Myths and truths on the Battle of Wisconsin, as told by the unionists and the facts 

Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker, is really the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler. You didn't know that? Then you haven't been listening to the teachers and state government employee unions protesting for the past week in the  Badger State's capitol of Madison.

"What did Hitler do first? He busted the unions. First you take away the unions. Then you take away the Jews, you know, then you take away ...that's where it starts," so says one of the teachers in the protests during a video interview posted by the Heritage Foundation's Tina Korbe, an Examiner contributor.

These protests may represent the modern record for unions and progressives playing the Hitler card faster than ever before.

Or is it really about the fact Wisconsin teachers and other public employees pay virtually nothing for their pension and health care benefits, while the taxpayers who fund those pensions and benefits receive on average much less for themselves, even as they pay for the unionists.

Perhaps instead of "collective bargaining agreements," we should start calling them "indentured servitude agreements," since they bind taxpayers to fund public employees at a standard of living they would like to remain accustomed to.

State Sen. Leah Vukmur offers the facts in response to the Hitler and other myths being peddled by the unions: "This debate has gone beyond Wisconsin, as you see people being bussed in from all over the country now since President Obama weighed in on this issue. They have made Wisconsin Ground Zero."

But isn't really just about Walker and the Republicans trying to "bust the unions" and "take away people's right to bargain collectively"?

Not according to Vukmir: "From their perspective it's about collective bargaining. From our perspective, it is about the money. The state of Wisconsin is broke." And indeed the budget deficit now is $137 million and it will soar to $3.7 billion in just a couple of years if something like Walker's budget proposal isn't done now.

"You can't just keep growing your budget. People during this recession and the downturn have been tightening their belts, and they're asking us in government to do the same thing," Vukmir said.

For more, check out the video that follows: 

 

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