This is a HUGE problem. Michael Barone has written an excellent in-depth article on this increasingly important issue and you can read it on Townhall.com, Mon Feb 8, 2010. I don’t wish to duplicate his work but I don’t think it can be stated strongly enough. These unions have to be brought under control before it is too late – and it is very late indeed. Public service is an exercise in searching for oxymorons. They serve not the public but themselves, and are in place only to perpetuate their own power and existence. They flourish at the expense of the private sector. Mr. Barone said very succinctly that the public sector unions are a PARASITE sucking the life out of the private sector.
Let me reprise: GOVERNMENT PRODUCES NOTHING! Fully seventy percent of all new jobs in this country come from small business. By and large, small businesses do not use private sector unions, though are not necessarily anti-union. Unions in this day and age accomplish little and obstruct much. Unions have destroyed productivity in this country. With their intransigent attitudes towards management they have forced development and manufacturing off-shore to more business friendly environments, leaving the unions to complain bitterly at the dearth of jobs. It’s akin to circling the wagons and firing inwards. They have forced prices higher, made the very companies that were feeding them unprofitable and forced many out of business.
The unholy alliance between the public service sector unions and the CROOKED and UNPRINCIPLED politicians who prop them up must be broken. Like the politicians, these unions have forgotten whom they serve and why.
Here in the ONCE magnificent state of California we have unions and union thuggery run amok. This State is a model for exactly what will happen at the federal government level. Unions have a death grip on the state. The unfunded liability for pension funds alone in the state of California is ONE HUNDRED THIRTY BILLION DOLLARS. To bring that figure into proportion, the State at present faces a budget shortfall of FORTY BILLION dollars.
In a sad parody of the Washington Democrat binge-spending, the insane and out of control California State Assembly is pushing a ridiculously unsustainable ’single payer’ health care system of their own, to the tune of TWO BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR.
Is it any wonder that the citizens of this country are up in arms? The measure of our discontent is palpable in Washington, Sacramento and rest of the country. The people are on the march they are being heard… and they will be COUNTED next November.
Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis
© Skip MacLure 2010