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OPINION: The one opinion piece the NY Times didn't want you to read
Governor's Office ^ | 3/29/2011 | Governor Scott Walker

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:

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(Excerpt) Read more at wisgov.state.wi.us ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: democrats; dncmedia; editorial; enemedia; govwalker; liberalfascism; liberalmedia; liberals; mediabias; msm; nyslimes; nyt; nytimes; obamedia; progressives; scottwalker; walker; wisconsinshowdown
"All the news that's fit to print"??

And the NY Slimes wonders why people laugh at it.

I STAND WITH GOVERNOR WALKER!!!!

1 posted on 03/29/2011 6:55:33 AM PDT by JRios1968
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To: JRios1968

Hey, NYT, bias much?


2 posted on 03/29/2011 6:58:30 AM PDT by fullchroma
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To: JRios1968

I Stand with Governor Walker!


3 posted on 03/29/2011 7:02:37 AM PDT by Trust but Verify (Let's party like it's 1773!)
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To: JRios1968

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 don’t 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 we’ve 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.


4 posted on 03/29/2011 7:04:56 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: JRios1968
The NY Times blasts Gov Walker almost daily, and when he presents a well reasoned argument for the steps he has taken, they refuse to print it.

The NY Times offers left-wing, radical, hyper-partisanship at is finest.

5 posted on 03/29/2011 7:11:36 AM PDT by JPG ("2012 Can't Come Soon Enough" - Sarah Palin)
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To: PapaBear3625
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.

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.

6 posted on 03/29/2011 7:16:24 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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To: JRios1968

Bravo, Gov. Walker.


7 posted on 03/29/2011 7:17:55 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: PapaBear3625
It’s a press release, there was no need to excerpt.

True, however, I think Governor Walker can use the clicks on his page as a measure of the support he has from real Americans.

8 posted on 03/29/2011 7:20:43 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Laz would hit it!)
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To: fullchroma

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.


9 posted on 03/29/2011 7:20:57 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy, the man is too small.)
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To: JRios1968

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.


10 posted on 03/29/2011 7:23:28 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: JRios1968

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!


11 posted on 03/29/2011 7:26:57 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (I would rather lose with Sarah than win with a RINO!)
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To: JRios1968

Just a pet peeve but I wish he didn’t use “begs the question” when he meant “raises the question”.


12 posted on 03/29/2011 7:31:40 AM PDT by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: PapaBear3625

Thank you for posting the article PapaBear.


13 posted on 03/29/2011 7:46:33 AM PDT by houeto (Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.)
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To: JPG
"The NY Times blasts Gov Walker almost daily, and when he presents a well reasoned argument for the steps he has taken, they refuse to print it."

Incredible....but I quess I shouldn't be surprised. True journalism got flushed down the toilet years ago.

14 posted on 03/29/2011 8:17:59 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: JRios1968
All told there have been at least seven editorials, op-eds or columns in the paper about the Wisconsin reforms.

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!

15 posted on 03/29/2011 8:19:09 AM PDT by olezip
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To: JRios1968

I believe Gov. Walker published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. I assume it is the same article.


16 posted on 03/29/2011 10:03:57 AM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: Joe Boucher
You getting much spring in Tenn. yet?

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.)

17 posted on 03/29/2011 4:44:51 PM PDT by fullchroma
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To: Joe Boucher
Surprised to see Pat Summits team lose last night here.

Good. Everybody wants to see a UConn-Stanford rematch.

18 posted on 03/29/2011 4:46:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Carry_Okie
Gov. Walker was referring to STATE issues and solvency. He is not responsible for anything the fedgov does, so I think that you are mistaken in thinking his statement could bite him due to federal fiscal mismanagement.

The key phrase: broken state budget

19 posted on 03/29/2011 6:27:00 PM PDT by Don W (You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.)
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To: Don W
Gov. Walker was referring to STATE issues and solvency. He is not responsible for anything the fedgov does, so I think that you are mistaken in thinking his statement could bite him due to federal fiscal mismanagement.

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.

20 posted on 03/29/2011 6:34:42 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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To: JRios1968; SunkenCiv

Excellent idea and great PR.

Potential interest to your respective lists?


21 posted on 03/30/2011 5:51:59 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks 1010RD.


22 posted on 03/30/2011 7:58:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: JRios1968

“All the news that fits, we print.”

The slimes has been a joke for two decades.


23 posted on 03/31/2011 4:51:29 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: SunkenCiv

My pleasure.


24 posted on 03/31/2011 5:34:16 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: JRios1968

I wish every state had a Governor Walker.


25 posted on 03/31/2011 8:27:59 AM PDT by dervish (there are no US interests in Libya)
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