Many, although not all, public sector unions became organized groups of extortion that use Liberal/Democrat lawmakers under unions’ influence and protection in order to deprive, via progressing taxation, hard-working Americans of the fruits of their work for the benefit of the unions’ members. The Liberal/Democrat lawmakers have no interest in resisting unions’ demands and just keep imposing more an more taxes on the public that apparently has no collective right to resist such a rip-off, or if the resistance against the tax hikes is stronger than the urge to tax, the lawmakers keep borrowing money in order to feed their unsustainable generosity for the public sector employees. And the public sector is the only sector of American economy that has been growing (or even metastasizing, like in the case of Government Motors) during the severe recession-depression of these days.
This it not only damaging economically, but is also immoral. Although the vast majority of public sector unions’ members are law abiding, decent Americans who work for their, however oversized, compensations and may have no intention to engage in any form of illegal activities, the scam that has rooted itself in the public sector is not unlike Mafia of the 1920ties and 30ties as it uses proceeds of forcefully pre-empted earnings as means to organize and further solidify the scheme of redistribution of incomes from captive taxpayers to those who parasitize on them.
In California, the above scam has had all appearances of criminal conspiracy after the Liberal/Democrat-controlled Legislature has passed laws that mandated union dues from non-unionized public sector employees, for which favor the benefiting unions threw their money and weight in support of the lawmakers that made these unjust laws happen. As a matter of fact, the public sector unions in California became de facto political agencies of the Democratic Party or, perhaps, the California Democratic Party became de facto the executive branch of the public sector unions. For instance, in the past elections in 2010, not even one Republican candidate was endorsed by a public sector union in California, which push reinforced the political status quo in that state as a de facto mono party system that often resembles more the apparatus of the Soviet Union than a polity of a free state in the U.S.
Many on the Left have claimed that public employees have an inalienable right to collective bargaining despite the fact that there is no credible evidence that would support such a claim. As a matter of fact, said claim does not withstand scrutiny. The employers of public sector workers are not private persons or corporations, but the governments and their agencies that are controlled by the elected officials who, in turn, answer to the voters who have elected them. In particular, how much public servants are making should be determined in a democratic process and not by “collective bargaining” that has distorted that process as the recently reported shocking news about exorbitant compensations of some “collective bargainers” demonstrate.
In particular, the public sector unions’ members have an unfair advantage in deciding who gets elected: they vote in elections like everybody else does, although they are more likely to form voting blocs in order to distort the will of the electorate, but also they flex their “collective” unionized muscle in order to bully out their opponents, which includes all those who are willing to dismantle the redistributionist scam, from the political process. This is why they are faring so much better then everybody else who works for a living, and are successfully resisting voters disapproval of this unfair arrangement.
We, the victims of the above scam, have no “collective bargaining rights” to defend ourselves against assault on our hard-earned dollars, and about every entity of importance on the Left, from the Liberal media to the Liberal/Democrat lawmakers, to the public sector unions are participating in this large-scale well-orchestrated ripoff that drains our wallets and forces us to work more so that their protÃ©gÃ©es can work less while earning more than we do. This scheme has appearances of organized extortion, or at least it is a clear case of a conflict of interest.
A public servant can have the right to vote in elections or the right to bargaining, but not both. Otherwise, he will vote for officials who promise to redistribute more wealth from the taxpayers’ pockets to his own and will oppose all those officials who promise to curtail such redistribution. And whatever of the two mutually exclusive options he choses, his public sector union should be prohibited from meddling with political process; the conflict of interest they have when it comes to elections distorts the democratic process and threatens the well-being of our Republic.
Just look what they did to once Golden California, a now nearly-bankrupt state that is de facto ruled by public sector unions and Liberal/Democrat politicians that need unions’ stamp of approval before they get (re-)elected. As a result, California has became a mono-party state where no one at his right mind would run on an anti-union ticket. In fact, the unions in California with their deep pockets filled with dollars from mandatory union dues are getting ready to decide Republican primaries so that even in few remaining conservative districts those candidates who are sympathetic to the defenseless victims of progressing taxation will have no chances of getting elected.
Would an Eliot Ness of today, please, step forward and defend us, captive taxpayers, from the public sector unions dictatorship? Millions of defenseless and hard-working Americans are waiting for you.
February 20, 2011
~ The Author ~
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