Sunday, February 20, 2011

The troubles in Mad City have less to do with teacher's rights...

...than they do with labor unions holding on to money and power. Read this WSJ article by John Fund and then contemplate what the legacy media will say about these provisions of the Walker-endorsed legislation on the six o'clock news. From what I've seen and heard, most of the legacy media reporting has been about "cutting benefits" and "curtailing rights"--but almost nothing about Big Labor's involvement or the DNC's role in stirring up this protest.

Like they say:  Follow the money.

They also haven't really mentioned that this bill was introduced essentially in lieu of more than 5000 layoffs and mandatory public worker furloughs.  In a time when 10% unemployment is the new norm (Hope & Change!), doesn't it seem a little weak to whine so vociferously about contributing 5.8% more into your retirement? 

I suspect that when all the layers of  faux-romantic rhetoric and demagoguery about the nobility and selfless sacrifice of the teachers and public workers fighting for their inalienable rights are pulled aside, the real roots that are driving the protests will be revealed as top-down, fat-cat-union-organizer-brand  power lust and greed.

 Now all we need is Big Media to pull aside the layers and actually seek the truth for once instead of pushing the leftist narrative.  Any takers out there, MSNBC?  CBS?  ABC? AP? CNN?  Um, why is everybody sitting on their hands?

Here's a direct quote from Fund's article that says it all:

Labor historian Fred Siegel offers further reasons why unions are manning the barricades. Mr. Walker would require that public-employee unions be recertified annually by a majority vote of all their members, not merely by a majority of those that choose to cast ballots. In addition, he would end the government's practice of automatically deducting union dues from employee paychecks. For Wisconsin teachers, union dues total between $700 and $1,000 a year.
"Ending dues deductions breaks the political cycle in which government collects dues, gives them to the unions, who then use the dues to back their favorite candidates and also lobby for bigger government and more pay and benefits," Mr. Siegel told me.
The union organizers' grip on power, financed by taxpayers via public sector unions and the democratic party, is in danger and must be protected at all costs. We shall see if that includes subverting democracy by refusing to face the consequences of the last election and refusing to honor the will of the people.

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