or have 30 in the military.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Everyone in the job MUST belong to the union. Thus the customer (i.e. the government) has no choice who to buy the product (i.e. the employee) from, because there is no competition. This drives prices to artificially high levels.Originally Posted by justabubba
Anytime the government pays more for a service than they could have on an open market, they are overpaying and wasting public resources.Originally Posted by justabubba
Last edited by Kandahar; 01-26-10 at 10:27 PM.
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A Union composed of Federal Employees is a contradiction of terms. Literally the last, and I mean the last, employer I expect to exploit workers is the Federal Government. What purpose would that serve, for anyone? If you pamper public sector employees they are more likely to vote for you. If you pamper them, they're more likely to provide your constiuents with better service. Win-win-win. Besides, as a politician, you aren't even using your own money! Triple win, again!
And a public sector job is, by definition, hardly a sweatshop! But apparently... We need sweatshop levels of unionizing. It just defies common sense.
The Real Engine of Blue America by Steven Malanga, City Journal Winter 2005
"But within this coalition, one group stands out as increasingly powerful and not quite in step with the old politics of the Left: those who benefit from an expanding government, including public-sector employees, workers at organizations that survive off government money, and those who receive government benefits. In cities, especially, this group has seized power from the taxpayers, as the vast expansion of the public sector that has taken place since the beginning of the War on Poverty has finally reached a tipping point."
Americans need to wake up and recognize that this metastasizing cancer is destroying the country's underpinnings from within, and the recent Oregon vote to increase taxes on the wealthy - in a state with over 11% unemployment no less, good job idiots - is a perfect example of this.
The public sector workers' unions including teachers, hospital workers, social services' workers, bus and subway workers, etc., are now receiving salaries and benefits far outstripping their private sector versions, and this situation has, as the linked article attests, has reached the breaking point.
Since cities are by definition monopolies, the services they provide are monopolistic, and therefore, their workers cannot be unionized.
It is time to take back the country from the Al Sharptons who prefer to keep the cash flows coming, and the union workers retiring at 45 with COLA-adjusted lifetime pensions and free health benefits...
The Makeout Hobo is real, and does indeed travel around the country in his van and make out with ladies... If you meet the Makeout Hobo, it is customary to greet him with a shot of whiskey and a high five (if you are a dude) or passionate makeouts (if you are a lady).
Yesterday's WSJ had a fantastic letter to the editor, about how a 67-year old who still had to work - albeit now at a job at 1/2 the salary he was making 10 years ago after getting laid off, has to now pay higher taxes in Oregon so as to sustain COLA-adjusted pensions and free lifetime health benefits for public employees who retired 30 years ago at age 50.
Yeah, that'll help keep the country's fabric woven tight.
And Obama and the democrats cannot stop feeding the public union pigs at the trough...
Even better, in Oregon, over 80% of the money spent on education goes toward the teacher's salary and benefits. No wonder the teacher's unions spent over $6 MM to get prop 66/67 passed, they knew they'd get FAR more back in theft from the taxpayers - all in a state with over 11% unemployment, in the top of the country. BRILLIANT.
Research before writing on this topic again.