Saturday, February 26, 2011

Unions Should Disintegrate Into the Dust-Heap of History

Finally the day of reckoning with entitlements has come. After more than 50 years of some people getting transfers of cash from other people it's time we the people went on strike. Why should I be working to support the lifestyle of a union member? Do you get that? NO MORE UNIONS! Most people get a job by interviewing, landing the job, doing good work on the job and then getting rewarded with a paycheck. Union members join a club where their job is guaranteed and their wages are higher than most people's wages in the private sector and they don't even have to prove that they are worthy of holding on to the job. Is that American? NO! Like other bad ideas - socialism, communism, fascism, Gadhafi - it's time the Unions disappear into the dust-heap of history.

"Rubicon: A River in Wisconsin," Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, February 25

At the federal level, President Obama's budget makes clear that Democrats are determined to do nothing about the debt crisis, while House Republicans have announced that beyond their proposed cuts in discretionary spending, their April budget will actually propose real entitlement reform. Simultaneously, in Wisconsin and other states, Republican governors are taking on unsustainable, fiscally ruinous pension and health-care obligations, while Democrats are full-throated in support of the public-employee unions crying, "Hell, no."

A choice, not an echo: Democrats desperately defending the status quo; Republicans charging the barricades....

Here stand the Democrats, avatars of reactionary liberalism, desperately trying to hang on to the gains of their glory years—from unsustainable federal entitlements for the elderly enacted when life expectancy was 62 to the massive promissory notes issued to government unions when state coffers were full and no one was looking.

Obama's Democrats have become the party of no. Real cuts to the federal budget? No. Entitlement reform? No. Tax reform? No. Breaking the corrupt and fiscally unsustainable symbiosis between public-sector unions and state governments? Hell, no.

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