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Public-Employee Unions Are Organized Against the Public! by The Elephant's Child
February 22, 2011, 8:21 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Taxes | Tags: , ,

“To make sense of what’s going on in Wisconsin, it helps to understand that the left in America lives in an ideological fantasy world,” James Taranto said today in Opinion Journal’s “Best of the Web.”

Members of the mob of teachers’ union protesters shriek that” they’re only doing this for the kids.” Fantasy land. The schoolchildren do not enter into the question at all.  As longtime union president Albert Shanker,once  famously said: “When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.”

Taranto quotes Kevin Drum of Mother Jones:

Unions are… the only large-scale movement left in America that persistently acts as a countervailing power against corporate power.  They’re the only large-scale movement left that persistently acts in the economic interests of the middle class.

Fantasy land.  The demonstrations in Wisconsin have nothing to do with corporate power or “the middle class.”  Taranto continues:

First, to talk of America in terms of “class” is to speak a foreign language.  Outside of university faculties and Marxist fringe groups (but we repeat ourself), Americans do not divide ourselves up by class; rather “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”

When Americans describe themselves as “middle class,” the term is a synonym for “ordinary” or “respectable, ” not part of a taxonomy of division.  Actual middle-class Americans don’t feel put upon by “corporate power” or”the business community,” because by and large, they own the means of production: They run businesses; they hold shares in corporations through their investment and retirement accounts.  Some belong to unions, but the vast majority do not: “In 2010, the union membership rate — the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union — was 11.9 percent, down from 12.3 percent a year earlier,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here James Taranto lays out the simple facts:

There is a fundamental difference between private- and public-sector workers.  A private-sector workers  A private-sector labor dispute is a clear clash of competing interests, with management representing shareholders and unions representing workers.  In the public sector, …taxpayers — whose position is analogous to that of shareholders —are denied a seat at the table.

Collective bargaining in public-sector unions is designed to get ever more money from taxpayers who have no voice in the conversation. The screaming mob wants to be able to continue living high and retiring comfortably on taxpayer money that states can no longer afford to pay.


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