Public Pensions and the Death of American Cities
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss American cities going broke, why public union pensions play a significant role and if Washington may eventually bail out bankrupt cities and states.
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Labor’s Last Stand Before Oblivion
Until union bosses come up with a new business model, a perpetuation of their ‘business as usual’ approach will see unions dwindle further before they become nothing more than a motley collection of government unions, motley occupiers, aging Marxists, political lobbyists, and a retirees association. And, if that’s all unions are to become, it might just be cheaper to join AARP.
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With Queen Elizabeth’s 60th Anniversary on the throne being celebrated last week, royal watchers across America were glued to televisions and tabloids to hear the details of the lavish events marking the life and reign of a truly historic public figure. While it’s behavior I don’t quite understand, royal watching is a hobby for many Americans. Maybe it’s because monarchy is so foreign to | Read More »
Now Bleed Them Dry
Note: This was co-written with my brother, Drew Ryun, president of American Majority Action. This week, America saw what real hope and change actually looks like. The Wisconsin recall fight wasn’t about Republicans and Democrats. It wasn’t about Obama. It was about the power of the majority of taxpayers who stood up against being fleeced by the very public employee union bosses who have put | Read More »
Decision Day in Wisconsin
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by CJ Ciaramella to discuss today’s hotly contested Wisconsin recall election, which side will benefit from high turnout, and how the relationship between Democrats and public sector unions may be impacted by today’s result. We’re brought to you as always by Stephen Clouse and | Read More »
Big Labor Pours $7 Mil. Into Recall, Likely to Exceed 2011 Spending
Just released campaign finance documents show Big Labor both inside and outside of Wisconsin pouring just over $7 million into the effort to recall Governor Scott Walker and four GOP state senators. In the 2011 recall campaign combined total spending by unions and progressive groups reached $14.7 million, or just over twice what labor unions alone have managed to raise or spend in what is | Read More »
NYT throws public sector unions under the bus.
It would seem that the New York Times has decided that this is indeed a time of shared sacrifice; and the New York Times has further decided to volunteer public sector union employees in Wisconsin to be the ones… ‘sharing.’ This article is fairly astounding: not because it is inaccurate in making a sharp distinction between public and private sector union employees, mostly to the | Read More »
Gov. Scott Walker in His Own Words
Promoted and bumped. – Moe Lane Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sat down for an interview with The Heritage Foundation to talk about his resolve, his political hero, and why he’d prefer to see the stalemate last indefinitely rather than compromise on his principles.
Unions fuel the hate in Wisconsin.
[UPDATE]: Ann Althouse has a few photos up that rather starkly symbolize just how committed public sector unions are to cleaning up the mess. (Via @keder) The Wisconsin GOP has put together a quick video of union attacks on Governor Scott Walker, which include: signs calling him a Nazi (and a dictator generally); signs calling him a rapist; and signs calling for his death. What | Read More »
Move Over, Chris Christie: Wisconsin’s Walker Gives Public-Sector Unions Some Tough Love
He’s been in office for less than two months, but it’s become clear that newly-elected Governor Scott Walker plans on cleaning up Wisconsin’s fiscal house and public-sector unions are not too happy. Wisconsin, according to the Sunshine Review… …[F]aces an estimated $58 million shortfall in its Medicaid budget, according to a new memo released this week by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. This comes after the | Read More »
Viva la Union? Breaking the Stranglehold of Government Unions Before It’s Too Late.
Last week, it was revealed that the government workers’ union AFSCME is spending $87.5 million to try to keep Democrats from being defeated on November 2nd. Interestingly, some people seemed shocked by this. They really shouldn’t be though. For decades, America’s union bosses have touted a desire to be more like their European counterparts and they’ve figured out the only way for them to accomplish | Read More »
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Look upon a dangerous Oregon scofflaw!
Tremble with fear at this enemy of the State of Oregon: Her name is Julie, she’s seven years old, and she decided to sell some lemonade at a Portland, Oregon art fair… yes. You know precisely how this ends: it ends with a county public sector union employee with a clipboard making a seven year old cry by threatening her with several hundred dollars in | Read More »