The recent events in Wisconsin, in which unionized teachers behaved like third-world mobs, is a stark reminder of what a grave mistake it was to permit government employees to unionize. Since government employees have always had job security and benefits that many workers in the private sector couldn’t dream of getting, there was no need for them to unionize unless they wanted to use union power to intimidate legislators and extort more money from the taxpayers.
It’s a phenomenon many in today’s culture are having a hard time pegging. In a society where sex has become something of an obsession, the latest study from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showing that an increasing number of teens and young adults are remaining sexually abstinent, is news indeed.
When Solomon observed that there’s nothing new under the sun, he might have been speaking of politicians: Most plagiarize from their predecessors. Wage and price controls, blaming the victims rather than the authors of government’s policies, banning pleasures and fun, encouraging “virtues” that advance the State and ridiculing or even outlawing those that don’t — these tactics and more are favorites not only of modern Republicans and Democrats but of certain “Patriots” who seized power during the American Revolution. Indeed, they nearly subverted it: As one critic charged, they “hate Tyranny, but … their meaning is they hate Tyranny when themselves are not the Tyrants.”
A new law to which Governor Dennis Daugaard (picture, left) attached his signature on March 7 gives families in South Dakota the freedom to home school their children without undue intrusion from their local school districts.
Next week, thousands of students and their families will be off school for Spring Break and will be looking for a fun family vacation destination.