Too big not to fail – Tea Party Nation

 

Too big not to fail – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Too big not to fail

 We have heard of too big to fail.  There is one entity that we have in this nation that is so big it must fail.  As an institution it is a failure.  The only hope many people have is for this institution to fail and be replaced.

 What is this institution that has done so much damage and must be replaced?

 It is the public education system.

 If you have any doubt about it, look what is happening in Chicago.

 Chicago teachers are striking.  They are demanding a 20% pay raise this year alone.  Chicago teachers are already the highest paid in the nation, with salaries of over $76,000 a year before benefits!

 What’s wrong with the Chicago schools? 

 They have a 40% dropout rate. 

 That is right, almost one out of every two students drops out!

 With that kind of failure rate, these teachers should not be demanding a raise.  They should be damn grateful to have a job.

 Unfortunately for America, public education is now education of the teachers’ union, by the teachers’ union and for the teachers’ union. 

 The educational bureaucracy in America is massive, bloated and out of control.

 It is time for it to go.

 America’s test scores continue to drop.  We used to be the best in the world in math and science.  Now, some third world countries are doing as well as we are.  For two generations, we have heard the mantra; more pay and smaller classes will solve all of the world’s issues.  

 We’ve tried that for forty years.  What has the result been?  Test scores continue to drop.  Dropout rates continue to rise.  When Johnny graduates, he is lucky if he can read his diploma.

 We need change.

 We need to cast the public education system into the ash heap of history and start all over.

 How do we do that?

 Vouchers and independent schools.

 We need to turn our education departments into accreditation departments and not providers of education.  After all, they have already failed at that mission.

 Let’s create news schools, owned by both profit and non-profit corporations.  Let’s give every child in the state a voucher for the cost of the current public education and they can take that any where within their city or county to get an education.

 Public education is socialism at its finest.  How do socialists allocate resources?  By the direction of the government instead of the free market and it is rationed.  That is why certain zip codes have the best schools.  That is why if you want to get your kid into a preferential school in some areas you have to camp out in front of the board of education for a couple of nights to be first in line.   Instead of letting these issues be resolved by the free market, government plans and the plans fail.

 The free market system will allow every parent the opportunity to get their child into a good school.  Bad schools will be almost non-existent because bad schools will fail.  If a school is so bad no parent wants to put their child in that school, it will go out of business. 

 We have run public education the way the socialists want us to for seventy years or longer.  How many times does education have to fail before we realize government control of education is the problem?

 We can either give in to the union thugs who are trying to run education or we can put them out of business and give kids a good education.

 Let’s tear this broken system down!

 

It’s Time To Get Unions Out Of The Government! – Tea Party Nation

It’s Time To Get Unions Out Of The Government! – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Jane Galt

The unions got their backsides handed to them in the Wisconsin recall elections Tuesday. They royally screwed up. They misused recall elections, which were intended to remove people from office for corruption or illegal misdeeds, to try to thwart a political agenda that the voters had voted for, and which was needed to save the state from the corrupt influences and policies that resulted from the very act of allowing unions into government in the first place!

 Those policies, brought in by the Walker administration, were literally “the will of the people” and had worked to turn that state’s economy around in the positive direction again, stimulating job growth and reversing government deficits and debt!

 But they also resulted in a de facto change of Wisconsin’s government into a “right to work” one, in which the state would no longer force collection of union dues from its workers, via their paychecks. That change alone allowed over 50% of former union members to quit, driving the unions berserk and threatening a death blow to the entire establishment of unions in government.

 The unionists ranted and raved that it was an end to “freedom to organize”, even “freedom of speech” and they even falsely compared their plight to that of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement ( I GAGGED at that falsehood! ), but in effect it was an end to their power to use thug tactics to force people to be a part of something they didn’t wish to be a part of, in effect, forced-collectivism, and over half the state workers fled the unions, the moment they were allowed to!

 What a concept! That such relationships should be consensual and that workers should have freedom of choice!

 FDR, yes the guy who said; “Some of my best friends are Communists.”, said this about allowing unions into government:

 “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.

“Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable. It is, therefore, with a feeling of gratification that I have noted in the constitution of the National Federation of Federal Employees the provision that “under no circumstances shall this Federation engage in or support strikes against the United States Government.”

Unions in government are a monopoly provider. If GM workers go on strike, you can buy Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, etc. But government workers have monopoly power over the government. The unions negotiate with the politicians they give campaign money to, a conflict of interest. This has created a completely unsustainable fiscal nightmare, which is threatening to the very structure of our system of government, puts unsustainable fiscal burdens on it, and indeed threatens to collapse the nation if it is allowed to continue!

 It was purely a survival policy that Wisconsin voters chose, when they elected Walker and his crew to change things. It was either those changes or collapse. Yet the changes were so threatening to the Marxist ( forced-collectivist ) union thugs that they poured tens of millions of dollars into the attempted recall, from union coffers all over the country, possibly from all over the world!

Yes, even Progressive-socialist FDR said that unions should NOT be allowed in the government. Unions inside the government are now threatening the very financial collapse of our nation, as well as others around the world. They do not belong in government and they should be removed from all government branches immediately.

 And government workers should be given the same pay scales as people with the same jobs in the private sector, and they should have to contribute 100% of any pension money they put aside for retirement!

 It’s time to end this elite government class system and its attending and sustaining unionized thuggery!

 

Teachers Union President Deems Education Too Complex for Tax-Paying Rubes – Kyle Olson – Townhall Conservative

Teachers Union President Deems Education Too Complex for Tax-Paying Rubes – Kyle Olson – Townhall Conservative.

It’s so reassuring to have the intellectual elites in our nation’s teachers unions, like Sandy Hughes of Tennessee, looking out for us rubes.

Hughes, a local union president, is pitching the idea that school board membership be limited to people who “have worked in the education field,” because the issues at hand are “so complex” and too complicated for average citizens.

In other words, all will be well if taxpayers just get out of the way and let the wise and wonderful union folks run our schools, no questions asked. All we have to do is keep paying the taxes, then mind our own business.

This is a perfect example of the snobbery and arrogance that is so pervasive in the public education establishment.

A stay-at-home mom that wants to be on the board? Sorry. Business owners who know how to control labor costs and balance budgets? They don’t have the right skill set, according to Hughes. Public education is too “complex” for them.

Hughes didn’t happen to mention the 80% graduation rate in her county, the 52% of 3-8 graders who aren’t proficient in reading or the 62% who aren’t proficient in math. Perhaps she thinks those statistics are acceptable, and the public school accept them, too.

There’s another issue at play here. Most communities throughout the nation elect school board members. Teachers unions throughout the nation provide millions of dollars in campaign contributions to get their hand-picked candidates elected, then lo and behold, they negotiate juicy, expensive contracts with their pet board members.

Union leaders have clearly thought this through. Some have actually produced How-To manuals, such as the Michigan Education Association’s “Electing Your Employer – It’s as easy as 1-2-3!” In it, the union details every step necessary to elect union-friendly school board members.

The only problem is that, with a board full of union supporters, nobody is looking out for the interests of students and taxpayers. But of course, people who aren’t dedicated to the union agenda have no business on school boards, according to Hughes. We obviously don’t understand the process. It’s all too “complex” for us.

House to Vote on Blocking NLRB’s Pro-Unionization Efforts – Heritage.org

 

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House to Vote on Blocking NLRB’s Pro-Unionization EffortsHeritage.org.

What does it take to bring an airline to its knees? Uncompetitive union-negotiated labor contracts and a fundamental unwillingness to recognize that in a down economy, unions have a hard time raising wages without destroying jobs.

That was a lesson that unions refused to learn in the case of American Airlines, which yesterday announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, making it the last large U.S. full-fare airline to seek court protection from creditors. American was forced to take that action when the airline pilots union refused to budge on its demands for massive signing bonuses and wage increases. The airline’s competitors are flying high in profits after restructuring union contracts in their own bankruptcy proceedings.

Unions also didn’t learn any lessons after taxpayers bailed out General Motors and Chrysler, and then-White House “auto-czar” Ron Bloom gave the UAW preferential treatment in the restructuring process despite their contracts being largely at fault.

And, this is a lesson that still has not penetrated the walls of the Obama White House. The President’s appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) want businesses to be unionized at all costs, even if it means harming both workers and the economy. They’re trying to make it happen by ramming through measures that would help expand unionization in America.

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Workplace Democracy and Fairness Act, introduced by Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN). The bill protects the right of workers to decide whether or not to unionize. That’s a right that the NLRB would like to drastically weaken.

One tack the Obama NLRB is taking is implementing “snap elections” which Heritage labor expert James Sherk says are designed to prevent employees from making an informed choice about unionizing.

The policy shortens the election period from six weeks to as little as 10 days, depriving companies of their ability to explain to workers the darker side of unionization, including strike histories, dues increases, and union corruption. Meanwhile, union leaders would have months to try to sell workers on their side of the story through rose-colored glasses.

The NLRB is set to vote on the new rule today, but it’s possible that their efforts could be forestalled if the lone Republican on the board resigns or withholds participation in the vote, depriving the NLRB of the quorum it needs to issue regulations.

Their earlier gambit — known as “micro unions” — redefines who gets to vote on unionizing a particular workplace. Instead of workers with a shared “community of interest” forming a single bargaining unit and voting together on unionizing (think cashiers, shelf-stockers, and greeters at a grocery store), now the Obama NLRB has allowed unions to form cherry-picked bargaining units of their supporters. Sherk explains how the new rule would impact workers:

If most workers at a store oppose unionizing, but a union has majority support among the cashiers, it can now form a union of just the cashiers. The shelf-stockers and greeters would not get a vote.

Unionizing brings risks to the entire workplace. The Obama NLRB has allowed unions to selectively disenfranchise the workers who do not want to take that risk.

All of this is occurring despite the fact that only one in 10 non-union workers say they want to unionize. What’s more, unionized companies invest less, are less competitive, and create fewer jobs than non-union companies. Given these facts, it’s no surprise that union membership has shrunk to just 7 percent in the private sector. Likewise, though, it’s not surprising that the Obama NLRB is digging in and trying to foist unionization on all companies while it still can.

Kline’s bill attempts to prevent that from happening by guaranteeing that union elections are not held until workers have at least 35 days to hear from both sides, ensuring that employers have at least 14 days to find legal counsel before any legal proceedings begin, preventing unions from cherry-picking which workers can vote, and protecting privacy by letting workers decide which contact information to release to union organizers.

Kline says, “It’s very clear to me that we’re seeing the rights of employers and employees under attack.” And he’s right. Workers have a right to organize unions, but they should have a right not to organize them as well. Reforms like the ones Kline is proposing help protect that right.

Florida Teacher’s Union Sues over Merit Pay – Tea Party Nation

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Florida Teacher’s Union Sues over Merit Pay – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Dr. Rich Swier

If teacher’s do not want to be paid based on merit, then what do they want to be paid for? Teachers hold their students accountable and promote them to the next grade level based upon merit, don’t they?

Why shouldn’t teachers be evaluated and paid based on merit?

According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, “Sarasota teachers joined with the statewide teacher’s union Wednesday in legal action against a new law that links teacher pay to student performance and ends tenure for new teachers.”

What this is all about is collective bargaining.

Now here is an interesting statement from Christine Mayer, a Sarasota elementary school teacher, “I’m there to teach the child. They’re there to learn. Now I have yet more hoops that I have to jump through that violate my constitutional rights.” It appears Christine does not know what is in the U.S. Constitution or the Florida Constitution. There is no constitutional right to not being evaluated, nor to have collective bargaining. The Florida legislature can give and take away collective bargaining, as was done in Wisconsin.

This lawsuit is to try to get the courts to keep unions in power, a secondary issue teacher’s being held accountable. When political pressure fails then sue and hope the courts rule in your favor. I know, you union members are thinking let’s have every government worker’s union sue to not be held accountable for their job performance. But wait that is already embedded in NEA, AFT and SEIU negotiated contracts.

Samuel L. Blumenfeld, in his book “Is Public Education Necessary?“, lists five myths about public education:

Myth 1: Public education is a great democratic institution fundamental to America’s prosperity and well-being.

Myth 2: Public education is necessary as the great equalizer in our society, bringing together children from different ethnic, social, racial, and religious groups and molding them into homogenized Americans – which we are all supposed to want to be.

Myth 3: Public education provides the best possible education because we are the best possible country spending the most possible money.

Myth 4: Neighborhood schools with its cadre of dedicated teachers and administrators belongs to the community and is answerable to it through an elected school board.

Myth 5: Our society cannot survive without it – that is, public education and all the people who run it.

Experience has shown us these are truly myths. According to Justin Pope, education writer for the Associated Press, “SAT reading scores for the high school class of 2011 were the lowest on record, and combined reading and math scores fell to their lowest point since 1995.

Wayne Camara, College Board vice president of research, said recent curriculum reforms that pushed math instruction may be coming at the expense of reading and writing — especially in an era when students are reading less and less at home. We’re looking and wondering if [more] efforts in English and reading and writing would benefit” students.”

I believe in an educated public, however, I have lost confidence in our public education system. Especially when I see teacher’s unions not wanting teacher to be evaluated on their merit. Parents, teachers and students must come first, not unions.

Message to the unions: TANSTAAFL! – Tea Party Nation

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Message to the unions: TANSTAAFL! – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Melissa Brookstone

If you’ve seen my previous blog article from June 29th at

http://www.teapartynation.com/profiles/blogs/time-to-privatize-the-post

Time To Privatize The Post Office”, you’ll recall that I observed that the USPS is imploding and collapsing.

 Well things have gotten even worse since then.

 http://www.urbanchristiannews.com/ucn/2011/09/postal-service-on-verge-of-collapse.html

 “Postal Service On Verge of Collapse?

September 7, 2011 5:10 AM

 Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, left, testifies during a Senate hearing about proposals to prevent a shutdown of the postal service. ( Alex Wong / Getty Images / September 6, 2011)

 The agency will default on its financial obligations unless Congress permits it to end Saturday delivery, close offices, lay off workers and take other steps, the postmaster general tells a Senate panel.

 The U.S. Postal Service is on the verge of financial collapse and should eliminate Saturday delivery, close thousands of local post offices, restructure its health plan and lay off 120,000 workers to survive, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.”

 Unions in the government are monopoly providers. If GM workers go on strike, you can buy from Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, etc. But government workers have monopoly power over the government. The unions negotiate with the politicians they give campaign money to, a conflict of interest. This has created a completely unsustainable fiscal nightmare and immense corruption of our system of government.

 Even Progressive-socialist FDR said that unions should NOT be allowed in the government.

Unions inside the government are now threatening the very financial collapse of our nation, as well as others around the world.

 “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.

 “Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable. It is, therefore, with a feeling of gratification that I have noted in the constitution of the National Federation of Federal Employees the provision that “under no circumstances shall this Federation engage in or support strikes against the United States Government.” – FDR

 Yet over the past several decades, unions have declined in this country, except in government, where they have grown and their power has increased. Obama received massive support from them during the 2008 elections and they’ve been frequent visitors to the White House ever since, and received billions and billions in payoffs from his administration and its democratically-controlled Congress. Even the “stimulus” money has flown copiously down into union pockets, for things like unnecessarily wasteful road work and “infrastructure” projects. ( When it hasn’t been supporting illegals, instead of American citizens in those jobs. Oh I forgot – ‘they do the jobs that Americans won’t do”, right? )

In unionized government jobs, workers are spoiled rotten, by a system that lets them put in very little time, then retire at a large percentage of their salary and put the burden for it on the taxpayers. I’ve seen some examples where a worker only had to put in $140,000 over their entire “career”, and could then draw out millions at tax slave expense, from early retirement, while going on to work at additional jobs. This is totally unsustainable, yet the politicians use this largesse from the public trough to get union votes, leaving the burden on the people.

 It’s literally leading to the collapse of some nations, threatening California now, and could bring down this entire country, if not stopped. Yet when countries like Greece just try to renegotiate a little, they face destructive riots by union thugs and socialists, who feel entitled to these gifts, even if it winds up collapsing everything.

 I say “gifts”, because that’s exactly what they are. If you or I work over the entire course of a career, we’re expected to put a percentage of our money away for retirement, and invest it so that it grows. No one is handing us anything, unless a private company chooses to enhance their employee benefits by contributing additional amounts towards their retirement funds, but in private industry that’s voluntary, an important point. Board members are responsible to share holders, and for turning a profit to keep the company going.

 But in government there are no such restrictions and the taxpayers are forced to support the whimsical re-election gifts of politicians long gone, literally for as long as the retired union worker shall live. This is why even a socialist like FDR recognized the dangers of such a system.

 When we were kids, when we’d see something advertised as being “free”, our grandfather used to tell us the story about the term “TANSTAAFL”, which means “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch”. Long ago, when beer was 5 cents ( before the Fed caused all that inflation and devalued our dollar by 92% since 1913 ), bars would put up signs that said “Free lunch with your beer”. They figured that if people would sit at the bar and keep drinking beers, they could give them a little lunch and still make a profit. But sooner or later, people figured out that it wasn’t really “free”, because they were paying for it as part of the price of all those beers. Somebody had to pay for it, after all, if the bar was to make a profit and stay in business. ( This was before “profit” became a dirty word. )

 So the term TANSTAAFL came into common use, back around the time my grandfather was growing up. It was a way of telling people that, there ain’t no such thing as “free”. Someone has to pay for it.

 And this should be one of the most important modern lessons of government. People have been spoiled rotten. They grow up thinking that government should give us “free” stuff, from cradle to grave. But there ain’t no such thing as “free”. Someone has to pay for it, and if we don’t learn that soon, we will suffer the same fate as Greece, and very likely several other nations will now suffer – collapse under the weight of all the “free stuff” promised by the ghosts of politicians past.

 This is something that the unionists and other “entitled” folks in Greece will probably not learn in time. There are very grave predictions for that country, that because the entitled people there refuse to give a bit, it will eventually collapse the entire nation, despite global efforts to prop up their failing economy.

 But the union people in this country must be told this, and face up to the decision soon. Do they want to cling to their entitlements that they didn’t fully earn, and possibly wind up eventually living in a collapsed country with an economy like North Korea’s? Or are they willing to wake up now and smell the coffee, which is not “free”, and set things back to the kind of system where people are expected to pay for what they get, and invest their own money for their own future prosperity and security?

Because TANSTAAFL.

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” – President Gerald Ford, Presidential address to a joint session of Congress (12 August 1974)

AFL-CIO Says It’s Forming Union Thug Super PAC, Will Be Able To Raise Unlimited Funds To Attack GOP Candidates… (via The Last Refuge)

AFL-CIO Says It’s Forming Union Thug Super PAC, Will Be Able To Raise Unlimited Funds To Attack GOP Candidates… WASHINGTON (AP) — The AFL-CIO hopes to boost its clout by launching a new political action committee that could raise unlimited amounts of money, part of the federation’s goal of building a year-round political organizing structure. Forming a so-called “super labor PAC” would allow the labor federation to raise money from sympathetic donors both inside and outside union membership and mobilize support beyond its traditional base, instead of rampi … Read More

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RASMUSSEN: Time for public-union temper tantrums – Washington Times

RASMUSSEN: Time for public-union temper tantrums – Washington Times.

Labor whines as overextended state tightens the purse strings

Another day, another union up- rising. This time, Illinois’ government unions are up in arms about raises they were supposed to receive on July 1. But don’t be fooled – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn isn’t joining the ranks of the governors of New Jersey, Wisconsin and Ohio.

Earlier this month Mr. Quinn, a Democrat, announced that his administration would not fund the next round of pay raises for tens of thousands of unionized state employees. July 1 was set to be the third – yes, third – round of raises for state workers over the past seven months – with more scheduled in 2012.

Mr. Quinn, a liberal who campaigned on the line “early to bed, early to rise, work like hell to organize,” hasn’t suddenly woken up to the problem of out-of-control government compensation. Rather, he simply wasn’t given the $75 million needed for the raises. Although the Illinois General Assembly passed a record budget this year, legislators funded programs and government employee pensions instead of pay raises.

Expectedly, the union brass reacted with fury, stating Mr. Quinn had “sunk lower” than Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, both Republicans who recently have overseen implementation of sweeping changes to public-sector unionization rules in their states.

This temper tantrum comes less than a year after the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) endorsed Mr. Quinn for re-election in his gubernatorial campaign and sent more than $500,000 into his election coffers. A few days after the fall endorsement, the governor inked a no-layoff, no-facility-closure deal with the union. As part of that deal, the unions accepted delays to their pay-hike schedule to give the governor some breathing room in the budget.

AFSCME has said it has an inviolable deal with the government. Make no mistake – the union’s reason for existence is to squeeze as much as possible from taxpayers for union members. And they’re usually slick communicators with strong allies in the press.

But the union’s strident demands are coming back to bite them. When nearly one in 10 Illinoisans are unemployed, the state’s government unions are angry over not getting yet another raise. This doesn’t sit well with families who are losing out on an extra week’s worth of wages thanks to a record income tax hike passed in January.

Increasingly, the public is catching on to the game in which government employees, in effect, set their own pay by electing their employers. A June 2011 poll showed that nearly half of likely Illinois voters believe the average government worker is paid more than the average private-sector worker; just 13 percent felt government workers earned less.

Government worker pay in Illinois, as with many other states, has outpaced the private sector in recent times. In real terms, private-sector compensation (wages plus benefits) in Illinois declined 2 percent over the past 15 years, while state-worker compensation increased by 17 percent. In 2008, the average compensation for an Illinois state worker was $69,500. The average private-sector compensation? Just $56,500.

State workers also have advantages in job security, sick-time accrual and early retirement. Over a 40-year career, the average Illinois state worker will receive about 510 more paid vacation days than the average-private sector worker. And contrary to what they may say at the picket lines, public workers know they have a plum arrangement – that’s why turnover rates among state workers are a fourth of what they are in the private sector.

Ultimately, Mr. Quinn’s decision to rescind government employee pay hikes is less about setting up a fair and sustainable arrangement with state workers and more to do with legislative decisions that tied his hands. A state arbitrator ruled in favor of the unions last week, but the case is likely to end up in the courts.

This doesn’t change the fact that there must be parity between those who work for government and those who labor to pay for government.

Kristina Rasmussen is executive vice president of the Illinois Policy Institute.

Lipstick on a Union Pig – Kyle Olson – Townhall Conservative

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Lipstick on a Union Pig – Kyle Olson – Townhall Conservative.

For some strange reason, some union activists prefer their organizations be referred to as “associations,” as opposed to unions. That’s odd, given that the National Education Association has grabbed the union mantle with both hands, and the American Federation of Teachers adopted the slogan “A union of professionals.” That seems like an oxymoron, but I suppose it makes them feel good when they run the letterhead through their laser printer.

So color me humored when Marc Severson, blogging as the “Tired Tucson Teacher” (that inspires parents to request him for their kids, I’m sure…) attempted to explain, “It’s an association, not a union.”

“Let me start by saying I have been a member of AEA/NEA and my local association since the first hour of my student teaching. I refused to walk into the classroom without being a member. You might say I bleed association red.

“My reasons for belonging are numerous but suffice to say, the most important one is that as a professional I believe it is concomitant upon me to belong to my professional organization.”

http://tucsoncitizen.com/tired-tucson-teacher/2011/07/17/its-not-a-union-its-an-association/

It goes on from there. Strangely, he never actually defines the difference between a union and an association, and I hate to break it to Marc, but he belongs to a brass-tacks, take-no-prisoners union. He can put as much lipstick and perfume on that pig as he wants, but the thing still oinks and jumps in the mud.

There’s nothing professional about the NEA or AFT. They have never cared much about teacher quality until recently, when they realized that politicians from both parties are demanding it. And they haven’t cared much about the quality of the educational system, or responsiveness to parents’ and students’ needs, until recently. And that’s only because more Americans are waking up to the fact that we have islands of public education success in a sea of failure.

What they have cared about, of course, is keeping health insurance deductibles low, premium co-pays low and pension systems funded with scant little teacher buy-in. And they have always been concerned about tenured teachers having a job for life, and teachers being judged by length of service rather than quality of work.

Those aren’t the actions of a professional organization or a voluntary association. Those are the actions of a union looking out for its members. Severson would be wise to acknowledge that fact and seek to do something about that, before the lipstick wears off and even he sees the pig for what it is.

NUGENT: The great taxpayer fleecing – Washington Times

NUGENT: The great taxpayer fleecing – Washington Times.

Americans can’t afford to pay the inflated salaries of public-sector unionists

When historians look back at this time in our history, I recommend they call this era “The Great American Taxpayer Fleecing.”

This, of course, will not apply to those 50 percent of Americans who pay no income taxes. They get fleeced and conned in other ways, such as the Democratic Party convincing them that evil, greedy Republicans are the reason they are poor, unemployed and underemployed. Sadly, many are obviously too clueless to see which political party is their modern-day slave master and which one wants to liberate them.

There is any number of creative, artful, immoral and probably illegal ways the U.S. taxpayer is being fleeced. Take for example the president’s trillion-dollar stimulus bill.

This expensive albatross has not, cannot and will not stimulate the free market. In fact, unemployment has gone up since Uncle Sham set fire to hundreds and hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars. Again.

The stimulus bill was a fraud, a fleecing of taxpayers of monumental proportions. It was artfully designed to say one thing – it will create jobs, keep unemployment low, grow the economy – while doing another – shoveling stacks and stacks of taxpayer cash to labor unions in return for union members voting Democrat. Where is the congressional investigation of this epic, trillion-dollar voter shakedown?

States and cities are also fleecing taxpayers by cutting deals with public-employee labor unions.

Imagine this: Government employees – those being paid with taxpayer dollars – hold states and cities hostage primarily due to elected state and city officials agreeing to labor contracts and enriching the government employees while the taxpayer gets fleeced and is left to pick up the hefty tab through increased taxes. Chicago politics have infested Washington.

There has been little collective bargaining but much collective fleecing and no one is looking out for the real little guy who is getting fleeced – the taxpayer.

According to Fedzilla’s own Bureau of Labor Statistics, union employees get paid roughly 30 percent more than private-sector employees. And guess what? The largest group of labor-union employees are now government employees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 37 percent of government employees belong to a union while just 7 percent of private-sector employees do. Jimmy Hoffa lives.

It is directly due to the wages, associated benefits and unheard-of and unsupportable retirement benefits that numerous cities and states are now swamped in debt and headed toward financial collapse under the dead weight of Big Brother.

Wisconsin and other states are trying to get their financial houses in order. Of course, the unionized public employees in these states have fought them at every step. Those who suckle from the teat of the taxpayer are revolting that they may have to pay for more of their retirement and health care costs.

Showing union solidarity instead of doing their duty, you may recall that Democratic, state-elected punks from Wisconsin went and reportedly hid near Chicago instead of voting. Interestingly, both Chicago and Illinois are going bankrupt due to deals they cut with their public employees. Al Capone and Frank Nitty live.

Public employees should be paid a fair-market wage that is not unlike what their private-sector peers are compensated, including wages, benefits and retirement plans. That’s the first step in stopping the fleecing of the taxpayer at the state and city level.

Ted Nugent is an American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is the author of “Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns & Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).

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