POLITICAL observations & opinions

* the right of public employee unions to bargain collectively is a diversionary issue … the real issue is the culpability of those unions, along with both Democratic and Republican politicians, in seeking and granting outrageous and unfunded pension benefits

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 1, 2011

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firefighters protest in NJ

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Jeanne Cummings writes for Politico (4/1/11) …

  • Many cops and firefighters have thrown their allegiance to the GOP for years – union members who frequently stray from labor’s longtime support for Democrats.
  • A host of new Republican governors is changing all that.
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and others took aim at the GOP’s most powerful labor antagonists but ended up hitting some of the party’s best friends too — leaving public-safety unions fearful this year’s attack on teachers might easily be next year’s attack on them.

read the entire article at … http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/52359.html

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LMW COMMENT …

The public employee union issue should not be about Republicans and Democrats. Both parties are guilty of allowing government spending to escalate out of control. The public employee unions are also culpable, for negotiating unfunded pension benefits in return for political support of the governors and legislators who granted them.

But attacking the right of unions to bargain collectively is nonsense. It serves to deflect attention from the true issue – unfunded pensions – and the true culprits – the politicians who granted them. Maybe that’s why the collective bargaining issue was raised in the first place, as a diversionary measure.

Likewise, the budget cut argument currently ongoing in DC is also nonsense. Of course we need to cut federal spending. But we need to do it intelligently, cutting programs that don’t work and earmarks that serve only to garner votes. We need to NOT CUT those federal expenditures which help promote new jobs and support people who, largely through no fault of their own, don’t have one.

Congressmen who have been in DC for three months, and have never passed or probably even read a bill, are spouting out words not worth listening to. The Tea Party has over-reached, and the public (independent voters) has begun to understand that. Ignorant politicians are just as bad as corrupt ones.

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One Response to “* the right of public employee unions to bargain collectively is a diversionary issue … the real issue is the culpability of those unions, along with both Democratic and Republican politicians, in seeking and granting outrageous and unfunded pension benefits”

  1. chris said

    Politicians who have stolen money from pension and ss and medicare should be charged with theft. Your view on the tea party and the federal budget are incorect. Spending more than you bring must stop. You are taxing future generations!

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