By Tom Quiner

Indiana Democrats have followed the lead of Wisconsin Democrats and have fled their state.

They don’t have the votes to block pending fiscal responsibility legislation proposed by their Republican counterparts, legislation that requires teachers and state union members to pay more for their benefits, kind of like the rest of us have to do.

The issue is simple: state governments are getting buried in mountains of debt. Unfunded liabilities for public employee pensions and the rising cost of health insurance have become unsustainable.

These states, like Iowa, have some great public employees providing valuable services to their respective states.

But cuts have got to be made for the sake of our kids. ¬†They’re the ones who will end up footing a lot of these bills. They’re the ones who will have to substantially lower their standards of living to pay for these excessive perks.

Tough decisions have got to be made to be responsible to all taxpayers in these great states. And tough decisions require that a vote take place. Otherwise, the problems don’t go away, they just get worse.

Democrats lost at the ballot box last November throughout the country. The overriding concern seemed to be fiscal responsibility. Republicans are doing something about it, and the decisions are tough and unpopular.

Democrats make a mockery of their party’s name by taking away the people’s vote by running and hiding when the going gets tough.

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  1. Rhonda Phillips on February 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    The fact that these legislators can do this is outrageous! There ought to be a law! Oh wait…our legislators make and pass law. As with the opting out of SS and having their own well-padded pension fund I seriously doubt this will ever change. For shame people!

  2. Nick on February 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I agree with you completely when it comes to the great disappearing act that some of these state lawmakers are pulling. This is not the kind of procedural arbitrage that I was referring to in my comment on your last post. Unfortunately, I hear that Iowa may be seeing this soon as well.

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