use “begs the question” when he meant “raises the question”.
Thank you for posting the article PapaBear.
Incredible....but I quess I shouldn't be surprised. True journalism got flushed down the toilet years ago.
Probably all negative. The NYT is on its way out because more and more former readers see the shallowness of its reporting and its obvious bias favoring socialism.
Indeed, it is refreshing to see responsible, common-sense government policy as put forth by Gov. Walker's unpublished editorial.
Way to go, Gov. Walker!
I believe Gov. Walker published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. I assume it is the same article.
Dogwoods and forsythia are abloom but it's been chilly -- we've had fires in the hearth the last three nights. Nice!
Surprised to see Pat Summits team lose last night here.
I have NO idea what you're talking about. (Heh, heh, insert sports-dummy smiley face here.)
Good. Everybody wants to see a UConn-Stanford rematch.
The key phrase: broken state budget
Then you think wrong. Much of the operating budgets of the States these days consists of Federal funding pursuant to only partially funded mandates. When a conservative Congress whacks that cash flow, Wisconsin will take another hit. It remains to be seen whether they restrain the mandates to match, but the historic record is not promising, particularly commensurate to public expectations. Medicaid funding comes immediately to mind.
Excellent idea and great PR.
Potential interest to your respective lists?
“All the news that fits, we print.”
The slimes has been a joke for two decades.
I wish every state had a Governor Walker.