The States in this recession carry a heavy burden. With the economies of the world facing total wreckage, including the economy of the United States, it is up to our elected officials to save a buck where and when they can. The situation in Wisconsin is typical of what the States can afford, and what they cannot.
It seems that the good people of Wisconsin can no longer continue to pay the salaries of teachers at the level they are accustomed to. In this same view, the police and the firefighters should do their patriotic duty and give up that quaint but expensive tradition, collective bargaining. It is just simply the right thing to do. Their elected officials surely realize that when a firefighter or police officer puts his or her life on the line to protect their fellow citizens, government officials surely understand what that sacrifice is worth in dollars and cents. These ungrateful public sector workers don't realize just how good they have it. One only has to witness the funeral of a firefighter or police officer who died in the line of duty. The bagpipes, the rifle salutes and the premium quality flags are no small expenses. We only provide the best to our fallen heroes.
People only have to understand that our federal government's main concern is the defense of Americans, both here in America and abroad. Forced to protect its citizens in a world gone mad is an expensive proposition. Just by being an American puts our people at greater risk than those that live in other nations. For some unexplainable reason, many people on the planet absolutely hate us. I'm sure that it is all a mistake. Once people from other nations get to know us, they usually end up loving us, even asking America to build military bases on their soil to protect their citizens the way we protect our own. In fact we have 724 military bases in other nations:
Bagram Air Base, Parvan, Charikar, US Air Force
Kandahar Air Base, Kandahar, US Air Force
Khost Airbase, Paktia, Khost, US Air Force
Mazar-e-Sharif Airbase, Mazar-e-Sharif, US Air Force
Antigua Air Station, Barnes Hill, US Air Force
Holt Exmouth, Exmouth, US Navy
Woomera Air Station, Woomera, US Air Force
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