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Even Unions Are Turning on Obamacare
Amy Payne & Chris Jacobs
It’s not every day that union bosses sound like policy experts at The Heritage Foundation.
But the beginning of the Obamacare letter from the heads of three major unions—the Teamsters, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and UNITE-HERE—to Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is eerily similar to our experts’ writings.
The unions, of course, were heavy supporters of Obamacare, but even they can’t deny its effects now.
“When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act, you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them,” they wrote. “Sadly, that promise is under threat.”
It gets worse:
The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios: First, the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.
We couldn’t agree more. In fact, not only did Heritage experts predict these outcomes, but the non-partisan Medicare actuary also concluded the law would raise health costs by hundreds of billions of dollars. The Congressional Budget Office noted that Obamacare’s employer mandate “will probably cause some employers to respond by hiring fewer low-wage workers.”
Naturally, it’s on the question of solutions that we diverge from the unions.
The union leaders’ “solution” to these problems involves yet more government spending. They want to make union-run health plans eligible for Obamacare’s subsidies—subsidies that were supposed to go to people with no health coverage. In other words, increase taxpayer spending even more because of the consequences of bigger government.
If ever there were an argument to defund Obamacare in its entirety—to do away with both the spending and the costly regulations—it’s this one. The union letter accuses Obamacare of “shattering” hard-earned benefits and destroying the foundation of the middle class. In short, “We have a problem.”
The many ways liberal leaders keep marching forward, insisting nothing’s wrong, are becoming laughable. Appearing on “Meet the Press” Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that “Obamacare has been wonderful for America.” And despite the Obama Administration’s multiple implementation failures, the Health and Human Services Department just released a video yesterday proclaiming that Obamacare is “on schedule.”
Even the law’s strongest supporters aren’t buying it any more.
I’ve never made a secret of my opinion of unions, especially the public sector ones. Private sector? Well, most aren’t too bad…the smaller shop types seem to be ok, but even then, I have issues. Teachers unions are NOT what is in the best interest of the children! The example given in this piece gives proof of that! Teachers who suck, can’t be fired. GOOD teachers, and yes, there are SOME, are passed over, laid off, and generally treated like crap if they don’t fall in line with the collective!
Many school districts in this country are FORCED to teach things that are contrary to reality. If anyone balks, then there is hell to pay. Most good teachers will end up in private schools, or find work elsewhere, not in their field of study, where there is no union forcing them to do things against their will, or conscience. I’ve known a few. The tales they can tell about the public school system would make most parents hair curl, if they were allowed to KNOW about such things.
NO ONE should be forced to join a union. NO ONE should be forced to follow union ‘rules’ if they are not a member. NO ONE should be shoved into a situation that goes against their personal beliefs. Yet, sadly, that is what has happened in so many of our schools. They are no longer education centers, for the benefit of our children. They are indoctrination centers, force feeding children pure pap!
I pray Kansas is successful in their quest to remove the power of the union from the schools. I hope they’ll also take a good long look at what is being taught, and make appropriate changes. Our children are our future. What I’m seeing coming out of the education system, K-12, and into college, makes me FEAR for our future.
Kansas Legislators Take on the Teachers Unions
James Sherk – Heritage The Foundry
Union contracts often pick winners and losers in the workplace. However, teachers unions may soon lose the power to pick losers—at least in Kansas. Legislators there are considering giving unionized teachers the option of negotiating for themselves.
The pain of union control is illustrated by Bria Klotz, a former sixth-grade teacher in Lawrence, Kansas. She won statewide recognition for her excellence in the classroom. She nonetheless got laid off when Lawrence Public Schools had to make cuts.
Why did she lose out? Her union contract called for seniority-based layoffs, so she was among the first to go. The winners? The more senior union members who got ironclad job security from the contract.
Teachers in Kansas (and the rest of America) have little say about union representation. Most education unions were formed decades ago. For example, Kansas passed its collective bargaining law in 1970. Few teachers who voted in those elections remain in the classroom. Most have retired, and their replacements were never asked if they wanted a union. In many of Kansas’s largest school districts—including Wichita and Topeka—not one current teacher voted for Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) representation.
The union whose strike led to the bankruptcy of Hostess last year has just been awarded government benefits from a program few qualify for.
Last year, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union refused to accept concessions that would have kept Hostess in business. The company had tried to cut costs as it faced high labor expenses, rising ingredient costs, and decreasing sales. The Teamsters union accepted the concessions, but the Bakery union would not, choosing to strike. Unable to continue operating, Hostess filed for bankruptcy.
So, in other words, this bunch of low life scum sucking commies are being REWARDED for destroying a business, and putting many out of work. Yep. That sounds like Obama’s America alright! Is it any wonder why so many have turned on the unions?
….TO BAD RUBBISH!
If you’ve ever had a run in with any protesting unionistas, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about! It doesn’t matter what the venue is, they are rude, obnoxious, and on many occasions, violent. And many, if not most, get paid to be abusive to those who disagree with their viewpoint. This is what they do. The union uppers don’t give a flying flip about the person who is trying to support his or her family. They make obscene salaries, and whine that a person driving the truck can’t help unload the truck. Or a line worker isn’t suppose to change a light bulb in their work area. What kind of idiots comes up with this crap?
When I left my job in southeast Wisconsin to marry the Mr who lived an hour and a half drive away, I considered trying to find another job at very well known company I had had dealings with in my previous job. Then, much to my surprise, found out that you had to… HAD TO…NO CHOICE…be a member of a union to work there. I wasn’t even aware there was such a place, much less an entire state, that forced a person be a member of something you had no interest in, just to work. Remember, I’m a Native Texan, and Texans don’t cotton to such nonsense. Well, that wasn’t going to happen!
If you are old enough to remember the 60s, you’ll remember when the cost of living started to rise to unbelievable heights. (Be nice to go back to those prices now!) You can thank the unions for that! Do a little research. Learn the true origins of the current incarnation of unions. If you are a liberty loving American, you’ll be just as appalled, and disgusted as I have been. The close association with communism is glaring, yet we have a so called president who is campaigning for them? All you pundits who won’t use the word…yes…it’s time to call him what he is…. a MARXIST!
Unions Losing in Their Last Stronghold
This is the week that Michigan’s workers will finally be freed from forced unionization.
After decades of United Auto Workers control over the struggling American auto industry, the Michigan legislature’s passing of a right-to-work law is historic. Governor Rick Snyder (R) is expected to sign the law as early as tomorrow.
Regardless of news reports, the people of Michigan are behind this. A recent poll showed that 51 percent of Michigan voters support right-to-work. Only 41 percent are opposed. In fact, 40 percent of union households supported it. In November, Michigan voters rejected a ballot proposal that would have amended the state constitution to prevent the legislature from passing a right-to-work law and elevated union contracts above state law. The New York Times called it “a test case on enshrining the rights of unions,” and unions spent more than $23 million campaigning for the initiative. It lost by 15 points.
I think it’s a pretty well known fact around here… I have NO use for unions! NONE! For a while, it was just public sector unions that royally chapped my hide. They shouldn’t exist in the first place. The intent of a public servant is to serve the people, NOT the other way around. I’m now at the point where even private sector unions are on my ‘list’.
Between the idiotic, and mostly USELESS, government regulations, and the union gimme gimme gimme mentality, is it any wonder that we’ve pretty much lost so much business to foreign countries? Hell, I wouldn’t even be stupid enough to start a business in this country the way things stand right now. If a well established business, Hostess for instance, is being pushed to the brink by unreasonable demands, what chance does a freshly starting out business have to succeed?
You dipwads want to get the public on your side? You’re failing….MISERABLY! There is no longer a need for any union in this country, and they should go the way of the dodo!
Can Hostess Save the Twinkies from the Union?
If unions are trying to be more popular with the American people, they’re doing it wrong.
Americans have gone crazy over the possible loss of Twinkies, Ho Ho’s, Ding Dongs, and Hostess CupCakes after the company said it was shutting down because its bakers’ union opted to walk off the job for a strike. People are already asking exorbitant prices on eBay for boxes of the packaged treats.
Hostess and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) have agreed to enter mediation with a bankruptcy judge, who said there are “serious questions as to the logic behind the decision to strike.” More than 18,000 jobs are at stake.
I guess it’s no big shock to anyone if I say that I am none too fond of unions? Naw…didn’t think so! Nope…don’t have much use for organizations that FORCE people to pay for something they don’t want. Hey…kind of like ObamaCare!
Now, way back when, before I was a gleam in anybody’s eye, working conditions could get kind of bad for the employees. Ignorance of safety was a big part of why unions were needed. Now days, we have laws on the books that protect employees, and it time for the unions to go quietly into that good night! In other words, go the hell away! If you ever want to know why things cost more than they are worth? Look at the unions. Starting in the 1960s, when it was almost affordable to live, unions started making a big stink about just about everything. Companies (car) were forced to pay people MORE than a “living wage” plus every benefit you could possibly think of, the cost just to put food on your table rose dramatically. In comes the ‘great society’, and we started going to hell in a hand basket. Education also began it’s great decline, so now we have kids graduating from high school, going into college that have to take remedial classes just to be able to learn the basics?
I have never understood why a person should be forced to join a union just to feed their family. Seems to me, that’s pretty unconstitutional. It also seems to me that quite a few of the union diehards are willfully ignorant. I could go into a long drawn out story about one conversation I had with a union member, how because the union said so, it was a ‘fact’, even though that FACT was completely the opposite of reality, but you already know the type, so I’ll refrain.
If you are unlucky enough to live in one of the 27 states that does not have a ‘right to work’ law, then I’m very sorry for you. Your future is tied to a small group of people who are making decisions for you, whether you agree with those decisions or not. If you are a grown up, don’t you think you should have a say in whether or not you join a union? And if you do, shouldn’t you have a say in how your dues are spent? In my understanding, the dues are suppose to be used for the worker, NOT the leaders political whims (and fancy resorts). It’s past time for those who want to work be able to stand on principal, and tell the weasels NO!
And there should NEVER be government unions! EVER! They work for us, but apparently, they forget this little tidbit. It’s OUR money who pays their salaries and bloated benefits. It’s called ‘public service’ for a reason.
Union Money in Elections
This election year, millions of Americans will donate to the political candidates and initiatives of their choice at the local, state, and federal levels. But for unionized workers, union dues come out of their paychecks and go to political causes—and they aren’t consulted on where that money will go.
In July, The Wall Street Journal’s Tom McGinty and Brody Mullins published an eye-opening report that “Organized labor spends about four times as much on politics and lobbying as generally thought.”
They broke down the unions’ political spending from 2005 to 2011: $1.1 billion “supporting federal candidates through their political-action committees, which are funded with voluntary contributions, and lobbying Washington, which is a cost borne by the unions’ own coffers.”
But that was only the beginning. Add to that another $3.3 billion for political activity from “polling fees, to money spent persuading union members to vote a certain way, to bratwursts to feed Wisconsin workers protesting at the state capitol last year.” Who pays for this? The workers, McGinty and Mullins report: “Much of this kind of spending comes not from members’ contributions to a PAC but directly from unions’ dues-funded coffers.”
Despite findings that 60 percent of union members object to their dues being spent on political causes, this practice continues. Why?
It’s no secret I have no fondness for unions. Yes, the unions did get a major smack down last week in Wisconsin, but with their mentality of “give me what I want, or I’ll destroy you”, this war against the thugs is far from over. The history of unions is long and bloody. Don’t believe me? Just “Google” it! Bing it! Whatever search engine you choose, you’ll come up with thousands upon thousands of pages of facts and figures. We no longer have a need for these brutes, and it’s past time for them to go. Take a good hard look at Detroit, and what was once a thriving city. Enter the unions to the car manufacturers, a constant of Democrat ‘leadership’ (they go hand in hand), and what you have today is the result. A third world country, smack dab in the middle of the United States. Was there ever a need for unions? Yeah, actually, there was. Was there a need for the violence that came with said unions? Not in my opinion, unless it was in self defense.
The worst are the very large national, and the government, unions.
What the late 19th, and all of the 20th, centuries brought us with the unions was loss of jobs in the U.S. Couple that with over burdening regulations of the government, and voila! Jobs in China, Mexico, Indonesia, etc. A trend that has been growing since the 1960s. If a company is paying out its profits to it’s employees, through the demands of the ever more greedy union bosses, that company will either go OUT of business, or move to where they can make a profit, and pay dividends to those who invest their own money in that company.
Enter Obama and his union thugs on the NLRB. Want to see more and more businesses closing their doors in the U.S.? Allow this unelected board of feckless weasels to continue undermining legitimate businesses. We no longer need such a board in this country. We have more than enough laws, passed through Congress (which isn’t their job by the way) to protect employees from ruthless ‘robber barons’. (Oh, and they weren’t really ‘robber barons’ either. Do your homework.) What we have here is corruption, in its purest form. Get rid of Obama…get rid of his minions. It’s just that simple! Manufacturing is just one example where the unions have destroyed businesses. Another example….public education. The unions don’t give a hoot and a holler whether your child is educated or not! Once upon a time, they really did. I got a pretty good education. Now days, ask any public educated high school graduate about something you learned in the fourth grade, and you get that deer in the headlights look.
Any honest business person supporting this regime deserves what he/she gets….run out of the country. And all you union members, whining about you need MORE? Be glad you even have a job! And grow up! You are not entitled to DIDDLY!
Unions Out to Divide and Conquer Workplaces
Unions suffered a resounding defeat in Wisconsin last week. They’re far from down and out, however. Unable to reverse their decline in membership under existing law, they are circumventing Congress and using the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to create an entirely new type of union. A new rule hatched by the Obama-appointed board, authorizes the creation of union cells—organizing a few employees within a company to gain a foothold—which will severely impact businesses.
Until recently, employees organized based on shared job characteristics—for example, all the hourly employees at a firm. The new practice allows micro-unions representing only a small minority of workers in a company. Instead of a grocery store’s employees having a union, the store could face separate unions for cashiers, shelf-stockers, and janitors.
The NLRB permitted this in its Specialty Healthcare decision last year, allowing organized labor to form unions by job title. A decision last month by one of the NLRB’s regional directors demonstrated just how harmful—and absurd—a policy this is. The regional director green-lit a union election at the Bergdorf Goodman department store. But most employees will not get to vote; only shoe salesmen will cast ballots. Not all shoe salesmen, however. Only those selling women’s shoes.
Welp, today is a REALLY big day in the world of politics. Yep…that’s right! It’s Wisconsin’s day to decide if they want to be fiscally responsible, or kowtow to a bunch of socialist union thugs. And yeah, it really IS that simple.
Do the citizens want to go back to the days when the unions ran the state into the ground, financially, to the point that property taxes are more than the property is worth (slight exaggeration), or would they like to see more businesses and jobs come in, and get its citizens back to work? Now, to me, it’s a no brainer. Sadly, there are some in Wisconsin, who have never bothered to look at the facts! Cutting the deficit, adding jobs, about 33,000 (granted, not as many as he would have liked, but looking at the national economy, it’s not surprising), and getting Wisconsin’s fiscal health in order.
Most people with two brain cells to rub together understand what Governor Walker has been trying to do to save the state. I’m afraid there is little sympathy for those who whined about having to pay a bit more for their own health care, and add more of their of their paycheck to their own pensions (out of their salaries, paid by the taxpayers). If those who were destroying the capital, with clean up costs in the several million dollars range, cared anything about their state, and those who actually pay them to do the job they were hired to do, then this would never have been an issue.
Unfortunately, the previous administration handed the state over to the unions, and evidently, they felt entitled to the money that non government worker earned. The ‘you owe me’ mentality’ is why the entire country is in the state it’s in now. The Wisconsin unions mentality during this whole protest and recall election asininity is a glaring example of WHY we need to show restraint in government spending, in a LOT of areas.
Walker’s opponent, Tom Barrett, and his minions, have been busy spreading as many lies as possible, yet there are those in the state who will swallow anything that a Dem will tell them. In this day and age, with the ability to check just about anything put out there, on the internet, you’d think there wouldn’t be so many gullible people…..who vote! Then there was the latest line of caca de toro, proving that no matter what levels the democrats have to stoop, they’ll do it. Lie…cheat…steal….assault!
While REAL Wisconsinites are heading to the polls, then off to their job, the crazies are at the capital again… having an ‘omm fest‘? Seriously? Don’t you people think it’s past time to grow the hell up, take responsibility for yourselves, and your actions, and be productive members of society, giving once in a while, instead of TAKE TAKE TAKE!
By the way….Walker is going to win, and you sh*t for brains, who started all this crap, should foot the bill, instead of the taxpayers having to contribute even more of their hard earned money for YOUR stupidity!
Isn’t it interesting? All OUR money, to save a mismanaged, over unioned, car company, and they aren’t even an American company anymore. Well, maybe in name, but in reality? So, union thugs….how do ya like your messiah now? Eh?
Shared by Doc D.
Obviously, not everyone is Wisconsin is a complete and utter moron. Only those who subscribe to the ‘gimmee now’ mentality of the far left loons, aka the Madison and Milwaukee areas, seem to think bringing back jobs to the states, and asking public UNION employees to contribute to their own health care and retirement, have a major problem with a man who is working in the best interest of the ENTIRE state, instead of just the unionistas. :? They should probably move out to California, since that state apparently has the whole progressive/socialist/commie thing down pat, and is sinking farther and farther into debt because of their compliance with the stupid, and selfish. Just sayin’.
Today is primary day in Wisconsin to see which moronic, lying, cheating, self centered Democrat (but I repeat myself) will be Scott Walker’s opponent in the ridiculous, and totally union thug run recall election. Will it be Tom Barrett, who lost to Walker in 2010 by a 52-47 margin? He seems to be leading in the polls. Possibly Kathleen Falk, another hack that has, apparently, never lived in the real world, residing in the Land of Oz, aka Madison, running it into the ground as county executive.
Isn’t it odd that since Walker has been in office, the unemployment rate has dropped? What happened to all those morons shouting at the Capital about how people were going to lose their jobs? From 7.6 to 6.8 (Mar ’11-Mar ’12). It helps if your state has a business friendly atmosphere, which Walker has been trying to create. Many school systems have been able to actually SAVE money through Gov. Walker’s budget reforms. Unfortunately, the BIG union districts failed miserably. Many teachers ended up losing their jobs.Why? Well, let’s just say that selfish union thugs don’t give a damn about what’s best for the kids that they are entrusted to ‘educate’. Wait a minute! Isn’t that what the morons who banged drums and behaved like animals in the Capital said Walker’s budget would do? Cost teachers their jobs? It appears they are just as stupid as they appeared on the idjit box.
In the long run, this whole recall BS isn’t about ‘children suffering’, or job loss. It’s about union power. Plain and simple. The years of Dopey Jim Doyle put the state into a financial disaster that only a person of strong character, and TRUE concern for the state could pull it out of, yet the unions have spend a fortune spreading the most absurd lies about the man. And unfortunately for Wisconsin, the ill informed have bought into the crap being spewed. You hear utter nonsense about how the Koch brothers bought Scott Walker. Excuse me while I clean off my monitor. Spewing coffee from laughter y’know. Who is buying whom? Well, let’s look, shall we?
Yep! You Wisconsin union members are getting the shaft! Is this why you pay your dues, voluntarily or forced? I always thought those unions dues were for the members benefit, NOT the top echelon who want more and more power. But don’t forget, they also use the money you work for, and pay into as dues, for resorts trips (and let’s not forget the resort that was/is? owned by the fattest union of all)….not for you, who actually earned the money, but for those who having been sucking the life out of the U.S. economy for decades. Think Detroit.
Your head honchos are living high off the hog from your money, and yet, you continue to get out there and make total jackasses of yourselves…for THEIR benefit, NOT yours! Please note the area where your dues is being spent. Politics. To say that the Koch’s are pouring money into politics is down right laughable. More than half a BILLION dollars compared to 12 million over the course of, what….23 years? In one state? Come on people, snap out of it! I know you can’t all be that damn ignorant! Or, maybe you can. I’ve seen some of the comments made by the leftard union thugs. Logic does NOT enter into the conversation….only talking points and hysteria. My goodness. Grow up!
If Wisconsinites really love their state, as so many claim, then why on earth would you want to destroy it by electing another Dopey Doyle (totally owned by unions, especially WEAC). Is it so much to ask for teachers, and other government employees, to actually contribute their own money, instead of the taxpayers, to their own health care and retirement? Government employees work for the people. The people spoke when they elected Scott Walker. Get over it! Stop throwing 2 year old tantrums! If you aren’t happy with something, then go about it in the proper manner, instead making asses of yourselves, and showing the entire world just how totally ignorant, selfish, and childish Americans are…..especially UNION states. Get over your gimme mentality…it is NOT all about YOU! And you are NOT entitled to diddly! Especially not OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY! But then, that’s the way of the communists, isn’t it.
This election isn’t just about the survival of Wisconsin. No, this election is about the survival of the United States. Governor Walker has brought Wisconsin back from the brink, and the rest of the country needs to follow in his footsteps…not the footsteps of Lenin and Stalin! Scott Walker is the best thing to happen to Wisconsin in a VERY long time! Use YOUR brain, not the union/commies’!
Socialists and their comrades in the unions believe that human life is cheap and that people are merely “matter in motion,” explaining the litany of murders and atrocities committed by union operatives. Without the basis of respect for an individual’s right to life, it logically follows that they also lack respect for property rights:
• In 1905, Governor Frank Steunenberg (D-Idaho) was assassinated by members of the militant Western Federation of Miners, due to his refusal to cave to their demands.
• In 1990, the Teamsters Union in New York City struck against the New York Daily News, and pelted replacement drivers with bricks, rocks, and baseball bats, and one Teamster was charged with transporting Molotov cocktails.
• In 1991, Steelworkers Local 5668 in West Virginia was found responsible for committing over 700 act of violence against strikebreakers, including two house bombings, six house shootings, four arsons, and 43 death threats.
• In 1993, 16,000 members of the United Mine Workers went on strike in West Virginia. Non-union subcontractor Eddie York refused to walk out, and was shot in the head by union thugs. Callously endorsing the murder, Richard Trumka (now head of the AFL-CIO, and widely known as Obama’s puppet-master), said “if you strike a match and put your finger in, common sense tells you you’re going to burn your finger.”
• In 1997, Teamsters Local 769 in Miami ordered a strike against UPS, and UPS driver Rod Carter, refusing to strike, was stopped and stabbed with an ice pick while on his route. Another driver testified that union bosses sanctioned the stabbing.
• In 2005, Andrew Shomers of Laborers Union Local 91 in Buffalo, N.Y. pleaded guilty to vandalizing local housing authority offices and firebombing workers on an asbestos-removal project.
So it isn’t surprising that, as Wisconsin talk radio host Charles Sykes reports, there is “growing intimidation and escalating threats of violence” in Madison.
Yesterday, 15 Republican state senators received a chilling, death threat-laden email from a union supporter. The Daily Caller has reprinted that email. Here’s the text:
Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks.
Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families, then it will save the rights of 300,000 people, and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die…
We have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes: your house, your car, the state capitol, and well, I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun…
Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones. [W]e will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!
There’s a reason I call them “union thugs”.
Obama’s Friends Win Big in Budget
You don’t need to log on to President Barack Obama’s Facebook page to find out who his friends are, and you don’t need to read tea leaves, gaze into a crystal ball, or consult a psychic to learn where his priorities lie. No, you only have to take a look at his 2013 budget, just released on Monday, to see what kind of company the president keeps and to what extent he will go to lend his pals a helping hand.
The folks seated at the president’s head table haven’t changed much in the past few years — the only difference is how much is being served up in the taxpayer-funded buffet. As in the past, the president has plenty of handouts for his big labor buddies. His budget delivers a fourth consecutive annual deficit exceeding $1 trillion — and that spending goes to yet another round of not-so-shovel-ready construction projects and government “investments” totaling $178 billion. Heritage’s Patrick Knudsen writes that the spending includes the president’s favored road, bridge, and school construction projects, but “then they go alarmingly beyond the usual ‘infrastructure’ arguments to fund teachers’ pay.” In other words, unions representing the construction site and the classroom win big.
Unless you have been living under a rock, this is not new news. All you have to do is look at the situation in Wisconsin, where Governor Walker is doing his best to rein in spending, having state union employees pay more of THEIR fair share of their own expenses, like health insurance and pension. The idea that anyone, especially “public servants”, state and federal, are entitled to live off the taxpayers income for the rest of their lives is ludicrous!
Federal Workers Overpaid, and CBO Agrees
Here’s some news that federal bureaucrats in Washington — and indeed around the country — don’t want to hear: According to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released this week, federal workers are paid higher than their private-sector counterparts.
The “alarming news” hit the national media yesterday, but there’s a funny thing about the report. None of it is really “news” — in fact, The Heritage Foundation long ago uncovered the truth about federal pay. The CBO’s report this week was spurred in part by two years of work on federal compensation conducted by Heritage the American Enterprise Institute.