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  • The Public Sector: Standing in Our Way until We Pay Up; Just a supplementary welfare state.

    11/01/2015 5:56:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/31/2015 | Kevin Williamson
    My favorite criminals are those known in the literature — or at least in the movies — as “standovers,” criminals who specialize in victimizing other criminals. Examples of the type are Omar Little in The Wire, whose occupation is robbing Baltimore drug dealers, and the Joker in The Dark Knight, who loots and extorts Gotham’s mob bosses. The really bold ones who show up at large drug deals and rob both sides. The problem with the standover business model, obviously, is the same as the problem of scorched-earth banditry: It drives away exactly the sort of activity that the criminal...
  • State Workers Use 4x as Many Sick Days as Private Sector

    06/02/2015 10:15:43 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/30/2015 | Tom Gantert
    State of Michigan employees took an average of 10.7 days of sick leave during the 2014 fiscal year, according to an annual report. Those 10.7 sick days are in addition to 18 days of vacation time the average state employee used. ForTheRecord says: According to the most recent available U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, private sector workers took on average 2 to 5 sick days a year in 2009. Leisure and hospitality and construction workers took 2 sick days a year on average while education and health services workers took up to 5 sick days a year on average.
  • Our police union problem

    05/08/2015 7:10:44 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Pioneer Press/NY Tims ^ | 5-7-15 | Ross Douthat
    For decades now, conservatives have pressed the case that public sector unions do not serve the common good. The argument is philosophical and practical at once. First, the state monopoly on certain vital services makes even work slowdowns unacceptable and the ability to fire poor-performing personnel essential, and a unionized workforce creates problems on both fronts. Second, the government's money is not its own, so negotiations between politicians and their employees (who are also often their political supporters) amount to a division of spoils rather than a sharing of profits. Third, these negotiations inevitably drive up the cost of public...
  • Then and Now: Private vs. Public Sector

    11/24/2014 12:29:10 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 11-24-14 | The Looking Spoon
    In fairness to the public sector column, government is always coming up with innovative ways to confiscate our money.
  • There's A Huge Difference In Public Sector Jobs Under Obama Vs. The Presidents Who Came Before Him

    10/06/2014 8:32:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/06/2014 | Joe Weisenthal
    If you think the Obama administration has been characterized by a big expansion of government employment, you're wrong.Bill McBride at Calculated Risk has updated his charts of public sector payrolls under President Barack Obama and his recent predecessors.Calculated Risk As you can see, it's not even close.Obama in the dark blue line has seen a sustained and violent slump in public sector employment since he became president, and we're not even close to closing the gap.Reagan had a brief decline in public sector employment, but it came back fast. All the other presidents saw only gains on this measure.
  • Politics Pays: No society can long thrive by making its innovators subservient to its bureaucrats.

    06/29/2014 3:41:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The National Review ^ | 6-29-14 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Chelsea Clinton, from her $10.5 million perch on Gramercy Park, declares that she finds it impossible to care about money. Bill and Hillary Clinton, shuttling between their multimillion-dollar homes Chappaqua, Washington, the $200,000-a-month rental in the Hamptons denounce the wicked rich and protest that they are not truly well off. A professor of poverty and left-wing activist at the University of North Carolina School of Law is paid $200,000 per annum to teach a single class; anti-inequality crusader Elizabeth Warren was paid $350,000 per annum to teach a single class and thinks deeply about the plight of the...
  • Public sector cutting hours due to ObamaCare, too

    08/23/2013 8:14:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/23/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    <p>It’s been quite a week for ObamaCare, and we’re not even to the end of it yet. First we find out that the White House missed half of the statutory deadlines in the bill and still has almost half of them left unaccomplished. Next, UPS canceled spousal coverage because of the ACA, which will save it $60 million in costs, and CNBC described how employees might start petitioning their bosses to drop health insurance in order to score taxpayer-funded subsidies. The AFL-CIO in Nevada finally discovered what a bad deal they’re getting, and Gallup confirmed that the more people know about ObamaCare, the less they like it.</p>
  • Were No. 1 In Public-Employee Pay: Better than the private sector and other countries

    08/12/2013 7:41:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/12/2013 | Andrew G. Biggs
    Amid the recent hubbub over municipal bankruptcies and rising public-employee pension costs, pay for state and local government employees has gotten a great deal of publicity. Lost in the press attention, however, is that federal-employee compensation remains a problem, too, and new data again indicate that Washington, D.C., may be overpaying for the two million workers it employs. In a 2011 AEI paper with Jason Richwine, I concluded that federal workers receive salaries and benefits around 37 percent higher than do private-sector workers with similar levels of education and experience. This prompted congressional requests for the Congressional Budget Office to...
  • Obama: Economy Would Be Much Better Off With More Government Workers

    07/30/2013 9:35:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 30, 2013 - 4:37 PM | Fred Lucas
    President Barack Obamaciting the job losses since he took officesaid the economy would be much better off, unemployment would be 6.5 percent and the national deficit would be in decline if there were more federal, state and local government workers. If those layoffs had not happened, if public sector employees grew like they did in the past two recessions, the unemployment rate would be 6.5 instead of 7.5, Obama said. Our economy would be much better off, and the deficit would still be going down because we would be getting more tax revenue.
  • Broke Detroit's Pension Fund "Trustees" Use Public Funds To Fund Hawaii Trip

    05/25/2013 10:19:12 AM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Tyler Durden
    Broke Detroit's Pension Fund "Trustees" Use Public Funds To Fund Hawaii Trip Tyler Durden 05/25/2013 12:46 -0400 "When you have city employees, police, and firefighters have taken pay cuts, it doesn't look good," is the somewhat understated response from Detroit's emergency manager to the city's latest debacle. Amid the deepening financial crisis the crumbling region faces, four trustees of its public pension funds spent $22,000 of retirement funds to attend a conference at Waikiki Beach, Honolulu. "It's one of these things we trustees must do to stay on top of the field," is how one of the trustees defended the...
  • VEA teacher's union says we ALL should vote in the June 11 VA Dem primary

    05/19/2013 7:59:26 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    From an email
    May 16, 2013 Dear : The VEA Fund for Children and Public Education Executive Committee (VEA Fund) and The VEA Fund Directors, your elected representatives from across Virginia, have offered recommendations for the June 11 Democratic primaries. The Democratic Party is choosing Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General candidates in an open primary on that day. Republican Candidates are being chosen by a convention this Saturday in Richmond. Regrettably, none of the Republican candidates chose to complete the candidate questionnaire required to gain a recommendation. In Virginia voters do not register by party, so our primaries are open. Any voter can...
  • Wisconsin public sector unions report drastic membership declines

    04/08/2013 9:16:26 AM PDT · by Gorilla44 · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 5, 2013 | Sean Higgins
    More than two years after Scott Walkers showdown with organized labor in Wisconsin, the official numbers for the states public sector union membership are in and they are down. Way down. According a Labor Department filing made last week, membership at Wisconsins American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 40 one of AFSCMEs four branches in the state has gone from the 31,730 it reported in 2011, to 29,777 in 2012, to just 20,488 now. Thats a drop of more than 11,000 about a third in just two years. The council represents city...

    03/24/2013 1:53:18 PM PDT · by white trash redneck · 67 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 23 March 2013 | John Bennett
    The Chicago Transit Authority, one of the largest employers in Chicago, has a dramatic racial imbalance in its workforce, records show. Data obtained by WND through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals that whites and Hispanics are vastly underrepresented in the Chicago Transit Authority workforce.
  • Nearly Three-Quarters of Jobs Created Since June Are in Government

    12/08/2012 6:58:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | December 8, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    Just when you thought yesterdays dismal jobs numbers couldnt get any worse -- they did. According to, nearly seventy-five percent of all civilian jobs created since the beginning of last summer are in the public sector: Seventy-three percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government, according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, according to the BLS, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments. By November, according to data...
  • 86/week better off in public sector: equivalent of luxury family holiday every year

    11/22/2012 10:08:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:57 EST, 22 November 2012 | Becky Barrow
    The average public sector worker is paid 4,500 ($7175.70) a year more than their private sector counterpartand the gap is getting wider. A full-time state employee typically earns 565 ($900.95) a week, compared to 479 ($763.81) in the private sector, according to figures released yesterday. That leaves public sector workers an astonishing 86 ($137.14) per week better offthe equivalent of a luxury family holiday every year, and up from 84 ($133.95) a week last year. Over the past year, it found that the average weekly pay of a full-time public sector worker has risen by 1.6 percent, compared to 1.5...
  • New Book Highlights Dangers of Government Employee Unions (Good article on unions)

    11/15/2012 11:17:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 15, 2012 | Carl Horowitz
    "The unbridled growth of crony unionism and government corruption will destroy the United States as we know it." This statement may strike many as sheer hyperbole. But its author, Mallory Factor, a political scientist at The Citadel, knows whereof he writes. His new book, "Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind" (New York: Center Street), makes a credible case, and a well-sourced one, that our country may be in the early stages of a ruinous dystopia, courtesy of public-sector unions. In pursuing their interests, argues the author, these labor organizations hold taxpaying citizens hostage to unsustainable wage/salary, pension,...
  • Jerry Brown downplays TV report over Caltrans vehicle use

    10/27/2012 9:32:44 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | October 27 2012 | David Siders and Jon Ortiz
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday downplayed a Los Angeles television station's report of Caltrans employees using state rental trucks for personal purposes, saying "only God" can watch over every one of the state's hundreds of thousands of public employees. "Caltrans has been looking at it. I would be glad to look into it," the Democratic governor said after a speech to the California state conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "If somebody took some time off to do something, we'll find it, but, you know, to blow it up like it's some major thing ...
  • What Oklahoma knows, but not Obama: Protect public-sector jobs, imperil the employment rate

    09/08/2012 10:45:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/08/2012 | Tina Korbe
    To most Americans, a job is a job is a job --- but, in the quest to generate employment for the more than 12 million Americans currently out of work, statists betray a prejudice in favor of public-sector jobs, while free-marketeers betray a prejudice in favor of private-sector jobs. That is, a private-sector job seems barely a job to the statist, while a public-sector job seems barely a job to the free-marketeer.To big-government advocates, growth in the public sector is essential to lowering the unemployment rate --- and it apparently need not come at the expense of the private sector....
  • Biden's Jurassic Ideas About How Jobs Are Created

    07/09/2012 8:59:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7-9-12 | Editorial
    Leadership: On a day when unemployment topped 8% for the 41st month in a row, it's worth noting Vice President Joe Biden told Ohioans Tuesday that "so-called job creators" don't build the economy. It explains a lot. Campaigning in hotly contested Ohio, Biden told a National Education Association conference that big government spending strengthens the economy, not the private sector, the Washington Examiner reported. "We believe that the way to build this country is the way we always have, from the middle out .. .(to) invest in things that have always made our economy grow: innovation, research, development, infrastructure and...

    06/21/2012 6:09:51 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny
    Red County ^ | June 21, 2012 | Matthew Burke
    Marxists like Obama and Harry Reid can't connect dots that the overwhelming majority of the bureaucratic tyranny they call government is a cancer on the economy. They are an impediment to prosperity and until we figure this out, we will never (and I do mean never) restore the kind of prosperity that only free market capitalism can produce. Government, for the most part, produces nothing and every dollar transferred to them from the productive sector is a dollar that is tragically wasted, unable to be invested, saved, spent, or used to hire people to grow their businesses...

    06/14/2012 5:34:41 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 17 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 13 June 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Last week, President Obama said "the private sector is doing fine." This was not reassuring to those of us who suspect the Democrats haven't the first idea what "private sector" means. He did not help matters by becoming lachrymose over the suffering of public sector employees: "Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government. ... And so, if Republicans want to be helpful, if they really want to move forward and put people back to work, what they should be thinking about is, how do we help state and local governments ..." When...
  • Unions fire Internet blast at California ballot measure

    06/11/2012 10:49:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 6/11/12 | Jon Ortiz
    The organized labor coalition fighting a November ballot measure that would end payroll-deducted money for political spending -- the channel through which unions raise funds to play in politics -- has launched a new video blasting the proposal. The unions' message attacks the measure as an unfair idea that would put new limits on the influence of organizations that speak up for working people while exempting self-interested elites. As we mentioned in our Sunday story on the battle ahead over the proposition, look for labor to continue connecting the words like "exempt" and "Wall Street" to tar the measure.
  • Pileup at the White House

    06/11/2012 9:06:39 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/11/2012 | Dana Milbank,
    It has been a Junius Horribilis for President Obama. Job growth has stalled, the Democrats have been humiliated in Wisconsin, the attorney general is facing a contempt-of-Congress citation, talks with Pakistan have broken down, Bill Clinton is contradicting Obama, Mitt Romney is outraising him, Democrats and Republicans alike are complaining about a cascade of national-security leaks from his administration, and he is now on record as saying that the private sector is doing fine. Could it get any worse? Early Monday morning, Obama learned that it could. His aides delivered the news to him that his commerce secretary had been...
  • Another Fine Mess Obama's Gotten Us Into

    06/11/2012 3:18:13 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    IBD editorials ^ | june 11, 2012
    Leadership: An incoherent press conference and contradictory explanation show that if the president thinks the answer to job-killing federal policies is boosting state and local governments with borrowed money, we're really in trouble. 'Tone deaf" fails to describe President Obama's statement at Friday's press conference that "the private sector is doing fine," when median income is down 10% in three years, family net worth has plunged 39%, 23 million Americans are out of work and the official unemployment rate tops 8% for the 40th month in a row, the longest sustained period at that level since the Great Depression. Mitt...
  • Move over, Wisconsin -- the union battle is beginning in California

    06/10/2012 8:50:24 AM PDT · by SmithL · 60 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/10/12 | Jon Ortiz
    Labor unions and business interests have been quietly raising millions of dollars and testing campaign messages for months, girding for a brawl over a November ballot measure that could fundamentally shift political power in Sacramento. Now, on the heels of an election that saw unions handed a major defeat last week in Wisconsin, the opposing camps in California soon will launch a campaign battle likely to consume $50 million or more in political spending. "Unions have just two channels of influence," said Daniel J.B. Mitchell of the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, "collective bargaining and the political side,...
  • Time To Rethink Public Sector Pay, Finally-Thom Reilly--08.May.2012

    05/08/2012 12:36:48 PM PDT · by appeal2 · 2 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 05/08/2012 | Kerry Lutz presents: Thom Reilly was manager of Clark County Nevada from 2001 to 2006; he got out just before the crash. When it comes to understanding our insane economic world or municipal labor contracts and benefits, he has an insider's understanding. He's written a book Rethinking Public Sector Compensation--Whatever Happened to the Public Interest?, and it will be released later this week. In his new book, Thom chronicles the true cost of bloated pensions, lifetime health care, and why things are headed for a possible disaster, if our leadership does not start addressing the issue soon. Little things like merit,...
  • Pension battlefield shifts to San Jose and San Diego

    02/26/2012 9:58:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/26/12 | Dan Walters
    Gov. Jerry Brown says he's serious about reforming California's "unsustainable" public employee pension system, and has warned state legislators that if they don't do it, they could doom voter approval of new taxes this year. "Examine it. Improve it," Brown said in his State of the State address. "But please take up the issue and do something real." Critics of Brown's 12-point plan a union-backed coalition, primarily were not moved. They've made it clear that they don't want any fundamental changes in California's relatively generous state and local government pensions and are urging the Legislature to just make...
  • Ohio's Public Sector Economy Rolls On (Don't look for a private sector boom to bail out the state)

    11/16/2011 9:18:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 11/16/2010 | Steve Malanga
    The biggest news in last week's elections appeared to be the success that public sector union forces had in overturning Ohio's new law that would have required more contributions from government workers toward their benefits and would have suspended some collective bargaining rights. In the wake of the referendum revoking the legislation that he had proposed to gain control of state and local spending, Ohio Gov. John Kasich told towns, cities and school districts that they would have to go back to the negotiating table and extract concessions from public workers to fix their budget problems because there was no...
  • No on Ohio Ballot Issues Means Yes to Obama Agenda

    11/02/2011 6:13:50 AM PDT · by JSDude1 · 23 replies
    Pajams Media ^ | November 1, 2011 - 12:00 am | Tom Blumer
    On Tuesday, November 8 actually, during the weeks leading up to November 8, thanks to the travesty known as early voting Ohioans have been and will be voting on two crucial ballot issues. One of the results will largely determine whether the Buckeye State continues to be governed like a heading-towards-broke blue state as it was for over 15 years before current Governor John Kasich took office or a recovering red one. Both could heavily influence the red or blue direction of the entire nation. Ballot Issue 2 is about whether to keep Senate Bill 5...
  • Is the Public Sector Hurting? In fact, government workers have been the safest of all

    10/27/2011 8:33:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/27/2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Its very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; its the public-sector jobs where weve lost huge numbers, and thats what this legislation is all about, Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid claimed last week. Senator Reid is simply wrong: The private sector has suffered from much deeper job cuts than public-sector workers have faced. Obviously, Americans are hurting, with some 7 million losing their jobs since the start of the recession. And that doesnt include the 7.2 million people who should have entered the work force over the same time period. But the pain hasnt been in...
  • U.S. Cities Strangled by Cost of Ballooning Pensions (outrage in Beverly Hills)

    08/26/2011 2:21:11 PM PDT · by dennisw · 45 replies
    foxnews ^ | Published August 25, 2011 | By Leah Krakinowski
    When Beverly Hills residents found out that many of their citys 950 municipal and public safety employees were earning stunning salaries, 13 weeks of paid vacation, unlimited overtime and other tax-free retirement benefits, taxpayers were outraged and city officials rushed into closed-door sessions to figure out what to do. These revelations, exposed through the efforts of the citys hometown newspaper, The Beverly Hills Courier, unmasked an even deeper problem: many California cities, and likely other municipalities across the U.S., are being strangled by the cost of ballooning pension benefits they can no longer afford. What we have now is a...
  • Public unions should be curbed, says right to work defender

    08/23/2011 4:11:56 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 8 replies
    Legal Line News ^ | 8-23-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Should public sector unions be curbed? Is it time to end the ability of governmental employees to form unions? Raymond La Jeunesse, Jr., vice president and legal director of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, believes so. La Jeunesse, who has more than 40 years experience helping employees litigate against compulsory unionism - including arguing four cases
  • Obama Bumper Sticker Ephiphany

    08/08/2011 11:23:05 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 40 replies
    Aug 8, 2011 | ML/NJ
    So I was driving the NY Thruway up to Saratoga this past weekend and I saw a few old Obama 2008 bumper stickers. As I saw each one I thought to myself, "How stupid must that person be not to have removed it yet." But then I passed a car with one of those old stickers with a new one that had another with nothing more than "2012" on it pasted next to the old one. A white, 40 something woman was driving. And it hit me. She is a government employee. She is quite happy about what is going...
  • Kicked out for doing good:man who volunteered on scene of north Minneapolis tornado..thrown out

    06/02/2011 9:48:50 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 65 replies ^ | 6/1/11 | Chad Richardson
    For a few years, Mike Haeges sister lived in north Minneapolis. He knows the neighborhood at least a little bit, and when a tornado tore through the area on Sunday, May 22, he took notice. On the news he saw trees strewn about lawns and streets. Then inspiration struck. He wanted to help. His schedule for Monday, May 23, was wide open. And, since he operates Custom Cut, a tree trimming business here, he figured his services could be put to good use. I thought it would be the perfect chance to help, he said. I knew there would be...
  • Rescue Policy Changed After Alameda Drowning (Firemen watch man drown)

    06/01/2011 5:55:51 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 34 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | June 1, 2011 | R.J. Middleton
    When a fully clothed, apparently suicidal man walked into the San Francisco Bay from Shoreline Drive, in Alamdea County, all the would-be rescuers could do was watch. For about an hour. Why their boots stayed dry is a matter of debate Wednesday, the day after 57-year-old Raymond Zack was pronounced dead at an Alameda County hospital. The water's depth and temperature may have played a role. As did budget cuts. The Alameda Fire Department's water rescue program was discontinued in 2009 because of budget cuts. "(The) Alameda Fire Department does not currently have, and is not certified, in land-based water...
  • SEIU Training seminar video

    05/25/2011 10:55:18 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | illinoislibertarian all about how to be a bureucrat and public servant and get rich off the backs of taxpayers.
  • California public employees get more compensation, disputed report says

    05/06/2011 3:23:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 6, 2011 | Jon
    Battle lines sharpened Thursday over California's public pensions with the release of a new report that concludes pay and benefit packages for public workers are better than those for their counterparts in the private sector. Commissioned by pension overhaul advocates poised to seek changes, the report drew immediate fire from public employee unions, which have muscled up to fight the emerging pension wars. The two-part study, released by the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, also cautions that public pension obligations threaten to crowd out money for public services. The foundation, headed by longtime pension change advocate Marcia Fritz, has proposed...
  • PUBLIC-sector Union Fallacy II | Capitalizing on Ignorance

    03/24/2011 6:56:42 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 6 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | March 22, 2011 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    Before making a donation to any organization, be sure to review how it spends its money.~ By: Larry Walker, Jr. ~The American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO of Madison, Wisconsin (AFT-WISC) is a tax exempt organization which is primarily funded by union dues paid by its mostly state and local government employee members. In the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, AFT-WISC took in 91.5% of its revenue or a total of $3,358,143 from membership dues. On its latest Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, while all of the revenue reported was identified as having been related to...
  • Progressive Government Is Obsolete

    03/19/2011 4:17:14 AM PDT · by Scanian · 44 replies
    The Wall Street ^ | MARCH 18, 2011. | STEPHEN GOLDSMITH
    Across the country, the interests of organized labor, elected officials and taxpayers are colliding over wages, work rules and the astronomical costs of retiree pensions and health care. As important as these specific issues are to resolve, there is another, more fundamental problem causing so many Americans to lose faith in their government: It is not government unions per se but progressive government itselflong celebrated in Wisconsin, New York and elsewherethat no longer produces progressive results. In the early 20th century, the progressives championed a rule-based approach to public-sector management that was a big step forward from the cronyism and...
  • PUBLIC-sector Union Fallacy I

    03/14/2011 10:24:34 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 6 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | March 8, 2011 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    Where Solidarity Ends~ By: Larry Walker, Jr. ~Thank God for Governor Walker and the Wisconsin legislature. Clearly there is a line of demarcation between the rights of public-sector and private-sector workers. Patrick J. Wright, a director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, breaks it down in his latest post, "Public-Sector Bargaining Privileges Are Not Inalienable Rights". Mr. Wright concludes with, "the power of government employee unions in collective bargaining necessarily amounts to power over the people themselves, therefore the people’s representatives must periodically scrutinize that power and curb excess". Why that's pure natural law, and if you stop to think...
  • CA: Survey suggests public-sector pensions complex, not necessarily extravagant

    03/07/2011 6:15:00 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    SacBee ^ | 03/07/11 | Kevin G. Hall
    Survey suggests public-sector pensions complex, not necessarily extravagant By Kevin G. Hall Published: Monday, Mar. 7, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 1A Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 7, 2011 - 12:21 am WASHINGTON From state legislatures to Congress to tea party rallies, a vocal backlash is rising against what are perceived as too-generous retirement benefits for state and local government workers. For many taxpayers, it's an issue of fairness: Why should public employees have better retirement packages than the recession-battered private sector? And why should those packages be guaranteed even as governments are cutting services to address perennial...
  • Ohio advances union restrictions as dispute spreads

    03/02/2011 10:44:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/2/11 | Mary Wisniewski - Reuters
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) Ohio joined Wisconsin on Wednesday in advancing a plan to restrict public sector unions, posing a new threat to labor union power in one of the most politically and economically important states. The Republican-controlled Ohio state senate approved a proposal to curb the collective bargaining rights of public employees and forbid government workers from going on strike. The vote followed the Wisconsin Assembly's approval last week of a similar proposal, which has sparked mass protests and a national debate over labor relations. In both states, the plans still must be passed by a second chamber of...
  • Government Unions 101: What Public-Sector Unions Won't Tell You

    03/01/2011 2:30:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies ^ | 3/1/11 | staff
    What Is Government Collective Bargaining? * Legal Monopoly: Government collective bargaining gives unions a monopoly on the governments workforce. The government must employ workers on the terms the union negotiates. It may not hire competing workers. * Private vs. Public-Sector: Unions operate differently in government than in the private sector. Private-sector unions bargain over limited profits. Competition from other businesses moderates wage demands. Governments earn no profits and have no competition. Government unions negotiate for more tax dollars. * Risking Public Services: When government unions strike, they can deprive citizens of essential servicessuch as education for childrenuntil demands are met....
  • Collective Bargaining Doesn't Work In the Public Sector

    02/23/2011 8:04:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 02/22/2011 | Steven Malanga
    <p>Shortly after California voters passed Proposition 13 in 1978, open warfare broke out in the union movement between leaders of public and private worker groups.</p> <p>In the Washington Post, an anonymous lieutenant of AFL-CIO president George Meany criticized the aggressive stance of Jerry Wurf, head of American Federation of State County and Municipal workers, in trying to defeat Prop 13, which capped property taxes. The problem, the Post pointed out, was that the AFL-CIO's members were the "taxpaying employers" of Wurf's workers and favored the tax and spending limitations of Prop. 13. "Jerry's big problem with the tax thing lies in convincing the rest of the trade union movement of the legitimacy of the positions he has taken," said the AFL-CIO official.</p>
  • Greedy Pigs....

    02/20/2011 7:46:44 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 16 replies ^ | 2/20/2011 | Alan Levy
    Just about every time I decide to waste my valuable time on this earth discussing anything with a Progressivevik fingersniffer, one word invariably comes up: "greedy". "CEOs are greedy. The rich are greedy. People who oppose Obamacareless are greedy. The United States is greedy...." Blah, blah, blah, 2+2=5, yadda, yadda, yadda. It's as if their little minds can't come up with another concept. It's fairly apparent that when God was passing out brains, the libs were too busy taking bong hits to care. Critical thinking is certainly not a liberal concept to say the least, since it is the libs,...
  • Need help tracking down some public sector pay information...

    02/20/2011 10:46:13 AM PST · by CincyRichieRich · 18 replies
    2-20-11 | Self
    I need help. My wife's parents are blue dogs and claim to "look out for the little man" know the drill. I challenged them that I'd be able to show them via a reference that DOES NOT COME FROM a conservative source that the public sector employees with benefits have passed the private sector pay average. Rush mentioned this and I've seen stuff on it, but can't track it down. Key here is not from a conservative source.
  • Ban Public Sector Unions Now

    12/31/2010 8:18:33 AM PST · by Texas Peartree · 18 replies
    The Voice of Reason ^ | December 31, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    2010 might be remembered as the year that the edifice of public sector unions began to crumble. Before the 1960s, government workers were generally not allowed to unionize. After all, they work for a monopoly that has no profit margin and thus no reason to oppose their ever expanding benefits at the People's expense. In fact, as Democrats have found, they are much better off giving these unions everything they want in return for lockstep support for the Democrats in money, volunteers and votes. What changed in 2010? First, it became clear that those states that were pro-public union were...
  • Eliminate Public Sector Unions!

    11/16/2010 7:43:03 PM PST · by Alyssa Kaeding · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11/11/10 | Alyssa Kaeding
    Back in 1869, the Knights of Labor was founded as Americas first organized labor union. During this time, workers were experiencing a decrease in pay along with a decrease in quality of working conditions. Meanwhile, the industrial revolution was booming making captains of industry, like John D. Rockefeller, very wealthy men. The founding of labor unions was certainly justifiable, and the right thing to do. At the beginning the union members requested reasonable things such as child labor laws, the standard 40 hour work week, and a safe working environment. Upon President John F. Kennedys Executive Order 10988 in 1962,...
  • First the stimulus, now the hangover

    10/12/2010 3:16:52 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 11, 2010 | Nicole Gelinas
    Last week's dismal jobs figures tell us exactly what the President Obama's stimulus did: It temporarily saved jobs in state and local government -- thereby slowing our recovery. Friday's job scorecard for September -- the last before Election Day -- didn't carry even a hint of an imminent boom. Unemployment stayed at 9.6 percent, with private companies adding 64,000 jobs. And 64,000 jobs is nothing. The economy must create nearly five times that to keep up with population growth and replace 7.6 million jobs lost since 2007. Worse, the new hires were down a third from August -- and the...
  • Atlas Shrugged, then and now - the Cliff Notes

    08/22/2010 10:19:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 56 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner newspaper ^ | 8/22/2010 | Scott S. Power
    According to a Library of Congress survey, Atlas Shrugged, published in 1957, may be second to the Bible as the most influential book read in America. It is required reading in management training at BB&T, the 12th largest bank in the U.S. and one that resisted taking TARP bailout funds.Since President Obama took office, Atlas Shrugged has been making a renaissance with rising sales and library waiting lists, partly because it explains our current economic woes more straightforwardly than most of what we hear from todays experts.What happened in Rands narrative is coming to pass today, with the public sector...