Friday, February 18, 2011

Should We Flee?

I heard Lt Rodeo talking about how one of the political parties in Wisconsin had fled the state to keep a vote from happening. I had never heard of anything like that before. But then I usually don't pay much attention to politics.

Apparently Wisconsin is in deep doo doo over their deficits (like every other state) so they are trying to make changes in how state workers benefits are paid in order to make up some of that money. The bill proposes that they pay more into their pension and raise the rates of their insurance. This will supposedly save the state some umpteen million dollars in the next year.

According to Lt Rodeo, this will make their benefits package about equal to ours here, even if they are making more money per hour than we are.

So if a state like Wisconsin that pays more and has the unions working for them for decades is suddenly going to start treating their state employees like us, what is our state going to do?

Maybe we should start making plans to flee as well. It won't stop any voting from happening, but at least we won't be here when it does.

Man, if I don't win the lottery soon, I'm going to be screwed.

Ah well. I guess going to Wisconsin is out of the question, hey?

So tomorrow is National Battery Day. That's an odd one. I sure hope they are talking about energy type batteries and not about beating each other up. Although it might relieve some tension around the country, if you know what I mean. I guess either way it will all work out.

Might be a good idea to stay inside tomorrow and play with your flashlights just in case.


  1. It might be worth the effort to do a little study on domestic battery and compare it to other days in the month to see. I would be interested in the results...scientifically speaking I battery here, except a few die hards and some Duracell for the remotes about the place.

  2. Scott- I do believe that would take quite a bit of research. And I doubt that they compile those lists on a day by day basis. Probably more like monthly or yearly. And city by city. Ack! I'm thinking it's all about the duracells, myself.

  3. I got into a debate with my co-workers last night over whether batteries are "electricity". We were talking about Amish rules. Supposedly, they can use batteries because that isn't electricity. I insisted that they were. I supposed, technically, the batteries themselves are chemical, but they do generate an electric current, do they not. Sounds like the Amish are skating on technicality to me.

  4. Bryan- If something happened in the middle of the night and you had to run out to the barn, would you rather be carrying a candle, a kerosene lantern or a flashlight? Me, I'd rather have a flashlight handy. I admit it's splitting hairs, but I don't really know that much about the Amish. Of course they also drive cars too, don't they?

  5. Well, I'd rather have a computer instead of a barn, but that's me. I don't have a bushy beard that wraps around my face, either.

    We got into car issue too, actually. Someone said they could drive cars, but they couldn't own them. They can borrow them, I guess. I don't know. I've always seen them plodding along in horse and buggy.