The View From 1776

Greed Before Prudence

Wisconsin syndicalists are prepared to destroy organized government, if necessary, to continue looting the public treasury.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/19 at 11:34 PM
  1. Syndicalists, gangsters, and other labor union fiends watch out! Tom Brewton and the Repubs are on the case!

    Isn't it interesting that Governor Walker signed a 120 million dollar tax break for business interests immediately before he discovered a similar deficit in his budget that needed to be closed by breaking the unions?

    Is the governor willing to sit down with the unions to negotiate wage and benefit concessions in these difficult times? No. Walker has been rabidly anti-union since he came on the scene and he welcomes this opportunity with a glad heart to crush the unions.

    In the immortal words of Rahm Emmanuel (which you recently quoted, Tom) Walker is saying, "Never let a crisis go to waste!" and is taking the opportunity to make the most of it in his cynical way!
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/20  at  02:03 PM
  2. Mr Jay misses the larger point in his condemnation of Governor Walker--should government employees be allowed to strike and take advantage of pro-union laws and regs to gain preferential benefits and wage scales.

    The origibal raison-d'etre of unions was to offset the power of private industrialists and help the subjugated employees of big business. So, our Progressive Government enacted pro-union laws to tilt the balance of power agaainst our major industrial corporations. The textile industry abandoned New England and went to non-union Southern states. The railroads were the next to go broke under this mercantilist interference. More recently, the auto industry was brought to its knees, while foreign auto copmpanies came in to America and established non-union shops that had an advantage over Detroit. Most comanies that could manage it have steadily transported their production and jobs overseas to avoid the unions and regulations aand high taxes crippling American enterprise.

    So the union stronghold now is among government employees where the same people--government employees--negotiate the pay and benefits of their fellow governmental employees. They have padded those jobs to a point where they far exceed what those employees could earn in the private sector--yet it is the private sector that pays all the costs of government employees!

    The benefits and unfunded costs that these people have voted themselves will bankrupt the country, the towns, and states. They fight fiercely to protect and increase their share of the pie. Their unions have wrecked the public education of the country, just as they wrecked the railroads, and most manufacturing industries.

    Sitting down and talking with them is pointless. Governor Walker is doing what has to be done--reducing their favored legal status that allows them to enforce their selfish and destructive demands.
    Posted by bill greene  on  02/20  at  10:11 PM
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    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/20  at  11:31 PM
  4. It's nice to have a new face on here--Jakes even compliments me for "the great lucidity. . and knowledgeable. . . writing." (I assume he was referring to me, not Mr. Jay, in the above two postings, since Jay merely gives a vast left wing diatribe against union busters)
    Posted by bill greene  on  02/21  at  01:12 PM
  5. Bill,

    I am afraid that jakes is spam and has nothing to do with either of our comments.

    In the case of Wisconsin (without resorting to diatribe) let me point out that striking was not an issue here. The unions offered to negotiate give-backs, but the Governor wanted to make his name as a national union buster as has been clarified by the prank phone call in which Walker thought he was talking to Koch. Astoundingly, in this call he revealed that he had considered hiring provocateurs to cause violence in demonstrations to discredit the protesters.

    Walker will be lucky if he is not impeached.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/24  at  07:02 PM
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    Posted by looisbrown  on  02/25  at  04:52 AM
  7. In an article Friday (http://www.newsmax.com/Estrich/teachers-pay-school-system/2011/02/25/id/387397), Susan Estridge made her case for public-sector collective-bargaining. She throws out all the usual 'emotional' tags, none of which actually address how collective-bargaining serves the interest of teachers or the public. If even Estridge (who is a fairly smart cookie) cannot make a cogent case for public-sector union collective bargaining (PSU-CB) and must rely on blame-game charges of conservative callousness, it is little wonder the radical rank-and-file have sunk to worse; even to sabotaging responsible governance.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/27  at  12:43 PM
  8. J. Jay wrote Governor Walker signed a 120 million dollar tax break for business interests immediately before he discovered a similar deficit in his budget that needed to be closed by breaking the unions.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/27  at  12:50 PM
  9. Errata: Second to last paragraph of last post - "one of the few things we
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/27  at  01:00 PM
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