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28Feb/111

Ten Most Wanted

A criminal's on the lamb, and the FBI posts his name on The Most Wanted List, common conjecture says he's in deep doo-doo as the FBI knows who he is, where he is, and its agents are probably down his street, handcuffs at the ready.  The theory goes that the FBI pragmatically places imminent captures on its Wanted List; it helps the statistics and image.

Today, after 10 days of silence, our President issued  a pretty strong statement  of support for public sector unionized workers. See the news below:

"President Obama alludes to the budget/union fight in Wisconsin and other states, telling governors at the White House that public workers shouldn't be "denigrated" or "vilified." He says workers' rights shouldn't be "infringed upon."

"We need to attract the best and the brightest," he says. "We’re not going to attract the best teachers for our kids ... if they only make a fraction" of what others make. He adds: "Yes, we need a conversation about pensions and Medicare and Medicaid and other promises we’ve made as a nation.

But: "As we make these decisions about our budget going forward, though, I believe that everyone should be at the table. That the concept of shared sacrifice should prevail." He adds that "all the pains" shouldn't be "felt by one group ... "while the wealthiest among us get to keep -- or get more tax breaks." If so, he says, "we’re not doing the right thing." (11:33 a.m.) Politico 44

http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0211/obama_and_biden_to_governors_6027f178-b959-4f9d-ace2-4e8172cc700f.html

Perhaps the President has demonstrated that he is capable of taking a stand.  If so,  I applaud him and will refrain from saying, "It’s about time"  even though I just said it.

Secondly,  it appears to me that it is now likely that the crisis is nearng resolution.  News sources are reporting that behind closed doors some Republican State Senators may switch their vote or support a new compormise bill not wiping out collective bargaining.

Either way I am delighted… if the President has shown some courage,  I congratulate him.

If collective bargaining survives in Wisconsin, joy to the middle class.

My guess is both are related.  President Obama most likely has reliable information that the crisis is coming to an end so he can safely support the winning side. He is again being pragmatic.  Kinda like the FBI waiting until they have a slam-dunk before placing the next Dillinger on their Most Wanted List.  But, this slam-dunk feels good, so why quash those good feelings by being cynical.

Congrats to the demonstrators and a President who speaks for the little guy.

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  1. Better late than never?


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