Skip to comments.Pretending The Union Money Doesn’t Exist Dishonest Politicians Aided By Dishonest Reporting
Posted on 10/24/2010 10:20:44 AM PDT by goldendays
Pretending The Union Money Doesnt Exist Dishonest Politicians Aided By Dishonest Reporting
Desperate Democrats have been hyperventilating for the past month over money being spent by corporate and other groups, notably the Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity, to run campaign commercials. To conservatives, running commercials to attempt to persuade voters in advance of an election is known as free speech, and turnabout is fair play after corporate money went heavily for Obama in 2008, but lets play along here; how much of an advantage does the GOP have here?
Well, according to Greg Sargent, the Washington Posts in-house left-wing activist, its huge: The total on the right: $74,733,356. On the left: $9,868,057. And the groups on the left, unlike on the right, consist of well-known names like the Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife. This is the standard spin from the Democrats, and Sargent is nothing if not a reliable source for whatever the standard spin from the Democrats happens to be on a particular day. But conspicuously absent from Sargents list are the largest unions, led by unions of public employees whose taxpayer-funded salaries are funneled into compulsory union dues and then passed on to the people who set those taxpayer-funded salaries. The lead article on the front page of this mornings Wall Street Journal tells the story - check out the Journals telling graphic:
Thats right, three of the five largest campaign spenders this year are not business or pro-business groups but unions afffiliated with the Democrats and dominated by public employees.
The largest spender is AFSCME (the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), which is spending $87.5 million, more than any business group and nearly ten times what Sargent claims is the entire spending budget for outside groups on the left (maybe he doesnt get the Journal, but somebody at the Post should have been embarrassed by how misleading his figures are in light of the Journals report, which has been online since last night). The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which consists heavily of public employees, and the National Education Association (NEA), which consists of public school teachers, round out the top five at $44 and $40 million, respectively. Its not hard to see why theyre running scared: as the WSJ notes, all three benefitted significantly from the funnelling of stimulus money to state and local governments (private sector unions have their own reasons to fear a change in control of Congress in 2010). This is government by the government, of the government, for the government. And it shows the absurd hypocrisy of Democrats complaining about pro-business groups trying to rally a beleaguered private sector to defend itself against the government when the governments own employees unions are outspending the biggest business groups.
The Democrats arent against big outside spending in elections. They just dont like it when the other side gets to fight back.
Corruption is worst when it is accepted
The government agencies are the democrats personal bank.
We crumble when the truth is not in us.The Truth is the truth and there is no other Truth! If we do not heed His still, small voice within each one of us, we become sawdust to be consumed by fire forever. If we do listen and obey, He sends the Comforter to walk with us and keep us on a straight and righteous path. Praise be to God!
The Roman Empire became corrupt and went downhill.
And the USA is where?
That was one of the sainted JFK’s executive orders, btw.
That’s one of the more garbled headlines I’ve seen in a while.