Thursday, March 31, 2011

Redistricting Bill Passes State House

Today the redistricting bill passed the State House of Representatives.  Luckily it was blocked in the Senate by Senator Kim Hendren.  It's a good thing he's still there.  I know he would have made a great U.S. Senator, but then he couldn't have stopped this travesty.

If the bill that passed the House today becomes law it will almost guarantee that there will be no U.S Congressman from Arkansas that lives south of the Arkansas River.  Some have called it a pig tail, others have called it the "Fayetteville Finger" but it would include the city of Fayetteville in the Fourth District.  Since that is the most populous area of Arkansas, it is almost a certainty that whoever has the most support there would beat anyone who has the support of the people of South Arkansas.  For the people in the southeast side of the state, they will be competing with the folks up in Mountain Home, Bentonville and West Memphis.

This Gerrymandering would, in effect, disenfranchise everyone in southern Arkansas.  The people south of the Arkansas River will have no representation in Washington D.C.  We must fight this onerous bill.  I have attempted to contact some people who might have some knowledge of this bill and what we can do to stop it and I hope to have them come and speak at a regular meeting of CAP.

This is serious folks and I want to get everyone fired up about it.  Please, please, if you possibly can, come to our next meeting so we can get as many voices as possible speaking about this bill.  We may not have a speaker next week that is knowledgeable about this, but I promise I'll have more information for you.

In case you have forgotten, we are now meeting in El Dorado City Hall, still on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM.  The fight that we started last year isn't over.  We've still got a lot of work to do.  Please come and help us.

John A. Wilson
Conservative Action Project of Union County

Friday, March 25, 2011

Taxed and Spent Enough Rally

We have a new rally scheduled for Saturday, April 16th.  The theme for this rally is "Taxed and Spent Enough."  As usual, the rally will be held on the east side of Union County Courthouse.  We'll kick it off at 1:00 PM.  Matthew Shepherd, our freshman State Congressman, will be one of the speakers.  The keynote address will be given by Glenn Gallus.  Glenn ran for U.S. Congress in 2010 and is the president of the Garland County Tea Party organization.  We proved just what the Tea Party Movement was capable of in 2010, but we have a long way to go to take our country back from the progressives.  I hope you can all come and join us.

John A. Wilson
Conservative Action Project of Union County

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I know, I know, it's been a long time since I posted on here.  Sue me.  Now that things have settled down a bit in Wisconsin, I thought I could take a few minutes and put in my 2-cents worth.

According to some of the main-stream media the governor of Wisconsin was intent on stripping the teacher's union in Wisconsin of their collective bargaining rights.  While there is a grain of truth in that statement, it's a grain the size of a garbanzo bean.

 First of all, collective bargaining is not a right PERIOD.  I just went over the Bill of Rights and found no mention at all of collective bargaining.  As a matter of fact I am certain that you won't find it in any of the founding documents of this great country.  That includes The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States or the Holy Bible.  Collective bargaining is a privilege that has been negotiated by the union, but it has been referred to as a "right" for so long now that some people think that it is one.  I suppose it is true that some liberal judge my somehow deduce that the "right to collective bargaining" is IMPLIED by the Constitution, but judicial activism aside, it just isn't mentioned anywhere in our constitution.

Second, collective bargaining was not "stripped away," it was just limited to salaries.  The union is still expected to negotiate salaries for the union members.  Some fringe benefits, however, were altered by the new laws.  Up until now the teachers paid nothing for their health insurance.  Nothing, Nada, zilch.  Very few of the rest of us get totally free health care, with the exception of congress and other government agencies.  They also had a retirement account that was fully funded by the state.  What?  They didn't even have to match the state funds that went into their retirement?  Sweetheart of a deal if you ask me.  And no, I don't care if you didn't ask me.

Third, not one teacher that has been working under a contract that provides these sweet benefits will loose any part of them.  Promises made will continue to be kept, but new teachers will have to pay a little bit of their insurance and retirement.  Of course if you followed the protests, the demonstrations, the sit-ins in the state capitol and the crying and gnashing of teeth that went on you would have thought that the state of Wisconsin was trying to make the teachers teach without paying them at all.

Governor Scott Walker promised when he was running for his current seat that he was going to balance the state budget.  That's why he was elected.  Cutting a little from the state's education budget is just one tool that he is trying to use.  But the response seems to be from the teacher's union, "Balance the budget by making cuts elsewhere.  We want more."  It's funny that none of the main-stream media ever used the term "Greed" when describing the actions of the teacher's union.  Notice that I said the teacher's union, not the teachers themselves.  I've taught high school and it's something that most people, even an old Marine Sergeant, are not cut out to do.  It's hard work and teachers, by and large, deserve our respect.  But the union bosses are only interested in getting a bit more from the state so that they can get just a bit more from the members.  You'd be hard pressed to find a global corporation that is more heartless than the union bosses.

Governor Walker is doing his best to accomplish a very tough job.  In this era of entitlements, cutting back on government spending is hard to do.  Especially when those that depend on those entitlements want everything that they can get for themselves.  We are all going to have to bite the bullet and do with less if we want our country to survive, much less prosper.  We'll talk about this some more in the next day or so.