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

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.

 “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?


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)

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