Tim Pawlenty stands up for Gov. Scott Walker. "Governor Scott Walker is making tough choices needed to avoid financial ruin. The nation's governors don't need a lecture from a president who has never balanced a budget. All levels of government need to bring public employee compensation in line with the private sector. The gig is up for public- employee groups who demand better benefits than the taxpayers who are paying the bill."
Mitt Romney stands up for Israel. "Putting forward a misbegotten U.N. statement as a compromise was a tactical, strategic and moral mistake. The administration may conceive of its action as a low-cost, split-the-difference gesture, but it has harmed an ally, sent a dangerous signal of inconstancy to allies and adversaries alike, and betrayed basic American principles. That's three mistakes in one." Read the whole thing. If only American Jewish groups would be so articulate.
More Republican governors stand up to public employee unions. "In many states, Republicans who came to power in the November elections, often by defeating union-backed Democrats, are taking aim not only at union wages but at union power as they face budget gaps in the years ahead. . . . And officials seeking to curtail labor's power in other states said that by focusing attention on public-sector unions, the tense standoff in Wisconsin could give them momentum. 'We think that what's going on in Wisconsin actually helps us here in Ohio,' said Rob Nichols, a spokesman for Governor [John] Kasich, who is supporting a bill that would limit collective bargaining rights."
For vulnerable Democrats who don't want to stand up to their party's leadership and the White House there is always retirement. "New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman's announcement [on Friday] that he will retire at the end of this Congress is the third such announcement for Democrats in nine days, bringing the total number of Democratic open seats to four. This open seat also holds some significance for the overall Senate picture. It moves to the Toss Up column, which now has six Democratic-held seats compared to two for Republicans."
The House stands up to the czars. "The House voted Thursday to dethrone nine White House 'czars.' Republicans successfully added an amendment to the continuing resolution that would leave President Barack Obama's senior advisers on policy issues including health care, energy and others out of a job."
Rep. Paul Ryan (R- Wisc.) stands up for fiscal sobriety. "'Traditionally,' entitlement demagoguery 'would work,' he concedes, but the times are different. 'It didn't work in 2010. Ask the 87 freshmen who had this stuff thrown at them. And given the crisis we are in, and given that we are going to have a year and a half or two years of straight talking to the American people about how serious this is, and how we need to head it off at the pass, I like our chances.'"
Minority House Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stands up for Wisconsin Democrats who went into hiding. "After earlier voicing solidarity with the workers protesting against Gov. Scott Walker (R) in Wisconsin, Pelosi told The Hill she also stands behind the state legislators who fled and are now reportedly being sought by police." Good grief.
Somebody has to stand up for the taxpayers. "In case one needs reminding, the single largest supplier of campaign cash last year was the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. One union gave Democrats a whopping $87.5 million. AFSCME's head of political operations even told the Wall Street Journal, 'We're the big dog ... But we don't like to brag.' So in other words, the biggest campaign donor in American politics is trying to influence politicians by essentially recycling tax dollars in the form of union dues taken from the salaries of goverment workers. The inherrent conflict of interest is so brazen that even FDR was opposed to public sector unionism on principle."
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