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The IRS Union – Corrupt Thugs Working For a Corrupt Thug President

May 21, 2013

Portrait of a Thug: IRS Union Boss

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Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union

By now, you’ve probably seen the news:

Report: Head of IRS Employees Union Met With President Obama the Day Before Tea Party Targeting Began

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union which represents employees of the Internal Revenue Service, met at the White House with President Obama the day before two IRS officials created the “Sensitive Case Report” that targeted Tea Party groups for special scrutiny on their applications for non-profit status. White House visitors logs show that Kelley visited the White House on March 31, 2010, to meet with Obama, a day before an Inspector General’s report shows that the “Sensitive Case Report” was created, Jeffrey Lord of The American Spectator reported . . .

And you might be surprised (but probably not) to learn that Colleen M. Kelley has never worked a day in the private sector:

[A]n NTEU member since 1974, Kelley was an IRS Revenue Agent for 14 years and served in various NTEU chapter leadership positions, including chapter president of NTEU Chapter 34 in Pittsburgh. She was elected National President in August 1999 and was overwhelmingly re-elected to a fourth four-year term in 2011. Kelley first joined the IRS upon graduation from Drexel University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pittsburgh.

You might also be surprised (but probably not) that Colleen M. Kelley and her union enthusiastically support Obama:

The leader of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) today applauded the re-election of President Barack Obama. “NTEU supported the re-election of President Obama as being in the best interests of our country and of the dedicated men and women of the federal workforce,” said NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley. “NTEU is also pleased that so many of our candidates for Senate seats and our staunchest supporters in the House won their races.” NTEU’s efforts on behalf of President Obama and key candidates spanned the country. “Our 2012 election plan has been in place since the beginning of the year,” said President Kelley. “Many chapters and members were actively involved educating and organizing various types of activities around the country including candidate nights and volunteering for campaigns.” NTEU’s efforts focused on battleground states where races for the presidency, Senate and House seats were competitive and where the union has substantial numbers of NTEU members including Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. In the days before the election, NTEU members volunteered for phone-banking and canvassing, with a particular focus on contacting other NTEU members and urging them to vote for candidates who support federal employees and federal employee issues. “Federal employees heard our message loud and clear that everything about the lives of the federal workforce is determined by those elected to office,” said Kelley.

So, now you know who Colleen M. Kelley loves. You may be surprised (but probably not) to learn what happens to people she hates:

Catholic Professor: IRS Asked About Her Anti-Obama Articles

IRS Requested Details of Christian Pro-Life Organization’s Prayer Meetings

Leaked IRS Files Were Used to Attack Romney

IRS Scandal: Billy Graham Group Targeted Last Year; Franklin Graham Charges Intimidation in Letter to Obama

IRS Inspector General’s Report Released: ‘Inappropriate Criteria’ Used Against Conservative Groups; Nearly 300 Were Targeted

Reporter Who Interviewed President Obama: IRS ‘Hammering Me’

South Carolina Tea Party Mom Describes IRS ‘Harassment’

Marriage Group Accuses IRS of Leaking Information to ‘Political Enemies,’ Demands Explanation from Agency

 

These things are just coincidences, I’m sure. (But probably not.)

From The Other McCain: http://theothermccain.com/

Communist Revolutionary Indoctrination for Toddlers

February 6, 2013

Three-Year-Olds Chant “Union Power” After Reading New Children’s Book…

I is for indoctrination.

OAKLAND (EAGnews) – Is your three-year-old preschooler chanting ‘union power’ these days? She might, if author Innosanto Nagara has his way.

gara wrote “A is for Activist,” a book supposedly geared for the children of the “99 percent.” In other words, a new vehicle has been developed for leftists to begin indoctrinating children.

“It’s pretty awesome to hear a three-year-old saying ‘union power,’” Nagara said in a YES! magazine interview.

But union power and student activism aren’t the only goals. Consider these other letters and how they are applied in the book:

B is for banner, as in a protest banner hanging off a construction crane
L is for LGBTQ, as in Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered and Queer
T is for Trans, as in transgendered
Z is for Zapatistas, as in Mexican revolutionary leftists

Heady stuff for preschoolers, but the indoctrinators believe the tykes are old enough to learn the basics of revolutionary thought.

Nagara’s “A is for Activist” has been heralded by the likes of Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, who said, “May a thousand young activists bloom!”

“This is an amazing book for toddlers,” wrote Oakland teachers union activist Mary Prophet.

Keep reading…

Clint Tarver – The Michigan Hot Dog Guy – Shares His Story of Being Caught Up in Union Violence

December 13, 2012

Found at The Jawa Report

I Thought Liberals Were “Pro Choice?” I Guess Not When Union Dues Are At Stake.

December 13, 2012

UAW Chief Union Goon On Right-To-Work: “This Has To Be Seen As Part Of A Right-Wing Agenda”…

I love watching the unions squirm. Their days are numbered and they know it.

(CNSNews.com) – Bob King, president of the United Auto Workers Union, says Michigan’s new right-to-work law is “bad for working families,” because it will lower wages and reduce benefits for both union and nonunion workers.

During an appearance on MSNBC, King was asked about the new law’s effects on the auto workers’ union.

“You know, I’m not worried about the immediate effect on the UAW. I’m worried about the impact on society. This has got to be seen as part of a right-wing agenda. And this lame-duck, they’re not only attacking labor, they’re attacking women’s reproductive rights, they’re attacking teachers and schools. They’re attacking everything that’s good for working families.

“This right-wing agenda has got to be stopped,” King continued:

“Labor, civil rights, faith community, LGBT, environmentalists — all of us got to come together and stand up for an America that has prosperity for everybody. Not just for CEOs and the greedy few at the top.”

Keep reading…

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Of Course…The Mainstream Media Ignores Union Violence in Michigan

December 13, 2012

Shocker: ABC, CBS, And NBC All Ignore Violence From Union Protesters In Michigan…

I’m sure they would have been equally silent if a Tea Party protest got violent.

Via Newsbusters:

All three networks on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning ignored the violent assaults by union protesters in Michigan, instead vaguely insisting that activists were simply “voicing their anger” at the “showdown raging in the heartland.” The morning shows on Wednesday allowed little coverage of Michigan at all, a mere 72 seconds out of eight hours of programming.

Keep reading…

Let’s Help Clint Tarver – The Lansing Michigan Hot Dog Man Assaulted by Union Thugs

December 12, 2012

Union Thugs Demolish Black Man’s Iconic Lansing, Michigan Hot Dog Cart, Yell Nigger, Uncle Tom

December 12, 2012

Union Thugs Demolish Clint Tarver’s Iconic Lansing, Michigan Hot Dog Cart [Photo-Donation Link] Update: Thugs Yelled “N*gger Uncle Tom” Update 2: Revenge For Americans For Prosperity Catering Gig (?) Update 3: A Romney Supporter, All We Need To Know – Ironic Surrealism

I support Clint:

Early today[December 11, 2012], Clint Tarver, known as “The Hot Dog Guy” here in Lansing had his business attacked and destroyed by out of line and out of control protesters near the Capitol.

Everyone who has passed the hot dog cart knows what a kind and caring individual Clint is. He never fails to bestow a smile or friendly greeting. In no way [did] he provoke this attack, nor any of the behavior displayed toward him.

Beyond the Cart: The Story of Clint Tarver:

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Regardless of your position on current legislation, rebuilding Clint’s Hot Dogs is something we can all support. Please give what you can to get this deserving businessman back out there!

If you would like to help Clint get back on his feet ==> DONATE HERE

Update: Racist, violent, destructive monsters.

Nick Hawatmeh
@NicolaHawatmeh

@NolanFinleyDN Min after union thugs tore down tent, assaulted several ppl. & yelling N*gger & Uncle Tom at man below pic.twitter.com/1ycXkE5g

Update 2: The plot thickens!

The woman (Lorilea Susanne) who set up the fundraising page for Clint has spoken to his wife. Apparently Clint was hired to provide catering for the Americans For Prosperity tent which was also destroyed by union thugs.

*UPDATE* 11:40am – I have spoken with Linda Lee, Clint’s wife. She says he is absolutely overwhelmed with our support, even more so than by the events of yesterday. I would like to clarify the events, however. Clint hired as a caterer for the AFP tent which was torn down. He was much more concerned about the others, and particularly helped to get the women out of the tent. It was when he returned to gather his equipment that the taunts and racial slurs began. He says the working people did not respect the working man. He was not there to be political; he was just there to serve. This is the Clint we know and love. Please, let’s respect him and leave our political opinions out of this. This is about our support for Clint.

Emphasis hers.

From The Daley Gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/

Obama’s Union Thug Homies

December 12, 2012

Teamsters Top Thug James Hoffa: There Will Be A “Civil War” Over Michigan’s Right-To-Work Law…

And he has an army of union goons who are more than willing to resort to violence.

(CNN)Jimmy Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, said Tuesday he expects Michigan unions and lawmakers to break out into “civil war” after the state legislature passed right-to-work bills that would weaken unions’ power.

“This is just the first round of a battle that’s going to divide this state. We’re going to have a civil war,” Hoffa said on CNN’s “Newsroom.

As thousands of protestors gathered at the state capitol on Tuesday, Hoffa called the legislation a “tremendous mistake” and “a monumental decision to make” by outgoing lawmakers in a lame duck session.

“What they’re doing is basically betraying democracy,” he told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. “If there’s any question here, let’s put it on the ballot and let the people of Michigan decide what’s good for Michigan.”

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Of Course Obama Won’t Condemn Union Violence – He Wants It

December 12, 2012

White House Refuses To Condemn Michigan Democrat’s “There Will Be Blood” Comment On Right-To-Work…

Via Washington Examiner:

President Obama’s spokesman cited the ambiguity of the statement, “there will be blood,” as he avoided condemning the remark made by a Michigan Democrat who opposes the imminent state’s right-to-work legislation.

“The president believes in debate that’s civil,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today. “I haven’t seen those comments and I’m not sure that they mean what some would interpret them to mean. I just haven’t seen them.”

Speaking on the state House floor today,  Democratic state Rep. Douglas Geiss said “There will be blood” as a result of the bill’s passage.

Keep reading…

Here’s the audio in case you missed it, it’s clear he’s talking about actual violence.

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Unions Lose in Michigan

December 12, 2012

Suck It, Union Goons! Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Signs Right-To-Work Bill Into Law…

Victory is ours.

(WaPo) — At a news conference at the George W. Romney Building steps away from the state Capitol, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) announced that he’d signed the contentious right-to-work measures that have sparked protests in the state.

Before dozens of reporters assembled inside a conference room on the building’s second floor, Snyder defended his move as one that would lead to ”more jobs coming to Michigan.”

The two bills bar unions from making contracts that require employees to pay labor dues. One bill dealt with public sector unions, exempting firefighters and police officers. The other covered the private sector.

“I view this as simply trying to get this issue behind us,” Snyder said of his decision to sign the measures the day they were passed. “And I recognize that people are going to be upset. There’ll be a continuation. But hopefully what’s really going to transpire over time is you’re going to see workers making a choice and you’ll see unions being held more accountable and responsive.”

Outside the building, while the news conference was underway, some few dozen protesters were still chanting in the frigid evening air. A few yelled out, “F*** Snyder!” Some held signs reading, “Right to work? For less!” and “I’ve got a bone to pick with a dirty rat named Rick.”

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Michigan Union Thugs Act As Usual – Violently – After Right-to Work Law Passes

December 12, 2012

Michigan Becomes Right to Work State, Unions React With Violence

A state that has been economically crippled by unions for years finally puts up some resistance:

The Michigan Legislature gave final approval Tuesday to a bitterly contested right-to-work plan limiting the power of unions, a devastating and once unthinkable defeat for organized labor in a state considered a cradle of the movement.

Unswayed by Democrats’ pleas and thousands of protesters inside and outside the state Capitol, the House approved two final bills, sending them on to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. One dealt with private sector workers, the other with government employees.

Unions will no longer be able to force those who want no part of them to pay dues as a condition of employment.

Neither unions nor the party that represents them was likely to take this challenge to their power lying down. Before the vote, Democrat State representative Douglas Geiss snarled,

“There will be blood, there will be repercussions.”

A tent set up on the lawn of the Michigan State Capitol by Americans for Prosperity was attacked by union thugs and torn to the ground. Steven Crowder was on hand to receive a death threat following this sucker punch:

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Obama himself weighed in, appearing near Detroit to denounce the concept of having a right to work without interference from the unions that helped him to power and that have bled Michigan nearly dry.

This video will be familiar to history students from the Russia of 1917 and the Germany of the 1930s:

Our country didn’t use to be like this.

If you are glad that we now need to live in fear of vicious, knuckle-dragging union goons, thank those who voted for their leader, Barack Hussein Obama. At some level, all of them had to know that this is what they were voting for.

On tips from Steven Crowder, Artfldgr, The MaryHunter, Ghost of FA Hayek, and Bill T.

 By  from Moonbattery: http://moonbattery.com/

In Michigan The Issue of Individual Freedom over Union Collectivism Communism

December 11, 2012

More Proof That Leftists Hate Freedom… As If We Needed More Proof

December 10, 2012

Michigan Right To Work Prompts Protest Against Freedom – Right Scoop

Michigan is not Wisconsin.

Right to Work legislation in Michigan doesn’t touch collective bargaining for private or public unions. Right to work legislation in Michigan doesn’t include firemen or police in any legislative bill. Right to work legislation in Michigan only makes it a personal decision by an employee to join or not join a union, and makes it unlawful for an employer to fire an employee for not joining or joining a union.

That’s it.

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So of course, the slack-jawed pea-brained Michigan opinion dupes in the media over-act the entire issue. All of a sudden, the middle class will cease to exist if somebody has the choice to negotiate his own deal. All of a sudden, Michiganders didn’t send a majority of Republicans to handle Lansing. All of a sudden, thousands of protesters practice modified Christmas songs to sing in front of the capitol because somehow allowing more freedom is the death knell for America.

Even some union-beholden intelligence-deficient Republicans vote against individual rights when push comes to shove. Mike Nofs, the Republican Senator who pushed for unionization of home-healthcare workers after taking money along with several workers from SEIU for his reelection campaign, said he didn’t vote for Right to Work legislation because,

“I think that in general, working-class workers will not benefit from this,” Nofs said.

He said he thinks workers already have the freedom to decide whether they want to take a job that’s unionized or not.

“When you go to apply for a job, you know it’s a union job,” he said.

“If you don’t like unions, don’t apply for a union job. There are plenty of other non-union jobs.”

Senator Tom Casperson has also said he is against the Right to Work, and though I haven’t talked with him on this issue, has mentioned to others that he believes unions create higher wages and that Right To Work would lessen those wages. Somehow. I guess.

But these fellows are wrong, just as is the predictable media and the fanatical demonstrators that will be bussed in on Tuesday. The protesters are undergoing vigorous training, preparing for clashes with police.

The unions are preparing for war because, quite simply, it is not right for people to be able to take on their own responsibility.

From the Detroit News: ”Humanize the situation. Be clear with your intentions. Introduce yourself,” national labor activist Lisa Fithian, of Austin, Texas, said through a megaphone. “They’re going to do everything they can to criminalize us.”

I’ll humanize the situation. When a man or woman works for someone else he or she can take what is handed out, or he or she can negotiate for his or her own future. Yes, wages are high because of unions, but they also increase the prices of goods which hurts middle America. The unskilled laborer hits a windfall when he makes comparable money and benefits as a highly-skilled specialized laborer.

If equality is what is sought, tell me of the equality between someone who never took the initiative to learn a craft and one who can build something and make it work. People are different, and in companies all across the nation people with special skills negotiate for their own pay. This legislation is about the right to be responsible for yourself.

Of course the argumentative union representatives complain that it would be unfair for people who refuse to join a union to be able to ‘freeload’ from the collective bargaining efforts of the union. Actually, they are more afraid that when a skilled laborer makes a better deal based on skills that he owns as much as he owns his body, that it will be the end of union power over man.

If men and women are allowed to create their own deal and depend on their own ability to succeed or fail, they won’t be “freeloading”. In fact it will cause people to learn skills, an acute need in America.

The only freeloading taking place is that of unions who launder dues into Democrat coffers at election time. If you are of the mind that you do not agree with the Democrat party and you do not wish to feed it, and you belong to a union, you can get out.

So as this whole issue gets overblown with civil disobedience courses being taught in universities and pastors railing at the pulpit against the so-called extreme nature of Right To Work, just remember, freedom isn’t free and slavery comes in many forms.

On Tuesday many people will object to freedom by protesting. In the near future, the unions will try to organize recall efforts for some or all of the Republicans who voted in favor of RTW, including the governor. We will be fed the impression that Republicans are anti-American Nazis and who knows what other drivel they will conjure.

If in America you are not allowed to be your own person, responsible and willing to be accountable to yourself and yourself alone, then there is no freedom anywhere.

A great American author, Eric Hoffer, wrote of mass movements and described the condition of those who do push for solidarity in the collective versus the freedom of man:

Freedom of choice places the whole blame of failure on the shoulders of the individual. And as freedom encourages a multiplicity of attempts, it unavoidably multiplies failure and frustration… Unless a man has the talents to make something of himself, freedom is an irksome burden. Of what avail is freedom to choose if the self be ineffectual?

It is hard work when one decides to be completely responsible but there are empowering side effects that create a confident, vibrant economy and society. By arguing and protesting against individual empowerment, those against Freedom to Work put themselves in direct conflict with the fabric of America.

Power to the people, individually.

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In Michigan It’s The Liberal Way or No Way…As Usual

December 10, 2012

Unreal: Top Michigan Democrat Asks Obama To Withhold Federal Funding To Punish State For Passing Right-To-Work Legislation…

And if that doesn’t work she’ll have her union thug buddies beat the snot out of Governor Snyder.

LANSING, Mich. — A top Michigan Democrat is looking to President Obama to deliver retribution to Republicans after the GOP-dominated state legislature approved a package of bills that could make this stronghold of union power the nation’s 24th right-to-work state as early as next week.

Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, who on Thursday called the votes to approve the right-to-work measure “petty and vindictive politics,” sparked more backlash Friday when she said she wants the president, who is set to visit Detroit on a previously scheduled political trip on Monday, to push back on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder by holding back federal money for a new international bridge project to Canada and a badly needed mass-transit program in ailing Detroit.

“We are hoping that when President Obama comes to Michigan next week, that this is going to be on his radar screen, that he’s going to say Michigan doesn’t care about their middle class, [so] why should we be bending over backwards to make sure that this governor is able to deliver on his promise,” said Mrs. Whitmer in an interview with local radio station WWJ.

Her remarks, amid calls from other Democrats and union leaders to use all legal means necessary to stop the bills from becoming law, drew a stern rebuke from WJR host Frank Beckmann, in Detroit, who wondered on his program Friday if Mrs. Whitmer, considered a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2014, might want to reconsider her words.

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Hostess Company Killed By Unions

November 17, 2012

Unions Kill An American Classic — And 18,500 of Their Own Jobs

At the Wall Street Journal, “The Twinkie, a Suicide“:

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Hostess’s owners have decided to liquidate rather than ride out a nationwide strike by one of the largest of its dozen unions, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union. The Texas-based company owned by the private-equity shop Ripplewood Holdings and other hedge funds essentially gave up. On Friday it shut down its 33 bakeries and 565 distribution centers and prepared to fire nearly 18,500 employees en masse and auction off its brand and recipe portfolio.

Hostess posted sales of $2.5 billion in 2011 but lost $341 million and lacked the cash flow to hold out through the bakers union work stoppage that had only lost a few days of production so far. One reason is a labor-rule burden that by comparison makes Detroit look like Hong Kong.

The snack giant endured $52 million in workers’ comp claims in 2011, according to its bankruptcy filing this January. Hostess’s 372 collective-bargaining agreements required the company to maintain 80 different health and benefit plans, 40 pension plans and mandated a $31 million increase in wages and health care and other benefits for 2012.

Union work rules usually required cake and bread products to be delivered to a single retail location using two separate trucks. Drivers weren’t allowed to load their own vehicles, and the workers who loaded bread weren’t allowed to load cake. On most delivery routes, another “pull up” employee moved products from back rooms to shelves.

This year management negotiated concessions from some of the unions, including the Teamsters, but the bakers rejected a last and best offer in September. Then the courts gave Hostess unilateral authority to modify collective-bargaining contracts, prompting the strike. So now it will liquidate, instead of attempting to emerge from Chapter 11 intact.

The 18,500 layoffs are equal to about 11% of the net new jobs the entire U.S. economy created in October. The unions are blaming private equity, or Bain Capital, or capitalism, but the election is over. And so is Hostess.

From American Power Blog: http://americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/

Chicago Teachers…Starving to Death

September 13, 2012

From Drudge Report:

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Union President Karen Lewis (AKA Jaba The Hut) says the teachers are tired of working for starvation wages. She also said on one occasion that she was always high on drugs during college. Sounds about right. Just like her buddy Obama.

From American Digest: http://americandigest.org/

 

Fat Cat Union Bosses Raking in the Cash…

August 24, 2012

Heroes Of The Working Class? Top Union Bosses’ Salaries Exceed $500K….

Those pinky rings aren’t cheap.

Via Beltway Confidential:

Advocating for the working man doesn’t pay too poorly, it seems. Here’s a list of the annual salaries and benefits earned by the nation’s top labor officials, according to the Labor Department. This data is based on 2011 filings:

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka – $293,750.

National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel – $460,060

Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry – $290,334.

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees President Gerald McEntee – $512,489.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James P. Hoffa , Jr. – $372,489.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten – $493,859.

International Association of Fire Fighters President Harold Schaitberger – $323,811.

Keep reading…

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Shocker! 38% Of Union Voters Voted for…Walker!

June 7, 2012

Report: 38% of Union Voters Cast Their Ballots for Scott Walker

Jimmy Hoffa laughing so hard he cracked his cement.

(CNSNews.com) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says “there’s no doubt” that union members were among those who voted to keep him in office in Tuesday’s recall election.

The network exit poll for the special election showed that Walker won the votes of 38 percent of voters who said they were a union member or lived in a household with a union member.

“I’m talking to workers here this morning, talked to a lot of manufacturers across the state over the last year and a half, but particularly the last months in this campaign, and I find that at plant after plant, there are construction workers and others in manufacturing who appreciate the fact that we turned our state around. And I think they wanted more of that in the future,” Walker told Fox & Friends Wednesday morning. “They wanted us to go forward.”

The exit poll showing that Walker got 38 percent of the vote from people living in union households was conducted by Edison Research for ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, CNN, Fox News and the Associated Press.

Walker said he’s heard voters complain for years that when politicians get into office, they’re not willing to take on the tough challenges.

“What we did was inherently about taking on those tough challenges — about taking on the things that not only made it difficult at the state level, but at the local level, to balance our budget; and in doing so, we thought more about that next generation. . . than just the next election. And I think voters rewarded us for that.

“They said loudly, not just in Wisconsin, but I think across the country, if you do the right thing, if you make the right choices, voters will stand with you.”

Keep reading. . .

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Wisconsin Democrats and Unions Commit Political Suicide…Too Bad…So Sad

June 7, 2012

The anti-Walker “rhetoric wasn’t just hyperbolic. It was strategically suicidal.”

 
Writes Charles Lane (at WaPo):

The unions and their various apologists whipped progressive Wisconsin into such a frenzy — falsely claiming, for example, that Walker was about to unleash the National Guard — that the anti-Walker forces could no longer perceive political reality.

Even after they lost a crucial state supreme court election in early 2011, Walker’s foes persisted in state legislature recall elections, also futile, that summer. Still not getting the message, they went ahead with the recall of Walker, and lost, yet again. Now it’s hard to see how the state Democrats can recover in time for the 2012 general election, or even the next gubernatorial race in 2014.

Lane goes on to argue that progressives should be glad Walker won. I’m seeing that opinion here and there: If government is more efficient and financially sound — in this case, because of Walker — then it can be used to do the things that people who like government to do things like. 

But speaking of the predictable futility of the Walker recall, completely by chance today, I ran across a Public Policy Polling article from last October, which made it clear, before the signature-gathering even began, that the recall effort should not have been attempted: “Wisconsin Recall Prospects Dimming.”

(And by the way, what if the presidential election is so close that the Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes make the difference for Obama? And what if this year of recall fighting has alienated Wisconsin voters from the Democratic Party?)

 
Posted by Ann Althouse: http://althouse.blogspot.com/

Wisconsin Voters Bitch Slap Obama and His Union Thugs – Oh… It Matters… and Every Demorat Knows It.

June 6, 2012

@GovWalker wins Wisconsin recall: The tyranny of the left #epicfail

Governor Scott Walker was elected by the good people of Wisconsin. Leftist fascists refused to respect the will of the people in a full and fair election, and so an expensive, harassing “recall” vote began.

Tonight the recall of Governor Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch, Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, was on the ballot. Sixty percent of Wisconsin voters in today’s recall election say recall elections are only appropriate for official misconduct, according to early CBS News exit polls. Not so for the statists who will impose their will and their slavery on the good people.

But not tonight. The jackboots did not have their way today.

Fox News & others now calling it: @GovWalker Governor Scott walker won and Conservative  Lt Gov Kleefisch won too.

It’s a great night. Dawn in America.

From Atlas Shrugs: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/

A Strong Message Was Sent Alrighty – To O’Sucka and His Cronies – We Are Coming Next for You! Yo Ass is Going Down in November.

June 6, 2012

Obama Campaign Tries To Spin Wisconsin Recall Defeat: A “Strong Message Was Sent To Governor Walker”…

And that message would be, we love you Scott Walker!

WASHINGTON — The Obama campaign — which has largely kept President Obama himself out of the Wisconsin recall election — puts out a statement saying that a message had been sent to Gov. Scott Walker, despite his win.

“While tonight’s outcome was not what we had hoped for — no one can dispute the strong message sent to Governor Walker. Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites from all walks of life took a stand against the politics of division and against the flood of secret and corporate money spent on behalf of Scott Walker, which amounted to a massive spending gap of more than $31 million to $4 million,” Tripp Wellde, campaign state director, said in a statement.

“It is a testament to all of those individuals who talked to their friends, neighbors, and colleagues about the stakes in this election of how close this contest was. The power of Wisconsin’s progressive, grassroots tradition was clearly on display throughout the run up to this election and we will continue to work together to ensure a brighter future for Wisconsin’s middle class,” Wellde said.

“This vision was shared by the voters tonight, as exit polling showed President Obama beating Mitt Romney 52-43, a 9-point difference. On the questions of who would do a better job on the economy and who would help the middle class the most, President Obama again held a strong advantage over Romney. These data points clearly demonstrate a very steep pathway for Mitt Romney to recover in the state,” Wellde said.

From Weasel Zippers: http://weaselzippers.us/

What a Pile of Steaming Horse Shit.

June 6, 2012

White House Distancing Themselves From Wisconsin Ahead of Recall Results: “The President Is Aware Of The Election” But He Won’t Be Following It…

Beep. . . beep. . . here comes the Obama Express, next stop Mayor Barrett’s back.

Via Politico:

The White House is bracing for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to hang on in Tuesday’s recall election — denying that the contest portends anything for President Obama’s chances in November.

“A race where one side is outspending the other by a ratio of at least 8 to 1 probably won’t tell us much about a future race,” press secretary Jay Carney said. “I know the president is aware of the election. I think he’s got some other responsibilities,” Carney said. “I know that he’s not following it minute by minute. . . You know that he tweeted about it earlier. He stands with the Democratic candidate, Mayor Barrett, in this race.”

Still, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina listed Wisconsin as a toss-up in a video message to supporters this week — even as the campaign has limited Obama’s involvement in the polarized recall election that seeks to oust Walker over his anti-labor legislative push last year.

From Weasel Zippers: http://weaselzippers.us/

It’s All About Power.

June 6, 2012

The real reason the Union thugs HATE Scott Walker

And the reason they hate right to work states. When workers have a choice, union numbers decline

It’s simple logic. When public employees have the choice of whether or not to pay union dues — as opposed to having them automatically pulled from their paychecks — the number of dues-paying union members shrinks. But these dramatic numbers out of Wisconsin are stillremarkable:

The state’s second-largest union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, had membership fall to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011, the Journalsaid Thursday. The organization’s Afscme Council 24, composed of state workers, fell more than two thirds to 7,100 from 22,300 last year.

A key reason that membership dropped was because the labor law, championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker, forbids automatic collection of union dues. Instead, workers must voluntarily say that they want to continue to continuing paying dues to remain members of the union.

Union workers have also dropped out because of high pension and healthcare costs, and others believe that the unions are no longer influential.

The union bosses HATE this, it erodes their power, and thugs hate that!

From The Daley Gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/

O’Sucka and The Unions – All For Them – None for You.

May 30, 2012

Found at Moonbattery: http://moonbattery.com/

Obama Praises Lawless Mob Activity All Over The Nation

October 10, 2011

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Stinking up Wall Street: Protesters accused of living in filth as shocking pictures show one demonstrator defecating on a POLICE CAR

Bloomberg: ‘Protesters are taking jobs away from the city’

Gee, ya think?

Dirty dude drops a deuce on NYPD patrol car
 

The shocking images demonstrate the extent to which conditions have deteriorated as demonstrations in downtown Manhattan enter their fourth week. Further pictures seen by Mail Online have been censored, as we deemed them too graphic to show.

According to eye witnesses, when people ran to tell nearby police about the man defecating on the squad car they were ignored.

Incredible.

Massive amounts of trash left by protesters in Zuccotti Park

Standing downwind of the piles of rubbish, bankers walking past the man did a double take before hurrying away.

 

Brookfield Office Properties, which owns Zuccotti Park, the site of the New York demonstration, have already railed against protesters, who they claim are creating sanitation problems.

‘Sanitation is a growing concern,’ Brookfield said in a statement.

‘Normally the park is cleaned and inspected every week night. . . because the protesters refuse to cooperate. . .the park has not been cleaned since Friday, September 16th and as a result, sanitary conditions have reached unacceptable levels,’ CBS News reported.

Although many of the protesters are understood to be making strenuous efforts to clean up after themselves, after three weeks of occupation, the strain of hundreds of people living on the street has begun to take its toll.

Much more here.

According to Jammie Wearing Fool, the New York Dookie Dude has already inspired a satirical T-shirt.

Problem is, Brookfield Office Properties, the owner of the park, received a huge tax-subsidized loan from the Obama Administration just before they allowed the #OccupyWallStreet protesters to camp there. The loan was for another wind-farm boondoggle. What repercussions would Brookfield face if they suddenly decided it was time to back out of this devil’s bargain and ask the NYPD to evict this gaggle of malcontents from their park?

It is wrong to encourage huge mobs of angry, irresponsible, lawless, and, in some cases, deranged people to gather all over the US. No one made provision for sanitary facilities or other accommodations. These “demonstrations” provide a breeding ground for disease and vermin and impose costs on taxpayers. The ringleaders knew full well that the mobs were going to obstruct traffic, make noise, discard trash and filth everywhere, invade nearby businesses and vandalize the bathrooms, and create a public nuisance in general. That was the plan from the get-go!

Were it not for their political connections, the owners of Zuccotti Park in NYC would have been fined heavily for harboring a public nuisance on their property. The denizens of the park would have been expelled and made to pay for cleanup of garbage and litter. The person who dropped a deuce on the police car would have gone to jail.

Mobs can become dangerous

Mobs can become dangerous at any time. People caught up in mob psychology often perpetrate crimes that they would ordinarily not be tempted to commit. There is no predicting what a mob might do if someone stirs them up – and it is all too easy for a few people planted within a mob to do just that.

At the very least, the Democrats who fomented this mess should have disavowed the rabidly anti-Semitic statements on the part of certain demonstrators. I can only imagine the hue and cry in the media and the political sphere that would have ensued if someone behaving in that way had infiltrated a Tea Party event.

Thanks to 1389 Blog at: http://1389blog.com/

Obama’s Peeps Are Hanging Out On Wall Street – No Jobs, No Hope, No Future, No Brains – Communism At Its Best

October 6, 2011

DEMANDING IDIOCY

“I’m here to see Radiohead, but I really like the cause.”

Wall Street Loser

Van Jones’ idea of an anti-Tea Party is sitting around on Wall Street right now. They aren’t actually accomplishing anything positive, they’re just taking up space, littering, and stinking up the street because they won’t leave to bathe. These guys are trying to find people who’ll do their laundry so they can just stay there. Their signs range from the bizarre to the incredibly obscene, and they had no real coherent goals.

Recently someone put out a proposed list of “demands” for the “occupied” Wall Street, days after it started. I guess they saw the news reportsthat made them look childish and idiotic:

It all has the feel of a classic street protest with one exception: It’s unclear exactly what the demonstrators want.

“When all the bailout money was spent on bonuses and stuff everyone was outraged, but no one did anything because no one feels like they can,” protester Jesse Wilson, 22, said this week when asked to take articulate the cause. “It’s time for us to come together to realize we are the masses, and we can make things happen.”

But he couldn’t say what, exactly, he wanted to happen. Handmade signs carried by some of the demonstrators — “Less is More” and “Capitalism is evil” — hardly make it clearer.

They are learning, though: they’re not using carefully printed up signs by International A.N.S.W.E.R. The problem is, without that leading hand from their commissars, they don’t really know what they’re doing. They are rebels without a cause, or clue.

So days later now, a list has been posted on the internet at the official Occupy Wall Street website. And its a doozy. You can read the full list, but here’s a couple of samples:

  • A minimum “living wage” of twenty dollars an hour
  • Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment
  • Eliminate free trade for “fair trade”
  • Free college education.
  • Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end
  • Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all
  • Outlaw all credit reporting agencies
  • Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market

Oh, and they want an immediate two trillion dollars in spending. That’s double the “stimulus” package. What for? Well the first one isn’t so loony: infrastructure like bridges, the power grid, and so on. That actually does really need to be done, but since the “stimulus” package blew any money we might have been able to spend on that building dog walks and funding Solyndra, too bad. The other trillion? “ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants.”

So they want alternative energy, an end to fossil fuels, but all nuclear power plants shut down. Gee, France likes them, why not you? Oh and see that part that says “natural flow of river systems?” That’s “destroy all hydroelectric dams.”

Let me summarize this list: raise the minimum wage to 20 dollars even when people aren’t working, destroy all energy production except for the kind that can’t hope to sustain our civilization, eliminate the ability of businesses to know credit risk, give people more free stuff, and spend two trillion more dollars we don’t have.

Basically this is a moron’s leftist wish list, the kind of stuff you hear college students and Phish fans sitting around in a fair trade coffee shop discussing as they text on their I-Phones, cursing corporations. Its the kind of thing only someone either really stupid, really stoned, or really young could envision. And here’s what they think will happen:

“These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.”

Now, you know this was tacked on by advise from Van Jones and company to make sure that jobs were supposedly the focus. There are no jobs in what these guys propose, except some temporary ones involving planting trees and building bridges. The rest would obliterate the economy.

Its sort of cute watching them flail around like this, and the secret behind it all they don’t say openly is demand number fourteen not on the page: reelect Obama.

Yet the coverage of these guys is very carefully supportive and admiring. Headlines and TV screen crawls are about how they won’t back down and how they’re fighting for justice. Compare that to Tea Party folks who showed up in lawn chairs, quietly held up signs and talked, dressed up as colonial types and cleaned up their mess. Those folks were dangerous, radical, racist, extremist, old, and crazy.

This is their kind of protest: as hard left as possible, with mangy people leaving trash everywhere, clashing with cops, interfering with people’s lives, and demanding outrageous nonsense while changing and singing.

Is it something America likes? Lets put it this way: the Tea Party Movement showed up out of nowhere after an angry economic analyst called for something to be done on television, spontaneously and independently arising, filled with regular folks across the whole nation in thousands of locations.

These guys can barely pull a couple hundred in New York City, and then only when one of them leaks a rumor that Radiohead will perform. And they’re only there because it was carefully crafted by several leftist organizations. Do you really think these guys can stay for days at a time in one of the most expensive places on earth on their savings? Sure a lot of them are trust fund babies, but not all of them.

Count on it, the SEIU and other organizations are funding this and providing food and support. There’s a reason Tea Party rallies were brief and to the point: we have lives, families and jobs, and the Koch Brothers aren’t funding anyone.

*UPDATE: Incidentally, this is what faux anarchism looks like; its not anarchy at all they want, its just hard left socialism with free things for them.

 

Thanks to Word Around The Net at:

http://www.wordaroundthenet.com/2011/10/demanding-idiocy.html

via American Digest at:

http://americandigest.org/

Wall Street Commie Bums and Bankers

October 6, 2011

 

5-Minute Arguments

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men, women, and transgendered—and any other human who is able to elude the tyranny of work for a couple of weeks—are created equal.

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“We gather to be free not of tyranny, but of responsibility and college tuitions. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that a government long established and a nation long prosperous be changed for light and transient causes. So let our demands* be submitted to a candid world.

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“First, we are imbued with as many inalienable rights as a few thousand college kids and a gaggle of borderline celebrities can concoct, among them a guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment and immediate across-the-board debt forgiveness—

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“even if that debt was acquired taking on a mortgage with a 4.1 percent interest rate and no money down, which, we admit, is a pretty sweet deal in historical context…

“…but down with the modern gilded age!…..

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Read the Rest Right HERE: Occupy Wall Street: A Manifesto – Reason Magazine

Thanks to American Digest at:

http://americandigest.org/

What Happened To “Freedom to Choose” Among Workers? Unions Don’t Care About Workers – They Care Only for Their Political Marxist Agenda

June 29, 2011

UAW Threatens to Brand Foreign Auto Plants In The South “Human Rights Violators” If They Don’t Unionize…

Now the kicker to this story is the workers at these plants in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee don’t want to unionize; in fact, they’re extremely happy with their jobs.

(Bloomberg) — The United Auto Workers is trying to hold its first successful organizing drive at a foreign-car factory in the U.S. To succeed, the union has to convince people like Rocky Long.

“I don’t see any problems here. I don’t see how they could help me out,” said Long, who’s worked at the Hyundai Motor Co. (005380)assembly plant in Montgomery, Alabama, for five years. Of the union representatives who came to his home this year, he said, “I really didn’t give them the time of the day.”

UAW President Bob King has pledged to organize a foreign automaker this year to expand its bargaining power beyond the U.S. companies it has negotiated with for seven decades. While Detroit is mostly retooling old plants, overseas car companies are building and expanding U.S. factories. The union is seeking to revive membership ranks that declined 75 percent to 376,612 last year from its peak of 1.5 million.

Standing in his way are rising sales and added investments at Hyundai’s Alabama complex and sites such as affiliate Kia Motor Corp.’s factory in Georgia. Already, King and his organizers are learning that workers at foreign-owned assembly plants, most of which are in the U.S. South, may not be easy to persuade.

“The UAW has to convince workers that they need a union when in fact without a union they got what they consider to be one of the best jobs they’ve ever had: a good manufacturing job with a company that’s expanding,” Gary Chaison, a professor of industrial relations at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, said in an interview.

Michele Martin, a UAW spokeswoman, didn’t respond to requests for comment or to interview union supporters in Alabama. King hasn’t said which automaker he’s trying to organize.

While Hyundai officials declined to speak about specific pay, workers said the hourly rate is generous for the area.

Montgomery’s median household income in 2009 was $42,346, about $9,000 less than the national median and $6,400 less than in Michigan, according to the U.S. Census 2009 American Community Survey.

Wanda Carter, a Hyundai hourly worker, said she doesn’t see a need for a union at the Alabama plant.

“Hyundai does the best they can do to work with the Hyundai employees,” said Carter, who declined to give her age.

She wasn’t alone. Workers at another potential UAW target, Volkswagen AG (VOW)’s new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, said they were excited just to have a job in the auto industry. There isn’t any talk of forming a union, said Terry Young, a line worker.

“You don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth,” said Young, 34.

The position is much safer than his previous job as a welder at construction sites and the pay is “great” for the area, he said.

“This is one of the good jobs,” Young said. “I love it.”

From Weasel Zippers at:http://weaselzippers.us/

Boeing Fighting The Government and Unions To Build Planes Anywhere They Choose

June 21, 2011

Union Lawyer: Boeing Shouldn’t Move Jobs To The Unskilled, Uneducated South….

Ridiculous.

(PJM) — Oh no he didn’t? Oh yes, he did. His name is Thomas Geoghegan, and writing in the Wall Street Journal, he rips companies that move manufacturing to the South.

Why is Boeing, one of our few real global champions in beefing up exports, moving work on the Dreamliner from a high-skill work force ($28 an hour on average) to a much lower-wage work force ($14 an hour starting wage)? Nothing could be a bigger threat to the economic security of this country. . . .

We should be aghast that Boeing is sending a big fat market signal that it wants a less-skilled, lower-quality work force.

From Weasel Zippers at: http://weaselzippers.us/

Very Uncivil Public Unions

March 3, 2011

Uncivil Unions

 

As Obama rakes in historic campaign contributions from Wall Street money, liberals claim Republicans are beholden to “the rich.” However that may be, it is far more true, and far less remarked upon, that the Democratic Party is the party of public sector unions.

And now, the nation watches helplessly as public sector unions and their Democratic allies say to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Nice state you got there, governor. Be a shame if something bad happened to it.

For Democrats, the purpose of government is to generously provide jobs for people who otherwise couldn’t be hired — because their skills, attitude or sense of entitlement are considered undesirable in the private sector. And no, I’m not just talking about Barack Obama.

Democrats use taxpayer money to fund a government jobs program, impoverishing the middle class and harming the people allegedly helped by the programs — but creating a vast class of voters who owe their jobs to the Democrats.

This is a system designed to ratchet up costs. Look at the history of every entity where public employees have unionized, and you will find that not only are government workers paid more, but there are also a lot more of them doing a lot less useful work.

There could be two students per class, and the Democrats would still be campaigning for “smaller class size,” so that the government would be required to hire more public school teachers to staff classes with one student. For Democrats, the purpose of public education in this country is not to teach children; it’s to create jobs for “educators.”

Forget the nonsense about working men with dirt under their fingernails, slugging it out at dangerous jobs with a heartless management riding them to get more production at lower wages –- those guys are what liberal journalist Harold Meyerson calls “dead weight.”

We’re talking about government employees, most of whom — when they show up to work at all — sit in comfortable, air-conditioned offices, kick off at 3 p.m., are entitled to endless sick days, personal days and holidays, whose performance can never be evaluated and who retire at age 50. (Again, I’m not focusing just on Barack Obama here.)

Government employees are even worse than welfare layabouts. In a triple-whammy for the taxpayer, they are: (1) hideously expensive, (2) impossible to fire, and (3) doing things you don’t want done at any price.

Hey, guess what? I’m from the government, and I can burn down your garage for $300!

NO! I’M NOT INTERESTED!

OK, fine, I’ll do it for you for $20.

BUT I DON’T WANT MY GARAGE BURNED DOWN AT ANY PRICE!

OK, the guys with the matches and gasoline will be by sometime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. one day next week.

As with so many other things, such as vegan restaurants and the crack epidemic, California leads the country in destruction by government unions.

California’s civil service unions have employed all the usual thug techniques –- regular strikes (illegal until the California Supreme Court approved them in 1985), rolling strikes, the “blue flu” (cops and other public-safety workers calling in “sick”) — all of which are almost as harmful to the state as when they actually show up for work.

While taxpayers groan under their tax burdens, one group of voters is constantly lobbying for higher taxes: government employees, who are paid by the taxpayer.

When California voters approved Proposition 13 back in 1978, cutting astronomical property taxes 57 percent, the public sector unions went ballistic.

Union bigwig Ron Coleman said, “We’re not going to just lie back and take it.”

John Seferian, vice president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), said the union should have told politicians: “Hey, we’ll bring the roof down on you.” (Which you have to be a member of the roofers’ union to do.)

Jerry Wurf, president of AFSCME, warned that the union was “prepared for confrontation.”

His solution to the ballooning cost of government employees was … guess? That’s right, it was the same as it always is: Tax the rich.

“Let the big shots pay!” Wurf said. Embodying the hopes and dreams of our Founding Fathers, Wurf said organizing government employees was part of his goal to “remake the economic and political system” in line with the vision of socialist Norman Thomas and the Young People’s Socialist League.

Members of public sector unions see their pensions and benefits the way the Mafia views its “partnership” with a restaurant, as described in the movie “Goodfellas”: “Business bad? F–k you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? F–k you, pay me. Place got hit by lightning, huh? F–k you, pay me.”

Spoiler alert: When the restaurant owner is unable to pay his mob tribute, they burn the place to the ground.

But government employees aren’t exactly like the mob. At least the Mafia guys have a strong work ethic.

 

Public Unions Have Reached The End of The Line

March 3, 2011

March 03, 2011

Are Public Unions Speeding American’s Destruction?

By Paula Dierkins

The ongoing public employees’ union protests in Wisconsin against the (minor) cut in benefits witnesses these protestors comparing their struggle to those of the popular, spontaneous public uprising raging all over the Middle East.  Such a claim however is ludicrous and laughable.  The public in the Middle Eastern countries is revolting against government tyranny.  On the contrary, if the demands of the Wisconsin protestors are heeded, it would result in high taxes and therefore, more government tyranny on the public.  Any claims by the unions portraying themselves as pro-children or pro-public to justify their demands are blatantly false. Make no mistake, a victory for the unions’ means greater tyranny and suffering for the public.
As Professor Tom Di Lorenzo‘s article puts it, public employee unions are so successful at getting their way because of a double monopoly situation.  Most government services such as public transportation, sanitation, fire fighting, police and teaching are monopolies or near monopolies.  And because public employees are unionized, they are a monopoly provider of labor.  So therefore, if they strike, the “critical” services they provide are paralyzed and the public is in effect held hostage to their demands.
Nearly all arguments used by unions to justify their demands are economically fallacious.  Every supposedly “critical” service provided by the government/public employee union nexus can be and were in fact at various times in history, provided by the private sector.  For example, private schools existed for hundreds of years before the first public school, and even New York’s subway was private until 1968.  And private enterprise would happily pick up the slack if only the government gets out of the way.
Since government monopoly services such as public schools have no profit/loss mechanism or ignore profit/loss (remember Amtrak and USPS?), it is impossible for policy makers to determine if these institutions utilize resources optimally.  Therefore, we don’t know the optimum number of teachers or police officers or fire fighters needed to serve a community.
Due to the lack of the profit/loss feedback mechanism, it’s a certainty that these government services consume more resources than if they had been in the private sector.  These resources needed to sustain the government services and pay for public employees have to be supplied by the private sector, the true wealth producing sector.  If the unions in Wisconsin have their way, more resources will be diverted to the public sector via higher taxation.  That means that fewer resources are available for the private sector to maintain their capital or increase investments to grow their wealth producing activities.  Eventually, the private sector will be bled dry and the entire system will collapse on itself.  In fact, we may already be at that point with nearly every public sector across the country having deeply underfunded pensions.  Even the cost cuts proposed don’t go far enough to restore these funds to solvency.
If you want a glimpse of the destruction wrought by unchecked union power, look no further than Detroit.  But the auto unions were private sector unions whose employers didn’t have an unlimited pool of wealth.  On the other hand, the public trough is many times bigger and so can be bled for a longer period.  But the end destruction, when it comes, will be all the more spectacular.
While there may be some underpaid teachers or police officers or fire fighters, these individuals would be hard to find unless they plied their services in the private sector.  Perhaps one way out is to accept that public pensions are underfunded and will never pay out their promised benefits in full, liquidate these pension funds by paying out lump sum benefits pro-rata, and then privatize all government services.  Over the short term, this will no doubt throw  a lot of people into the deep end.  However, in the long run, this is path of least pain.
Paula Dierkins writes on the topic of Online PhD Degree . Paula can be reached at her email id: paula.dierkins[@]gmail[.]com

From: http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/03/are_public_unions_speeding_ame.html

Thanks to American Thinker

Why Unions Are Going Down

March 3, 2011