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|From: ||soooright (220.127.116.11)
|Subject: ||I know you don't like cut-and-pastes |
Date: || June 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm PST|
In Reply to: Lesson for Republicans..... posted by Freedom Lover on June 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm:
Fair enough, but this is a good one:
I watched the Wisconsin returns on MSNBC Tuesday
night, and it came right down to the wire between
“the Democrats were outspent 7-to-1″ and
“Republicans are stripping union rights!” As we go
to press it’s still too close to call.President
Obama wanted to go to Wisconsin, but he just didn’t
have time. He’s been doing so many campaign
fundraisers lately he barely has time to play golf.
The left’s “outspent” argument is ridiculous. Unions
take money by force from members, hire hundreds of
political operatives and give them salaries to work
on campaigns, then call them “volunteers” so their
work isn’t reported as a campaign contribution.
Luckily for them, government employees’ non-
punishing work schedules leave them plenty of time
to be in a constant state of grievance, demanding
recalls after any election they lose, and mobilizing
This election had nothing to do with people being
paid a fair wage for the work they do. The question
is: Do you want a society where the people whose
salaries you pay make more than those who pay them?
The Democrats will do anything the government unions
ask, because (1) It’s not their money they’re
spending, it’s the taxpayers’; and (2) Government
unions reciprocate by making sure the Democrats keep
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is about to turn New York into
Pottersville from “It’s a Wonderful Life” by
legalizing gambling so he can keep paying the
All manufacturing has been driven out of the state
by high taxes — and by well-compensated government
employees who make it impossible to do business in
New York. The state’s principal cash cow, New York
City, is now entirely composed of a tiny slice of
Wall Streeters and the people who serve them –-
personal trainers, doormen, maids, doctors, lawyers,
restaurateurs and Keith Olbermann’s cat groomer.
Outside of New York City, everyone works for the
government. But there’s no actual industry in the
state. People are fleeing New York faster than
Democrat legislators fled Wisconsin before a vote
they were going to lose.
Soon it will be just another mid-range, dying state.
If the financial sector ever leaves, New York City
will be Detroit, which itself was once the nation’s
crown jewel metropolis.
So Cuomo’s going to bring in casinos to save public
sector salaries, perks and pensions. Democrats don’t
care that gambling destroys neighborhoods and ruins
lives. They will do anything to keep government
employees happy. They’ll legalize drugs or sell body
parts to keep paying off public sector workers.
There’s a reason both FDR and labor leader George
Meany said it would be insane to ever allow
government employees to unionize. People who work
for the government don’t have a hard-driving
capitalist boss on the other side of the bargaining
table demanding more work for less pay.
No one is worried about the profit margin because
there is no profit — it’s government! Rather, the
only people on the other side of the table are the
unions’ co-conspirators: Democratic politicians
willing to spend the public treasury on union
members, who will repay the politicians by
This is why Walker’s victory Tuesday night was an
amazing, miraculous, transformative event in the
history of the nation.
Even the Terminator couldn’t beat the government
unions. In the dumbest move ever made by a
politician, in 2005, two years into Arnold
Schwarzenegger’s first term, he called an off-year
special election to enact a few minuscule reductions
in public-sector union perks, such as making it
humanly possible to fire bad teachers.
Even in a normal election year, initiatives curbing
government employees’ boondoggles are nearly
impossible to get past the powerful unions.
But worse — as in Wisconsin — this was an off-year
election. Unlike Wisconsin, however, it was
Schwarzenegger’s idea to hold a special election on
the advice of his political consultant, Mike Murphy,
the Bob Shrum of the Republicans.
Let’s see, who would be likely to vote in an off-
year election? We’re going to cut your exorbitant
benefits, require you to work, and make it easier to
fire you, public employees. Do you have any interest
in voting on that?
Anyone with half a brain could see disaster coming
from a mile away. Even with the language barrier,
Arnold should have seen it coming.
Within weeks, Tony Quinn, a California Republican
consultant, stated categorically: “The governor
needs to cancel this special election, regardless of
the political cost, because he’s headed for a huge
But Schwarzenegger’s adviser, Murphy, was brimming
with confidence, dazzled by the governor’s celebrity
status. He gloated, “He’s still Arnold
Schwarzenegger.” (Murphy never saw “Twins.”)
Public sector unions spent a jaw-dropping $80
million to defeat Schwarzenegger’s initiatives,
portraying the governor as the enemy of cops,
teachers, firefighters and “people like us.”
Mike Murphy: “I am confident we will win.”
In the end, union members turned out in droves on
Election Day, defeating every single initiative.
Everyone else in California woke up the next day and
said, “Hey, did you know there was an election
The failure of Schwarzenegger’s propositions ended
his governorship. From that day on, he became the
The 2010 census marks the first time California has
lost population since it became a state.
The decision to call an off-year special election to
roll back public employees’ perks will long be
remembered as the all-time stupidest idea in
political history. One hundred years from now it
will still be studied at the Kennedy School of
Wisconsin made history in a different way Tuesday
night. As Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch said, the
recall election will go down in the record books as
the night “the campaign to save America” began.
-- Ann C.
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