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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Collective Bargaining Is Not a Civil Right

"Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face." — Thomas Sowell

I, like hopefully the majority of Americans, have become disgusted with the actions of the juvenile and criminal protestors in Madison Wisconsin. I have seen supposed “professional school teachers” shouting at the top of their voice, banging drums and blocking the ingress and egress of legislators and their staff members. I have seen students dressed in garb akin to a bad 60’s movie with tattooed bodies acting like members of lost tribes in the Amazon. I have seen unions leaders and civil rights pimps like Jesse Jackson urging the protestors on with inflammatory remarks boarding on sedition. I have seen elected representatives fleeing to another state and exiling themselves from the democratic process, a process they took an oath to support. And why has all of this taken place? Because, the duly elected legislators and the governor of Wisconsin passed, and signed into law, a bill eliminating collective bargaining for public service employees.

Uncivil protestors storm Wisconsin’s state capitol

It's hard to look at these Democrats as anything but sore losers — nobody wanted ObamaCare either, but had to sit and take it because Dems had control. Republicans showed up to work, argued and voted against it. These guys are acting like a bunch of 2 year olds who don't want to eat their peas. Serves them right for abandoning the state for 3 weeks.

College students protesting for what they know not.

Labor unions at the heart of a burning national disagreement over the cost of public employees want to frame the debate as a civil rights issue, an effort that may draw more sympathy to public workers being blamed for busting state budgets with generous pensions.

As part of that strategy, unions are planning rallies across the country on April 4 — the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Union officials want the observances in dozens of cities to remind Americans that King was supporting striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., the night he was shot.

By portraying collective bargaining as a human rights issue, union officials hope the rallies can help fuel a backlash against Republicans in Wisconsin and other states trying to curb collective bargaining rights for public employees.

"This is a fight for workers, this is a fight for the middle class, this is a fight to try to stave off the shift in power and wealth that is starting to become gross," said Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters. The planned rallies on the 43rd anniversary of King's death are part of a coordinated strategy by labor leaders to ride the momentum of pro-union demonstrations and national polls showing most Americans support collective bargaining rights as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP leaders in states fight to reduce or strip those benefits.

Walker has argued that collective bargaining is a budget issue. On Friday, he signed into law a bill the strips nearly all collective bargaining benefits from most public workers, arguing the move will give local governments flexibility in making budget cuts needed to close the state's $3.6 billion deficit.

After storming the capitol, shoving security officers out of their path and forcing their way through the state house doors and windows, the crazed mob of union/Marxist dupes and their fellow travelers screamed “You are cowards! You are cowards!” at Wisconsin’s Senate Republicans. The well-organized shock troops of the left were dealt a serious blow as the Senate passed the bill on Wednesday evening which placed new fiscally responsible limits on collective bargaining for many of the state’s public sector unions.

The ubiquitous Jesse Jackson has entered the fray, swearing he'll escalate the protests. Jesse Jackson told Fox News, "You will either have collective bargaining through a vehicle called collective bargaining or you're going to have it through the streets." And Hollywood leftist Michael Moore has even called for Scott Walker to have his "a*s" thrown in "jail." Oh, how the left reacts when they can’t get their way. Where was all of this hateful and seditious rhetoric when the U.S. Senate passed ObamaCare in the dead of night right before Christmas? Did the Tea Party storm the U.S. Capitol and deface it as the citizens and imported provocateurs did to the Wisconsin capitol building causing over $7 million dollars in damage? Did opponents send death threats to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid? No, they did none of these things. Yes, they rallied and fought back one year later at the polls — the way citizens do in a democratic Republic. They voted them out.

These types of criminal threats are disgusting and have no place in our society. When Obama's liberal allies don't get their way, they resort to bullying and intimidation.

Having endured almost a month of threats, intimidation and a barrage of lies spewed by the Democrat party and their contemptible union bosses, Governor Walker and his Republican colleagues in the state legislature and rose to meet the challenge and serve the hard-working taxpayers of their state. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that on Wednesday evening a threatening email was sent to the Senate Republicans.

Seventeen Republican Senators in addition to Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald received the email threat that states they should put their “things in order because you will be killed and your families also will be killed.”

Scott Fitzgerald’s spokesman Andrew Welhouse said that the email was given to the Capitol Police who along with the F.B.I. are investigating the ugly incident. Welhouse provided an excerpt of the email to the Journal Sentinel which read:

“This is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records. We have all planned to assault (sic) you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, this isn’t enough. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message. So we have built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent…” You can view the full content of the e-mail by clicking here. The sender’s name has been redacted for legal reasons.

There has been no word on this ugly episode from Barack Obama, who has remained strangely silent for someone who was to lead the nation into a new era of civil political discourse. Perhaps Mr. Obama has issued a waiver to the union thugs and their Democrat puppets in Wisconsin, or maybe after he quickly jumped into the fray on the side of the unions he feels it would be wrong to abandon them without hard polling data on the fund raising consequences of taking a stand against the reprehensible behavior of his union supporters.

I thought that Obama made an impassioned plea for civility during his University of Arizona campaign speech after the shooting of Gabby Giffords and eight others. I guess in Left and Obama’s mind civility should only apply to those who do not agree or support them. When it comes to attacking conservatives or the Right anything goes. Why shouldn’t it? After all they use Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals as their play book.

Let’s apply a little logic to sort out the players. Any elected official who avoids his responsibility and violates the public trust by abandoning his duty and running away to another state would be considered a coward. Any person who joins an angry mob to threaten and intimidate a small number of duly elected representatives in order to subvert the democratic process is a coward. Any individual who continues to do their duty in spite of constant intimidation, vilification in the main stream media and death threats is indeed a hero.

The blood thirsty mob who chanted “You are cowards! You are cowards!” have such a twisted view of reality that they have to screw their shoes and socks on their feet when they get dressed.

Some of the demonstrators at the capitol in Madison have hollered about collective bargaining as a "basic right." Not really. Not only is it not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but also nearly half the states have "open shops" with no collective bargaining (or permit it only for first responders)

Where in the Constitution or Bill or Rights is there a claim that collective bargaining is a right? I have heard claims from talking heads on the left that the First Amendment gives unions “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” His is an impossible stretch aimed at those who have no knowledge of he Constitution, its roots or the intent of the Founders. It is the way the left thinks — reinterpret the Constitution anytime you want your way. It’s like the so called “right to privacy” that was the bases for allowing abortion in Roe v. Wade.

If this be the case then why are the 2 million federal employees denied this right? In 1978 President Carter signed the Democratic Congress passed Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 into Law.

Carter’s rationale for signing the act was: Government employees (on any level) are not employed in a competitive marketplace, and their wages and benefits are paid by the coerced taxpayer, so they should never be allowed to unionize. At one time in our nation's history, there was a legitimate and moral need for "worker rights", and labor unions for certain industries that fit the bill. All the legitimate and moral aspects of labor standards (minimum wage, maximum hours, minimum age, workplace safety, etc.) for the individual worker are now codified in state and federal labor laws. Unions serve no purpose, today except: to fund political campaigns (from extorted members' dues), to raise the consumer cost of commodities because of an artificial value placed on the labor to produce them, and to force employers to look to foreign labor markets to make profits. This was the icon of leftist ideology speaking in 1978. Where is he today? The ex-president who has no hesitation to voice his opinion on almost any issue is peculiarly silent on this one.

Our so called “smartest man to occupy the White House” was guilty of one of his greatest guffaws when he claimed public service workers were entitled to the rights of collective bargaining — “Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain, generally seems like more of an assault on unions,” he said.

The funny thing about this statement is that federal workers have very limited collective bargaining rights — and Obama has not been shy about exploiting that weakness. He is using the budget process to push a two-year freeze on federal workers’ pay, without any buy-in from unions.”If he were the governor of Wisconsin, Obama would have to plead with union heads to allow the freeze. So who is really assaulting unions?

I do not mean to criticize Obama for the wage freeze, which is an appropriate policy. But the president should be mindful that the same powers he finds useful for managing the federal budget are even more important at the state and local levels, where lawmakers cannot respond to revenue shortfalls by running massive deficits. If the federal government cannot afford collective bargaining for wages, you can bet state and local governments cannot either.

Several years ago Indiana’s governor Mitch Daniels ended collective bargaining for public employees with an executive order. His popularity dropped to below 30%. Within four years, after Indiana became fiscally sound, he was reelected by with over 60% of the vote.

This battle to reign in the unions is popping up all over the country and we need to come together and remain focused to support the brave leaders taking on this fight.

  • Ohio - The State House is just days away from a vote to limit collective bargaining.
  • Florida - The legislature is debating legislation to limit teacher tenure and restore commonsense to education.
  • Idaho -The Governor is ready to sign similar legislation reforming teacher tenure.
  • Iowa - The House of Representatives is currently debating legislation to curb collective bargaining rights for government employees.
  • Michigan - The Michigan legislature has approved separate measures to give the state the power to break union contracts.
  • Indiana - The Senate passed a bill to limit public school teachers' collective bargaining rights and is considering other measures that curb organized labor influence.
  • New Hampshire - The House passed a right-to-work bill that prohibits public sector workers from being required to join labor unions.
  • Kansas - The House passed legislation outlawing employee payroll deductions for union dues and political action committees.
  • Tennessee - The Senate Education Committee just passed a bill that would end teachers' rights to working conditions through collective bargaining.
  • 9 Other States - have introduced legislation to limit on public worker collective bargaining: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Washington. (Note the absence of the state with the worst economy — California.)

Let’s apply a little logic to sort out the players. Any elected official who avoids his responsibility and violates the public trust by abandoning his duty and running away to another state would be considered a coward. Any person who joins an angry mob to threaten and intimidate a small number of duly elected representatives in order to subvert the democratic process is a coward. Any individual who continues to do their duty in spite of constant intimidation, vilification in the main stream media and death threats is indeed a hero.

The blood thirsty mob who chanted “You are cowards! You are cowards!” have such a twisted view of reality that they have to screw their shoes and socks on their feet when they get dressed.

This has become a cause célèbre for the Democrats, the left-wing media, the dwindling unions and the street pimps like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Michael Moore. It should be noted that Moore eschews union labor on his films — the height of hypocrisy.

The Democrat politicians know collective bargaining for public service employees is ruining the nation but they are so indebted to their union supporters they will not deviate from their policies of promoting these unions. They don’t care about you and I. They only care about getting elected and pushing the fiscal problem down the road hoping they will retire before the whole rotten scheme collapses. We do not get a seat at the table when government unions buy politicians!!!

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