Unions Are Holding Taxpayers Hostage

Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 12:24 PM

By Michael Reagan

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The turmoil and shocking thuggery we are now witnessing in Madison, Wis., is at a level seldom seen in America in this era. 

School teachers, of all people, are setting bad examples for their students. Some engage in outright fraud, aided by medical doctors giving them phony diagnoses of nonexistent illnesses to give them an excuse for near rioting instead of doing their job of teaching.

There is a name for that kind of thing — it's called a crime. You know, the kind of offense that can get you tossed in the slammer. In the process they show students how to commit fraud — on their taxpaying parents.

Faced with the sorry fact that his state is flat broke a la Greece, Gov. Walker — who has sought to reduce the deficit threatening to drown Wisconsin in debt the citizens will never be able to repay — is asking the state's teachers to contribute to their own retirement funds, which they now enjoy virtually free of charge.

To listen to the outraged union you'd think he was trying to put chains on their ankles and enslave the teachers.

Aside from the fact that unionizing government employees removes them from the status of being public servants — instead, making them into just another category of allegedly exploited workers — it also empowers them to hold the public hostage to whatever demands they care to make, no matter how unjustified.

That's the real issue here, being studiously avoided by the dominant left wing of the media which grovels at the feet of the labor bosses and the Democrat party bosses who rely on the obedient media to help keep their political campaign coffers full of union members' dues money by slanting their reporting or simply refusing to cover the facts about dangerous union activities.

To put it bluntly, no government employee — local, state, or federal — should be allowed to join a union. To repeat: They are not your ordinary workers — they are servants of the public, a status they accept when they seek government employment. It goes with the job.

In return, they can look forward to a pension or an early retirement — benefits not readily available in a lot of civilian jobs.

Early in his administration my father, President Ronald Reagan, faced a walkout by air-traffic controllers which threatened to completely shut down air travel. Their union, known as the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO), went on strike — at the time a totally illegal action.

He ordered them back to work, and when the PATCO members refused, he simply fired them and replaced them.

The unions have broken Wisconsin, New York, Ohio, New Jersey, and California, to name a few. It is time to rein in the unions and save our states. The Reagan you are looking for is sitting in Republican governorships, not in Washington.

Why do Democrats always side with unions when they defy the public's interests? As Jonah Goldberg cites statistics from the Center for Responsive Politics, "From 1989 to 2004, AFSCME — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — gave nearly $40 million to candidates in federal elections, with 98.5 percent going to Democrats."

Goldberg answers the question of why an organization of local union workers contributes so generously to federal campaigns: "Because government workers have an inherent interest in boosting the amount of federal tax dollars their local governments get. Put simply, people in the government business support the party of government."

The war cry against unions holding taxpayers hostage should be: "Remember PATCO!"

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of “The New Reagan Revolution” (St. Martin's Press, 2011). He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his website at www.reagan.com



© Mike Reagan

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

There's Something Rotten in San Diego - Cabs

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 09:16 AM

Cab drivers in San Diego are under scrutiny for smelling bad. No kidding. . . .

GOP Plans Positive Senate Changes

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 14:45 PM

Senate Republican leadership is working on a positive agenda for the first 100 days of the next Senate, if control of th . . .

Minimum Wage Hike Will Kill Fast-Food Jobs

Friday, 12 Sep 2014 09:28 AM

There are two basic problems with these fast-food fundamentalists and their demand for higher wages. . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved