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Triple Lutz Report–The New Unionized Tammany Hall ^ | 11-28-11 | Kerry Lutz

Posted on 11/28/2011 8:13:47 AM PST by appeal2

This weekend's Wall Street Journal had a masterful article by Matthew Kaminski where he interviews well known good government wonk Fred Siegel. Siegel explains how the public employee unions have co-opted New York City and New York State's Governments. It is no longer government for and by the people, rather it has become a closed parasitic system that exists to enrich government workers of all stripes. While the "public servants" on the top of the pyramid reap the biggest ill gotten rewards, even the lowliest janitor gets full medical benefits, free health insurance for life, bloated salaries and obscene pensions.

Siegel goes on to explain that reform will eventually be mandatory and undeniable and that it is already happening in a number of states like Wisconsin, Rhode Island and New Jersey. It's simply a matter of time before it comes to New York, Connecticut and California. The question is whether these states will have to undergo a complete economic collapse to force needed change. Right now New York has avoided large scale cuts because it is a direct beneficiary of the Washingtonian Crony Capitalism that has bailed out Wall Street behemoths and therefore New York's government. The people who work on Wall Street and those of Occupying Wall Street actually have much in common, they favor and openly embrace unlimited government. And this is the problem.

Listen to the Report

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: government; parasites; unions; wallstreet
Time for a complete governmental reorg from top to bottom in every Town, City, County, State and Federal Agency.
1 posted on 11/28/2011 8:13:57 AM PST by appeal2
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To: appeal2

Not even one public employee in the country needs to be in a union. Its ridiculous. We have to get rid of all of it.

2 posted on 11/28/2011 8:29:05 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Everyone assumes that the "battle" will be over reforms for pension and medical benefits to current and future government workers. Not true.

California, NY, and other states are so bankrupt that there is no way they can maintain benefits to those already retired. Either a severe cut is negotiated, or the states will enter some sort of bankruptcy that allows these benefits to be cut.

We're already seeing that in some smaller municipalities, like the city in RI.

It's going to split the unions...will current workers take draconian cuts in pay and current and future benefits, in or to let those already retired continue to enjoy bloated benefits. I think not..

3 posted on 11/28/2011 8:34:51 AM PST by ken5050 (Support Admin Mods: Doing the tough, hard, dirty jobs that Americans won't do...)
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The union seniority system means the newer hires will be laid off first.Unions are filled with greedy people;but then so are Wall Streets investment firms.
Which bunch is worse?

4 posted on 11/28/2011 8:42:30 AM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: appeal2

How will they be able to reform this? the unions have too much power. Look at what happened in Ohio and how they are trying to take out Walker.

5 posted on 11/28/2011 8:46:45 AM PST by snowstorm12
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