By Michael Goodwin, ,
Published May 07, 2015
From Washington to Wisconsin, the battles over government spending are clarifying which party is the real Party of No. It's Democrats in a landslide.
They say no to deficit and debt reduction. No to bringing sanity to public-employee costs. And Hell No to voters who want smaller, less-expensive government.
So much for President Obama's plea for an "adult conversation" on entitlements. Maybe he meant "adult" as in XXX.
His was an especially cynical posture because his partymates were helping to whip up a frenzy among teachers and others in Wisconsin. A proposal there for unions to agree to givebacks in their Cadillac benefit plans and lose the right to negotiate future benefits was met with a near-riot.
Obama supported the unions and Dem legislators are hiding in other states to avoid voting. Meanwhile, schools were shut so teachers could march to prove their dedication to themselves, err, children.
Wisconsin's new GOP governor, Scott Walker, invited Obama to butt out. "We're focused on balancing our budget," he told reporters. "It would be wise for the president and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budget, which they are a long way from doing."