A cartoon that says 1000 words…

Look at who ruined America

Look at who ruined America

The Beholden State
How public-sector unions broke California

The camera focuses on an official of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), California’s largest public-employee union, sitting in a legislative chamber and speaking into a microphone. “We helped to get you into office, and we got a good memory,” she says matter-of-factly to the elected officials outside the shot. “Come November, if you don’t back our program, we’ll get you out of office.’

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do we even put up with these jerks?” What if a few decent, thinking people, who were dedicated enough to their country to actually stand up these skanks, just ran against them?

What if our business sector – who, instead of being a set of cowardly eunuchs with pants stuffed with rolled up socks, were actually leaders who gave a damn about culture that made their success possible – actually stood up and funded the necessary opponents to the rapacious public employee unions.

It might be a different world, a better world. But hey, why bother, when you can always cut deal for sweet subsidy by caving to the Administration and his corrupt shock troops.

How public employees became members of the elite class in a declining California offers a cautionary tale to the rest of the country, where the same process is happening in slower motion. The story starts half a century ago, when California public workers won bargaining rights and quickly learned how to elect their own bosses—that is, sympathetic politicians who would grant them outsize pay and benefits in exchange for their support. Over time, the unions have turned the state’s politics completely in their favor. The result: unaffordable benefits for civil servants; fiscal chaos in Sacramento and in cities and towns across the state; and angry taxpayers finally confronting the unionized masters of California’s unsustainable government.

If you go to the ILGA website, you can dig around and find the bill that created the “Early Retirement Option” for teachers. Wanna guess what the vote was? 59-0 in favor of idiocracy and kleptocracy, including some of your most “stalwart” fiscal conservatives.

Rumor has it that one of the “Fab Five” wistfully wondered whether he could “win without the support of the teacher’s unions.” It’s little wonder that Illinois is circling the drain. Why didn’t anyone stand up to these vermin? Could it be that they were too dumb to understand that they owed more of a duty to their culture and their state than to their re-election?

Could it be that they didn’t know that by standing up 10 years ago, they might have lost an election, but started the movement necessary to defeat these people. We all understand that politics takes a little compromise. But it takes a bit of leadership as well.

To all those in the Illinois General ASSembly…redeem yourselves! Sponsor a bill to end public unionization. It’s only fair to the taxpayers that you’ve delivered to slaughter.