Skip to comments.Melissa Griffin: When (public) employee benefits are bad for all
Posted on 06/17/2012 3:16:08 PM PDT by Navy Patriot
Can we all just hold hands for a minute and agree that there is a limit on what we can afford to pay public employees? On the generosity of tenure and work rules? On their retiree health care and pensions? Because I wonder if some public employee unions even understand the concept of finite resources.
June 5 was a big night for the history of public employee unions, with pension overhauls proposed in San Jose and San Diego and a recall against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker because he gutted public employee unions. I watched the election returns and the analysis offered to explain why Walker survived by a larger percentage than anyone predicted. Why did an exit poll show that a majority of Wisconsin voters nonetheless planned to support President Barack Obama? In fact, 18 percent of the people who voted for Walker also planned to vote for Obama.
One union advocate tearfully declared democracy is dead because his side was dramatically outspent and lost.
Oh, get a grip. Wisconsin voters are not automatons who do whatever corporate overlords tell them to do. Equally ridiculous are the conservatives who are already choreographing an awkward dance on the grave of public employee unions.
The simple truth is this: Folks who voted for Walker dont necessarily hate unions or public employees. Ordinary, compassionate people are simply tired of seeing public services cut so that government employees can receive far more generous compensation and job security than the rest of us. Raising taxes is always an option, but that just means these folks expect bigger pay increases.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfexaminer.com ...
There was no "dramatically" in Wisconsin, Walker may have had a little more resources at his disposal, but it looks pretty balanced overall.
Image warning: there is a pic of Debra Bowen at the link.
Is this her?
Debra (the schnoz)Bowen?
We need a whole new set of public employees, and far fewer of them.
They want to spend money like water...
Have you seen this”
President Obama: The Biggest Government Spender In World History
Thanks. I hadn’t seen it.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.