Public Unions – Engines of unspeakable greed

Read this article to understand how this cancer has metastasized into our entire body politic.

When they ask you how you can use such harsh rhetoric, tell them that “pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered,”

Just say it! “Teachers Unions are morally illegitimate”

It’s nice to know that the rhetoric I’ve been using on this website for about 6 years now, which some called “extreme,” has gone mainstream.

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page editors are dipping their toes in the water of truth. They ought to dive in head first, and start rescuing children.

Hating ‘Superman’

The new film “Waiting for ‘Superman’” is getting good reviews for its portrayal of children seeking alternatives to dreadful public schools, and to judge by the film’s opponents it is having an impact.

Witness the scene on a recent Friday night in front of a Loews multiplex in New York City, where some 50 protestors blasted the film as propaganda for charter schools. “Klein, Rhee and Duncan better switch us jobs, so we can put an end to those hedge fund hogs,” went one of their anti-charter cheers, referring to school reform chancellors Joel Klein and Michelle Rhee and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The odd complaint is that donors to charter schools include some hedge fund managers.

Or maybe not so odd. Teachers unions and the public school monopoly have long benefitted from wielding a moral trump card. They claimed to care for children, and caring was defined solely by how much taxpayers spent on schools.

That moral claim is being turned on its head as more Americans come to understand that teachers unions and the public bureaucracy are the main obstacles to reform. Movies such as “Waiting for ‘Superman’” and “The Lottery” are exposing this to the larger American public, leaving the monopolists to the hapless recourse of suggesting that reformers are merely the tools of hedge fund philanthropists.

Teacher’s unions are on the moral defensive because people have finally started to question their moral legitimacy. (welcome to the club) Teachers Unions have none, and, as a concept, they have no right to exist.

Every dime a teachers union extracts from a tax payer for pay, benefits, pensions, etc., is a dime that can’t be used to better educate a child. It’s so obvious that it’s been staring us in the face for decades.

Just as Reagan hastened the fall of the USSR by challenging their moral legitimacy (evil empire, ash heap of history), we must openly start telling our neighbors that teachers unions have no right to one iota of say in education. Their interests, and the interests of society are diametrically opposed.

You don’t negotiate with such an entity, you abolish it. It’s that simple. Get to work.

I’m in for National School Choice Week

I’m in for scrapping the entire overpriced, corrupt, and union-driven money laundering scheme we call public education. You should be in too.

Join Us! National School Choice Week from National School Choice Week on Vimeo.

Why are you letting these people rape you?

The Enormous Cost of Public Unions

Why? So members can live much better on average than those of us in the private sector.

To get a better idea of how this works, meet Hugo Tassone, a Yonkers police officer who retired three years ago at age 44 earning a salary of $74,000 a year. Now receiving an annual pension of $101,333, he raised the amount to that sum by working scads of overtime in his last year on the job, it’s reported.

That’s legal, and he defends himself in a front-page, New York Times story by saying that a cop’s work is difficult, that he took on those duties knowing he could retire after 20 years and that inflation will eat into the large amount as he gets older.

Break the promises. Drive them into court. Let the headlines destroy what little remains of their support. It’s worth it.

Beat the drum louder and longer – Crush Public Unionism

When lefties like Mortimer Zuckerman start to understand that Union Greed is destroying any opportunity for Government to assist the truly needy, it’s time for politicians to understand that they are safe in throwing these greedy people off their campaign bus.

In 2010, 12, and 14, taking money from a public employee union should end your political career. Work as hard as you can to make that happen. It starts with writing your State Legislators and telling them that carrying water for teachers unions is going to be toxic. Get 10 friends in your district to send that letter once every 2 months or so, and the Bozos will start to pay attention.

Mort Zuckerman: The Crippling Price of Public Employee Unions

The American public feels it is drowning in red ink. It is dismayed and even outraged at the burgeoning national deficits, unbalanced state and local budgets, and accounting that often masks the extent of indebtedness. There is a mounting sense that taxpayers are being taken for an expensive ride by public sector unions. The extraordinary benefits the unions have secured for their members are going to be harder and harder to pay.

The political backlash has energized the Tea Party activists, put incumbents at risk in both parties, and already elected fiscal conservatives such as Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. Over the next fiscal year, the states are looking at deficits approaching hundreds of billions of dollars. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank, estimates that this coming year alone states will face an aggregate shortfall of $180 billion. In some states the budget gap is more than 30 percent. The result is a crowding out of the state role as the supporter of adequate infrastructure, education, and healthcare.

The American public feels it is drowning in red ink. It is dismayed and even outraged at the burgeoning national deficits, unbalanced state and local budgets, and accounting that often masks the extent of indebtedness. There is a mounting sense that taxpayers are being taken for an expensive ride by public sector unions. The extraordinary benefits the unions have secured for their members are going to be harder and harder to pay.

The political backlash has energized the Tea Party activists, put incumbents at risk in both parties, and already elected fiscal conservatives such as Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. Over the next fiscal year, the states are looking at deficits approaching hundreds of billions of dollars. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank, estimates that this coming year alone states will face an aggregate shortfall of $180 billion. In some states the budget gap is more than 30 percent. The result is a crowding out of the state role as the supporter of adequate infrastructure, education, and healthcare.

Everywhere you look, the news is the same…

Public Employee Unions are bankrupting everything they touch

At what point in time will you join the fight to end their reign of greed and error?

Trickle-Down Misery in L.A.
Mayor Villaraigosa’s nightmare numbers.

The city is chin-deep in California’s trickle-down misery, and last week Richard Riordan, who was L.A. mayor from 1993 to 2001, coauthored with Alexander Rubalcava—an investment adviser—a Wall Street Journal column declaring the city’s fiscal crisis “terminal.” They say Villaraigosa should “face the fact” that “between now and 2014 the city will likely declare bankruptcy.” Villaraigosa says that will not happen. But look what has happened.

For 15 years Villaraigosa was an organizer for the Service Employees International Union and the city’s teachers’ union. Now he is trying to cope with, and partially undo, largesse for unionized public employees: “I have to sign the checks on the front, not just the back.”

The stupidity of this man knows no bounds. REALLY, you now have to “sign the front” of the check. Did you even give a damn about that when you were a stinking SEIU THUG, A—OLE!!!

I can only say this America. It was nice while it lasted. We had a great run, and a very good run at greatness.

In the end however, we were brought down by our own success. The dingbat soccer mom shoveling money into the maw of the teachers union while stupidly believing it was benefiting her kids, combined with the idiocy of believing that public employees could retire at 55 with obscene pensions and full health benefits, conspired to turn America into debt-soaked Euro-state.

I’m more of a conservative than a libertarian, so it hurts me to say this. Just shrug. If you can afford it, stop working, stop hiring, stop putting effort in to your own destruction. Take a year off, get politically active, and take America back from the thugs (SEIU, Teachers’ Unions, AFSCME) who destroyed (or are destroying) her.

Break the pension promises now, or devolve into Greece…

…Those are our 2 choices

We don’t have the luxury of paying the public unions for their greed. Yes, this does mean breaking a “contract.” But the contract was never negotiated between two equal parties. The unions purchased the legislatures and school boards, who wrote the school and public laws. Then they negotiated with purchased parties of unequal power.

The taxpayers never had a place at the table. Break the contracts, break the promises, or they break America. It’s that simple.

The Welfare State’s Death Spiral

WASHINGTON — What we’re seeing in Greece is the death spiral of the welfare state. This isn’t Greece’s problem alone, and that’s why its crisis has rattled global stock markets and threatens economic recovery. Virtually every advanced nation, including the United States, faces the same prospect. Aging populations have been promised huge health and retirement benefits, which countries haven’t fully covered with taxes. The reckoning has arrived in Greece, but it awaits most wealthy societies.

Americans dislike the term “welfare state” and substitute the bland word “entitlements.” The vocabulary doesn’t alter the reality. Countries cannot overspend and overborrow forever. By delaying hard decisions about spending and taxes, governments maneuver themselves into a cul de sac. To be sure, Greece’s plight is usually described as a European crisis — especially for the euro, the common money used by 16 countries — and this is true. But only up to a point.

The welfare state’s death spiral is this: Almost anything governments might do with their budgets threatens to make matters worse by slowing the economy or triggering a recession. By allowing deficits to balloon, they risk a financial crisis as investors one day — no one knows when — doubt governments’ ability to service their debts and, as with Greece, refuse to lend except at exorbitant rates. Cutting welfare benefits or raising taxes all would, at least temporarily, weaken the economy. Perversely, that would make paying the remaining benefits harder.

Greece illustrates the bind. To gain loans from other European countries and the International Monetary Fund, it embraced budget austerity. Average pension benefits will be cut 11 percent; wages for government workers will be cut 14 percent; the basic rate for the value added tax will rise from 21 percent to 23 percent. These measures will plunge Greece into a deep recession. In 2009, unemployment was about 9 percent; some economists expect it to peak near 19 percent.

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.

Public Sector eating itself alive

Repeat what I’ve been saying for about 5 years now…

“You can’t fund a public ______ when you are funding a public ______bureaucracy. It’s sad, but somewhat gratifying to have the things I’ve been talking about for years actually come true. It won’t get better until you end the reign of public employee unions. Find the politicians that have taken their money, and vote them all out of office.

Layoffs spreading among N.J. public-sector workers

They had it all planned out.

Jennifer Beese would give up her $65,000-a-year job as a sales rep and borrow money to go to graduate school. Her dream: to become a teacher.

Her fiance, John Cidoni, would support them on his income as a Lumberton police officer and save money by moving into Beese’s home in Bordentown City.

The couple would marry in June and have their first child next year.

Now New Jersey’s fiscal crisis has thrown their plan off course, as it has for thousands of public and private workers across the region.

Cidoni, 32, was laid off from his police job of seven years at the beginning of the month, along with five other employees, when Lumberton faced a budget deficit.

Beese, 30, is one month away from receiving her teaching certification from Georgian Court University but is concerned about finding a job at a time when many other school districts in the state are considering teacher layoffs.

Maybe it’s time all these young couples took a good economics class. You know, the kind that teaches that before wealth can be taxed, it actually has to be produced. Yeah, something like that.

Why do citizens allow such greed in their government?

Selfish State of the Unions

New York state and city are drowning in red ink, but don’t waste your breath telling it to government unions. They got theirs, and they’ll do anything and everything to keep it.

Gov. Paterson’s plan to delay 4 percent raises so the state doesn’t run out of cash is met with threats of lawsuits.

Mayor Bloomberg’s call for relatively modest spending cuts provokes warnings that the city will sink into the Hudson if a penny is subtracted from bloated budgets.

The way organized labor sees it, sacrifice is for suckers. Let somebody else pay.

There once was a time when public-employee unions were responsible citizens. They saw their members’ well-being directly tied to the well-being of the people and institutions they served. The movement was probably more militant 40 years ago, but it famously did its part to help the city out of the fiscal crisis of the ’70s.

As for the specific matter at hand, every Governor, Democrat or Republican, needs to cut the pay and precipitate the lawsuit. Once the suit gains press coverage, no citizen will be un-informed as to the seething greed of public unions.

Generally, the article is accurate, but I take issue with the idea that public employee unions have ever been responsible citizens. Like the British coal miners who struck for higher wages during wartime (having the government over a barrel), unions – Public Unions in particular – are not “citizens” at all. They are parasites. They are bankrupting entire states, bleeding taxpayers, and they are fully aware that they are killing the host that feeds them.

Just look at Greece. That is what is coming here, unless we end public unionism entirely. Teachers, professors, police and firefighters, et.al. all need to be under the protection of a decent (and flexible) civil service code. Beyond that, public unionism needs to be abolished.