First, a few words from a very old book:
How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
Now, a few more words from a man:
Without mentioning the Wisconsin budget debate specifically, President Barack Obama said Monday that “it does no one any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon.”
Obama, speaking to the nation’s governors, said all workers should be prepared to give up something to solve budget challenges, “and I think most public servants agree with that.”
But Obama added that the nation needed to attract the best and brightest to public service.
“These are times that demand it. We’re not going to attract the best teachers for our kids, for example, if they only make a fraction of what other professionals make. We’re not going to convince the bravest Americans to put their lives on the line as police officers or firefighters if we don’t properly reward that bravery.
And now, a few words from another man:
“I’m sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay. And I’m sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin. At least I would hope he knows these facts.
“Furthermore, I’m sure the President knows that we have repeatedly praised the more than 300,000 government workers who come to work every day in Wisconsin.
“I’m sure that President Obama simply misunderstands the issues in Wisconsin, and isn’t acting like the union bosses in saying one thing and doing another.”
The President has a responsibility to help lead the country. Part of that leadership is in matters financial. So far, he has helped to lead us into the valley of the shadow of economic death rather than beside the still waters of non-deficit spending. For him to castigate a governor who is bravely stepping up to his own leadership responsibilities is very small of the President.