I am quite disturbed by the rhetoric I am hearing from unions and the left (ah but I repeat myself!). “Time to get bloody”…”class warfare”…”counterweight against the political power of big money”…”unions are the only large-scale movement left that persistently acts in the economic interests of the middle class”… I am finding many excellent articles on what is happening to our country, and here are a few samples.
PRIVATE VS PUBLIC – On February 21, David Brooks wrote the following, in the New York Times, about the differences between private sector unions and public sector unions. It is quite revealing…
“In Wisconsin and elsewhere, state-union relations are structurally out of whack.
“That’s because public sector unions and private sector unions are very different creatures. Private sector unions push against the interests of shareholders and management; public sector unions push against the interests of taxpayers. Private sector union members know that their employers could go out of business, so they have an incentive to mitigate their demands; public sector union members work for state monopolies and have no such interest.
“Private sector unions confront managers who have an incentive to push back against their demands. Public sector unions face managers who have an incentive to give into them for the sake of their own survival. Most important, public sector unions help choose those they negotiate with. Through gigantic campaign contributions and overall clout, they have enormous influence over who gets elected to bargain with them, especially in state and local races.
“As a result of these imbalanced incentive structures, states with public sector unions tend to run into fiscal crises. They tend to have workplaces where personnel decisions are made on the basis of seniority, not merit. There is little relationship between excellence and reward, which leads to resentment among taxpayers who don’t have that luxury. “
(Go here for the whole article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/opinion/22brooks.html?_r=1&ref=davidbrooks )
FOLLOW THE MONEY…of course. This article, posted by the “Labor Union Report” talks about what the Wisconsin Education Association is NOT talking about…their monopolistic financial stranglehold on the state that is part of their fiscal disaster. Interesting reading…fascinating details that are not being shared by the mains street press. Read on…
BATTLE IN WISCONSIN…Dr. Mark Hendrickson writes “Wisconsin and the Battle for the Soul of America” http://networkedblogs.com/eH1i8 – He states, “Politically, this battle is the ultimate partisan clash. Unions and the Democratic Party are joined at the hip. Unions collect mandatory dues from their members, then contribute massive financial and human support to the electoral campaigns of their political allies (overwhelmingly Democrats). Democrat office-holders repay these favors by granting unions generous legislated benefits, both monetary and in the form of rules that strengthen the political power of union officials. Wisconsin’s Democratic senators took the extraordinary step of fleeing the state in what appears to be a desperate ploy to preserve the flood of union money coming to them…”
He concludes, “What is really at stake in the Wisconsin donnybrook is whether individual liberty or government power has the upper hand in our country. We are witnessing a battle for the soul of the republic.” I agree!
UNION FABLE – Ann Coulter has an excellent article, “Look for the Union Fable” that is well worth reading…here: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=41971
“The Means of Coercion” – An article in WSJ by James Taranto tries to clear some of the smoke surrounding the more and more violent actions of unionists. There seems to be more and more commentary about the difference between public and private sector workers and their bargaining basis. When all this dust settles, I think we are going to see an evolving labor structure in our nation. Go here to read all of Taranto’s article:
DARKNESS – A review of “Straight Into Darkness” by Faye Kellerman – A bit lengthy, but an excellent review of where we find ourselves & why. http://www.redstate.com/blog/2011/02/22/straight-into-darkness/ “2010 became the year many Americans realized that the emperor stood shivering in the nude. Liberalism was dead, the Liberals had killed it; what now would the Liberals do? The impact of this Nietzsche-like revelation has awakened the American conscience to the existence of a major crisis. Namely, America is run, lock, stock, and barrel by a set of governments designed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. They are designed to execute an antiquated vision of the Liberal ideology that will lead our people nowhere except to cataclysmic failure.” He then goes on to chronicle different commentators and writers who give a very clear expose of how we got here. Very interesting reading.
FROM THE OTHER SIDE…
If you would like to get a taste of what the Left is saying about all this union activity, you can go to “PR Watch,” a definitely leftist, socialist oriented web site that purports to “watch the news.” This site seems to come from “CMD” (“the Center for Media & Democracy”). Be careful because everything comes from the far left, such as this in an email to me on Monday:
“Our writers are on the frontlines in Wisconsin reporting on the historic protests in Wisconsin, the largest and most sustained in decades…
“While most of the national corporate media continues to reprint the new governor’s talking points from his FOX appearances, the Center for Media and Democracy is working with other outlets to help share live reports with the state, the nation, and the world…
“We have helped document how the radical effort to destroy key rights for Wisconsin workers is being spun as simply “budget repair,” and that these sorts of shell games are part of a larger agenda being fueled by some of the wealthiest CEOs and companies in the U.S. to advance the right-wing agenda and divide the nation…
“The events in Wisconsin are part of a larger series of events in state houses across the U.S., in Ohio and Indiana and elsewhere, to use politicians elected on promises of job creation to roll back decades of rights and protections for working people in the U.S…We will be reporting on Karl Rove and other right-wing spinmasters trying to spread disinformation about these issues and related issues…
“CMD has also signed on to support the Wisconsin WAVE, a wave of local democratic resistance to measures that are being pushed to subsidize tax cuts for corporations that have funded political campaigns and out-sourced American jobs. This effort is the first that will be launched in several states…”
If you want, you can read more from this perspective at http://www.prwatch.org/gallery/wisconsin-protests. It sure is interesting to see the “spin” they put on the activites going on today. I find it instructive from time to time to see how the other side thinks and the twist they put on the news.
GET BLOODY! – Speaking of the D’s, Rep. Capuano (D-Mass) urges unions to ‘get a little bloody when necessary!’ Wow…
SEIU IS GUILTY…SEIU and Dropkick Murphys (a rock and roll band) have released a new song for the protestors, “Take ‘Em Down”. Here’s part of what they are singing/saying/advocating: “Ya got take the bastards down. Let them know. We got to smash them to the ground. Let them know. We got to take the bastards down. When the boss comes calling you got to stand your ground. When the boss comes calling let them know.”
According to SEIU’s Web page, they are organizing “emergency rallies” at all 50 statehouses this Saturday at noon. Democracy at work, don’t you think?? It was interesting to read the comments on the SEIU website…overwhelmingly “against” their call to protest and violence. http://www.seiu.org/2011/02/the-dropkick-murphys.php?fb_ref=seiuorgPermalink&fb_source=home_oneline