The Japanese people are truly wonderful people. They are friends and allies. I have Japanese friends who are in Japan right now and I hope they are safe. I have tried to contact them, but no response. I'm very worried. Please pray and help any way you can.
UPDATE: The Salvation Army is on the ground in Japan and the SA is trustworthy. You can text a donation of $10 to 80888 and type Japan. It's quick and easy. Please help.
UPDATE: I have heard from one friend in Japan and the family is okay. Others I have not heard from yet. Still worried.
The Senate had just passed the SB5 limitations on collective bargaining when some Democrat Reps took to the stage at a union rally inside the Statehouse. Robert F. Hagan (D-60) addressed the raucous union crowd. His message directed to GOP Reps (and thereby taxpayers) was delivered with the utmost civility. Did I say civility? Just kidding.
Ohio Teachers Union. For the Children or Exploiting the Children?
Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio. March 2, 2011.
Shortly after Senate Bill 5 that puts limits on collective bargaining for public employees passed, the various unions held a rally inside the Statehouse shouting in Wisconsinesque fashion "Shame on you" among other chants. But the question is: Why in the world are union teachers dragging kids into the collective bargaining debate? Can't the adults fend for themselves? The sometimes frenzied high school student in this video claims to "understand how serious this situation is." Really. Would that "understanding" include a working knowledge of fiscal sustainability, billion dollar budgets, and political payback? Has she ever met a payroll or had the responsibility of a mortgage and the accompanying outrageous property taxes? Children have neither the life experience nor the requisite knowledge to understand the totality of this issue. They should not be used as tools in this debate. The last thing this enlightened youth says is, "...we will not submit to this bullying. We will ensure democracy will be upheld." Then she runs off the stage, sobbing. After she had a good cry, I hope someone explained to her that democracy had just been upheld. Democracy...vote is 17-16...bill passes. Understand?