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Black-and-Blue Model
The Blue Model: Punching Bag of 2016?

Scott Walker picked his election season battle when he decided to slash the budget of Wisconsin’s university system; now Chris Christie has set out to attack another blue model institution, public unions, with an ambitious pension reform. His budget speech yesterday endorsed a “roadmap” laid out by an independent commission he appointed, the WSJ reports:

A plan released Tuesday by a commission convened by the Christie administration called for the current state pension system to be frozen, to align future benefits for state workers with those found in the private sector and to start a type of defined-benefit pension plan that more closely mirrors investment returns.

In return, the state would constitutionally guarantee annual payments into the pension system, which could begin at $2.6 billion a year and grow annually. […]

State Democrats and public-sector unions criticized Mr. Christie’s call for further changes to the pension system, saying workers already made concessions when the governor agreed to pay more into the pension system in 2011.

For the second time and with far greater ambition, Christie is going after a target that would have been a political third rail a few decades ago. Nowadays, however, the position of public unions and their pensions isn’t as secure—as Walker’s own victories prove. And as we’ve said before, Walker’s current choice of blue-model target, the university system, is a whole lot smarter than many people realize. Whatever happens to either candidate between now and election day 2016, the war on the blue model is being waged on our most important battlefield.

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  • iconoclast

    Yet while GOP hopefuls target failed leftist nostrums the GOP in the US Senate is hard at work giving it all away. And, given leftist control over the internet (think Lois Lerner deciding who is naughty and who is nice), debunking the propaganda will get harder and harder.

    • FriendlyGoat

      The right wing would need to control the internet to keep liberal ideas from seeding and growing? Wow. That’s amazing thought from the right.

      • iconoclast

        You demonstrate a typical problem of leftards–you are so used to redefining words to meet your immediate goals that you lose the ability to read for comprehension. Or maybe willingness to read for comprehension.

        • FriendlyGoat

          I just simply clarified your implication. “Leftists” are not controlling the Internet to maintain “their” propaganda.
          “Leftists” are trying to insist on an Internet that does not become compromised by companies which wish to charge for downloading movies (such as Netflix) and then use those fees to buy a speed advantage over other things in commerce and thought.

  • Boritz

    “State Democrats and public-sector unions criticized Mr. Christie’s call for further changes to the pension system, saying workers already made concessions ”

    The issue isn’t whether workers have “alreadymade concessions”, it’s whether reforms have made the plan solvent [beyond some year in the future when it goes broke]. Governors and legislatures have no responsible course but to continue to chip away at the insolvency. Blue adherents have precisely the grasp of a small child when faced with these issues. They know they are being inconvenienced/punished but get none of the adult realities. “Just use your charge card mommy.”

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The Labor Gang Monopolies should face the Anti-Trust Laws, and be broken up to end their unjust Extortion of their employers.

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