Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Total Recall -or- The Broadway Musical "Rent" Can Teach Us a Lot About Political Featherbedding

So let's get this straight:

* Public unions donate bigtime money to Democrats running for office.

* Democrats running for office use the money to get elected.

* Once elected, these Democrats (if a sufficient number of them get elected), as one of the duties of their office, bargain with these same unions - who gave them all that money to get them elected - to set the level of their members' pay, benefits etc.?

Most people would call this, charitably, patronage; or uncharitably, "legalized bribery by proxy".  Such models are fine in sewers like Chicago where they've come to be accepted practice over dozens of years. And you know, Illinois is the model of fiscal stability, so whatever.

But if you really think about it, it's kind of a shitty deal for taxpayers, who effectively have no spot at the bargaining table, even though they are funding whatever contract is reached.

Side note: ever notice that it's fine-to-the-point-of-recalling-a-Governor for unions to throw money at candidates so that those candidates in turn will throw more money from the public treasury back at them.  But if a corporation donates money to a PAC these same people start shrieking like a bunch of little bitches about how "unjust" and "corrupt" the system is.

That is why I try to ignore those people.

So a guy comes along who runs for governor saying he's going to change that if he's elected, and does.

That, of course, cannot stand (even though 52% of the voters in Wisconsin said it could as recently as last November).

And thus the Wisconsin recall of Scott Walker is in full swing:

Organizers of the effort to recall Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office said Monday they have collected 300,000 signatures, more than half of what is needed to force an election.


The United Wisconsin coalition needs 540,208 signatures by Jan. 17 to force a recall election sometime in 2012. They reported Monday that over half the number needed had been collected in just 12 days, with signatures coming in from all 72 Wisconsin counties.


The recall drive was motivated by anger over Walker’s proposal effectively ending collective bargaining rights for most public workers. The law passed in March despite massive protests and the fleeing of all 14 Democratic state senators to Illinois for three weeks.
Assuming all the signatures are valid (I don't - because I don't trust these people, that's why) the entitlement addicts are already halfway to their goal of 540,208 signatories to their petition.

540,208...

You know, this makes me want to...

...

SING!



SEASONS OF RAGE

(Sung to the tune of "Seasons of Love" from the musical "Rent".)

Cheesy midi version here. Sing along!

[ALL:]
Five hundred forty thousand
Two hundred eight signatures;
Five hundred forty thousand
Bitter Democrats

Five hundred forty thousand
Two hundred eight signatures
Why do lefties act - act like brats?

In petitions - In elections
In outrage - In union cash
In bitching - In moaning
In slanderous TV ads up the ass!

In - Five hundred forty thousand
Two hundred eight signatures;
How Do You Measure
How many suckle at the state teat?

How about rage?
How about rage?
How about rage?
Vein-popping rage.

Elections of rage.
Elections of rage.

[UNEMPLOYED GENDER STUDIES MAJOR / PROFESSIONAL ACTIVIST:]

Five hundred forty thousand
Two hundred eight signatures
Five hundred forty thousand
Addresses and names

Five hundred forty thousand
Two hundred eight signatures
How do you measure how many people
Ride the state gravy train?

[TOOTHLESS UNION GOON:]

It's past time that we turn
To a stupid recall election
The bridges we will burn
To keep that big fat pension

[TOOTHLESS DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR:]


It's time now - to campaign
Election season never ends
Let's start a PAC
Donate your dues to your Democrat friends

[THE SONG ENDS HERE AS THE STATE SENATOR FLEES TO ILLINOIS]

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