cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The union employees voted down the proposed contract at Mercury Marine, and the company president says that is it. The company will finish out in Wisconsin in the next 24 to 36 months and then its headquarters and most jobs will be found in Stillwater, OK.
Unless we are members of that union, we really don't know the totality of the issues. We also don't know the actual vote count, other than for the union saying it failed by "a wide margin".
It would be easy to slam the union, but there are deeper issues at work in Wisconsin. We're losing jobs to right to work states. We're losing jobs to states with lower or no income taxes. We're losing jobs to states that don't have "combined reporting" for taxes that penalizes Wisconsin companies. We're losing jobs to states that have done something about reforming tort laws. We're losing jobs to states that don't use as much coal as does Wisconsin for electric power. Wait until "cap and tax" is passed, if it is passed. If we think this is bad, just wait until all the cards in the deck are stacked against us.
Will our Democrat state government blame the company or will it get to work on the realities that have resulted in this decision being taken? Will we get even more tax increases on top of the onerous tax rates already in place?
There are answers to this situation but we do not seem to have a state government that comprehends that at the moment. Our current state government is still working at paying off all those supporters that it made promise after promise to over the years in which it was building up to absolute control in the state government.
Now we are paying the price, and we'll continue to pay the price. And, this is not the last price we'll pay. This will continue unless and until we get ourselves out from under the Democrats and get our state moving in a new direction...forward...again.
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "September 8th Approaching Rapidly".