When Obama ran for president in 2008, one of his unfilled promises was a more “transparent” government, which he accused the Bush administration of failing to do. Those who are associated with Obama have, more or less, promised the same thing. While the Democrats were wrong about fabrication of intelligence reports to get Congress to approve the Iraq War, the Bush administration’s NSA was also intrusive and many were against the so-called “Patriot Act”, legislation whose name was changed in order to make congressional members feel they were “unpatriotic” if they did not pass it. However, the transgressions of Bush and company pales in comparison of the unconstitutional, unethical and downright corrupt executive administration under the reign of BH Obama. Bush did not put any great effort in correcting domestic issues, as well as his Republican counterparts in Congress – like work at repealing the 16th Amendment and getting rid of the income tax system: forever. That alone would have helped the economy greatly, and contrary to congressional believe, also aid the federal government economically. Promises made at the GOP convention were never enacted, and Bush, like previous presidents, did not enforce immigration laws while talking of amnesty law and other factors that would never help the situation. The most under-handed thing that Bush did was secretly hold meeting concerning the forming of a North American Union with Canada and Mexico – clearly violating our sovereignty; thinking they could devise a system that would not fail as the European Union did. The way our armed forces is evolving, our future sovereignty is raised in extreme doubt – as well as the quality and professionalism of troops.
– Senate Democrats are holding up a resolution to honor deceased Margaret Thatcher, who died at age 87. Apparently the tribute made by Obama and Bill Clinton was a front. The tribute cites M. Thatcher as a –
…life-long commitment to advancing freedom, liberty, and democracy and for her friendship to the United States.
Organized Labor in the United States
During the 1850s, improving economic conditions led to the first national labor unions. The typesetters, iron molders, hat finishers, stonecutters, and cigar makers all formed permanent groups. When the Civil War followed, labor shortages encouraged other groups to create their own unions. During and immediately after the war, railroad workers formed brotherhoods; locomotive engineers unionized in 1863, conductors in 1868, and firefighters in 1873. Other artisan professions joined in unions but fell victim to the industrial changes after the war. The Knights of St. Crispin started in 1867 as an association of shoemakers; the introduction of shoemaking machinery doomed the union to extinction within a decade.
Unions have failed to remember what Samuel Gompers, the founder of the American Federation of Labor stated more than 100 years ago: what workers need is a company that operates at a profit. In other words, what is good for the company is good for the workers – theoretically, if the management keeps that line of thought.
We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike.
Let’s get a few things clear. Hostess didn’t fail for any of the reasons you’ve been fed. It didn’t fail because Americans demanded more healthful food than its Twinkies and Ho-Hos snack cakes. It didn’t fail because its unions wanted it to die. It failed because the people that ran it had no idea what they were doing. Every other excuse is just an attempt by the guilty to blame someone else. …
It’s true that the company had done almost nothing in the last 10 years to modernize or expand its offerings. But as any of the millions of Americans who have succumbed to Twinkie cravings can attest, there has always been something about their greasy denseness and peculiar aftertaste that place them high among the ranks of foodstuffs that can be perfectly satisfying without actually being any good. … Example: Just before declaring bankruptcy for the second time in eight years Jan. 11, Hostess trebled the compensation of then-Chief Executive Brian Driscoll and raised other executives’ pay up to twofold. At the same time, the company was demanding lower wages from workers and stiffing employee pension funds of $8 million a month in payment obligations. [no source provided] Hostess management hasn’t been able entirely to erase the paper trail pointing to its own derelictions. Consider a 163-page affidavit filed as part of the second bankruptcy petition. … The company had known for a decade or more that its market was changing, but had done nothing to modernize its product line or distribution system. Its trucks were breaking down. It was keeping unprofitable stores open and having trouble figuring out how to move inventory to customers and when. It had cut back advertising and marketing to the point where it was barely communicating with customers. It had gotten hundreds of millions of dollars in concessions from its unions, and spent none of it on these essential improvements.
With 15,000 Hostess workers fired immediately after Judge Drain gave approval for Hostess to begin emergency liquidation, political pundits from both the right and the left have begun slinging mud at each other. As previously reported on The Inquisitr, some of the Hostess workers, who agree with the Bakery Union’s decision to walk away from negotiations, have been blaming Bain Capital-style greedy Hostess executives for giving themselves raises while asking union employees to take stiff cuts to salaries, pensions, and health insurance. This narrative is derailed by the fact that leading members of the Democratic Party, and one of its top donors, were behind the demise of Hostess. … although some of the accusations ares true. As the Bakers Union says, the Wall Street Journal reports that in July 2011, top executives received a 75 to 80 percent pay increase. What makes this executive pay raise so ridiculous is that two months prior to this Hostess posted a $341 million net loss from a recorded net revenue of about $2.5 billion. The Teamsters Union could not stand for this outrage and the multi-million dollar CEO Brian Driscoll disappeared from the scene in March of 2012. When Greg Rayburn became Hostess’ sixth CEO in a decade he was considered a company turnaround expert. Rayburn quickly reduced those same executives’ salaries to one dollar a year, which included his own pay of $125,000. He did this to combat Hostess’ $860 million debt load and the $2 billion in unfunded pension liabilities to various unions’ workers. … According to American Thinker, the Teamsters, notably, are not affiliated with the AFL-CIO , while the Bakers are part of the labor federation headed by Richard Trumka. It is claimed that “Trumka has a long and sordid history of selling out union workers for his personal political power and career advancement.” Clarice Feldman chronicles for readers of American Thinker Trumka’s “sell-out of the mine workers when he headed the United Mine Workers of America, allying with President Obama, who has made clear his intent to close down coal mines and destroy mining jobs, sacrificing his members’ livelihood, while his political sway earned him a promotion from his own union to head up the entire AFL-CIO and emerge as one of Obama’s key allies.” …
At the end of the the Twinkies saga, the final nail in the coffin was that the Bakers Union called for a strike despite Judge Drain having “serious questions as to the logic behind the decision” and walked out on negotiations. A union is supposed to represent the workers to their benefit, not get them fired.
Hostess Bakeries have closed their doors due to union demands.They have no more Twinkies on the shelves.
No more Ho Ho’s to be found. [Swiss Cakes]
The cupcakes are gone.
However, there is still a Ding Dong left …
Trumka has taken the Fifth Amendment both before a Congressional committee and court-appointed election monitor, but remains in office despite a 40-year old AFL-CIO rule calling for removing of officials taking such refuge.
A few years before that incident, the widow of Eddie York, a nonunion contractor, shot in the back of the head and killed while leaving a work site near a UMW strike, charged Trumka and other United Mineworkers union bosses in a $27 million wrongful death suit. After four years, UMW lawyers settled in 1997, two days before the judge was to rule evidence in the criminal trial. Violence and corruption is the norm in union history, and on September 4th, Trumka and Biden were watching the DNC in Biden’s private suite. The next day, Wednesday, September 5th, Trumka spoke in a speech to the convention.
|Frank Trumka, Big Boss, Big Money|
|Obama and Big Money|
It is not only disgusting, but frightening that there are that many Americans so blind to truth, who would readily see the Constitution trashed and everyone’s liberty gone because of false government promises.
Controversy and political discussion has ensued over the so-called “Super PACs” that raises millions of dollars, initiated and inspired by Republicans to compete against political opponents (Democrats) that produce vast amounts of campaign funding through trade unions and donors who donate large sums of money. Both political parties use a PAC to collect donation funding.
PACs also are used in the lobbying process. In the Citizens United v. FEC decision in January of 2010, “SuperPACs” are allowed unlimited spending in support of or opposition to a candidate, as long as the SuperPAC operates completely separate and independent from the candidate.
This is the main reason there have been discussions concerning PACs.
As Tom McGinty and Brady Mullins wrote at Wallstreet Journal:
The hours spend by union employees working on political matters were equivalent in 2010 to a shadow army much larger than President Barack Obama’s re-election staff . . .
The money collected by unions from its members in fees are used in lobbying and other political expenditures designed to have legislators and legislation geared toward the unions’ benefit.
So which is the “evil” practice of using donations – PAC or union money collected from union members?
After the success of Governor Scott Walker retaining the office he was voted in for in a landmark recall event, more was won than just an election. It established a movement of the People demanding the right to work without paying an entity to do so and dissolve the accumulated power that unions have developed through money and intimidation; as well as through the power they have developed within government itself.
Thanks to legislation passed in 2005, the money unions spend on political donations and lobby related activities must be reported.
When Governor Scott Walker won the recall election of 2012, the media hyped discontent of Democrats and union bosses, stating the election was won by Walker because of big money; a completely transparent case of hypocrisy considering that trade unions that were not even in Wisconsin were pouring money into the recall election movement – more than what Governor Scott Walker could raise in donations.
Union reports to the Federal Election Commission that is passed to Congress showed a total of $1.1 billion from 2005 to 2011 that were used for political bargaining, donations, and lobby activities.
Reports to the federal Labor Department show an additional –
“$3.3 billion that unions spent over the same period on political activity.” [Wallstreet Journal, July 10th 2012]
Those costs reported for polling fees, money spent to persuade union members to vote in their favor, and for food (Bratwurst) to feed protesters in Milwaukee against Scott Walker. That funding does not come from contributions to a PAC, but from union dues of members – without their approval.
Corporations use the lobby process like the unions, however they are not as transparent as unions are required to be after the law was passed in 2005. Corporations, however, use their political funds differently and do not coerce or intimidate their employees to vote for who they want elected. Also, corporations spread their donations evenly with about 55% to Democrats in 2008; compared to union political donations of 92% to Democrats in the same year. Unions have always used money to buy votes. The gist of union power lies in cooperation of the government through politicians in the legislation concerning government employees that has cost taxpayers incredible amounts of tax money.
Union money spent in politics and lobbying was 13% of their total spending budget from 2009 to 2010. One out of eight workers belong to a trade union, but its strength lies in the control of government by infiltrating the government employee sector where a strike could cause a standstill in government operations (or a private business). In the former case it increases cost that comes out of taxpayer funding.
Combined with loss of union jobs, union membership fell “to 1.6 million in 2011 from 13.7 million in 2005“.
Unions spent $316 million in 2011-2012 to attempt to recall Governor Scott Walker – just for doing what he promised in campaigning for governorship; in other words – doing his job. While the previous governor (Jim Doyle, Democrat) not only increased state debt, but imposed a record $1 billion tax bill in the first two months of his second term; despite his campaign promise NOT to increase taxation. The AFL-CIO in Milwaukee spent money to feed thousands of union member protesters for several weeks in order to convince people that Scott Walker should be recalled.
Unions have outlived their usefulness, unlike the Constitution they ignore and/or seek to change or rescind. The same issues they accused GW Bush, for example, is what the Democrats put into practice – ten fold.
During Obama’s election campaign unions spent a great deal of money to get a Democrat elected.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers = $2,473,400.
Operating Engineers Union = $2,299,672.
American Association for Justice (that’s definitely a pun) = $2,106,000.
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union = $1,823,800.
Service Employees International Union = $1,654,000.
Air Line Pilots Association = $1,582,500.
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union = $1,572,975.
United Food & Commercial Workers Union = $1,567,853.
Laborers Union = $1,564,000.
American Federation of State/County/Municipal Employees Union = $1,558,685.
International Association of Fire Fighters = $1,550,600.
AT&T Incorporated = $1,358,950.
American Bankers Association = $1,295,200.
Associated Builders & Contractors = $1,218.00.
National Auto Dealers Association = $1,212,500.
National Association of Realtors = $1,150,000.
National Beer Wholesalers Association = $987,500.
United Parcel Service = $948,208.
National Association of Home Builders = $854,000.
Credit Union National Association = $812,099.
Every Republican is Crucial PAC = $812,000.
Freedom Project = $805,398.
There is a large gap between Democrat and Republican political donations, as one can see.
It seems that Pennsylvania is progressing toward what Wisconsin has done and continues to do, as American Spectator reported about a new group that is seeking out corruption and other shady things happening, who call themselves Citizen’s Alliance for Pennsylvania (CAP):
What CAP calls the “FBI-partisan collusion of career politicians, labor unions and trial lawyers that has mired the Commonwealth in corruption and economic stagnation.”” The labor unions in question are, but of course, precisely the same as they were in the Wisconsin showdown. Public employee unions. All of which were given collective bargaining rights in Pennsylvania in the way back of 1968 — under a Republican governor. What really fries the shorts of CAP members is the aforementioned “collusion” they see between both parties, the kind of thing that can end up with two Speakers of the House — one from each party — sharing a cell in the Big House.
The article refers to Democrat Bill DeWeese and Republican John Perzel who are presently on their way to become incarcerated – both being former Speakers of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The former Senate Democratic Leader was getting a $330,000 annual pension.
For years I have cried foul about elected public officials receiving any kind of pension in regards to their duties and terms in government office. They are elected officials, not employees of the state and federal governments; therefore they are not authorized to receive retirement benefits other than what they can get for paying into the Social Security system or within a private pension plan of their own. And, friends, taxpayers – YOU – are paying for this and getting far more than you would ever dreamed of getting as retirement checks. Maybe the legislators would be more apt to fix the social security system (and quit raising the retirement age for full benefits) if they had to use the system along with the rest of us.
As Benjamin Franklin put it:
Place before the eyes of men a position of POWER that shall the same time be a place of PROFIT, and they will move heaven and earth to RETAIN it.
Benjamin Franklin, 1787
The CAP folks are tired of corrupt dealings between lobbyists, unions, and politicians; and are following the lead that became popular with the people: Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey; Mitch Daniels, Indiana’ Bobby Jindal, Louisiana; and Governor Scott Walker. They saw how unions commandeer the government employees, like they do in the private sector, including intimidation to vote the way they want union employees to vote – and the high and rising cost that taxpayers must pay out of their earned income for people who make more than they do and receive better benefits. So, they are saying: “What’s wrong with that picture” and “We’ve had enough”.
It all began when the Pennsylvania legislature decided to vote a salary increase for themselves that depended upon the length of service (remember why term limits are pushed) from 16% to 34% increase. No hearings, No debates. No committees. It was 2am in the morning of July 5th 2005. I guess they were celebrating Independence Day in their own way. And how ironic when the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was the first seat of government for our nation. Clearly it was against the Pennsylvania Constitution, any constitution in the United States for that matter. So, CAP moved to repeal the pay raise. The repeal succeeded and wrath came down upon both political parties. In the following year elections, 17 legislators lost their seats.
Two years later another incident occurred: “Bonusgate”. This time it involved legislative caucuses who had been caught, as CAP described:
using millions of dollars in taxpayer money to get lawmakers re-elected. Five legislators and over twelve staffers were sent to jail – and that is how two Speakers of the House ended up as cell mates in prison, I am sure in total bipartisan cell sharing.
PACs (Political Action Committees) formed between twenty labor and trial bars who accumulated $30 million; while lobbyists for small businesses only collected $2 million. Pennsylvania as so many other state governments – and the federal government – are run by public employee unions and trial lawyers. Remember I pointed out that the worst presidents were lawyers in an overall look at presidents?
Benjamin Franklin was a capitalist and a successful entrepreneur, long before he entered the business as statesman. And, yes, indeed, he was a statesman, not a politician. The difference between them is that a politician continuously seeks to remain in office as long as possible and while doing so is paying more attention to special interest groups and those who will make his/her life better through cooperation. The statesman is there to represent the People and safeguard the Constitution on behalf of the People and ensure that legislation passed does not transgress from either one. In other words, statesman actually earn those high-dollar salaries. But they still, as elected officials and not employees, are not authorized (or shouldn’t be) to receive taxpayer funded retirement checks. Now you know why it is so hard for the US Congress and state legislators to pass legislation that limits terms served consecutively. They tend to get to comfortable and don’t want to leave, and yet do not do what they are paid to do. Well, at least by the taxpayers.
Unions, and not just in Wisconsin, spent millions of dollars to try to put a stop to Scott Walker’s make sense governorship — and despite all of that funding, failed. Reason is because citizens are finally waking up or just speaking out and saying – We are not taking it anymore!. Why too many waited this long is beyond me. It seems people wait until the conditions are unbearable, but at the same time longer time to fix.
But the point is that trade unions are finally getting what they put out, and it is not going to be pretty. Trade unions are just as much an organized crime entity as any mafia/mobster group could be – just not as violent. They are parasites that eventually kills the host.
Let’s hope enough Americans see the light and join the cause in putting a stop to it — beginning with kicking trade unions out of government employee business. It’s unconstitutional anyway – a job for Congress and designated government departments – not a private entity who thinks nothing of using the union dues of its members to pay their way to political power.
As with so many other things, BH Obama is not what he has painted himself in order to become a senator and then President of the United States. There are gaps and mysteries up to the point of time he became a community organizer. Except for being a lawyer and teaching constitutional law at a university – he had no real qualifications as a senator and especially as President of the United States. Although he studied political science, his experience with foreign affairs and duties as commander-in-chief were extremely limited.
One hundred days into Barack Obama’s presidency, he demonstrated cowardice abroad and demagogic tyranny at home. On the 105th day of his presidency, he demonstrated his clear-cut anti-Semitism. . . . Rahm Emanuel, the president’s hatchet man, delivered a message to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. According to the Jerusalem Post, Emanuel stated, “Thwarting Iran’s nuclear program is conditional on progress in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.” The message is clear: America will bar any action against Iran unless Israel makes concessions to the Palestinian Arab thugs who seek to eviscerate all Jewish presence east of the Mediterranean.
Emanuel isn’t the first Obama lackey to link American opposition to Iran with Israeli concessions. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Congress, “For Israel to get the kind of strong support it’s looking for vis-a-vis Iran, it can’t stay on the sidelines with respect to the Palestinians and the peace efforts.” The two issues — Iranian nuclear development and the Israeli-Arab conflict — “go hand in hand.” . . . The Obama administration knows this. They simply don’t care. Their position is clear: America’s ally, Israel, is no longer valuable. Sacrificing it in order to win Obama global popularity points is a worthwhile pursuit. The Obama administration offers Israel a choice between being a victim of suicide via territorial concessions to the Palestinian Arabs, or a victim of homicide via Iran. And the Obama administration forces that choice so that Obama can smile and wave at cheering throngs of Jew-hating maniacs who populate the Muslim world. This is anti-Semitism at its finest. Not even in the heyday of the Carter administration did such anti-Semitism find expression in American foreign policy. . . . Obama is concerned when a Muslim state populated by radical Muslim sympathizers makes territorial concessions to those radical Muslim sympathizers. He is concerned that those Muslim terrorists will be within 100 miles of a Muslim capital. And he is worried that Muslim terrorist attacks on Muslims will escalate. Yet Obama advocates for territorial concessions by Jews to radical Muslims. He presses Jews to hand over territory not 100 miles from the capital, but constituting half the capital itself. He knows that each time Israel has made territorial concessions, Muslim terrorists have upped the ante — most recently in both Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. And he knows that the Palestinian Arabs have never and will never lay down their arms. Yet he threatens Israel with allowing its nuclear annihilation if Israel refuses to authorize euthanasia.
During the election campaign, I wrote that Obama was “the most dangerous candidate for the state of Israel since its creation in 1948.” I wrote, “Any American Jew who votes for Obama ought to be ashamed of him or herself.” My words were not strong enough. Any Jew who continues to support Obama’s foreign policy should turn in his badge as a Jew — that means you, Rahm Emanuel. And all Americans who support Israel must stand up against a president who values the genocidal murderers in Muslim lands over our democratic allies in the Jewish State.
Israel is to blame for growing anti-Semitism harbored by people of Muslim faith.
According to the account in the Israeli paper, “The legal experts at the event were visibly stunned by Gutman’s words, and the next speaker offered a scathing rebuttal to the envoy’s remarks.”
If American citizens whose ethnic background matches Allen West — he represents what Martin Luther King said when he stated that a person should be judged by his character and not the color of his skin … and Mr. West certainly would have promoted pride in his American ethnic background, truly giving the status as “First Black American President“.
But instead the people chose the Imposter.
|Samuel Gompers and Company|
[ John Hutchinson, Imperfect Union; NY 1970; pp. 19-26]
I am tired of hearing about laws for the benefit of men who work in the shops.
|anti-Tommany Hall Cartoon|
Nearly everything was tried in some form or other during this era: socialism, syndicalism, anarchism, cooperatives, political unionism, and, the most seductive idea of all, the welding of everybody (barring bartenders and bankers!) into one gigantic union. Some were secret societies with names like the Knights of St. Crispin, the Molly Maguires, and the Knights of Labor. Yet the main adhesive of British and European unions — easily aroused class antagonisms — was absent in America, and Marxist-style sentiments about the plight of the working class never became the dominant mood, contrary to some historical accounts. More often, American pubic opinion was horrified and disgusted by outbreaks of labor violence and union disruption of production, especially if the outbursts had revolutionary overtones.
Policemen dare not arrest them, district attorneys as a rule have not the courage to prosecute them, and few judges will pronounce a sentence upon them.
While the overall rate of decline has recently slowed, the decline in private sector union membership has been partially concealed by union growth in the public sector. Between 2000 and 2008, for example, BLS data show a decline in unionization among privately employed wage and salary workers from 9.2 million to 8.3 million, and an erosion in union density from 9.0% to 7.6%. Private-sector membership peaked at 17 million in 1970, so in total membership has fallen by over half since 1970. Membership among government-employed wage and salary workers grew modestly from 7.1 million to 7.8 million since 2000, with a stable density of 36.9% in 2000 and 36.8% in 2008.
Public-sector unions are on pace to claim an absolute majority of union members in a traditionally private-sector-dominated labor movement within a few years. Government jobs constitute the “healthy” part of organized labor where external competition provides little or no discipline against union inefficiency, costs, and privilege. From 900,000 union members in 1960, government membership rocketed to 4 million by 1970, nearly 6 million by 1976, and 7 million by 1993, with a growth slowdown to 7.8 million by 2008.
First, when labor combinations or cartels capture monopoly control over whom employers can hire and impose higher wage rates, the number of jobs available in these companies and industries declines. This is the simple result of the law of demand: when unions raise the price of labor, employers purchase less of it. While an increase in labor productivity can partially offset higher labor cost, labor productivity cannot be raised cheaply or it would have been done already. Unions are clearly an anti-competitive force in labor markets.Second, workers priced out of work by unions remain unemployed or obtain jobs at nonunion companies. A larger labor supply depresses wage rates there, so union wage rates come partially at the expense of lower nonunion wages.Third, cartels flourish only where rewards are high and organizational costs low. Historically, highly paid craft workers (known as the “aristocrats of labor”) organized instead of “downtrodden,” low-wage workers because they met two conditions:
Union wage rates often decreased employment relatively little because demand for skilled workers was “inelastic,” that is, employment levels were relatively “insensitive” to changes in wage rates, at least in the short run.
Craft workers also could organize at low cost because they were few in number, had a common mindset, low turnover, and few or geographically concentrated employers.
The National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation (Mark Mix) wrote an email to me with the following information:
Union militants have threatened and harassed the courageous charter school teacher who is leading the fight to defend Wisconsin’s new government-sector Right to Work law. … WISN-TVin Milwaukee reported that “she had been blistered by negative and vicious emails and phone messages at school and on Facebook, including one suggesting she get protection. Some militants even launched a “Fire Kristi” campaign. …Wisconsin union bosses tried every tactic imaginable to protect Big Labor’s monopoly bargaining power over Wisconsin government employees. They shut down schools, bused in out-of-state agitators, and demanded their allies in the state legislature flee to Illinois to delay a vote. Then the union bosses wasted millions of dollars – of their own members’ forced dues – on a failed recall campaign to install a pro-forced unionism majority in the Wisconsin Senate. Union hotheads bombarded the Kenosha, Wisconsin teacher with threats because she refuses to toe the union-boss line. The onslaught of harassment and threats picked up after Lacroix exercised her First Amendment rights and appeared in a TV commercial supporting Governor Scott Walker, who signed the reforms into law. … Foundation attorneys are prepared to take all appropriate legal actions to defend Lacroix, and if necessary, provide for the security of her and her family.
In 2005, the National Right to Work Foundation hired 24-hour security for a North Carolina worker who received detailed threats after he successfully challenged a sweetheart deal between his employer and the United Autoworkers (UAW) union. Union goons routinely employ violence and terror tactics against innocent workers who dare to speak their own minds. …
However, it is clear that Ron Paul, a Republican treated like a third-party candidate during the primary elections is the man for the job. If the delegates of the state conventions can see this, he may have a chance to be on the ticket for running against both Romney and Obama in a landmark political move that is all legal. It hasn’t been done before because no one had the incentive to run against the GOP political establishment who is clearly NOT for reform, but instead wants Washington to operate its business as usual; masking sellouts as “bipartisanship”.
Looking back, do you have any regret of going at the issue of collective bargaining itself” …
After Scott Walker became governor he began working at trimming spending in government and working with the business industry; which certainly worked: Wisconsin state percentage rate of unemployment is down to 6.7% – one of the lowest in the nation. Of course, certain counties in the state have a higher than average unemployment rate, like Door County, but it is still lower than it was when Jim Doyle was governor.
No, I think in our case the product itself was positive – and we’ve documented more than $1 billion dollar with the savings, in fact, for the first time in twelve years property taxes went down on a median valued home and statewide we went from a $3.6 billion dollar deficit to a $154 million dollar surplus.
|Schultz at NBC – Perplexed and Angry|
…you got to explain to the country and to your union why the hell you did that.
people who live in rural areas vote for Republicans because they have a tendency to “cling” to guns and religion, and suggested that Obama was correct in his diagnosis.
In 1919, after Boston police went on strike to protest the city’s refusal to recognize their new union, Gov. Calvin Coolidge ordered the National Guard into the streets. Sam Gompers, the legendary father of American labor, wrote the governor that the Boston police had been denied their rights. Coolidge’s terse reply put him in our history books:“Your assertion that the Commissioner was wrong cannot justify the wrong of leaving the city unguarded. … There is no right to strike against the public safety by anyone, anywhere, any time.”Ronald Reagan’s firing of the striking air traffic controllers, whose union had been among the few to endorse him, marked him as a leader willing to act against a powerful union if the public interest commands it. Gov. Scott Walker is now in that tradition. He has just routed a recall campaign that began with state senators disgracefully fleeing to Illinois rather than provide a quorum and mobs occupying his capitol. … The Badger State rout of Big Labor was total.
With their union dues no longer taken out of their paychecks, tens of thousands of Wisconsin public employees refused to pony up those dues and quit their union, instead. Many union members do not believe they get their money’s worth from unions that claim to represent them, and would prefer to get out of the union and keep the dues money themselves. This desertion by their members represents a massive vote of no confidence in unions like the America Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Teachers. AFSCME in Wisconsin lost 34,000 of its 62,000 members last year alone.
Where there were twice as many Americans working in manufacturing as in government in 1960, today the reverse is true. We have 22 million workers in government and 11 million in manufacturing. This is an immense and costly army for taxpayers to sustain.
Jodi Miller NewsBusted Video on the Walker Win – Unions & Democratic-Socialists Whine …