Monday, February 28, 2011
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World attention has been directed to Wisconsin's Gov. Walkers "Budget Repair Bill." Most of the attention has focused on the Governor's effort to bust the public sector unions.
The fact is when unions were strong, middle class America was strong - all data supports that conclusion. In 1977 the ILGW (garment workers) had an ad which ended with, " So always look for the union label, it says we're able to make it in the U.S.A!" Pretty hard to find a lot of things made in the U.S.A.
Two other features of the bill have received less attention. One is the health care plan known as BadgerCare. Here is a news story which mentions BadgerCare and dairy farm milk price: http://www.wqow.com/Global/story.asp?S=14087832
According to statistics, 15% of those receiving BadgerCare are farmers. The reason is the driving down of farm prices at the same time jobs were being "outsourced."
Another part of the plan is to send more money to prisons. Wisconsin in 2008 spent 10% more than other states per inmate. The U.S.A which cannot make anything anymore, and cannot pay dairy farmers a fair price since parity was eliminated. The argument was the costs of government purchases were rising. Rising prison costs seems to not have been a problem. The U.S. has 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the worlds prisoners.
We have become a miserable nation since 1980. The idea of loving our neighbors seems to have vanished.