"If you remember your Pinocchio (The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi) one of his episodes takes place in the city of Catchfools when Pinocchio is briefly imprisoned for being so foolish as to be gypped out of his gold coins by the Fox and the Cat. The long and short of it is that Pinocchio was persuaded to bury his coins in the "Field of Miracles" where they would spout roots and grow like a tree thus multiplying. When Pinocchio returns to the field to get his coins and all the new ones he finds out that not only didn't they multiply but they were stolen. He goes to the city and tells his tale and is tossed in prison for being so dumb.
One might think that this mystical city is actually Madison, Wisconsin for they indeed have a Governor in residence there who, like Pinocchio, is a puppet of sorts and appears to actually believe what the foxes and cats are telling him about gold. In turn, this Governor Pinocchio is repeating the tall tales back to the rest of us - and the miracle is that he hasn't been tossed in prison for being so dumb and gullible. At the very least his nose should be growing.
Let's just get a few of the silliness issues out in the open. First is this public employee pension business. The pension fund isn't "matched" by the State of Wisconsin. It is funded by the employee contributions. Now, after 9 years of virtually non-existent interest rates on government bonds - the triple A stuff that pensions invest in - it is still healthy and easily able to meet its obligations for decades to come. The fund isn't in crisis and sure employees can pay more into it but all one is doing is asking them to pay more but it saves the State no money to do so.
A second huge lie is that public workers in Wisconsin make more in wages than their counterparts in the private sector. Actually not. Not even close. Wisconsin ranks 19th in private sector per capita income and 28th in public sector per capita income. That isn't apples and oranges. That is sour grapes and gold buried in Pinocchio's Field of Miracles.
The last silly of sillies - and only one of many remaining but one I really like for its originality - wraps itself up in the notion that Wisconsin taxpayers are paying for some sort of vicious cycle of democrats, through these unions, are taking their tax dollars in the form of political contributions. How it works is that taxpayers are alleged to pay the union members dues which in turn go to political contributions that result in sweetheart deals with democratic officials and these unions - they keep making more money and getting more contributions that all go to democrats. Got it? Have you heard that before?