VPresident Barack Obama just can’t seem to get out of his own way. After butting in where he did not belong in the Cambridge Massachusetts Police incident about two years ago, you would have thought that the President of the United States would have learned something from what he called a, “teachable moment.” (He meant that phrase for us, but he was the one who needed to be taught)
Now he is butting into the un-rest going on in Wisconsin. As you know, the unions are un-happy with the new Governor in Wisconsin, Scott Walker, and are staging large demonstrations, including public school teachers calling in “sick” for work causing the Milwaukee school system to close on Friday(Milwaukee area teachers who staged the “sick out” average over $100,000 in annual total compensation, far exceeding the average private sector employee in the area.)
This is a state issue, not a federal issue. The President needs to focus his attention on running the federal government, something he has, thus far, not proven to be very successful at.
While there is no question President Obama’s comments are all focused on shoring up union support for the 2012 Presidential Election, his oratory is actually inflaming the situation and hardening the position of both sides.
According to the Washington Post, President Obama accused Scott Walker, the state’s new Republican governor, of unleashing an “assault” on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would change future collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, including teachers.
The president’s political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to get thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.
From the way he has managed the federal finances, it is obvious that President Obama lacks a grasp of reality when it comes to money. He should, however, at least understand that state governments, unlike the federal government, cannot simply print more money when it runs out.
The President needs to butt out. Managing the federal government is a full-time job. Unless he is going to “federalize” the Wisconsin National Guard to manage the un-rest at the State Capitol, he should back off and let Wisconsin leaders solve Wisconsin problems. Politicizing this issue for 2012 reasons only reminds us why we have so little faith in the people we elect to public office.