Using ignorance for benefit

I have continually pointed out that the Democrats generally try to cloud their argument to take focus off of the real issue – using a “straw man,” if you will.  The other thing they like to do is to prey on ignorance and use it to rally their followers.  “The Reverend” Jesse Jackson is no stranger to this tactic.

Consider this recent (3/4/2011) online article from The Progressive – Jesse Jackson Revs Up Madison Crowd.

Jackson criticized Walker and other Republican governors for using teachers and workers as “scapegoats.”

And he asked repeatedly, “Where is the money?”

He pointed out that there were trillions of dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for bailing out the banks. He said there were billions of dollars for tax breaks for the five biggest oil companies, even though they have made $1 trillion since 9/11.

But somehow there is no money, Jackson said, for teachers or for universal health care or for forgiving student loans or for HeadStart or for Pell grants.

If you have any clue at all about:

  • The history of our nation
  • Our Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The concept of a democratic, constitutional, representative republic

then you should readily see the problems with these statements.

To begin with, the money for wars and bailouts came from the federal government, as does all of the money that he mentions.  Never mind whether he is right or wrong about this money he mentions.  This editorial is not about whether any of this money should or should not be spent, who it belongs to, where it came from, or anything else.  The important thing is that all of this is federal.

But the issue for which he is arguing, so-called “workers rights,” the allowance of collective bargaining for state employees has absolutely nothing to do with the federal government.  It is a state issue.  It involves the ability of the State of Wisconsin to pay its workers.  The State of Wisconsin, last time I checked, was not in the business of funding international war efforts or bailing out banks, nor does it have anything to do with the IRS concerns of “big oil,” and it does not print it’s own money.

Jackson is resorting to a common democrat tactic.  If he gets you mad about federal money and can successfully tie the two arguments together, he can get you mad – mad at those evil corporations, mad at the evil stinking rich people, mad at those vile Republicans.

Incidentally, the federal government does not allow collective bargaining for its employees.  It simply can’t afford it.  If the federal government, who prints their own money, can’t afford collective bargaining for its employees, how on earth can a state; especially a state facing a budget deficit in the billions of dollars?

And if you are in a state that does not have a budget deficit (meaning your state is handling your money well), do you really want a state that has not shown responsible fiscal stewardship to receive money from the federal government, a portion of which comes from your federal taxes (if you pay taxes – nearly 50% of Americans have no federal income tax liability – but that’s another story).  And with money, come strings and control.  Do you want the federal government, with representation from New York, California, or Alabama, telling you in Wisconsin how you should run your schools?  If you get their money, then you have to take their control.

But none of that matters to Jesse Jackson.  He is only interested in keeping you rallied to “the cause,” whatever that may mean.  Never mind that it doesn’t make any real sense.